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Masterchef – Masterclass (open post)

What delights are in store in the Masterclass tonight?  Will the Gs explore ways to tizzy up produce approaching it’s best before date?  Will four lucky contenders get the chance to skip out and spend some time in a professional kitchen?  Will an eagle-eyed commenter spy one of our recently departed contestants scribbling notes?

I’m not going to recap this, so discuss the ins and outs in the comments!


1 kate (NTK!) { 05.22.10 at 8:41 am }

I likewise loved the Flying Fish guy and his marron salad/steamed marron dish. Looked great, and quick and easy to make; unpretentious.

I agree with the comment made earlier about the length of time it takes the G’s to make these dishes – it always seems terribly ironic that most of the dishes they make take far longer than the time they allow the contestants to make anything.

Personally I think the time limits they place (or lack of proper allowance for advance prep) completely undermine the show. For the invention test at least, they should be allowed to do some prep a day or a few hours beforehand. And I’d really like to see them do some slow cooking dishes for a change.

But if they do insist on keeping strict time limits, make the G’s come up with quick dishes too – after all, most of us are really looking for the quick dishes to serve up most of the time, not extremely labour intensive ones (that’s what we go out to restaurants for!).

And as for dishes whose substance consists of a few scattered green leaves, a few slices of apple with lemon squeezed over, a few spoonfuls of flavoured ice, and (the inevitably) sugared/crystallized walnuts, coupled with a lump of fat. Please Ten, don’t let Georgie do it again.

2 AnnyB { 05.22.10 at 8:59 am }

I think I’ll go and watch some of “Posh Nosh” thrilling mussels, strip searching broccoli, picking out happy home-schooled chicken and exasperating vegetables until vegetables.

I didn’t watch the Masterchef class – but I don’t need to, the recap here is so much better.

3 AnnyB { 05.22.10 at 8:59 am }

that should be “exasperating vegetables until exhausted”.

4 Injera { 05.22.10 at 9:01 am }

Oh, Posh Nosh! What a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Thanks, AnnyB – will hit YouTube now…

(If you want to see a real-life posh nosh, you must check out Tamasin Day Lewis on 7Two on Friday afternoons. It’s – unintentionally? – hilarious.)

5 librarygirl { 05.22.10 at 9:01 am }

Hi Rosie – I’m sure you’re right about the gelatine.
Probably my pronunciation comes from watching so many Nigella episodes!

6 Kaylen { 05.22.10 at 10:18 am }

Injera – agree with you about Tamasin’s show. :P!

7 saffronlie { 05.22.10 at 10:19 am }

I know we’ve done the Fawlty Towers jokes, but seriously. “Celery! Apples! Walnuts! Grapes! IN A MAYONNAISE SAUCE.” It’s very simple. What the hell is that Waldorf Salad recipe on the website? It scares me.

8 sourkraut { 05.22.10 at 12:24 pm }

Ribs ,jowls wots the diff?
Which of your ribs are you talking about. Mine are still sore from the flying nun and the miserable french stew….ohhhhcrap there it goes again. thank you MC2 havent larfed so much since grampa got his nuts caught in the mangle!

9 Staged production { 05.22.10 at 2:35 pm }

NTK asked “they should be allowed to do some prep a day or a few hours beforehand.”

In last year’s blog, an ‘insider’ said that these guys are all notified in advance of the upcoming event. They have plenty of time to read over and plan their challenge. All the rushing around during the shoot is only there to create tension for the audience.

10 Injera { 05.22.10 at 2:46 pm }

Interesting point from Kate (NTK) regarding prep time and response from Staged Production. I think that’s why the UK Masterchef can really focus on the food – contestants know that they will have certain challenges and would – I’d imagine – be practicing their mystery boxes over and over again with random ingredients, as well as honing their menus. Because this version is all about “this is a challenge the like of which the world has never seen” BOM BOM BOMMMMM the “drama” is the focus, not the cooking. Even if the contestants do have more time than is suggested by the episode that airs, the entire context is designed around us thinking that it would be difficult and very much on-the-fly.

11 kate (NTK) { 05.22.10 at 2:51 pm }

Stage P – Yes I realise they get time to think about what they are going to do, and realistically they need that. But what I’m talking about here is allowing them to do dishes that require some advance preparation. Things like real stocks, ingredients that need precooking/soaking/marinating, time in fridge to change texture, or time to set etc.

Last year a couple of people tried to use pressure cookers to get around this problem, but it was (not unexpectedly) pretty unsuccessful. Similarly, trying to use a blast freezer to set a jelly would, I expect just get you frozen sludge…

12 Staged production { 05.22.10 at 2:54 pm }

The show appeals to the time-poor audience that somehow they can present a sophisticated dish in a short period of time.

13 Pollywaffle { 05.22.10 at 3:45 pm }

Anna Gare’s new show on Lifestyle Food – ‘Quickies in the kitchen’ is MUCH more useful to the time impoverished.

In fact, Im whipping this one up now….

