MasterChef Australia Recap – Christmas In July
“I’m back with a bang,” smirkedPoh, and that was one of the outcomes of judge George Calombaris enjoying her pork. Meaning she won this week’s mystery box challenge, which was to make sausages.
It was a great challenge for them, as they had a huge selection of potential fillings, and great for us the viewer as we get to make a lot of sausage jokes, as in Andre’ “stands behind his sausage”, and sam knows his sausage is “little”
Poh made a lap cheong (sic) sausage and the judges lapped it up. George told her that it was great to have her back, and then after the judges had tasted it, Gary and George applauded her. Was that a MasterChef Australia first? Maybe the cheeky buggers are just playing up to the Poh favouritism rumours.
Chris’s bratwurst looked better than it apparently was. Chris is starting to appear very confident which brings the old maxim of pride becomes before a fall.
Sam’s sausage was clearly the most inadequate – small, with too much fat in it, so therefore no flavour. I think that says it all.
Poh’s prize for winning the mystery box challenge was to pick the ingredients for the invention test, but since the challenge was going to be a team one she got to pick who went with whom.
She picked Andre to pair with herself, which would have been a relief to everyone else. And because of her stupidity she only has herself to blame for facing elimination on Monday night.
Anyway the invention test tonight they had to make a christmas in July dinner in an hour and half with the ingredients of salmon and chocolate.
Poh and Andre also had the option of picking ham and dried fruits, or Turkey and rhubarb.
Andre cooked salmon lasagne which looked hideous. The pasta was raw and Gary refused to taste it. As they said there was nothing Christmasy about that dish. Poh brought back her fried meringues. She obviously went to the restaurant to get the recipe. In the middle of them was chocolate, chestnut, and orange rind. Gary thought the were the “dish of the night”. But this was not enough to save her from elimination.
Chris and Sam cooked the whole salmon on potato salad, with a chocolate pudding with a egg nog sauce. Chris had overcooked a salmon in the prior episodes but he went to the other extreme this time and served it up raw. Gary who must have put on his hard arsed hat tonight refused to eat it.
Justine and Julie’s fish was perfectly cooked, but they attracted criticism for the chocolate pudding dessert, saying it was not christmassy enough. I thought it looked delicious. They won the prize and the right to challenge the chef on Tuesday night. They flipped a coin to decide who it will be and Julie won.
Next week is final week, and there are still 8 people left in the competition. How many are they taking through to next week? I thought there maybe double eliminations this week, but host Sarah Wilson said tonight “tomorrow one of you will be going home.”. So they must ditch a few later on in the week.
Fingers crossed that Sam goes tomorrow night. The phrase out of his depth was made for him.