MasterChef Australia – The Rex Hunt Challenge
Chris you dirty man, the way you perved on MasterChef Australia host Sarah Wilson when she emerged from Flying Fish in her saucy yellow dress was hilarious. So the guys watching the show get hot tottie like Sarah, and what do we get? A shot of Trevor in the bathroom with a towel wrapped around his waist his gut hanging out in all its glory. Television is so sexist.
If that is what we are going to see of Trevor over the next few weeks I hope he gets eliminated tomorrow night.
The episode started off with Gary Mehigan entering the house at 4.30am and rousing the contestants to go on their next challenge. This scene was reminiscent of Top Chef NY when Tom Colluchio woke the household to go on a challenge. Which gives me an idea for another poll – Who would you prefer to be woken up by – Gary Mehigan or Tom Colluchio….
They were taken to Flying Fish where they were told their challenge was to serve up a three course meal the following day, at this point I wonder why they had to woken up so early, it seemed to be a bit irrelevant.
The kicker in the challenge was one course had to be seafood, and they had to catch their own the next morning and they had a limited time to do it in.
Justine was captain for the red team as she had won the challenge, and she picked Trevor to be captain of the blue team because he can be “domineering”. It is interesting that no one has picked Julie to be captain as it would appear she would crack under the pressure, but she must be too well liked by the other contestants.
The blue team had better luck with their fishing getting leather jacket and a blue morwong, and they headed back early. The red team just kept on catching leather jacket and another type of fish that was bony that would be used for mousse.
Trevor decided to ask the boat captain for his bait of prawns and squid to use in his dishes. Andre appeared to think this was not a great idea, and it was a risk, but was he saying this in hindsight?
The blue team served:
Entree of Leather jacket with potato salad, avocado and baby squid, this dish was plated beautifully, but the judges were not happy with the squid which was bait. Matt Preston said it tasted metallic. Also they thought the leather jacket flavours were swamped by the other ingredients.
Main: Pan searing Morwong with baked witlof with prawns with burnt butter around the edges. Andre cooked the fish beautifully. The only issue again were the prawns. But the dish got positive reviews from the judges. Trevor was a bit naughty saying they had “lost” the sauce that went with the dish “in the clean up”. He had cooked it and it was inedible because of the saltiness of the prawns because they had been frozen in salty water. He should have ‘fessed up, there are cameras everywhere.
Dessert: Macerated strawberries, with Zabaglione – they were rapturous in their praise for Geni’s and Poh’s dessert.
The red team cooked in about an hour:
An amuse bouche’ of Leek and Potato Soup. There was a discussion about whether they had broken the rules by adding in an extra course, it was decided it was fine, and Tom’s soup was favourably received.
Entree was Stuffed Zucchini Flower with Fish Mousse – Chris cooked the entree and it was good, though the judges did mention a metallic taste.
The main course Pan Fried Leather Jacket with Potato Salad and Pureed Capsicum. The dish when presented was paid out by the judges because of the itsy bitsy pieces of fish on a mound of potato salad. At this stage I was having Russian salad flashbacks from the previous episode. However it was described as a “cracker” of a dish.
Dessert: Poached Pear in Red Wine with Chantilly Cream. Matt Preston said the pear was hard, the cream to light, and the sauce so reduced it was to spicy. Sandra had cooked the dessert, so if they lost the challenge her head would have been on the chopping block something Justine was forced to admit when they were grilled about how the challenge went.
Andre had no such reluctance in putting the boot into Trevor about using the bait placing the loss of the challenge well and truly on his shoulders. I will be very surprised if he avoids the boot tomorrow night.
Quick observation – when Matt Preston announces who has won the challenge he gets out an envelope, pulls out a piece of paper and has to read who has won. Considering he is on the judging panel he should already know who they have picked. Or do the producers have the final veto?