Masterchef Australia – Two People Through To The Top 24
It’s official we now have proof that if you have boobs and no dangly bits you will have an advantage on Masterchef Australia.
Judge Gary Mehigan tells Bel that 200gms of mustard is a lot to put in her beef wellington, which prompts her to go and check the recipe and make her realise she has made a serious mistake. However, when Jimmy is confused about the order of the layers Gary just shrugs and says “that’s for you to figure out”, and walks off.
But then maybe Bel’s mustard stuff up was a subliminal way of trying to avoiding being slobbered on by the judges as George Calombaris had said in his opening motivation speech “Give us great food, and we want to hug you and kiss you,”.
But to get to the beef wellington first the remaining 45 had to cook their signature dish. Which they had 90 minutes to complete. The twist? The other contestants were going to judge each other , girls tasted the boys dishes, and vice versa. The top three girls and guys would be in a cook off with the best of each gender going through to claim the first spots in the top 24.
Adele from Adelaide went from the depths of despair after nearly being eliminated in the previous episode to get through with her stuffed eggplant with current and pine nut dressing.
Marion twice baked snail souffle was a bold move, but it did not secure her a place in the cook off. I suspect she gets into the top 24 with the amount of air time she is getting.
Skye Craig signature dish chocolate wattleseed avocado mousse got her enough votes to get through disproving George’s musing whether the blokes were going to like it. By the way who is writing the lines as they really must be wanting to present George as lecherous with this line by Gary “The other one you quite fancy George is Skye”….
Claire the redhead lawyer, was put through with her well cooked meat, as was Bel with her fig and mastic bavarois.
Jimmy’s curry was very memorable and probably stood out from the rest of the meat, and pasta dishes.
Alvin’s twice cooked duck with peking duck also looked delicious and got him through to the pressure test.
Conversely Justin’s beetroot pasta with the mussel and white wine sauce, was a weird combination even with out the over cooked pasta.
Unsurprising Jimmy was through, and Jonathan’s saddle of lamb with morrocan sauce got him a place.
They then had to do a pressure test and cook beef wellington which was one of Gary Mehigan’s signature dishes.
They had 2 and 1/2 hours to complete it.
“I didn’t even know you had crepes in beef wellington” said Jonathan who was barely raising a sweat. Oh snap. Maybe I have been watching to much Hell’s Kitchen where Gordon Ramsay gets his charges to cook. But I thought it was beef, pate and pastry. This must be Gary’s twist on the dish.
Alvin was having a disaster wrapping, and Jonathan who is meticulous appeared to have the challenge completely in the bag.
After the challenge had finished did anyone notice in the shots of the wellingtons that some of them did not have the jus jugs on the plates?
At judging Jonathan was confident with his dish, but Gary soon bought him down to earth saying his mushrooms were a bit pasty.
When it was the girls turn to be judged George snarled at Claire “Who would have thought a lawyer could cook?” he continued the insults “Most lawyers are boring, would you go to a lawyer party or a chef party?” Sorry George I’d go to the lawyer’s party to ensure getting some decent conversation. Unless it was a key swapping party with Matt Moran and then I would hang out with the chefs.
It was a no brainer that Claire Winton Burn was in the top 24. But Jonathan was shocked when Jimmy’s name was called for the guys.
Claire’s colleagues at the law firm she works for will be vying for her very nice office, as she declared about three times to camera how she was ready to move on.