Masterchef Australia – The Top 24 – Are They Really The Best Amateur Chefs In Australia?
OK hands up who has rushed to the Masterchef Australia website to see if Kate’s Chicken and Potato Pie recipe has been up loaded on there yet? I wonder if they will give both the microwave cooking time, as well as the convection oven time.
I really am not sure why they rate her as one of the top 24 amateur chefs in Australia. If someone can enlighten me please do.
Tonight the top 24 contestants moved into the Masterchef house in what looks to be the suburb of Double Bay, which looked fabulous, as did the Masterchef kitchen.
There is a restaurant and a cafe as well, I hope this year they have to use them, last year the judges were the only one that used it.
The first challenge was to cry when talking about a childhood memory or family. Callum, Claire, Adele all were choking up. Though this was not a negative thing for Claire as she has been so cool during the previous episodes that it was good to see some emotion.
Oh Masterchef Australia you got me tonight. Confession – I teared up when Callum Haan was talking about his father dying. By the way I really think Callum can cook, and won’t be surprised if he is on the show for quite some time.
But seriously they need to tone down the contestants crying it was becoming irritating and tedious.
And then they got to the cooking challenge which was to create a dish which reflected their childhood. The winner would go into a beat the chef challenge with the possibility of gaining an immunity card that they can play anytime during the show. I presume it cannot be used in final’s week.
This is one of the changes from last year. Previously the person who beat the chef was fast forwarded straight to the finals week. The immunity card makes much more sense. As even though going to the finals seemed like a great prize it really wasn’t as you were taken out of the high pressure competition, and also missed out on a lot of fun. As Julia Jenkins would know.
The first top 24 challenge and some were feeling the pressure. Adam Liew did not get the rice for his rice dish, which was a pity as it would have been sensational.
George was horrified that Kate was not going to make her own mayonnaisse for her chicken and potato pie. She seemed to imply she wanted to keep the integrity of the original dish. But she says she did change it by NOT microwaving it. Just as well because they would have had to revive George.
Did she put the mayo in the dish and then it was cooked? If so that is the first time I have seen that occur. I bet one of her favourite cookbooks is the 4 ingredient ones. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Jake also wanted to keep the integrity of his dish by using jar oysters in his Oyster soup canapes. But his dish appeared to work out ok.
They contestant’s obviously are told of the challenges before hand, as something like oysters in a jar would not just be stocked in the pantry. Nor would all the asian ingredients required. I actually don’t have a problem with that.
Alvin cooked drunken and bruised it is chicken in chinese wine and mirin (I think), and snake beans. It looked devine. Go Alvin.
Jimmy whose mother is not going to be happy with his impersonation of her again looked like he was going to be sticking around for awhile. His prawn pathia looked divine. I will definitely be checking that out on the official website.
Adele’s crostini looked great – as I have said in previous posts she can cook. However I wonder what she will be like when she has to diversify out of the comfort zone of italian food.
The lovely Alvin won the challenge, and he teared up with pride. There must be nearly some peer pressure to start crying on set, otherwise you look like an unfeeling bastard.
Alvin will be challenging Luke Nyguen who is a great vietnamese chef, so should be an interesting challenge.