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.