Yes, but there's still the whole issue of Laura/Jock and Poh having been a guest mentor on previous seasons. Not a good look for MCAU.
The plate Sarah served up for immunity must have tasted completely fantastic because it looked like something my neighbor's dog leaves along the sidewalk. They say you eat with your eyes, right?
I was delighted to see Tessa and Brendon get some love for their dishes in the elimination challenge. Still, I found myself a little bored during the episode so sort of fixated on the wild differences between cooks who serve up tiny, fiddly dishes and the ones who plate up enough to feed a hungry family. Some cooks get criticized for too much on the plate and others don't. No one gets dinged for the weensie servings. Interesting.
I was excited to see a season with returning contestants but find I'm not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. The people that annoyed me in their original seasons still annoy and the ones I like are dropping like flies. Besides, I want more Callum, please. Too much Poh and her last minute rescues that are praised to the skies. Then there's Reynold who seems to be in a class by himself, which makes me think he's a slam dunk winner. I think I prefer all new cooks but maybe this will get better as the ranks thin out.
Lastly, my personal pet peeve of most of these delightful Australian and British cooking shows. Folks please, for the love, it's not "Hala-pee-no," it's "Hala-pain-yo."