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Celebrity Masterchef Final – The First and Last Winner of This Series?

First of all a big thank you to Injera for doing the last night’s recap – it was  a big call considering a called her at 7.29pm. Also a big apology to regular readers I meant to put up a blog post on the Monday or Tuesday morning to say the show was on Tuesday night, but a hectic couple of days, suddenly careened out of control.

Tonight was the two hour finale, and it started out with a drawn out taste test. Sean Connelly from Astral had cooked a paella for the first round.

Twenty-five ingredients in the dish with the possibility of getting a maximum ten points. But not for  Eamon Sullivan who had a brain explosion and on his third pick said there was thyme in there when it was actually rosemary, he realised his mistake straight away. However this meant he only had two points and gave Rachael Finch and Kirk Pengilly a huge opportunity to accumulate a big lead.

Rachael was eliminated on eight points when she suggested  water was used, no it was stock. I did think Kirk should have been made to say what type of stock was in the the dish, but he was able to get the maximum ten points.

The second round was the invention test, and it was a dessert. How many more desserts can their be on this show? Did the producers want Rachael to win? Come on guys I need to run at least one conspiracy theory a week on this blog.

The a choice of the key ingredient was between strawberries or chocolate.

The boys picked chocolate, whereas Rachael picked the strawberries. They had two hours to create it.

Eamon is cooking a chocolate delice,  which was a complex dish with a biscuit base, chocolate mousse, and a brulee. Rachael was making a strawberry bavarois, and Kirk was doing his usual trick of fancying up something a bit simple a flourless chocolate cake.

Rachael was having a disaster with her strawberry bavarois, however the conspiracy theory that they wanted Rachael to win was given credence with the amount of time Gary took to help her out. He told her to change her recipe into a semi freddo. One was too frozen, then one was too mushy. In the end a semi-freddo was what she plated up.

Kirk’s chocolate cake with the chocolate covered raspberries was given thumbs up for flavour but thumbs down for presentation.

“Presentation very home economics year 11,” said George Calombaris.

The judges did like Rachael’s semi freddo and said it would be a great paddle pop.

Eamon’s chocolate delice was the most complex dessert. It looked sophisticated and delicious.Gary licked his plate and said ” It was one of the best three desserts I have eaten this year.” 

Rachael scored 14 out of 30, Kirk scored 22 out of 30 and Eamon got a perfect score as it was crowned the best ever dessert cooked in the Masterchef kitchen. He was now equal first with Kirk Pengilly.

Cutler and Co’s chef Andrew McConnell prepared the final pressure test for the contestants and it was roast chicken, with broadbeans, artichokes and burnt butter. The twist was that the chicken was roasted with hay under a salt pastry. I noted this as trick to make a cheap Woolworths chicken taste like a Kangaroo Valley grass fed chook.

The salt pastry was a hurdle for Kirk and Eamon, and there were a few misread recipes. The judges came to the rescue a few times. Again thre was the slowest ten seconds ever for Kirk to get his vegetables on a plate.

But then again Kirk probably deserved it for giving the quote of the series “Thirty minutes to go and I am in multi- tasking hell”.

Kirk’s chicken was praised, but I could not work out if George’s comment about the crunchy vegetables was a positive or negative thing.

Eamon’s dished was praised for having summer day flavours. Rachael pulled the Masterchef Australia winner, Julie Goodwin trick of crying in front of the judges. As usual her presentation was praised. She can definitely cooked, and to think I thought she was going to be a lightweight contestant.

Eamon took out the title, and deservedly so, he has been impressive throughout, with also the willingness to take a risk to secure  the inaugural title.

10 comments

1 CG { 11.25.09 at 11:35 pm }

Highlight of the finale for me: when Rachel started to cry she turned her back to the judges and wiggled her bum at them (quite the show I imagine given her tight white jeans). She must have been receiving coaching on the side from Poh!

The finale seemed fair and Eamon did appear to be the best of the bunch. As a former competitive swimmer (not to brag, but I was 4th in Canada in 100m breaststroke in my day…Ha!)…I can’t believe he can cook. When you are a top flight swimmer you don’t have time to do much else other than swim. He must have a great mum and/or grandmum who taught him how to cook when he was growing up.

So what is next: Kiddie MC… before Series 2 of regular MC?!

2 lydal { 11.26.09 at 6:58 am }

You could see Eamon was going to win when he said “who will be a winner and who a loser”, I don’t think you talk like this of yourself when you have lost (not nice though for the other contestants).
Definitively, Rachel has been lucky as she has cooked mostly desserts (which seems to be her speciality).
I wanted Kirk to win. He was more entertaining to watch and clever comments. But also I believe Eamon cooked more complex dishes so well done to him.

3 Colls Bolls { 11.26.09 at 9:26 am }

It could just be editing but I thought it was terrible how much time Gary took in helping Rachel compared to the few comments the guys got, they didn’t seem to be given any suggestions and he gave Rachel the idea of the semi fredo and made her the sample of the strawberry coulis & whatever it was mixed with.

I was wrapped that Eamon won, I was very impressed with him. I thought Kirk was great too.

4 Wurstsemmel { 11.26.09 at 9:34 am }

I was disappointed that Kirk didn’t win. Eamon did well but did he really deseve 30 for the dessert? The problem I have with this format is that the judges are aware of the scores and so can easily manipulate who eventually wins.

Agree, way too many desserts in this contest and Rachael got far too much assistance (although, as suggested in earlier comments, could simply be editing). In the end, she plated up something that wasn’t even her idea and I’m not sure that was fair at all.

Celebrity Masterchef has been ‘okay’ but I wouldn’t sign up for series 2, nor for Kiddie Masterchef. Bring back the real thing before the whole concept goes off the boil.

5 H { 11.26.09 at 9:36 am }

Glad you mentioned your conspiracy theory – as I am so there with you and was thinking the same thing the whole way through.

Also, the celebrity chicken chef really needs a new hairdresser. He’s way too old to be trying to pull off a bad, bad emo ‘do – it just comes off as creepy.

6 Wurstsemmel { 11.26.09 at 4:14 pm }

…while we’re pulling things to bits….if I see that Matt handywipes ad again, I’ll throw up something no amount of handywipe will cope with.

Seriously, Matt. Gone from kind of cool and sexy to gormless and offputting in the space of two minutes. That’s no mean feat.

Oh, and another thought. Was George expecting rain last night? The trench coat jacket looked ridiculous. I’m surprised no one else has commented.

7 dmc { 11.26.09 at 4:24 pm }

Are Rachael and Eamon still an item?

8 Jeb { 11.26.09 at 6:28 pm }

Further to H’s comment re Andrew McConnell’s hair – i thought he looked like the weird guy from wedding crashes. maybe a little?

whilst the celebrity version wasn’t as good as the original (how could it be), it was still a good show because the contestants were likeable and were genuinely put outside their comfort zone.

9 Sooty { 11.26.09 at 9:28 pm }

Totally shat off that Kirk didn’t win the last test, and overall.

Maybe Eamon’s did taste better (I thought they were just being polite about his, until they came out with the massive scores)?
But it looked like a brightly coloured dog’s breakfast.

10 jd { 11.26.09 at 11:06 pm }

lol when eamon said ‘i hugged kirk and high-fived rachel, probably should’ve been the other way around’