MasterChef Australia – Lucas V Ben O’Donoghue – Did The Best Man Win?
I always thought Ben O’Donoghue was a bit of a wanker and this was confirmed when he said the dish tonight would involve sous vide.
Now sous vide appears to be the current buzz term with the culinary crowd. In Top Chef Chicago and New York barely a challenge went by without someone vacuum packing a protien and plunging it in barely hot water.
I am not sure Tom Colluchio was a huge fan, and it would appear judge Gary Mehigan was not either as he poked at Ben’s dish of Kangaroo served with mushrooms, cream corn, mushrooms with a red wine jus. He said it looked medium rare but did not taste it. You got the feeling he would have liked it to have had a bit more time on the grill to give it a bit more grunt.
Lucas easilybeat Ben. Both judges Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris gave Ben 7/10, whilst they gave Lucas 8/10.
Now would Lucas have won if Ben had not pulled his kangaroo out of the water? Also with only two judges did it make it easier for Lucas to go straight past GO to the final? I think so.
Again tonight Matt Preston was not on the judging panel, and again they did not bother bringing in a replacement. It is becoming the George and Gary show, which could become a bad thing. I really like them, but they are on our screens six night’s a week, and considering they are giving us nothing but an under utilised and scripted host Sarah Wilson maybe a few new faces would keep the show having a fresh dynamic.
So Lucas is the second person through to the final, how many people are going to be in the final? If it is maximum 3 or 4 that would mean there are only 1 to 2 spots left. What happens if the contestants keep on winning? Hopefully the producers will step in and stop this from happening as that could get boring.
Props to Ben who handled being beaten with grace, and to Gary Mehigan who had to handle another chef’s ego delicately. As he said the problem with being a teacher is that sometimes your student’s get better than you, and he then patted George on the back.
By the way did anyone else notice Justine holding onto a tissue and looking like she had been sobbing? Was it because it could have been her going straight to the final or because she would miss her best mate in the house?
Regular contributer Injera pointed out to me that when they announced the MasterChef series the prize was just going to be given the title of MasterChef, a bit like winning MasterMind it was all about the honour. However now there is the $100,000 and the cookbook deal. Maybe they had to make it a really good thing to go straight to the finals and miss out on all the MasterChef Australia fun.
UPDATE: Lucas is working with Manu Feidel in his restaurant L’Etoile in Paddington.