MasterChef Elimination Night – Yes You Can Be Too Over Confident
I never knew rice could be erotic until I saw MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston stroke Aaron’s paella rice crust in a sexual way. I found this only slightly less disturbing than the green shirt he was wearing matched with an orange cravat.
You knew at the beginning of the episode that Aaron was in trouble when he said to camera “I don’t feel it is my turn to go home.” and “they will have to get the security guards to drag me out.”
I think he has amazing self confidence and poise for a 21 year-old. Some would say arrogant, but what 21-year-old doesn’t think they know it all.
The dish for the elimination challenge was paella, at first Sandra who is part Spanish looked very confident until she went and tasted the test plate. It was not how she usually makes it, there was no chicken or seafood other than mussels. At this stage you knew that Sandra would have to accidentally tip all her Maldon sea salt into the dish to be eliminated tonight.
Clearly I have been cooking the Women’s Weekly version of this dish, as that soffritto they make looked so delicious and would just add so much flavour for the dish.
Julie’s nerves are a major issue AGAIN. She needs to take regular commentor Werstsemmel’s advice who suggested she do a few deep breathing exercises, a touch of cognitive restructuring to manage her expectations better.
The only thing that saved her was she panfried some extra soffrito and added it into her dish. I liked the fact she never gave up even when it looked like it was going horrendously wrong. The Greek Chorus on the mezzanine thought she was gone as well especially when they could smell something burning. The members of the chorus who got the most screen time tonight were Poh, Chris and Sam. Are they the only ones saying anything of interest? Or are they just the favourites of the editors?
Aaron confidently worked through the recipe however he does not taste his food as he is prepping it, but he does have great knife skills. Now I know they were constantly showing Sandra tasting hers, even when she was double dipping into the soffritto just to make a point about Aaron, but seriously tasting is a basic skill he needs to do it. Also Aaron called the mussels clams, which is a completely different shellfish. So he does need to learn alot more about cooking.
Aaron’s paella lacked flavour and he was the one who was eliminated. It was the first time I had ever seen him act his age when he was emotionally overcome with the disappointment of it all and he had a sob.
If they had been awarding points I would have deducted some from Sandra for her saving the fat children speech, and also some from Julie for her continual tremor and crying.
Aaron will be one of the few contestants from this series of MasteChef Australia who will become a chef, and probably a successful one. George Calombaris said he would give him work experience at his restaurant The Press Club. Apparently now Aaron is a fulltime apprentice at George’s other restaurant Hellenic Republic.
When the girls returned to the house there were no tears for Aaron nor were they surprised he was sent home. Nor were the security guards required to drag him away.
By the way if you saw this morning’s article in the Daily Telegraph about security having to be increased where they are filming the show because of an overzealous fan wanting a picture taken with the judges I just want it on the record it was not me.
And has anyone else noticed the enormous amount of alcohol on the set including a set up bar? When are they going to start drinking it and what is it for?