MasterChef Australia – Andre v Emmanuel Stroobant
“I knew he was hard core and when he was standing next to me, I felt him draining my power.” No this was not a comment from a 4 year old boy to friend whilst pretending to be super heroes, but Andre talking about the Chef he was about to compete against, Emmanuel Stroobant from Singapore restaurant Saint Pierre.
Andre does have a boy like quality about him, which means he tends to be treated with kid gloves by the judges and tonight that was no exception.
He had to cook an Emmanuel Stroobant signature dish of Scampi with Pine Mushrooms and Potato. It was a classic highly technical french dish. He looked like he was about to have a anxiety attack as he was tasting it. Also I thought the producer’s were continuing with the mindfuck by only giving Andre a 15 minute head start. In fact all up he only had 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete it.
One task forAndre was to make a potato tuilleout of potato juice, which every second foodie in Australia will now be making on the weekend. His first attempt was a disaster and he had to do it again. But the time finished before he could get the tuille and the sauce on the plate. He was then given an extra 30 seconds to plate up. I thought that was unfair. I mean it is at the serious end of the competition this cossetting should not happen.
Emmanuel’s was plate one. The judges thought he was a bit scabby with the sauce but gushed over the execution and technique.
If the execution of plate one did not give away whose plate two was the fact that Andre left the intestinal tract in the scampi in one of George’s would have alerted whose it was.
But Gary gave Andre 8/10 points he said he added in points for effort – what is that all about? Did he give points for effort for Julie’s difficult pigeon dish in Hong Kong? I mean seriously I thought this was a cooking competition – not a place to build someone’s self esteem. Speaking of cooking, it was great to see Emmanuel’s smoking hot knife skills in action.
Oh and by the way Andre did not win the challenge.