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Masterchef Australia – A Meltdown, A Dodgy Risotto (Naturally), and An Elimination

Most other reality shows can be a bit tedious until they get to the 20 or 12 or in this case 24, but  Masterchef Australia has its format down to a reality TV art form.

Even to the point where they were keeping in mind they had sold the show to the Brits, with Matt Preston sprinkling English analogies like Wimbeldon all through his judging comments.

Tonight the contestants with the ten worst signature dishes from last night’s episode were competing in pairs to stay in the competition. Two twists, they had to go out to the farmgate to pick their own produce (fortunately this did not include killing the sheep/pig or chook they were using), and if your team mate was out so were you.

As can be reality TV’s way the drama can happen unexpectedly on the show.  And it was not about the cooking or getting pecked at by chickens, but by a contestant Andrea who slowly had a meltdown throughout the challenge.

I had mixed feelings about the Andrea drama. Her and Phil were having issues from the start, and I don’t know if it was all her, but it was edited that way. She had wanted to do roast chicken but ended up settling on risotto, and Phil was going to do a strawberry tart.

I am not sure how that compromise occurred, but it was implied that Phil did not think the dish she wanted to do had the requisite degree of difficulty in it.

However, during the challenge she was not rushing, talking to the farmers, and appeared to wait in the car whilst Phil picked the strawberries. Which was poor form.

“I feel a bit compromised by the challenge,” she told the judges and said she would have preferred to do the chicken with some verjuice (well she is from Maggie Beer territory ie South Australia).

At first I thought it was a bit rough that she quit, as it looked like she had let the team down. But then I thought if her heart was not into cooking and she was going to stuff it up she was going to put Phil at risk of elimination.

Philip an auditor from Tasmania decided to do cook both dishes on his own. And on top of that he cut himself.

Everyone knows that cooking risotto on this show is cursed, in fact anyone who does cook it perfectly should be handed the winner’s title then and there. But cooking it 45 minutes early was not going to help its texture and flavour. It looked unpalatable on TV. Lucky for him his strawberry tart was lovely.

Kim and Siobahn  were behind as they were the last to get back, and had just under two hours to prep and cook.

Kate and Jennifer got through to the next round with their poached chicken with vegetables, and white peach icecream and raspberry sorbet. Even though the chicken was a  bit dry.

Richard and Stuart were put through on their lamb done three ways,  and trio of desserts. I thought points should have been deducted on this one due to having goats cheese on both dishes.

And because this is a reality TV, the heart strings were pulled, as Phil was given a lifeline because he showed passion and commitment ie he attempted to cook two dishes, and he had been stuck with a dodgy partner.

Tomorrow night Matt Moran. Woo Hoo.


1 Kyvyny { 04.22.10 at 3:11 am }

Enough with the risotto, people. You’re never going to make it under those shaky conditions. Especially if that scene of a profiterole climbing together is any indication of their nerves.

Shame to see Kim go. She looked like she was a rare contestant that actually liked making desserts.

2 Wurstsemmel { 04.22.10 at 8:57 am }

I thought of you when they announced Matt Moran, RR!

It floors me that people still do the rissoto thing. I missed a little bit of thr bickering between Phil and Andrea. Was it all one sided? Maybe she was so fed up after that, she’d already decided to quite, hence no rush.

I was suprised K ate and Jennifer got through because of the chicken. I didn’t ‘recognise’ many of these contestants though – they haven’t had a lot of air time.

PS New TAR next week, RR

3 Culinary Boner { 04.22.10 at 12:09 pm }

Looks like MCA should now be a verjuice free zone. Phew.

4 I like food { 04.22.10 at 1:15 pm }

Whats the tear count up to ? I wonder which contestant the creepy Matt Moran will latch onto tonight.

5 corrie { 04.22.10 at 8:24 pm }

I love masterchef but do we really need the soppy music that comes on!!!! oh dear, it’s going to be a long series when they do that at the end! I just roll my eyes when it comes on!

I did think Chris was an idiot for making risotto so early and just leaving it there, ugh it looked terrible!

love your entertaining re-cap! very funny!

6 Anon { 04.22.10 at 9:05 pm }

We are three episodes in and there is one contestant who annoys me intensely!!!!Everytime they speak I have to resist the urge to flick the channel. Hope they don’t make the top 24!

It also grates me everytime it is mentioned that this year’s contestants are better than last years. Somewhat undercut when one contestant mistook celery for parsley.

7 Kent { 04.27.10 at 10:56 am }

U dont know what the hell u r talking about, i work on the show and i was there, Andrea couldnt of made a chicken dish with Ver Juice because there wasnt even any Ver juice to use in the challenge, they just said that to make her feel better because she didnt even know what day of the week it was

8 reality raver { 04.27.10 at 11:00 am }

thanks Kent, unfortunately I don’t know what is available in the pantry.

As sometimes there appears to be everything like lots of Asian ingredients and interesting cuts of meat

9 Kent { 04.27.10 at 4:21 pm }

No problem, sorry for the outburst, i just saw what that poor guy had to put up with all day so i feel 4 him thats all.

10 Reality Raver { 04.27.10 at 4:31 pm }

Kent – I wish the show had shown us more. It would have made great TV.