MasterChef Australia – They’re Back
Should the United Nations have sent observers to oversee the MasteChef ballot on HMAS Kanimbla? As it appeared three people actually tasted Poh’s soup but she got 24 votes. Seemed to have a touch of the Robert Mugabe’s to me.
Maybe they could do handwritting analyse on Poh’s vote to make sure the votes were written by different people. And yes I would look at George’s, as he did indeed seem to spark up when he was telling Poh how good her soup was.
Tonight the excitement of the show just wasn’t about where they were cooking, on the HMAS Kanimbla, but about who would be getting a wildcard reentry into the competition.
No real surprise that Justine and Poh were back in. But the third place went to Tom, which was great to see. They did not even have to do a cook off to see which one would get one a spot as they were all back in.
The opening scene where Gary, George and Matt Preston sit around in a dark wooden room, with snifters of cognac to discuss who they would let back in was hilarious.
Gary’s acting was brilliant and extremely atmospheric. “The person who wins MasterChef has to be the best amateur cook in the Australia.” he said dramatically . I could see 1.8 million of the 1.9 million viewers in Australia’s rolling their eyes at that one. However it must have taken a lot out of him as we did not sight him for the rest of the episode.
I actually would have liked to have heard more of their discussion on why they picked the ones they did.
Tonight’s challenge was to cook for 200 defence force personnel on the HMAS Kanimbla. They would vote, and the two that got the least amount of votes would have to go to an elimination challenge. However the Commander of the ship’s vote was worth ten points. They had 2 hours to prep the food.
Julie cleverly picked salt and pepper squid with chips, Justine did lamb shanks, Poh made potato and leek soup, Andre made lasagne, Tom made chicken curry, and Chris made a morrocan chicken tagine.
Sam again showed his flair for making a dish that was not seasonal by cooking a pasta prawn with chilli and garlic dish. It did not appear to get many tastings. Nor did Poh’s soup. Poh was getting a tad hysterical about it “Why is no one eating my soup?”
When Tom said “I’ve got a good feeling about this” you knew he was in trouble. His curry which looked delicious apparently did not have enough flavour. I was also amused when I saw Chris shaking what I suspect was masterfood’s moroccan spice mix on his chicken, something I suspect he does not use very often.
I thought this challenge was fantastic helped by the Navy cook who was awesome reality TV talent, I hope they bring him back next year.
The winners were going to Marque to have a private lunch with Mark Best, and the bottom two were going to have to duke it out in an elimination challenge.
Justine’s lamb shanks dish got 71 votes double the number of second placer getter Julie. If I had been Justine I would have jumped up and said “I am back and you can all kiss my ass,”. She has laid down the gauntlet, Chris will not be happy she is back.
And surprisingly Poh came in third with 24 votes. At the bottom was Sam with six votes, and Tom and Chris. Chris was given the ten votes from the commander therefore avoiding the elimination challenge.
Over the next week or so there must be a lot of elimination challenges or there is going to be a stack of them in the final week, as I thought there was only two weeks to go.
CG as regular reader of this blog suggested that as the final’s was getting closer it would be great to have a live chat whilst the show was on. Currently I don’t have the technical capability to have a chat room, however I will put up a live blog for the episodes to enable people to comment, and comment on other people’s comments, and then later drop the recap into it.
I will start that tomorrow night (thursday’s episode).