Form Guide To The Top 24 Contestants – Masterchef Australia
On the suggestion of regular commenter CG that a post be put up where we could “punt” on who we think will win Masterchef Australia Season 2 at this stage of the competition. Who at the equivalent time of the show last year would have thought Julie Goodwin will win it?
The blog post will be open to comments until next Friday for people to say who they think will win. So obviously if your first pick is eliminated by then, please have another guess.
There will be prizes for those who manage to pick the winner. Unfortunately the prize won’t be a lap dance from the Masterchef judge of choice, but it will either reality TV or food related. Ok ok I have no idea what it will be but I have three months to come up with something, and it will depend on how many people actually pick the winner.
Here is my form guide to assist or misguide you and also give a bit more general information on them. Anyone who reads this regularly will know that sometimes I get it horribly wrong.
Adam Liaw – the 31 year old lawyer who lives in Japan, will be a contender if he can cook outside his signature cooking style of Asian. Unfortunately we could not get a real handle on how good a cook he is in the childhood meal challenge, as he forgot the rice, but the other flavours in the dish looked great. He was a bit of a child prodigy, entering university at 16, so will have the smarts to play the reality TV game, and excel in the team challenges, when skills other then cooking come in handy.
Expect to see him in final’s week. BTW if you think he is cute, bad luck he lives with his girlfriend in Japan.
Aaron Harvie – a 37 year old band manager who likes to wear beanies has a cool vibe about him, but will this mean he can keep his head when it heats up in the kitchen. He postponed his wedding to former Young Talent Time star Natalie Miller to come on the show so he is focused. Won’t be an early casualty but I think he will falter at some stage.
He would like to open a pasta place which sells high end pasta sauces. You can follow him on twitter @aaronharvie.
Adele Fragnitio – 49 year old hairdresser is one of the higher profile contestant’s who always looks pensive. But put her in the kitchen and she can cook. She was the lynchpin for the Italian restaurant challenge, and was assertive and organised in the kitchen. If she can overcome her nerves she will be a force to be reckon with. However I suspect an asian food challenge may be her undoing.
Alvin Quah – The 35 year old Scientific Manager is one of my favourites. He was a big fan of Poh’s and even named one of his pot plants after her. He has a high likeability factor, but as I have queried before will the producers allow a gay asian guy win? The other thing against him is that he did not star in his role as team captain last night, he did not show enough control or give enough direction. I thought he was certainty for finals week, but have now changed my mind.
Carrie Johnston – the 34 year old human resources manager was made redundant just before she came on the show. She is originally from America, and would like to become a dessert chef. She claims she is a perfectionist, which will be interesting in the team challenges, but she did turn out good pizzas last night. We have not seen much of her cooking but she looks like she is very focused. One to watch.
Callum Hann – the 20 year old is the youngest in the competition, he is starting to think he would like to be a chef. He may be young but I like his attitude. He was rejected by My Kitchen Rules so instead of hanging with Manu is he with Gary and George. He would have been teamed up with his long-term girlfriend Chloe. Masterchef Australia is a much better forum for him to showcase his skills, and he looks like a good technician. He won’t win but he will get a good apprenticeship from it, if he wants it.
Claire Winton-Burns – the 31 year old lawyer is already one of the most talked about contestants, due to her being extremely enigmatic. Her cooking skills are definitely some of the best in the competition, but she is starting to look a little nervy with a lot of tears in the last few episodes. She has said she is shy, but wants to change her career to involve food, a cafe attached to a winery. She is certain to be in the mix in the final week.
Courtney Roulston – a 29 year old bar manager from Sydney would like to get into catering. She is definitely stunning and some commenters think she looks a bit like Debbie Harry (which is a positive thing). I don’t think she will be in the mix, however will gain a lot of fans.
And boys sorry to break the bad news but she is currently seeing a woman. It will be interesting to see if Gary and George give her the favouratism they give the other good looking girls.
Daniel Auslebrook – applied for Masterchef after being made redundant. I wonder if applying for a reality TV show means you meet the Newstart requirements – it is kind of like looking for work. Anyway I have not seen anything of this guys food, so who knows what he can do. Since we saw nothing of him in the top 50 week, I am guessing he will be an early casualty.
