MasterChef Australia: It’s Official Beating The Chef Is No Advantage
If Chris is shagging Julia he is not doing a very good job of it, as she is always freaking crying. She wept last night, she wept while she was being judged, and also when she had to say why she should stay in the competition.
Ok I can understand her sobbing uncontrollably when she was eliminated, as it was completely left field, considering Julie’s dish was inedible because her ling was so raw.
Anyway in the final’s week the first two to go were the ones that beat the chef to get fast forwarded through. So as we have been theorising for weeks, it is now a fact beating the chef was no advantage. And for poor Julia her MasterChef Australia experience was approxiamately three weeks out of the three months. And then she was just slave labor in Pete Evans kitchen.
No dining in the best restaurants in Sydney, no fun challenges, however she did get to go to Hong Kong. That’s right she wept in the high tea challenge over there. I am kind of glad she was off our screens for the last two months. But then again Julie used to cry a lot and then toughen up.
Tonight Poh had a huge advantage in the challenge as she got to by pick the cuisine – Malyasian. She also got to pick the two key ingredients. She picked coconut cream and ling fish.
Of course the rest of the contestants knew they were in trouble. However I would question how much the judges in particular George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan actually knew about the cuisine.
In fact I loved the way when George and Gary ask Julia and Justine whether the food they was cooking was Malaysian, and they answered yes, they accepted it. However when Julie hesitated about whether hers was strictly Malay they went in for the kill, and said it seemed more thai.
Matt Moran when he tasted Julia’s stock questioned whether there were any Malaysian flavours in it. Matt also questioned whether zucchini and udon noodles were Malaysian as well when he tasted Julie’s dish. Speaking of Julie’s dish the ling was inedible because it was raw. Really raw – not great considering ling can take a fair bit of cooking before it becomes tough.
Just will pause here to take the time to write about how great Matt Moran is on TV – looks good (even for a bald ginger), is relaxed and gives great tips and comments. If it is true about what they write about in the Sunday papers, that certain judges think they are the stars of the show, who have now been told they are replaceable then replace them with him. Oh and I don’t think he licks his knife.
Poh’s Petai with Sambal and Fish custard, and glutenous rice dumpling garnered rave reviews. Gary said “bee-yoo-tiful, lots of interesting flavours,” and Matt Moran said her dessert was dish of the night. It did look delicious.
Justine also surprised with her Ling with curry sauce and ling spring rolls, and rice pudding for dessert. Gary said “Looks good, sauce is good, has real depth of flavour,”, and Matt Preston said ” I love cold rice pudding….my mouth is zinging.” Poh frowned when she saw Justine getting a bit of judge loving. I would have liked to have known what the sprig roll was like.
Chris’s fried rice got criticised, Gary thought it could have been more interesting. Also Matt Moran said “I thought your food would be a little bit better than this.” Also George said “Pannacotta way to hard.”. I thought it interesting that the pantry can have pigs head hanging around but not sheets of gelatine, only powdered. He landed in the bottom again. As Matt Moran said has he peaked to early?
Julia did an Eggplant with a coconut sauce, and ling in a Malaysian Broth. Matt Preston said “Sauce pretty close.”, and Gary said “Is it suppose to be raw? do I like the ling dish? – no.” She was melting down by the time Matt Moran got to taste her food. Good on him for not pulling any punches because there was tears rolling.
I must confess I was completely shocked when they punted Julia, because her flavours were not robust enough. I would have thought Julie’s raw fish was a much greater sin. I can only guess her sauces were ok.
In fact with all the camera time Julia got tonight I thought they were trying to pump her up for the win. For once Channel Ten did not give the game away. I felt a bit sorry for her, and if any future top 20 contestants are out there it obviously does not pay to beat the chef. I presume they will have to change the format next year.
Tomorrow Adrian Zumbo is back, which will mean a killer challenge with obscure ingredients. Poh has the advantage that she gets to see the recipe beforehand.