MasterChef Australia – The Iconic Chefs
Is Chris Badenoch the Greg Norman of MasterChef Australia? After a near flawless performance over the past three months he definitely appears to be choking in a big way.
Tonight’s challenge was to cook for four iconic cooks who had over 175 years experience between them. The contestants would have all night to think about what to cook, 15 minutes to shop at Coles, and 1 hour to cook.
Julie confused me when she said “I am going to hit the cookbooks, I want to come up with something original.” Something of an oxymoron, but maybe she was going to mix and match recipes.
In the morning Gary and George come into the MasterChef house, which I could not really see the point of, but it did give the opportunity for George to go straight to Poh’s bedroom. I love the way Channel Ten continue to edit George to make it seem like he has a crush on Poh.
They took them to their 15 minutes at Coles.
Did anyone else think the checkout chick was unusually attractive? My store is filled with pimply non-communicative students, new immigrants, and elderly workers just waiting to be old enough to claim the pension. All really lovely (except perhaps the students) but glamours? No. This girl looked like a failed auditionee to Australia’s Next Top Model.
I hoped Justine had a back up plan if Coles had not sold duck breasts. I have never seen them in a mainstream supermarket. But then again I rarely buy meat in a supermarket.
Once they got to the MasterChef Australia set they found out who the four icons of cookery were. They were Margaret Fulton, Cheong Liew chef to The Grange Restaurant, Amando Percuoco of Buon Ricardo, and Jacque Raymonde from Jacque raymond Restaurant.
Andre was the first to serve up. He cooked Roman Gnocchi with Caponata. Is anyone else getting sick of his constant cooking of Italian pasta type dishes? Especially since he does not cook them very well. “Tasting it I am disappointed” said Jacque. Margaret Fulton like it, and Armando thought the ” Gnocchi good, vegetable lack of seasoning, and too oily.”
Poh was up next with Dry Chicken Floss Curry with Coconut Lattice Pancake. Margaret Fulton thought it was delicious. Cheong thought it was presented beautifully. Jacque who appeared to be the hardest person to please on the panel said it “lacke a drizzle of lime juice, but very technical and professional dish.”
Chris was like a dead man walking when he came into to serve up his pan seared rib eye, with bone marrow. He even admitted the dish was not him. Jacque told him to his face that he did not think it was up to scratch. Reiterating his criticism by holding up a piece of alfoil.
Matt Preston siad “Meat pasty, salad under dressed, and he had very little bone marrow.”
Jacque also said “No imagination on the plate, the worst dish so far.”
Justine’s Duck Breast with eschallot tart was gushed over. Jacque said “Perfect seasonal dish.”, and “all ingredients on one plate working together”. It was the dish of the night.
Julie who cleverly picked a dessert to cook. It was a layered spice orange cake with white chocolate yoghurt with Almond crumble. Margaret Fulton who had thought it had not looked that appetizing said it was “absolutely devine.”
The next day the contestants came back to the set to find out who would be facing an elimination challenge. But first George had to get the atmosphere going with one of his grand proclamations “You have just spent the last hour cooking for the Rolling Stones of the culinary field.” Who writes his lines.
Justine won the challenge with a score of 47/50. Julie 45/50 and Poh 42/50. Poh said she was happy but devastated that Andre is in the bottom two.
Then it was light years between the girls and the guys with Chris award a humiliating 33/50 and Andre 37/50. I note Andre thought he had stumped up his best and got that score, whereas Chris knew he had dished up crap.
Tomorrow night they have to battle it out with a taste test. Personally I think this wrong, and it should have been a cook off considering a position in the final week is at stake. Also the taste tests make Eddie Maguire on How To Be A Millionaire look positively lively.