Masterchef Australia – The P&O Cruise PR Challenge
Yes we get it each team has to make 4000 canapes. Yes we know it was a huge challenge of providing all those canapes for the sailing away party for a P&O Cruise, but we don’t need it repeated 50 million times.
But first the team selection. Aaron was captain of the blue team and even though they had been told it was the biggest challenge ever, he picked Skye to head up the red team. Why wouldn’t you put the contestant’s with the less life skills in charge, like Sharnee or Matthew.
I seriously think Sharnee is this year’s Sam. Will she float through to final’s week, by being lucky enough to be in winning teams, or just have people who stuff up worst then her on the day.
Aaron picked Marion first, and Skye picked Peter. Jonathan was picked late, but it was Joanne who was left until last. Tonight she looked like she have been attacked by her blusher brush. Speaking of facial issues, what is with Jonathan’s beard? Is this a new thing?
Because the Red team had one less person they were given a trainee chef, which I thought it gave them an advantage of having a person who would know the equipment and know how to prep faster.
Anyway the deal was each team had four canapes to prepare, and produce 4000 of each just in case you missed it on the episode. Aaron got to blind pick the four the blue team would do.
The blue teams canapes were:
- Stuffed zucchini flowers,
- Salmon sashimi,
- Wagyu beef, pear, and parmasan,
- Lamb chops.
The red team were to prepare:
- Seared tuna with wasabi mayo,
- Chicken Wings;
- Roast Beef Canape;
- Pork belly canape.
At first I thought that the blue team had the easier plate, however the zucchini flowers were a killer as they are so delicate and fiddly.
Aaron’s strategy was to do two canapes first and then do the other two once they have done. Ge0rge who was looking a little lost without Gary to bounce off was concerned about this. In the end Aaron had to buy an extra chef which would cost the team 100 votes, otherwise they were in danger of not getting the food out.
A few thoughts on the challenge:
- Was the challenge good PR for P&O cruises, that blue drink was not appealing?
- Aaron had the crazy stressed eyes going all challenge, and was running around supervising, but not sure I saw him do much hands on work;
- Claire looked like she had had enough when she got yelled at for putting beef on the counter. Also realising the beef had been cut too thickly and she was only going to be able to make 280 of the required 1000 canapes made her look even more miserable. Having said that we did not see if she was the one who actually sliced it. I blame the trainee chef myself otherwise they would have shown one of the contestants slicing it.
- George yelled at Peter at the potential of the passengers getting salmonella, if he had not further cooked the chicken wings. He said it took six hours for the illness to come on and they would have left port. Hysterical yes.
- No surprise the crowd loved the lamb cutlets;
- No surprise that 98 per cent of the crowd did not know what a zucchini flower was;
- Not sure about the integrity of the voting system, yes there was a girl in a nice pink coat watching, but would she recognise if someone was voting twice;
Also thought it was ironic (in a positive way) that there was an anglo guy Mark Jensen, working at Red Lantern, a vietnamese restaurant. This was the prize for the winning team this week to have lunch and a cooking lesson at the restaurant.
The red team comprehensively won with 1138 votes versus 762 so were off to eat prawn rolls.
The twist for this elimination challenge was the team had to put up the three who would face elimination tomorrow night.
Joanne puts her hand up and accepts responsibility for the salmon and dusty tempura, Jake is unhappy he is in the firing line as he worked his patooty off, and Marion is in because she sliced one salmon incorrectly. How did Aaron dodge the potential bullet he so deserved to be there.
However now we might find out how the immunity badge works. It appears you can see what the challenge is before you decide to bail. That is an advantage.
Tomorrow night the Laksa taste test.