'MasterChef Canada's' Alisha hopes Aaron wins
Homecook Alisha Sood was eliminated on "MasterChef Canada." (Bell Media photo)
Eliminated MasterChef Canada homecook Alisha Sood promises us she holds no ill will towards fellow contestant Aaron Polsky after he saved himself from this week’s dreaded pressure test.
“I don’t hold it against him. He did what he had to do and I did what I wanted to do,” she says the day after being sent home from the MasterChef Canada kitchen.
Sood and Polsky found themselves captaining the two losing groups during Thursday night’s team challenge, which found contestants cooking burgers for throngs of hungry bikers.
When the captains were given a chance to save themselves from having to recreate a mille-feuille French pastry, Polsky didn’t hesitate, while Sood opted to save one of her teammates instead.
“I have zero regrets on that front,” she says. “I was team captain and my philosophy behind that is, ‘The captain goes down with the ship.’”
But isn’t there a teeny, tiny part of her that hopes Polsky gets sent packing next week?
“I actually hope he wins,” she says with a laugh. “I have a lot of respect for his palette and I have a lot of respect for his food philosophy. He’s an amazing cook. It’s easy to misconstrue someone from how they are portrayed on TV, but I think he’s an amazing cook. I think he deserves to win.”
Sood says her gameplan when she tried out for Season 4 of MasterChef Canada was to come out a better person and a better cook. She thinks she accomplished both things.
Judges Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung loved the cream filling of her mille-feuille, but the pastry part of her dessert was a disaster.
She has since tried making the dessert again, with no trouble, but admits she’s not a fan.
“When I was up there I thought perhaps if Trevor’s flavours weren’t all the way there that maybe I could slip through, but when I saw everyone else’s I knew there was a real possibility I was going home.”
Looking back on it, Sood thinks that she should have done her best to avoid the pressure test altogether.
Her team lost the burger challenge by only eight sales.
“We were under the impression that we won,” she says. “People were coming up to us for seconds, people wanted their photos taken with us, people wanted the recipe. But when we found out we lost by eight sales, we felt like we had been robbed of the win.”
MasterChef Canada airs Thursdays on CTV.