Masterchef Australia – It’s Time To Leave ….
“I’ve never had truffles before,” said Kate. “Never?” said George looking shocked. Really George they are not like potatoes both in supply and cost. No surprise she has not tasted them, as they can’t be microwaved…..
Anyway I have to confess I feel a bit mixed about Kate’s elimination, up until now she has provided at least 20% of the entertainment value of the show.
Tonight’s pressure test was to cook Peter Gilmore from his restaurant Quay -Poached Free Range Chicken with Black Truffle and Garden Vegetables. I thought it was tough considering it was the first bottom three pressure test.
I really liked Peter Gilmore as a TV talent, and if they ever think of doing an Australian version of Hell’s Kitchen they should consider this guy. He seemed to have a cheeky sense of humour, combined with the ability to scare the living shit out of you. Also you could tell he was a perfectionist.
Hopefully he will be back on later in the series. I also like the way he got to sit on the judging panel to assess their dishes.
It was a difficult dish with techniques and ingredients that they were not familiar with.
Carrie who seriously needs to relax. Her tears and her earnest “I want to be a chef” mantra is starting to get irritating. Kate may not be able to cook but she showed some facial expressions.
Fiona should have just stayed because she did not break down and cry.
Kate was quick in prepping the dish, but perhaps trying to emulate her hero, last year’s winner Julie Goodwin was her downfall. She kept wrapping Glad Wrap around and around the chicken. Therefore it did not cook in the 40 minutes she had it in the water bath. By the way loved the water bath, you just know in one challenge Johnathan is going to use it to sous vide something.
Her chicken was raw and not even 5 minutes in the oven was going to salvage it. The judges could not even taste it. Kate said “This is the best I could give in 90 minutes under extreme pressure” – yes we have all heard of that excuse before Kate.
Carrie was criticised for lack of truffle butter taste (it had run out because she had gashed the chicken skin), and also for undercooking the mini vegetables.
Fiona got high praise from Matt Preston “Absolutely bang on” he said.
I was waiting for Matt Preston to make some quip about Fiona trying to set the kitchen on fire with the Handee paper towels, but he didn’t.
It was no surprise Kate went, and as she drove off she said “Mark my words Melbourne there is going to be a new cafe and it is going to be owned by me.”
This Cafe ‘Diversity’ has been put on hold while she does a commercial cookery course, but she has opened a catering business called “A Spoon Full Of Katering”.
The future? She said “I definitely have a few objectives – I’m thinking of going back to teaching for a bit and seeing what other outlets open for me. I’d like to do Cultural and food tours of Melbourne, and my objective in three to five years is to open a food outlet.
In the Channel Ten press release Kate said Johnathan was yelling out a lot in the challenge to Fiona.
She said “Jonathan was actually really distracting during the challenge, shouting help down at Fiona, I actually shouted at him to stop – I did feel like I wasn’t being supported.”
At least the Fiona and Carrie could take comfort that their fellow contestants were happy to see them come back in the house not like last week when there was stunned silence when Johnathan walked back in instead of Devon.
Oh and by the way it looks like a fun house did you see how full the wine glasses were?
Who does she want to win the series? “I’d love to see Courtney win the competition as I think she tries her best, has an excellent personality and has creativity. However, I think Marion is very meticulous and good at what she does so she could win, plus Callum is hugely talented for someone so young.”
Farewell Kate, and in a funny way you will be missed.