Masterchef – steak’n’sparkling
Gary reminds the blue team that they lost at The Press Club, which is probably just as well, since last night George seemed intent on telling them that they were all winners. Jimmy decides it was the food that let them down, which is lucky for him, since he was on the floor. Of course, they’re all equals, now, in the elimination. The team is sent out into the fresh air to clear their heads.
Marion leads the red team off towards their lunch, while Claire and Jake get into their chopper. They rejoin the team for a wine-food matching tutorial, which is something the blues are going to have to learn through trial and – most probably – error. Alvin is today’s designated “our joy is tempered by thoughts of the blues” line today.
Back in the cellar, the blues are confronted by a mystery box and Joanne feels unprepared. They have “an array of fantastic local Yarra Valley produce”. Red onions, baby radishes and zucchini flowers are some of the things Jonathan notes. Gary gives them the “sting in the tail”: they have to make a bew-ti-ful dish and match it to a zesty sparkling wine. I’d like to see a whole raft of them eliminated for failing the “bew-ti-ful” requirement.
Cooking – 30 minutes
Fiona would like to do something sweet, but doesn’t see enough in the box to achieve this, so chooses the steak instead. Aaron is trying to make pasta. Good on him, if he can make a decent pasta in the time. I doubt that even Lindelof and Cuse have a plot device that would make this work. Jimmy is doing a simple fish, but Matthew is being a bit more ambitious with a lasagne with ceviche of the fish. Joanne’s doing a tartare, which the Gs think is courageous. Matthew is not exaggerating when he says that his pasta dough is a disaster. He interviews that you need to rest a dough, so if he knows this, why did he choose to make it? He becomes the latest victim of the fireball.
Joanne is smearing her tartare over the plate and she seems to have made a paste, rather than chopping it. I’m a bit suspicious of her garnishes. Matthew has managed to pull together something like a pasta – an unsealed ravioli, by the looks of things. Joanne is convinced that she’s done enough to impress the judges. As for the others? What others…
I hope that George saying “we would like to taste…” doesn’t mean that they’re not going to taste them all. There are only seven of them, aren’t there?
- Jimmy’s pan fried trout: Gary notes that the trout is dry and the wine is needed to get it down.
- Fiona’s steak: It’s a lot of meal and she starts to weep when George asks if she’s out of her depth. He tells her she’s one of the country’s top 15 cooks and if I was typing this on my old PC it would be out the window by now. The verdict is that the beef and the wine don’t work, but the accompaniments would have been good.
- Joanne’s steak tartare: Gary’s face says some ugly things, but I fear he’s using the fireball to do a Ryan Seacrest level fakeout. I hope not. Back from the ads, we rejoin Gary as he completes his statement: “I’m afraid to say… that’s beautiful”. Looks like she’ll be going through! Fiona looks a bit pissed off that cooking the beef took the dish away from a match.
- Matthew’s open trout lasagne: Gary knocks on the plate with the pasta. Not a good look. In fact, Gary says the pasta is terrible, but he likes the combination of the fish, tomatoes and roe.
Okay, so they have tasted all the dishes. Thanks for telling us, Gary.
Jimmy, Matthew and Fiona. The only surprise there is that it took so long to make the announcement.
In case they didn’t know why they were there, Gary reminds them that they were the least impressive in the challenge. A Vangelis impersonator is busy behind the scenes, but fortunately is taken by a fireball.
Fiona is going home. But first she has to talk about the journey ahead. She would like to get involved in the Kitchen Garden program, which is a noble goal and one she would be well placed achieving as a teacher. Unfortunately George has to take it into fantasy land by predicting she could be the next Stephanie Alexander.
She’s going to miss Jono, so obviously she’s forgiven him for leaving her on the shelf a couple of weeks ago.
Adam’s sad that Fiona’s not there, but has high hopes for her future. And with that, our wannabes are on the plane back to Sydney.
- We have a Stephanie Alexander – why would we need another one?
- Did the wine matching play a big enough part in the decision making today?
- I wonder if any of the dishes we didn’t see were bew-ti-ful, or were they just adequate?