Masterchef Australia – Celebrity Chef Challenge – Luke Nguyen
“He’s [Alvin] is a real contender?” says Masterchef judge George Calombaris. Would the producers of the show let a gay Asian guy win? I suppose we will just have to wait and see. If I was a betting woman I would say no. But Alvin definitely has a likeability factor.
Anyway tonight was the first Celebrity Chef Challenge with Red Lantern‘s chef Luke Nguyen behind the burners. He had challenged Alvin to produce a Vietnamese banquet. It consisted of Hanoi rolls, pork and prawn pancake, and barramundi wrapped in lotus leaves.
Alvin had 90 minutes, and Luke had 75 minutes to produce it, it looked like it took Luke about 40 minutes for him to complete.
What I loved about Luke was his Jackie Chan style chopping with a knife in both hands. It must his for TV technique because it seemed to create a lot of mess and food wastage.
Tonight the prize was no longer the fast track to the final week, but an immunity pin which they can use at anytime throughout the competition. I am presuming you have to put it up prior to the judging, not once you were actually told you are eliminated. But let’s worry about those semantics once someone actually wins one.
Basically Alvin acquitted himself very well, with no disasters, and not too many dramas, apart from having to redo the pancake after pouring way too much oil into the pan.
I think for the judges it was fairly obvious whose dishes were whom. And Luke ended up winning easily.
Alvin was given a total of 22, and Luke 24 points.
I found it interesting tonight that George seemed to be the lead judge role, something Gary Mehigan did last year. He was the one leading the judging conversation and talking to the Alvin. I wonder if the judges fight over who gets what lines and screen time.
There was comment in the Sunday Telegraph gossip column, indicating the Masterchef Australia judges ego’s were out of control. Personally I think they are allowed a bit of hubris considering they were on one of the most highly rated TV show of last year. However I think they should be careful they don’t become parodies of themselves. Yes I am talking to you Matt Preston.
BTW Regular commenter CG suggested a ‘book’ on who we think will take out the Season 2 crown. I will put up the form guide tomorrow, for you to pick who you think will win. There will be prizes for those for those who get it correct (I have no idea what yet). Great idea CG thanks.