From blast chillers to ice cream machines, every season of MasterChef seems to bring a kitchen gadget into the limelight.
This season, it’s the hibachi grill.
Fans of the cooking competition have become well accustomed to seeing at least one, if not multiple contestants cooking on these portable Japanese grills every episode.
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Just this week, Simon Toohey won the judges over with his burnt cucumber dish on Monday, while Sarah Clare lost a charred duck oesophagus to the grill during Wednesday night’s Mystery Box. Then on Thursday night’s hibachi-related cook, Sarah Tiong unfortunately seared her coral trout a few shades too dark, and lost her chance at immunity. It instead went to Jess Liemantara, who won with her non-hibatchied 65-degree egg with turmeric noodles and chilli oil.
Humble home cooks can also get in on the hibachi action.