MasterChef Australia – Supposedly An Elimination Night
Firstly a big thank you to Injera for kindly neglecting her own fabulous blog to keep my one going whilst I was away. Hopefully one day I will be able to repay the favour to her. And it is with some nervousness that I start blogging again on MasterChef Australia after all her brilliant posts on the show. Also the wordpress Gods must be in agreement as it keeps on crashing as I try as publish this, three hours and counting.
I hope she will continue to give her opinions and observations in the comments section. Anyway here we go….
MasterChef Australia – The Contestants Have No Problems Kicking Out Each Other Why Can’t The Judges?
MasterChef Australia producers/editors need to look up the definition of suspense and memorise it. Anyone watching the end of last nights episode had a sneaky suspicion none of the contestants up for elimination were going to be sent home.
The episode started with Trevor, Sam and Tom heads on the chopping block facing the challenge of cooking Warm Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce with Almond Praline. They had one hour to do it before presenting their dish to the judges who would decide who they would send home.
Gary Mehigan showed early in the episode that he was going to soft cock it (metaphorically speaking) when he said “None of them should be standing here.” Well who should be? You guys put them there last night.
Also George Columbaris wins the Stating The Bleeding Obvious Award when he tells the three cooks “We need it to be delicious.”.
All three cheftestants were on a level playing field as none of them cook desserts.
Kate was like Juliette to Sam’s Romeo. Ok I am exaggerating, but there was a balcony and dialogue involved, and I am just wanting to whip up a bit more of the Kate/Sam frenzy after we saw they share a bedroom in yesterdays episode.
She kept yelling out advice and instructions to him, which I think should not be allowed. They should have to cook without assistance, and also it would be extremely off putting to the contestants who are are trying to avoid being eliminated.
I note Justine and Lucas decided not to point out to Trevor that he used brown sugar instead of white in his first attempt to make the praline.
Tom who is meticulous, which I presume will be his Archilles heel at some point of the competition, turned out a beautiful looking dish.
The judges tasted them all and were very impressed and said there was very little separating them. Trevor’s butterscotch sauce was even described as “liquid gold”.
Now at the beginning of the episode, host Sarah Wilson, tells us the person with the worst dish will be sent home. So what is the point of the judges talking to the contestants? I know this point has been raised before on this blog but I am so bewildered by it I just had to write it again. My only theory is it is filler to ensure the episode goes the whole hour. Also I agree with Injera and others that it should be a blind tasting, like they do on beat the chef episodes, so the judges cannot show preferential treatment.
Anyway it was decision time. Tom and Trevor were told they were safe. Then it was time for some standard reality TV trickery with Matt Preston saying it was time for Sam to go, but not just yet. Cue much surprise and happiness from Sam.
Back at the house the contestants gather to find out who has been eliminated. This reminded me of last year’s Make Me a Supermodel. Kate says she was prepared for Sam to go. Then she has a mini meltdown when Trevor and Tom enter the room. Then relief and jumping over Sam after he reveals himself.
The best bit was the death stare Poh gave Sam. Remind me to never get on the wrong side of her. Also Chris was not happy either. His reasoning was it was unfair that you cook the three worst dishes of the challenge and you are rewarded by not being sent home. Also he points out if you are in the top three you don’t get any rewards. He must have conveniently forgetting he will be playing beat the chef tomorrow night.
I wasn’t buying his reasoning as I think he just is not a fan of Sam’s or maybe he has seen too many episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen where the winning team gets whisked away in helicopters to Napa Valley wineries for lunch.
I am not going to enter the Kate debate yet as I have not seen enough of her, but she does appear to be unpopular with her housemates, particularly the older ones. But was it necessary for her to be interviewed whilst lying in bed at the beginning of the episode? Or Sam entering the shower cubicle? Now I don’t mind a bit of gratuitious nudity but can it least be someone hot?
Now on Thursday night I am sure the knives will be out for Kate or Sam when the contestants have to vote out one of their own. I am sure they will not allow them to wiggle out of making a tough decision. I am sure as the show continues the peer eliminations will become more on personalities rather than cooking skills.