MasterChef Australia – Martini Madness
Are mag hags the new stars of reality TV? I saw the blonde chick from NW on Australia’s Next Top Model last night and tonight she was swilling back martinis in the uber luxe Observatory Hotel.
I did think it was mildly amusing that the MasterChef team’s fate was being left in the hands of these lushettes. After two martinis my vote could have been anyones.
Tonight’s challenge was to cater for the launch of the Martini Bar at the Observatory Hotel. Each team had to prepare 600 canapes, four different types, two hot, two cold with four hours for prep.
The captain of the red team was Justine and she picked Chris, Julie and Sam.
Instead of Justine getting to pick the other team captain this week, George announced the captain of the blue team had been a sous chef many times and it was time to see if she could step up. Unsurprisingly it was Poh. Her team was to consist of Sandra, Geni and Andre.
Chris said “It will be interesting to see if she is up to it organisationally.
Each team had to pick a covered tray of food which were to be the main ingredients of their team menu, and each of their canapes had to get approval of Chef Yomo the Executive Chef at the Hotel.
Justine’s team strategy was to keep it simple and get the approval for their dishes early. Whereas Poh’s team was to do the prep and get the approval later. Which did have an element of risk if he did not like the dish. They thought they were doing fine dining compared to Justine’s more simple fare. However everyone’s dishes looked sensational.
Poh’s team of Sandra, Andre, and Geni seemed to be awfully slow with the prep and George had to give her a few pep talks.
George also got slightly hysterical about tonight’s challenge and said it was the most important challenge “in the history of MasterChef Australia.”. That would be all of six weeks of it George. Yeah?
Without a doubt red team deserved to win, and it would have been a farce for the blue team to win.
- The blue team were not ready to send out their food at the start time of the function, I mean how long does it take to chop up a fish?;
- Poh incorrectly counted the number of canapes she had prepared – 9 x 8 does not amount to 93; and
- The Red team had to wait until the blue had sent out all their savoury before their fruit tartlettes could be circulated meaning people who left early would only have voted on what they had already eaten.
The blue in their voice overs were turning on each other. Sandra said if things were not prepped on time it was Poh’s fault, Andre said Sandra was too slow, and Poh was bitching about Andre being so slow in plating up his canape. Meawhile Geni was floating under the radar as usual.
Geni was looking pretty pissed off on the next day when they were finding out who had won. She is probably sick of being stuck on the dud team, where it all goes pear shaped through no obvious fault of her own.
The red team won 97 votes to 51. The number of votes I found surprising as there did not appear to be that many people in the room. I think doing dessert probably helped to secure their win.
At judging time Sandra got razzed for making far to much meat for the empanadas and therefore took time and cost money due to the amount she wasted.
Also Justine had to put up with fuck wittery by the judges for second week in a row (remember last week George asking her why they had only caught Leather Jackets ) when she was being scolded for using pre-baked short pastry shells. Gary Mehigan said he was not happy about it as they were in a five star hotel getting served three star food. Now where did Justine get the cases from Gary? The pantry of the Observatory Hotel. So they would be the pastry cases the five star hotel would use anyway. Because of cutbacks these days a lot of the pastry and desserts are outsourced these days in restaurants and hotels. This has been going on for years. I presume the pastry cases would have come from a high end baker. Good on Justine for not telling Gary what a tool he was being about it.
As Andre’ griped in the end “Simple cliched food won over more sophisticated. “.
Who will go home tomorrow night? I think the blame for losing the challenge must rest on Poh’s shoulders, but I suspect she will survive the elimination vote.