Masterchef Australia – Ten More Of The Top 24 Revealed
Who knew cutting and filleting salmon could be full of such suspense? Tonight ten people were going to go through to the top 24 so it was a huge challenge, for this they needed a big kahuna chef so they brought in the delectable Matt Moran.
First up was the mise en place challenge and it was four challenges to get to the holy grail of a spot in the 24. At first I thought it was going to be chopping celery, carrot and onion. However it was a bit more challenging then that.
First up was separating eggs. Greg the media sales guy hands were shaking and some familiar faces were tapped early to stand aside these included Jake, Dominic, Joanne Zalm, and Skye.
I thought the tapping out was abit arbitary as the amount of shell in some bowls were not just in there from the last egg they cracked.
Then next challenge was carrot julienne, and more were eliminated. Marion was a bit of a star in that one. Some contestants must have thought they were chopping crudites as there were some fat sticks.
Then it was the oyster shucking competition. I thought this was going to be ugly and I was expecting blood. But disappointingly there wasn’t. But then again Jake had already been eliminated.
Sharnee who is getting a lot of TV loving since the show started, had the advantage in the oyster shucking as her grandfather was an oyster farmer, no surprise she finished first.
Adele shucked but then kind of forgot to put her hand up, but it got her through to the next bench.
Finally there was the stress text where the first four people to deliver six perfect portions of 180gms pieces of salmon got through to the top 24.
It was no surprise Marion got through she has got a lot of loving. I wish she would say where she got her fabulous necklace from. Daniel the unemployed guy with the all shook up tatt around his neck was through as well. But Daniel we have hardly seen you.
Aaron who reminds me of Adam Garcia from American Idol was doing ok, but then he put a scrawny piece of salmon onto the scales and it was back to the end of the line for him.
Adele (can someone give her a xanax) and Courtney were the other two to get through.
All the remaining contestants were back in the next challenge, and this was to keep up with Matt Moran cooking one of his signature dishes and -boned out quail served with gnocchi and pumpkin – again there were four stages in the challenge.
The first bit was to blanch the pumpkin – Jake the renderer,and Dominic went at that stage. I will be very surprised if either of them make it into the top 24.
The next was to make the gnocchi they were given 16 minutes to do this.
Next was to debone a quail in six minutes. Richard Gunner a former butcher made easy work of his.
Next was the cooking and plating. At this stage people were eliminated even before the tasting. I thought this was a tad unfair, but then maybe professional chefs can tell just by the visuals that a dish is going to taste crap.
The six put through were Phillip, Kate, Johnathan, Peter, Aaron, and Adam. No real surprises there, as a lot of them have been getting a fair bit of viewing time.