MasterChef Australia – Julie v Donovan Cooke’s …..Apprentice
Donovan Cooke was never going to put up with having his chef peers of Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris judge his food against an amateur cook. It would be like Gordon Ramsay agreeing to be on Ready Steady Cook and being patronised by Ainsley Harriott whilst creating a dish out of baked beans, bok choy and chicken. There is no way he would allow that fuckery to happen.
Oh no Donovan put up Pak his fourth year apprentice, who even Gary and George would have had difficulty beating. The setting for this Chef’s challenge was Donovan Cooke’s restaurant Derby at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Now really there are some big differences in some of these beat the chef challenges. This was no sous vide the kangaroo and giving it a quick sear and serving it with a red wine jus (sorry Ben O’Donoghue and Lucas). This was a serious dish of pigeon stuffed with truffles, confit of pigeon legs, celeriac mash, tortellini with a sauce as well.
Christ it is a wonder Julie didn’t need a Bex and good lie down before she cooked it. On the positive note she was never going to win, but she did get a 90 minute masterclass from a seriously good chef.
I am really liking Julie and I think she is starting to peak at the right time of the competition. Last week in the wedding challenge she just kept on going without any dramas. I am hoping she is a dark horse to get to the final week.
Whilst the challenge was on Matt Preston, Gary and George got to punt on the horses but where was Sarah? She introduced the challenge then turned up in the end for the judges scores. I just don’t get why she is such a fringe player in this show.
The fourth person on the judges panel tonight was the Klaus the Hospitality Manager for the club. Pak wiped the floor with Julie. Matt Preston even handed out a ten. He was extremely enthusiastic about the dish and complained about having to share it. MasterChef Australia would be nowhere near as good without his eloquence and cheeky sense of humour, and off course his lairy suits and cravats.
Tomorrow night looks like an episode of The Amazing Race mixed with Top Chef – very entertaining.