14 Jenny Draut { 05.22.10 at 5:06 pm }

I agree with NTK previous comments….

too much FAT showing on this show…as I said previously obesity is killing this great country, the show is simply showing regular OZ families that FAT is okay to use as much as you want, it will be interesting if they can come up with some great dishes and yet low fat easy simple to cook etc…

once again, for Fuck sake…just take a looking at all 3 judges even expanding waistline…. day we hear so and so needs an emergency Op cos of massive attack on their…..

am i the only one hear being harsh and being hostile towards the judges….maybe so….but on a health angle you guys probably know what im trying to say…

15 Fides { 05.22.10 at 5:09 pm }

I watched MC1 graduates Julia and Josh on Delish (on 7Two) first – it was nice to see Julia again – wish she’d won immunity not 3 months as Pete Evan’s slave so we could have seen more of her.

So then, watching MC2, I got overdosed with the G’s and couldn’t concentrate at all on what they were making. But I was very distracted by Alvin and Carrie’s outfits, Jono and Jimmy’s haircuts, Callum’s glasses, Skye and Fiona being under dressed out at Flying Fish on such a windy day, and finally I couldn’t get past George refering to the “aliments” and apple jally. What is it with the way he says his e’s ? Each time he said aliments I just kept thinking yep George, that goes straight into your alimentary canal…

So it’s nice to come here to find out what it was they cooked!

16 librarygirl { 05.22.10 at 5:35 pm }

Agree re the revolting amount of fat and salt used in the show by the judges. Was delighted to see the guest chef last night stressing the use of low salt soy. G&G were I thought quite rude to Biggest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges in Celebrity MC last year – she doesn’t use either, is a fabulous cook and was trying to show you can cook very tasty healthy food. They all but rolled their eyes at her.

17 Pollywaffle { 05.22.10 at 5:51 pm }

sponsored by fat this year too, all the cheese and butter products – perfect heart attack package

18 Airwalk { 05.22.10 at 5:55 pm }

Great recap by all comments as usual-I too wondered if they let Carrie wash her hands-why do they just get them up to do the dirty work? I have never liked anything George cooks and his shaking hands and lack of knife skills(reference: hand movement when slicing apples) is a bit distracting. Garys (Alvins) mayo was nice and easy though. Flying Fish Peter was great (obviously Gary wasn’t required to translate tonight-that faux translation of the Indian chef was absolutely appalling the other week). I think I would rather they gave the Gs mystery boxes and time limits on the Friday show more fun and less deconstruction. And I don’t think they will be able to use their scanpan board for anyhting else after plating up the ribs on it.

19 Airwalk { 05.22.10 at 6:24 pm }

Oh yeah-George’s was saying cannoli wrong…and the editors will be getting a Logie for their shot of Jake as George said ‘cement rendering’

20 spend a penny { 05.22.10 at 6:34 pm }

Jenny D , get over it and face it, MC is about foodporn, its not going to be the vehicle for the national heart campaign nor would anyone watch it if the chefs were replacing melted butter with cottage cheese. George and Gary are typical fat chefs, fat chefs have gone before them, some of them have keeled over due to their profession ( RIP Floyd). G&G will probably suffer some serious health problems but these are more likely to be contributed mainly by exacting work schedules and capacity to rack up mountains of debt in their industry.

21 sourkraut { 05.22.10 at 7:01 pm }

spend a penny
I agree. No doubt you’ve heard the old truism: “everything I like is either illegal, immoral or FATTENING”

22 Jenny Draut { 05.22.10 at 8:33 pm }

Spend a penny

on that note, i have no choice but agree with you!


change of pace, who will be the most likely contestant to go? anyone???

23 skye { 05.22.10 at 9:06 pm }

God, what is with the uptight anti-butter brigade around here?!

Fat is flavour, people.

Anyway – George should not be allowed to make anything in masterclass, that salad atrocity was dreadful (almost on par with the dreaded smashed cupcake on tree stump fiasco), and the cannoli just made me want to go and buy some from an italian bakery somewhere, rather than eat George’s version. Flying Fish guy was great, although I wanted to see spanner crabs, and would have preferred two different crustacean dishes rather than two marron dishes. Does he have a marron farm?

My husband made Gary’s veal saltimbocca tonight and it was absolutely fantastic. A really, really delicous flavoursome dish and by far the best version of this I’ve ever had.

24 Pollywaffle { 05.22.10 at 9:25 pm }

Would be damn interesting if someone put their hand up to follow the Masterchef diet – ie cook and eat the food they cook the following day.

D’ya think one would pop on more kilos than Morgan Spurlock managed in his Maccas fest?

25 Pollywaffle { 05.22.10 at 9:32 pm }

Airwalk, I’d like to see the Gs make the same thing and the contestants try them and say which one they liked better, YES!

26 Jenny Draut { 05.22.10 at 10:07 pm }

SKYE, you might not have a problem with absorbing all that flavour, however as a society it is a documented fact that Obesity is a problem & leads to conditions such as heart disease & diabetes. Thus TV programs do have a social responsibility towards these matters.
I apologise if my opinion offends you & you and your husband are welcome to absorb as much flavour as you like, & raise 400 pound kids, however the rest of Australia would more than likely encourage a healthy lifestyle, rather than blubber lifestyle.

