Celebrity MasterChef – George Do You Really Think Eamon Has To Cook To Pull The Girls?
“A man who can cook can attract the ladies,” George Calombaris said to elite swimmer Eamon Sullivan. Eamon quickly fired back ” Is that the case for you?”. George seriously if Eamon served up a undercooked lambs fry he would probably get the girl. He has his own secret weapon and it is called a six pack.
Eamon was cooking Lamb Rump with Gnocchi and Rosemary Jus as his signature dish.
Former Queensland Peter Beattie used to swim with sharks to garner positive publicity, Anna Bligh is appearing on MasterChef. And gosh she showed us she has a type A personality by cooking three dishes – Moreton Bay Bug Salad with Thai Dressing, Queensland Rib eye, and Strawberry and Vanilla Pannacotta.
Anna aim was to showcase Queensland produce, which I could see in the first two courses, however I am not sure cream is a particularly specific to the Sunshine State. I was expecting flambe pineapple with plenty of bundy rum on it.
I knew actor Simon Westaway was never going to be any competition to the other two, once I saw he was cooking chicken breasts with boccocini, served with spinach gunk, and a salad. Oh and to top off his dish he drizzled kecap manis. It the equivalent of Andre’s strawberry risotto dessert.
So Simon couldn’t cook, but at least Anna and Eamon were impressive. Eamon had the more difficult dish, whereas Anna had multiple dishes but with not a high degree of difficulty.
Eamonn’s gnocchi did not float but other than that he had no other disasters.
Anna was rushed so that must have been the reason she sipped the juice from a spoon and then stuck it back in to the saucepan. Or maybe the health regulations in Queensland are not as strict?
Simon’s chicken was undercooked, and got slammed by the judges. George did give him a compliment about his own made up recipe of spinach with bacon and cream cheese.
Matt Preston summed it up nicely when he said “The problem with this dish is there are to many things bolted together. It looks like Frankenstein.”
Eamon’s Gnocchi was given “Not perfect a little bit bouncy, but the lamb was well cooked,” by Gary.
Anna Bligh’s beef was over cooked, but her other two dishes were rated highly.
“Bugs just cooked just perfect I would eat it all,” said Gary Mehigan.
“Absolutely deadset cracking,” Matt said about the pannacotta.
Eamon Sullivan won round one, which meant he got to pick which dishes of Kylie Kwong the contestants would have to cook.
The choice was between crispy skin duck with orange sauce with Vegetable Sung Choi Bao or deep fried whole snapper with cantonese fried rice. Anna perked up considerably when she saw the snapper, but Eamon picked the duck.
So if the swimming budget is cut next year in Queensland, they can blame it on Eamon.
At this stage I was wondering how Simon Westawaygot on the show, as he kept on burning his spices. I thought you only got one lifeline, but George had to help in out in the first five minutes. He also burnt the garlic, and his duck was undercooked. In two words – fucking disaster.
At the other end of the spectrum Eamon looked really smooth in the kitchen, also Anna is a very confident cook. She also had the added pressure of not being seen to lose her cool or swear on camera. She came across as competent, confident and barely broke into a sweat under pressure.
No surprise that Simon’s dish did not get much praise, Anna’s duck was too crisp, however all her other elements were given compliments, and Matt Preston pedantically criticised the cut of Eamon’s lettuce leaves.
Unsurprisingly Eamon won, but I have to confess I was hoping Anna Bligh would take it out.