Although I'm still licking my wounds after sending Master Chef's Ben Starr an ebullient and incredibly effusive friend request on Facebook (that he promptly ignored) I have decided to forgive him this transgression because:
A: He's just so darned likeable. In the history of Masterchef has there ever been a contestant better at conveying looks of shock and fear than Ben Starr?
B: It is quite likely I came off as a stark raving loon/stalker in my friend request (people, it wouldn't be the first time) thus creating fear in my idol that I might be boiling his rabbit at some point.
Or in this case, his venison.
The chef's this evening were charged with re-creating one of Gordon Ramsay's recipes and Ben Starr as challenge winner was given the advantage of deciding what that dish would be.
Ben, in a state of ebullience verily equal to mine ( the reason I imagined us as earnest and well meaning Facebook friends) chose venison - a dish he has cooked many times over.
But veterans of televised cooking competitions know - the minute you get a dish around which there is a lot of comfort, the culinary Gods strike back and it seldom works out in that cooks favour because in this arena, beginners luck seems to have credence.
Case in point: Suzy, who had never cooked venison in her life.
Her incredibly well thought out dish was the only one to receive a get out of jail card and move on to the final four.
Not so much for the others, who - including Ben - managed to bastardize Ramsay's venison into a mere shadow of its original fabulosity.
(which, of course meant all kinds of great suspense shots of Ben's face - who I always predicted would win Master Chef on this basis alone)
But alas, it wasn't to be.
Ben has cooked his last meal on Master Chef and I am sad.
He has been a generous, funny, and inspiring competitor and I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavours (declined friend request notwithstanding)
In the meantime, I am now rooting for....
You'll just have to wait and see!