Masterchef Australia – Aaron V Maggie Beer
Aaron was channelling his “Hey Now You’re A Rock Star” vibe to give him confidence in his celebrity chef cook off challenge, as he looked like Kirk Pengilly with his hair pulled back, and his designer facial hair.
Speaking of rock stars a big thank you to Injera for keeping this blog going whilst I was away, and setting the standard of what a recap should be like. And no I won’t be maintaining it. So apologies.
Also you will have to bare with me as I get a grip on the characters again, even though I read Injera’s blog’s I am still three weeks behind.
I have missed seeing the Joanna prima donna moments, have missed Daniel completely, and am slightly bemused that Sharnee is still there.
The injured Gary Mehigan has now being replaced by a very happy Matt Moran, and George had to take over the hosting role of the challenge. Donna Hay has entrenched herself on the panel, and it is nice to see a woman there. And I must confess I have her cookbooks and actually cook from them. I think some of the boys sneering at her are jealous that she is a good business woman and is making a shitload more than they are without the cooking bona fides they have.
Also when Matt Preston was standing their between Donna and Matt Moran I immediately wanted to invite him to my next beach holiday so he could make me look petite and slim.
Maggie Beer was the celebrity cook and the challenge was to cook her pheasant pie, including the pastry. I was not surprised that there was verjuice in the recipe, but I was surprised there was no close up of her signature product.
Aaron who was cruising along quite nicely came a cropper when he skipped a step and put his pastry into the oven without putting the filling in. Was this the result of the Telstra Thub scrolling down to fast? I noted after that he was reading from the hard copy of the recipe after this. mistake.
Johnathan decided to be his life coach from the gallery and called out “Don’t stop”. So he remade the pastry, but left himself very little time to actually cook the pie.
Cue to the judges criticism of the pastry being undercooked. But Matt Preston liked the pheasant filling.
And that is what matters to Matt as he said “Presentation is one thing but it all comes down to taste”.
Maggie’s pie was greeted with raptures with Donna Hay actually commenting on the taste rather then the presentation when she said “That is to die for, the pastry is sensational”.
A relieved Maggie easily won the challenge with nines all round from the judges. Aaron scored seven’s from the Matt’s an eight from Donna Hay. Clearly she is an INXS fan, as I thought that was overly generous for under cooked pastry.
Tomorrow night is the big cruise challenge and it looks it is going to be highly entertaining.
Donna Hay gave Aaron an eight, Matt Preston gave him seven, and Matt Moran gave it seven
All the judges scored Maggies’s pie a nine out of ten.
So he did not win the immunity challenge, but will be saved the ignomy of being picked last in the teams in tomorrow night’s cruise challenge.