Devon Headland – the 30 year old builder’s head is currently on the chopping block as he is up for elimination with Johnathan. I expect he will be early collateral damage, which is a pity as not only is he good looking but nice as well. He would like to open a restaurant. He has an understanding girlfriend, they postponed their wedding in February for the show.
Dominic Corrigan – the 46 year old started cooking when he was made redundant from an investment bank, he is currently a CEO of a Charity. He has had his ups and down with a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction. I really liked his style in last night’s challenge, however being picked near last for the teams would indicate he is not the strongest cook in the house. Won’t go the distance.
Fiona Inglis – the 24 year old teacher will get a lot of loving from George as she is stunning, however being picked last in the teams even after Kate, would be a sign that she is not going to win the competition, but she may get a gig presenting cartoons or on V Channel.
Jake Bujayer – I know the 29 year old cement renderer is not going to win, but there is something I really like about this guy. He looked like he was keeping his cool in the kitchen for the blue team last night. He may need to learn how to cook a bit faster and multi-task, unfortunately don’t expect to see him in the final week. If you do think he is cute he has a girlfriend.
Jimmy Seervai – the engaging 31 year old has had a love of food which meant he had to lose 65 kilos. He will be fantastic with asian flavours, and I thought he was going to be a contender, however after last night I changed my mine. I did not think he was assertive enough in his role as front of house manager. I think a tricky challenge will see him gone. Again I think the Asian style cooks will find it difficult in the more traditional cooking styles.
Johnathan (no last name) – the 33 year old IT consultant is shaping up to be portrayed as the tool of the series. Alvin appointed him as the other team captain to avoid him being on his team. Johnathan has done work experience in Gordan Ramsay’s restaurant Petrus in London. If he can get through tonight he should hang around for awhile.
Joanne Zalm – the 37 year old mother is like Sandra of this year’s Masterchef. Attractive with two kids, and her aim is to get children to eat healthier. I am taking my time warming to her. I don’t think she will win as it would be a mum winning two years in a row. I know I know I am a cynic and the best cook should win. However, her cooking has looked solid so far, so will stick around for awhile.
Kate Nugara – the 30 year old teacher has copped a fair bit of flack due to her dreadful chicken potato pie. Apparently her cooking specialty is Sri Lankan. But I am still not convinced. She does appear to have a nice personality, but if she wins I won’t have to worry about prizes as no one will pick her.
Marion Grasby – the 27 year old former ABC journalist is reality TV gold. Good looking, knows how to speak to camera, AND she can cook. Acquitted herself under pressure last night, and has not put a foot wrong. Has to make the final week, and ticks the boxes as a possible winner ie Gen Y, female, no kids, and articulate. Also good at Thai, and but technically strong in the more traditional cuisines.
Matthew Caldicott – the 21 year old accountant wants to swap careers much to his parent’s disapproval. He was the first picked by Johnathan so this could indicate some solid skills. He would like to train in France before opening a restaurant. Too young to win, but could make top five. For my younger readers he is single.
Peter Kritkides – the married 29 year old lawyer does not expect the show to give him a new career. He leans to cooking Greek, which will make it difficult to stand out with George Calombaris judging him. I don’t expect him to there at the end.
Philip Vakos – another greek guy, this 27 year old auditor now wants to become a chef. I am not convinced about his cooking skills, and really would have been eliminated if Andrea had not had a nervous breakdown and left the competition in the farm to kitchen challenge. His risotto was ordinary and will find it difficult to stand out from the pack.
Sarah Carmichael – Scratched.
Sharnee Dawson – the 21 year old law student that does not want to do law seems to be having a charmed run. She is getting a lot of camera time, plus got into the top 24 without completing an essential component of a dish. I doubt this favouritism will continue and she will be eliminated way before the top ten. She needs to realise that just because you have a law degree it does not mean you have to practice it.
Skye Craig – the 35 year old describes herself as a bit of a hippie and a yuppie. She is into organic raw food which could mean she is weak in cooking challenges. But she did get through the BBQ challenge which had the potential to trip her up. She is definitely attractive so could get a future career with her raw food cooking. But I don’t expect her to be on that plane to London.
Ok so take you pick in the comment section below, and you can only pick one contestant, it is not like the Melbourne Cup where punters pick half the field.
My selection is Marion to win.