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MasterChef viewers compare Therese Lum to Reynold Poernomo after dessert

MasterChef viewers compare newcomer Therese Lum to Reynold Poernomo after she presents an incredible ‘little mushroom’ dessert

Dessert king Reynold Poernomo was a breakout star on MasterChef: Back to Win. 

And it appears 31-year-old big data analyst Therese Lum is coming for his crown – thanks to her love of making wacky desserts. 

Twitter went wild over the cook during the premiere of the series on Monday after she plated an incredible ‘little mushroom’ dessert. 

Pictured: Reynold Poernomo

Dessert queen! MasterChef viewers have compared newcomer Therese Lum to Reynold Poernomo after she presented an incredible ‘little mushroom’ dessert on the premiere of the new series 

Despite only having 75 minutes in the kitchen, the amateur chef knocked it out of the park with the dessert which was presented with dry ice. 

‘I love that Therese did this in 75 min, in a kitchen she’s never seen before, under the pressure of MasterChef selection day. And from memory, she’s only been doing this for a year… Is she the new female Reynold? I’d say hell yeah,’ one fan wrote.  

Another wrote: ‘Reynold watching this eyeing up his new apprentice.’ 

Similarities: A number or viewers compared the skills of Reynold and Therese

Similarities: A number or viewers compared the skills of Reynold and Therese  

Another added: Excitedly waiting for more of the dessert fan club to face off with the master.’  

Therese impressed the judges and viewers alike when she presented her dish ‘Into the Mist’ with saw a forest mushroom on a plate. 

The top of the dome of the mushroom was a basil cremeux insert while it was surrounded by a vanilla mousse. 

Insane: The top of the dome was a basil cremeux insert while it was surrounded by a vanilla mousse. The mushroom stem was made from raspberry gel surrounded by vanilla mousse

Insane: The top of the dome was a basil cremeux insert while it was surrounded by a vanilla mousse. The mushroom stem was made from raspberry gel surrounded by vanilla mousse

The stem was made from raspberry gel, also surrounded by vanilla mousse.

The ‘soil’ in the dish was matcha and pistachio sponge and the ‘twigs’ were made of dark chocolate. 

Despite an initial bout of nerves in the kitchen the impressive dish was well received by all three judges after the taste test. 

Impressed: 'The acidity and the brightness in the raspberry, the balance of the basil cremeux, the lightness of that white chocolate mousse just enrobing everything,' Melissa said

Impressed: ‘The acidity and the brightness in the raspberry, the balance of the basil cremeux, the lightness of that white chocolate mousse just enrobing everything,’ Melissa said

‘The acidity and the brightness in the raspberry, the balance of the basil cremeux, the lightness of that white chocolate mousse just enrobing everything,’ judge Melissa Leong said.

‘The snap of the tempered chocolate. Everything finely balanced. Blows my mind. Absolutely blows my mind,’ she added. 

Judges Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen were also clearly impressed with her being presented with an apron following the challenge.   

Instant fans: Jock and Andy were also clearly impressed with her being presented with an apron after the challenge. 'Take your phone. Take the apron,' Andy said

Instant fans: Jock and Andy were also clearly impressed with her being presented with an apron after the challenge. ‘Take your phone. Take the apron,’ Andy said

‘Take your phone. Take the apron,’ Andy said. 

‘No more big data for you,’ Jock chimed-in.   

MasterChef Australia continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Ten

For the win: MasterChef Australia continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Ten

For the win: MasterChef Australia continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Ten

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