MasterChef Australia – Julie Crowned The Winner – Surprised?
Seriously can the first winner of MasterChef Australia be someone who could not identify a french shallot, and called it an onion? Look I really like Julie Goodwin, but I must confess tonight I was a tad disappointed when she won to become the series one winner of MasterChef Australia.
Now I know on reality TV shows the best person does not always necessarily win, but considering it was being judged by ‘professionals’ and not voted for the public, it would have been great to see the best cook win.
The issue I have with Julie, is I think she is probably a great cook, in fact I will definitely eat in her cafe, however she was not inventive.
Poh tonight I thought her Hainan chicken looked so delicious and beautifully presented. Whereas Julie was just trying to copy what she learnt in her Adrian Richardson challenge. That is the spinach dumpling, and the potato galette. And when she changed the shape of the galette by trying to turn it into triangles she stuffed it up.
Was Julie a more palatable winner being a suburban mother? Did they think she would be much more appealing than Poh? Or maybe they think Julie will be a more malleable person regarding the cookbook? Who knows. But it will probably have a lot of wannabe chefs trying out for next year’s series.
The first challenge was a taste test, which was a Gary Mehigan Beef bourguignon. What was amazing was no one identified carrots even though they were visible to the eye. Also that Julie thought the french shallots were onions, and they both stacked it on port. I will give props to Julie for picking vinegar. At this stage Julie was one point ahead of Poh.
The next challenge was an invention test and the main ingredient was whole chicken. Poh did a delicious looking hainese chicken which was beautifully presented, and Julie did an up market roast which looked like it had been plated in a nouvelle cuisine restaurant. I would not be happy to have that served to me. However apparently the judges thought it was the better dish and she went into the third challenge two points ahead.
The highlight of round two was when George Calombaris said to Poh “It is good to see a bit of you served up on a plate!”
Round three was a Matt Moran (briefly seen unfortunately) dish of a plate of chocolate. Poh did come across as a bit arrogant when the judges came around to chat to her, and she put her chocolate in the fridge which was not something you should do. At this stage I still thought Poh was going to take the ‘surprise’ win, but oh no Julie whipped her comprehensively by beating her by seven points. I was shocked.
Julie wins the cookbook deal, the $100,000 and the chance to work with some of Australia’s best chefs. Curtis Stone offered Poh a food styling job on his next photo shoot, which she seemed pretty pleased about.
The families were bought in tears were shed, and Gary Mehigan wrapped it up with these parting words which makes me think he has read The Secret
“When you change the universe there is a small corner that you start from and that’s yourself. You’ve changed me Julie. You started with yourself and you changed us. You’re on an upward journey. You are Australia’s first ever MasterChef.”