27 Fides { 05.22.10 at 10:12 pm }

Do you remember last year at the final masterclass when Poh and Julie presented the G’s with a mystery box (I only remember that it contained brains) with a time limit? George seemed OK but Gary was quite flustered. And when Poh and Julie were tasting, I remember Gary kept saying stuff like “does it taste OK? Is it weird?” and making other very insecure comments – it was quite a revelation. So it would be nice to see the tables turned and the Gs subjected to a pressure test which I’m certain they would hate…

Jenny D : surely Carrie’s time is up – this is beyond a joke. But the previews for Sunday show Claire pretty much bawling in front of the judges, and if she is bottom 3 and can’t keep it together in a pressure test, then who knows?

28 skye { 05.22.10 at 10:18 pm }

No need to shout Jenny. Nice over reaction!

29 Rosie { 05.23.10 at 9:27 am }

Ahem. Speaking of “documented facts” there is now a lot of actual info coming out that heart attacks/cholesterol are more likely to be caused by excess sugar and processed foods, rather than fat.
Just sayin’.

Plus, I thought the point of restaurant food (or the ideas presented by the Gs) was for it to be for special occasions. If you eat like that every day, well, yes, you’ll get fat for sure, but if you keep it to once a month, or a birthday, surely you’d be able to keep those sylph-like figures.

30 Injera { 05.23.10 at 10:06 am }

I watch a lot of food TV and it’s important to differentiate between the restaurant chef approach and the shows like, say, Jamie O which are aimed at day-to-day cooking. To paraphrase the cookie monster, eating out is a “sometimes” activity, but we’re seeing that style of cooking frequently on Masterchef.

So, yes, we’re seeing butter in quantity, as well as oils and salts so let’s move on from that so that each thread does not become dominated by discussion of that one point.

31 Pollywaffle { 05.23.10 at 10:39 am }

Fides – agree, the Gs would duly crumble in a proper test. I dont recall that episode, its gone to the great MC dumping ground my brain is favouring these days, but then Poh did seem to have the gift of making it all about her

Personally would enjoy George and Gary up against one of the pros too just to really put them out of their comfort zone. An Asian or Indian chef would be luverly.

32 Fides { 05.23.10 at 1:23 pm }

Pollyw : ooh yes please. A battle of real chefs with different international flavours. Whose cuisine will reign supreme? Or I’d like to see a theme like waldorf salad or hamburgers where each chef has to “interpret” it and see what the contestants think when you get about 4 bits of lettuce on a plate, or the lovely bread roll is crushed into “soil”.

33 Pollywaffle { 05.23.10 at 1:40 pm }

good one, George is supreme at giving a perfectly fine recipe a needless ‘george-over’.
Press Club offers a greek salad in a ……shot glass – I kid you not – a single olive, 1 piece of micro-lettuce, cube of haloumi…..guess it would be quick to conjure up in a pressure test

34 CG { 05.23.10 at 1:45 pm }

Is there any info yet of the final contestants going overseas for a week like they did last year (to Hong Kong)? I heard a rumour somewhere along the way that they go to the UK? Seems a long trip and without too much variety vis Aus (as compared to Hong Kong). Plus a place like China, for example, also presents challenges in terms of language, “strange” ingredients, etc. Maybe Japan?

35 Injera { 05.23.10 at 2:00 pm }

Oh, Fides – the crumbled bread roll! That actually happened last year, didn’t it? Although I have to admit to liking the “greek salad” in a shot glass… not quite as good as Shannon Bennett’s take on melon with proscuitto, which was a clear, cold soup with a sphere of melony flavour, IIRC.

CG – I’ve heard London, too, which does seem like an awful long-haul.

36 Fides { 05.23.10 at 3:44 pm }

Pollyw : I love the term “George-over”… yes what poor hapless classic dish will he get his hands onto next? So do you drink the Greek Salad? … I’m thinking choking hazard with that little cube of haloumi! Injera, the crumbled bread was a few weeks ago with George’s modern hamburger which you can’t actually eat with your hands. Last year’s he did that ridiculous squashed cupcake. I think George is not a big fan of chewing food.

I saw on Channel 10 news few weeks back that the three judges were in England, and there was the big debacle with the airport closures from volcanic ash disrupting MC filming schedules or something like that. They didn’t show any of the contestants though.

37 TDK { 05.23.10 at 8:38 pm }

Adam wants to have entry, main and desert on the same pizza, is he insane?!!

38 TDK { 05.23.10 at 8:45 pm }

LMAO – Alvin’s pizza cracks me up, it looks like a kid made it.

39 TDK { 05.23.10 at 9:08 pm }

Skye – her doing something different = making sugar fibres by dangling it up-side-down; she’s probably gonna win this invention test challenge.

40 TDK { 05.23.10 at 9:20 pm }

Marion will probably win it – and if she does, then it supports my theory, she had a salt/chilli side, the more side the better the chance.

41 TDK { 05.23.10 at 9:21 pm }

Claire – turning on the taps.