MasterChef Australia – The Pressure Test Courtesy Of Adriano Zumbo
Well the mystery of how Sam Ciaravolo managed to stay in the MasterChef Australia has now been revealed. Matt Preston’s eight year old son is a big fan of Sam, and obviously daddy did not want to disappoint him.
I mean seriously tonight was his tenth elimination test, so he has received nine chances, Geni did not even get one. What were we left with – someone who cannot even cook rice. That’s right Sam was called one of eight top amateur chefs in Australia. Yeah?
I knew it was going to be a good episode tonight when Gary Mehigan said “Many things could go wrong with this dish.”
The dish being a Caramelised Tonka Bean Panacotta with a Macaroons, one with a jasmine rice ganache, and the other a pine nut ganache. This all had to be achieved in 90 minutes. Oh did I mention a passionfruit slick as well?
The dessert maestro, Adriano Zumbo, who gave us the croquembouche challenge was the man behind this. It was the culinary equivalent of a mensatest. Now if you want to know more about Zumbo Not Quite Nigella has a great blog post on him and his creations
In summary highlights of the cooking:
- Andre collapsing his egg whites twice,
- A stressed Andre’ having to give Gary a blow by blow detail of what happened to the egg whites, he should have told Gary to work it out himself,
- Sam making his macaroons a poo colour,
- Poh’s focus and detail of putting her macaroon mixture back in to re-pipe to ensure they are the right size, and looked correct,
- The debacle of what was Andre and Sam’s macaroon, both were like flat pikelets,
- Sam’s inability to cook rice; and
- The plating up of Sam and Andre resulting in Andre cutting a flat edge into his biscuits.
Sam was looking shaky however Gary said to George “If he does a middle of the road job he could just coast through and avoid elimination.” This pretty much sums up Sam’s MasterChef journey.
Poh and Chris’s were by far the best. Poh’s macaroons looked sensational and met Matt Preton’s declaration of ” A macaroon should be generous like a big 4WD tyre.” Once Poh was declared safe by Matt, George starts to gush and say “Poh you have come back with such a focus and determination. Today what you put up was spectacular. It was brilliant. You can cook god dammit.”I am sure the editors of this show are doing the George having a crush on Poh thing on purpose.
By the way at the beginning of the episode when they were giving us a recap of Sunday’s episode it showed George and Gary doing a bowing gesture towards her? Did I miss that last night?
When the four contestants had to sit down and justify their place in the competition Matt asked Sam “Have you reached your level and is its your time to go?” . We could have told you that weeks ago.
Finally we were put out of our misery and Sam was eliminated.
Andre’s pannacotta got him across the line. Matt Preston said it wobbled like a “Rubenesque model on stilettos”
I thought it was interesting that Sam did not think Chris was the strongest cook in the competition. Sam is now looking for an apprenticeship with Melbourne’s leading chef’s. If he is so talented why haven’t Gary or George offered him a position in one of their kitchens?