MasterChef Australia Justine V Matt Moran
Have you noticed the closer the MasterChef prize becomes the quieter the peanut gallery becomes? Barely a peep gone are the days the balcony were as vocal as a Greek chorus. More on that later.
Tonight it was Justine’s second time in the beat the chef challenge, and tonight she was up against talented chef Matt Moran. I loved when they introduced him and said everything he had done they did not mention he had been host of The Chopping Block. That would have been promoting another TV station.
Matt Moran showed tonight why he is such good TV talent he was nice, cheeky, mentored Justine well, and he looked damn hot. Hopefully this will not be the last time we see him on the show.
Real chef’s make desserts as tonight’s dish was to replicate an Aria dish pear tart, with poached pear, crumble and caramel. I don’t know why so many chefs just think the dessert course is beneath them. There were a lot of components to the dish, and I thought it was a bit rough Justine only had a 15 minute head start.
She did not help herself by forgetting about the crumble and burning it. Now the way it was edited would indicate that Poh noticed that Justine had the crumble in the oven, however did not say anything. Funny how she managed to shout out to Guy Grossi in a previous challenge when his plating collapsed.
To be fair to Poh none of the others said anything either, and Julie definitely knew as Poh whispered to her about it. Maybe they are all getting worried there will be no places for them in the final week if people keep on getting through.
Justine’s plate scored quite high with a score of 24/30 overall. However what cracked me up about tonight’s judging was how sychophantic the judges were, particularly Matt Preston, and Gary Mehigan were to Matt Moran. Very different from other weeks. Gary gave him 10/10 funny considering he said he had preferred the flavour of the tart on Justine’s plate, and Matt Preston gave him 9/10 “I would have given you a ten, but I know you prefer a nine.” There was so much love in the air I thought a group hug was going to evolve.
Justine has been annointed the one to beat at this stage. The only other three that are in it at this stage are Chris, Lucas and Julia.