The most recent episode of MasterChef left both the judges and the audience baffled with a dish that featured a scone like never before.
Typically, when you hear the word’scone’, you presumably think of cream and preserves… and the almost constant debate over which should occur first.
However, you would be less likely to compare a scone to a luscious curry, despite the fact that the latter does sound delectable.
On Tuesday’s semi-final episode of the BBC programme, the eight remaining contestants served substantial meals to the Gloucestershire Fire Service College in two teams.
The four aspiring chefs on the losing team had to use their creativity in the kitchen once more to create a dish from canned and preserved ingredients that would leave judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace famished.
Endang, 51, took a chance by serving a herbed scone with a curry made from canned tofu, spinach, and roasted red peppers, seasoned with cashew nuts and ginger and served with canned corned beef bonbons.
While John, 57, and Gregg, 58, were full of praise for her seasonings, they could not comprehend the peculiar combination of ingredients for the meal.
Gregg told Endang that her sauce was ‘creamy’ and ‘thick’, with a ‘slight pepper sweetness to it’, while her scone was ‘nicely made’.
‘But I can’t see where a scone fits in with a creamy curry dish. It’s a little bit confusing,’ he added.
John agreed that the canned tofu was “lovely,” but he did not purchase the scone that was delivered with the curry and corned beef.
‘It’s hard to see how this all goes together,’ he admitted, describing the dish as ‘unusual’.
While deciding which contestant to send home, John and Gregg remarked that the Endang plainly possesses exceptional culinary skills because she made a “really good scone.”
In the end, however, their confusion prevailed, and Endang was sent home.
One viewer also appeared confused by the dish, tweeting: ‘Corned beef, curry, and a scone?!’ with a sense of incredulity.
Others, however, were dismayed by Endang’s departure, claiming that she had been “robbed.”
‘Very sad to see Endang go home #MasterChef. She was brilliant throughout,’ another remarked.
The contestant cried with pride as she left the competition, telling the camera: ‘I loved every minute of that. The experience you can’t buy with money. You can’t buy that.
‘I had a great time. I’m proud that I’m going this far. Yeah, excellent.’
MasterChef returns on Thursday at 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.