Masterchef Australia – The Top 24 Has Been Decided
I knew something was up all week, with Sharnee, the Qld law student, getting a lot of Masterchef Australia camera time in the top 50 episodes, but I was shocked when she was put through to the top 24. She did not complete a part of the dish.
Matt Preston said to her when she presented the Neil Perry snapper curry “We will be judging you on what you have done so far and this dish.” Why bother having the pressure test if it carries little or no weight.? Her other dishes this week did not appear to be particularly outstanding.
If they wanted a young girl in I thought Bel Erarslan was a better cook, her signature dish was in the top four. Ok so she had a bone left in her fish, however so did Aaron in his quail and he was put through.
The other top 24 contestant that raised my eyebrows was Kate Nugara, a 30 year old teacher from Victoria. She saw it as an achievement that she had completed the dish, but her noodles looked like worms.
Also her chocolate mousse in the mystery box challenge, was judged to be nice, but just chocolate mousse. Did she even put a glug of Grand Marnier in her mousse for flavour? George admitted she got through because of her “grit and determination”.
Also there must be some fear and loathing from some of the contestants who even in this episode I thought who the hell are you? Henry the asian guy in the blue striped t-shirt did not get one to camera chat.
Anyway more thoughts on some of the contestants later in the post.
First it was the Mystery Box challenge, and the top four were going to the top 24, and the bottom four eliminated.
It was dessert ingredients. In it was chocolate, mint, fruit, grand marnier, cinnamon sticks, hundreds and thousands. They had 45 minutes to complete it.
Tony, the grain trader, was making a german cheesecake – where was the cheese in the mystery box? For the pedants could they reveal somewhere what ingredients they have access to in the pantry when the mystery box challenges are on. Cheese is not a staple.
Also he had a disaster and it did not set, which meant he was eliminated.
Fiona used a very good strategy of sycophantically deciding to use something George had made in Masterclass. She made a strawberry jelly, which did not set so she changed it to strawberry champagne. The flavours must have been there as she got through.
Joanne Zalm’s tactic was smart just keeping it simple with crepes orange and cream. She now has a place in the top 24. Joanne will split viewers, half are going to love her, and the other half not so much.
Poor Jason had to walk the plank as his granita did not set, the judges were sympathetic.
I was a bit dubious about Matthew Caldicott’s strawberry soup, but apparently with his layered chocolate mousse it was delicious. And he was in.
Callum who is only 20 cooked a sensational looking chocolate jaffa tart.
Jo O’Brien, Tony, Claude and Jason were the four eliminated in the challenge.
Then in a shock announcement Kate decieded to leave to be with her family back in Brisbane. She said her children needed her. It must have been heart breaking for her.
This now meant there were nine spots left.
The next challenge was a pressure test, and it was Neil “the produce is the hero” Perry. I like Neil’s cooking, but I hate his ponytail. He really needs to cut it off.
His dish was a snapper curry with semolina noodles. It looked delicious.
Jake the cement renderer was the most excited he was ever going to be on the show (not that he showed it) as he said one of he reasons he came on the show was to learn from the master himself, Neil Perry. And he meant it. I thought his dish was fantastic, and I was thrilled that he got through to the top 24. I don’t think he will win.
Alvin got through,even though his dish got mixed reviews, great noodles and sauce, and bad fish.
Not surprisingly Dominic was in, but only after saying for the millionth time that he wanted to change his life.
Carrie, Kate, Devon, Sarah and Sharnee all got into the top 24.
I have mixed views I think it is a solid top 24, but there are some surprising inclusions namely, Sharnee and Kate. I also think Phil is a bit lightweight. Let us hope they prove me wrong.