Masterchef – the red team dons the black aprons
Ah, the Masterchef kitchen, once again! Matt is praising the red team for their effort in the French challenge, but reminds them that the blues “knocked it out of the ballpark”. If you don’t count their creme brulee or champagne course. He sends the reds to wait out some nerves upstairs – for no reason that I can discern – and they perch on the couches, each declaring that he/she is not ready to go home. I agree with those who say they still have a lot to learn, but perhaps that means they are likely to be at risk.
We don’t want to spend all our time with the losers, do we? Let’s see what winners do. Claire catches us up with the news that the blues won last night – no, really! – so are enjoying a meal at Pilu. Aaron demonstrates that he has a future in children’s television with his enthusiastic miming of the feast of the senses. Fiona pretends that they are thinking of the red team, but really they are thinking of suckling pig (or should be).
Back to the losers. The elimination challenge is two rounds of basic skills. The worst three performers in round one go onto round two, and the worst in round two will go home. Test one? The reds have ten minutes to make a pesto, using mortar and pestle. Contestants have a taste of the sample dish and are given the go to rush at the ingredients bench. “It’s worse than the boxing day sale” according to Alvin.
Sharnee pops in loads of pine nuts – too many? – and Jake is hoping that some cashews with his pine nuts will give it a creaminess that will beat the others. He admits to hoping the judges haven’t seen him with the cashews, as it’s a textural rather than flavour choice, but the Gs are onto him. This is a pity – and a reason that I don’t think the judges should be watching them during this – since they both wince at his decision and you can bet they’ll be doing their darndest to pick out that flavour when they taste his.
As we come back from commercials, Adam is there to helpfully remind those of us who have short-term memory problems that they have ten minutes to make pesto.
Courtney feels that her pesto is not going to meet the size requirement, so decides that garlic is the right choice for volume building. Seems like a strange decision. Sharnee thinks that hers is too thick and Daniel realises that his has too much parmesan. Courtney’s taste test has revealed that hers tastes garlicky. Wow, who’d have thought? And what are the chances that we’ve just seen our bottom three?
George asks Jake if “there’s cashews in there”. That really shits me, since he KNOWS there are cashews in there so is clearly trying to catch Jake in a lie.
- Courtney’s is deemed green and vibrant but the judges’ expressions show that the garlic is overwhelming.
- Skye’s has too much lemon and Gary can’t taste the basil.
- Matt finds Marion’s balanced.
- As for the others? Who knows, but clearly Adam and Peter are safe, since we’ve seen nothing of their efforts.
The bottom three are Daniel, Sharnee and the fireball. I hope to god they didn’t have to use Perfect Italiano cheese in their pesto; there’d be no chance of it being edible (although that would explain how having too much cheese – Daniel – would have been worse than too much lemon and no basil – Skye). After the ads, we find out that the fireball obscured the garlicky Courtney. The safe ones must say goodbye to the bottom three, and we must watch their “dream/journey” clips. I think Sharnee’s sad because she’s told the nation that she doesn’t want to be a lawyer, but it seems she might not be a cook, either.
Now it’s time to play Name! That! Herb! The first one is basil, but Courtney thinks it might be a trick. Fortunately none of them tries to second guess it, and they all go on to the second herb. The second herb is mint, but Courtney is trying to be more specific, which worries Daniel, who an hears more scribbling than a four-letter word warrants. She’s got spearmint, whilst the other two have “mint”. Let’s see how long Gary can drag it out. Wow – there’s been at least 90 seconds of running through the options (come ON Gary, there are only TWO!) and now we go to ads. Seriously. Growing OLD here, Ten.
The herb, once the ads are over, is revealed as mint, so goodbye Courtney. She doesn’t see herself as one of the best cooks, but didn’t see herself as number nineteen. Don’t worry, Courtney, I don’t see you as the nineteenth best cook in the country, either.
Sharnee voices over that everyone will be devastated to see her go. Back in the house, we see Carrie musing over who’s gone home while she’s still in the house despite not being able to cook (she leaves the last part of that sentence unsaid). The lift door opens to reveal…. Daniel and Sharnee. Jo and Carrie look shocked (possibly because they’ve never seen this “Daniel” before), and Claire reveals that she didn’t think Courtney would be anywhere near the top of the list. I’m not sure whether she realises that even being at the bottom of a three person list is still fairly close to the “top”.
Ah, Courtney, you’re home. Pouring beers is a thing of the past, she says. She’s now in the process of launching a catering company.
- I’d have hoped that basic skills would have been tested before these people were touted as the country’s best amateur chefs.
- I’m not sure who it was who drew my attention to Kate in the credits, but thatnks to whoever you are. It always gives me a giggle.
- Also thanks to whoever pointed out Aaron’s resemblance to Kirk Pengilly!
I’ll be putting up an open post for the Masterclass tomorrow, so you can feel free to drop by and post your thoughts as it’s underway. Hopefully your commentary will be so detailed that I won’t have to watch the recording, and can catch up on American Idol, Celebrity Apprentice and Jersey Shore, instead!