Masterchef Australia – The Iconic Aussie Challenges
I am glad they ditched the audition process and just blasted us into the top 50, as it made it a great first fast paced episode. For those who missed not having the audition process there is a good post from food blogger Table For Two about his audition experience.
The first challenge was a BBQ one where it was announced the ten contestants with the least favourite dishes would be battling it out in an elimination challenge.
“The bottom ten would be devastating on the first day” said Dominic, he did not add that bottom five would be even more depressing.
It was a bit difficult to get a handle on all the contestants as there were so many of them however there were a few getting more air time then others. And at this stage I have not formed any firm opinions about them.
There was Sarah Carmichael the Victorian Police who continues the trend of cops and cooking shows.
There was Katie whose dream of being Australia’s Nigella Lawson may occur if she unleashes those chi chi’s, packs on the make-up and takes a masterclass in sucking digits.
Then likeable Jake the cement render who kept on slashing himself which meant he had 30 minutes less time to cook then the others.
Sharnee appears to be like Kate from Season One, a law student whose heart is more into food. She does not appear to be a particularly strong cook, but she was creative in the elimination challenge when she caramelized some macadamia nuts.
Jason the game boat skipper who sent me a pic of his pecs (which I don’t seem to be able to upload) nearly lost the love from me when he put caramelised banana in with his snapper and prawn. The dish did not go down well with the judges and he was in the bottom ten. Matt Preston was particularly harsh.
Has Matt Preston become a parody of himself with the tight white pants, the cowhide boots and the multiple cravats. I know women find him sexy but he so does not do it for me.
However, the people who wrapped their meat in proscuitto, and who chargrilled the veges instantly shrank when Matt P gave his opening pep talk told the top 50 this was not what he was looking for. But it did not matter as most of those ones got through.
Claire the lawyer who has been getting a lot of TV time cooked chicken with an asian salad served with grilled pineapple I will be very surprised if she does not make it to the top 24.
Joanne Zalm, whose husband owns a few hair salons in Sydney, got the thumbs up for her snapper dish.
Irmguard the 67 year old Austrian thought she was cooking pork but it was actually lamb. Which meant her it put her flavours out. I liked her but hated the look of her dish.
As expected there was undercooked and overcooked food, and Claire, Marion and Joanne were told they produced the best dishes of the challenge. It was ironic no men made it into the top three considering the challenge was BBQing.
The dumbest question of the night goes to Gary Mehigan when he asked Claire how she felt about being the best this round. What did he expect her to say?
The bottom ten were:
Jason, Amanda, Nicolette, Irmgard, Domenic, Michelle, Adele, Mark(spew on fish), Sarah, and Sharnee.
Just to stop them all melting down Gary told them last year’s winner Julie Goodwin was in the first elimination challenge.
Donna Hay was the celebrity chef tonight for the elimination challenge. Now I know Donna geats a bucketing by the gourmands and foodies out there, but I like her recipes they are straight forward, and usually taste ok. And most importantly they are hard to stuff up.
Continuing with the iconic Australian theme it was pavlova. Eight of the ten contestants had never made it before. They had to use Donna’s recipe but they could decorate it the way they wanted to. They had two hours complete it.
Irmgard ignored the “be precise” advice from Donna and did not even bother to weigh the sugar you knew this was going to come to an ugly end.
Pretty Nicolette who was struggling had received some tips from Gary and George on her technique. This also showed that some things had stayed the same since Season One!
But she was struggling and said she was withdrawing from the competition. George of course was desperate to keep her in and gave her an Anthony Robbins pep talk and she returned to the kitchen. Seriously is her pavlova going to be worst than Jason’s?
“Something has gone really wrong, It will be the worst of the day.” said Jason – that would be correct, only a Mary Mckillop miracle was going to save him and obviously she was somewhere else that day.
Adele was rocking it until she overloaded the cream and collapsed the side, she was pretty upset about it. She needs to harden up though because I think she can cook, however I am not going to put up with an emotional breakdown each episode.
Eliminated contestants were:
Jason, Irmguard, Nicolette, Amanda and Michelle no real surprises there.
I was a bit sad to see Irmguard go as she looked like she could have given great reality TV.
And now you are out Jason I have no reason to put shirtless photos of you over my blog. Um if there are any other reality TV contestants out there I am available for pecs for comment.