MasterChef Australia – The Elimination Challenge – We Have A Final Six
I was surprised that after Andre got away with not having to specify the type of oil in the Sri Lankan curry, that Chris didn’t just say meat to see if he could get away with a generic choice as well.
Tonight’s elimination challenge was between Andre and Chris and it was a taste test. Considering a place in the final week was at stake it really should have been a cook off. Yes there was suspense tonight but it is unfair that one wrong choice could have sent a better cook home.
The dish tonight was a Sri Lankan Curry with 24 ingredients in it. Andre admitted he was at a disadavantage, as he said he cannot cook a curry. It appears all Andre cooks is Italian and he is inconsistent with that.
It did feel like a bit of chess game tonight with Chris starting with a bold move with his first choice of coriander. Andre was shaky from the start by naming oil, in other taste tests the contestants have had to specific in the type that was used.
Judge George Colambaris was trying to build suspense by asking Andre why he picked cinnamon, Andre looked at him like he had had a lobotomy and said “because I see a stick of it”.
I thought Andre was trying it on when he tried to change his pick from curry leaves to cardamon. Luckily Gary made him stick with it, and he was safe. Chris cunningly took away Andre’s next choice by saying cardamon.
It was not long after that, when Andre either had a brain explosion or actually had no idea, when he picked curry powder. What did he think all the spices and herbs they were naming were doing in the dish, if he thought a generic powder mix was being used? Unsurprising Gary said no there was no curry powder in the dish. In fact he was probably insulted that Andre thought he had used a pre-made ingredient….
Why he did not go salt and pepper is beyond me.
The judges seemed sad to see him go with Gary saying Andre was one of his favourites, and George saying he was sure he was one of the contestants that would definitely become a chef. I won’t be going to his restaurant, he has cooked about three good dishes in three months. Even I have a better success rate than that.
Anyway Chris deservedly got through to the final week as he has been a much stronger competitor than Andre.
Andre has been offered a great opportunity of a job with Emmanuel Stroobert in Singapore, it will be interesting to see if he takes it.
They are building the suspense for the final week. The first elimination will be on Monday night, and only two of the contestants will make it to the Grand Final next Sunday.