MasterChef Australia – And Now There Were Five
“You are the top six amateur chefs in Ooystralya,” cries out George Calombaris as the final six cheftestants commenced their cooking of the pies and tarts.
Well considering only Poh and Chris really did justice to the challenge and the other four went from average to disastrous it was really a case of Australia is this the best you can do?
Tonight the mystery box challenge was to make a shortcrust pastry, both sweet and savoury, and to make two pies with it. Chris who had won last nights challenge had a the advantage of knowing what the challenge was, and also having a cookbook to peruse to help decide what he was going to make.
The good news is they are going to have a guest judge in each night, which is something they should have done more throughout the series particularly on the nights Matt Preston was not there. Tonight’s guest judge was Luke Mangan whose restaurant Glasshouse is in the Sydney Hilton.
I don’t like the way the judges go around giving advice and tasting food prior to the completed product. I think it can cloud their judgement when the finished product hits the judges table. By the way I read the judges taste the food cold.
Maybe in the last week it should be a blind tasting. Not that I think it needed to be a blind tasting tonight. Lucas’s pies were abysmal in presentation and taste. Tonight really indicated to me that he lucked out with beating Ben O’Donoghue. It was obvious Lucas was out of his depth tonight. His savoury chicken, leek, bacon and mushroom pie did not even sound appetising. His apple pie was so simple but he stuffed it up.
I got the feeling that Lucas knew he was on borrowed time. Also the way he would picked at the pastry and put it in his mouth, then put the hands back in the pastry made me question hygiene standards. If anyone else had gone home apart of Lucas it would a have been a travesty.
Julia’s savoury pie was undercooked, but her dessert was good so that saved her. Luke Mangan clearly liked Julie as he said that he hoped her savoury pie would save her, as her sweet pie was a disaster. It was meant to be some passionfruit thing but the pastry case had broken up.
I really liked Julie’s attitude tonight. She said she was not going to cook stuff she had cooked before and was wanting to extend herself. As she said “Otherwise why be in the final week”.
Poh also went out on limb with two very inventive and attractive dishes. A blue cheese vegetable pie, and deconstructed rhubarb and chocolate and hazelnut pie. She is definitely peaking at the right time.
Justine who made a beef bourguignon pie was rushing to get it finished. Justine really needs to get out of her french comfort zone. It is becoming a bit repetitive. A bit like Andre and his Italian.
I think if Poh who gets to pick the cuisine to be cooked in the invention test tomorrow night will pick something asian, this could spell the end of Justine’s MasterChef dream.
Finally Chris made a delicioius seafood pie, with a lime meringue pie for dessert. He is clearly going to come a cropper this week, as the editing of him comes across as how much he wants to win, and how confident he is. He is definitely the one to beat at this stage.