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MasterChef Australia – MasterClass

The stars of the show is not the judges, not the host or the contestants. It is George Calombaris’s mother. Last night her cypriot moussaka was the star dish, and tonight her beef kofta was the opening act.

The beef kofta did look good, however a lot of effort for what was basically a snack or upmarket pizza.

Julia and Lucas were back again this week as the class is sooo important. I don’t think I heard Julia speak the whole episode. Lucas gave them a masterclass in a twice cooked cheese souffle which was delicious. Has Lucas put on weight since the start of the show and now? Same could be said of Gary Mehigan.

George also cooked some delicious looking lamb shanks, this time I don’t think it was his mother’s recipe. However he did manage to plug his first cookbook saying the recipe was in it.

The final dish of the night was Gary making crepes or as he pronounced it creps suzette. He in fact was probably pronouncing it properly.

Sunday night’s episode looks great, with a mystery machine (? sausage) and a christmas cooking challenge.


1 CG { 07.03.09 at 10:18 pm }

Julia looked like a stunned mullett for the entire show. Why are they bringing them back now? Are they aware of the criticism and realising that Lucas and Julia are going to be disadvantaged going in to the finals because they are not used to the pace, the format and the competitiveness of living in the house (and the distraction of having to put up with the antics of Poh and frustration that is Sam’s continued presence)?

Kofta looked good as did the souffle. I might try these recipes myself this weekend.

2 Jacqui { 07.03.09 at 10:21 pm }

I’m thinking they brought them back just to build the numbers up! The Kofta looked good, not sure about the crepes.

3 Reality Raver { 07.03.09 at 10:32 pm }

CG – Lucas and Julia were brought back because the contestants were learning so much from the MasterClass or something like that when Gary was giving the reason last week.

I think it is just t remind the viewer that they are actually in the competition.

CG – If you make any of the recipes I would be interested to hear how they taste.

4 sourkraut { 07.03.09 at 10:57 pm }

Missed you by that much. would you believe it. for today’s bout of bile folded into noiceness see other blog

5 Injera { 07.03.09 at 11:36 pm }

Gary certainly was looming large over the competition when he rejoined after making the wise decision to skip George teaching ‘sraya’s best amata shefs how to put mince on a pita bread.

Sure, the “open kofta” looked nice, but George is increasingly reminding me of the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who gives Greece credit for everything. Sure, the lamb shanks looked delish, but that yoghurt technique was exactly the same as the one we followed making a Pakistani dish last week, and the cone with the steam escape looked like a makeshift North African tagine. Not to mention that the “open koftas” are all over Sydney Road at every Lebanese shop. Yummy! And cheap! And you’ll-be-skewered-if-you-choose-to-dish-that-up-as-one-of-your-challenge-offerings, contestants.

6 Kyvyny { 07.04.09 at 1:34 am }

Lucas was showing a recipe was he? Looked a lot like Gary telling him what to do, what to mix and pretty much running the segment with Lucas looking well portly.

7 Wurstsemmel { 07.04.09 at 3:21 pm }

There’s nothing really fabulous about these Masterclasses. The open kofta looked, as someone has already said, simply like a Greek pizza.

And I’m thinking we might see George’s mother in the next celebrity chef cook off.