Masterchef – a walk in the black forest
It was sponges at dawn for the pressure test: the classic black forest cake. Dominic, Joanne and Matthew faced off and the person with the worst attempt at the cake went home.
This is going to be a flash post, as Mr Injera is wanting to catch up on last week’s episode of The Pacific and is getting tetchy. Dom took the early lead as the night’s loser when he revealed that he’d be pretty happy with any sort of dish… as long as it wasn’t a cake. Matthew was 150% determined (if he sticks at this accounting business, I think I’ll get him to do my taxes) and Joanne seemed to think she’d be able to do for her family.
So, highlights and lowlights:
- Callum demonstrated his true alliance when he helped Dom with the timings, but advised Jake not to bother stressing Matthew out over a mere cherry pip. But he still seemed happy to see Matthew return.
- Adam’s inability to watch as Dom massacred his cake batter was wonderful, but he did manage to pull himself together to tell Dom to lay off it a bit.
- Did anybody notice the tension between Dom and the Gs? He really had the “yep, I’m working, STFU” attitude when they went over for the half-time-stating-the-obvious session.
- The dark haired contestant with the glasses (I know, I know, I tried to check on the website but it’s “down”. That’ll teach them to focus on only half a dozen contestants!) must be new. After all, he seemed to think that it didn’t matter how the food looked, as it was all about the taste.
- George was so disappointed that the cherries on Dom’s cake had no stems. Dom probably pays too much attention to all the celebrity chefs who admonish people who put inedible garnishes on dishes.
- What did George mean when he said, of Dom’s cake, “put taste aside, you could blend it all up and still eat it”? Was that a compliment, or an insult? Or just the ramblings of someone who has an hour to fill with cake making?
- I loved how excited George was by Joanne’s attention to detail… which he only knew about because she messed up the detail.
- What is the point of subjecting the three contestants to the ridiculous inquisition about their Dream when Matt later tells us that it’s inconsequential, since “it comes down to the dish you cooked today”?
- Am I the only viewer who cringes when contestants say how much they don’t want to be doing the job they’re doing? If I were an HR manager for an accounting firm, I think I’d be stamping “reject” all over applications from Matthew.