Masterchef Australia – The Blokey Invention Test
I know there has been disgruntlement on this blog for weeks, about the fact the judges only pick the top three or five dishes to try of the mystery box, because how can they know which are the top dishes. But tonight I would have loved it if they had been made to try them all just so they had to try Matthew’s kidney pate. The kid should have been eliminated on the spot for making such an amateur mistake.
The mystery box was a meat lovers one with beer, steak, kidney’s, lettuce, cabbage, parsley, horseradish, onions, potatoes, and a baby cos lettuce. They had 30 minutes to complete it.
Again as Injera has pointed out plenty of times in her blog posts, the editing basically tells us who was going to get picked. However I did think at one point Callum might get selected due to his sycophancy towards George by making chlorophyll that he was shown in Friday’s Masterclass. He was going to make green mash potatoes, something that he seemed to think would be appetising. But considering he was trying to boil a potato the size of a soccer ball in 30 minutes meant he had a disaster on his hands.
Claire was picked for her steak and smashed potato with pickled cabbage and Dijon mustard butter. Her self-effacing manner is a tad irritating, with the slouched shoulders, the depreciating comment of “It belongs in a pub” and also a tad fake. At the beginning of the challenge she was nonchalant and confident, with her saying this mystery box was similar to what she cooked each Friday.
George gave her a positive “You’re a good cook Claire, a really good cook”.
Peter’s steak and onion galette looked pretty good. Matt said “Steak is a little chewy,” but he like the horse radish dressing. I thought the cos lettuce pile was a bit irrelevant.
Also the George Calombaris Sopranoesque saunter towards the judging podium is irritating. He has that glowering facial expression and aggressive manner which then turns into a smile and gives a positive appraisal. So unnecessary, if you picked the best three dishes why are you expecting them to be shite.
Matt Preston’s continual audition for a part on a Harry Potter film, with the eccentric mannerisms, and loud clothing is also painful. I am looking forward to Gary’s return he doesn’t have any obvious affectations. Well I suppose now he will have the limp.
Skye’s fillet steak with parsley potatoes. was raved over by George who thought it was “brilliant”. Hmm not so sure about the potatoes kind of reminded me of the ’80’s.
However, Matt Preston said the dish needed “a gravy or the horseradish cream”.
Claire won a challenge for the first time.
They were then told for the invention test they were going to work in pairs, and she was to pick them.
Interestingly enough she picked to work with Jonathan, and didn’t he look chuffed? Marion was probably wondering why Claire did not pick her.
The other pairs were Skye and Callum, Jo and Pete, Marion and Sharnee, Adam and Aaron, and Matthew and Alvin.
The winners prize was one of the pair would be guaranteed immunity later this week, and the worst two teams would be battling it out in an elimination challenge tomorrow night.
They were then told the invention test would be a vegetarian one. But the twist the judges were going to be meat loving vegetable hating men. And of course these men were stereotyped by being blue collar workers. They couldn’t find a lawyer, IT dude or teacher who fell into this category?
Claire chose goat cheese as the key ingredient favouring it over tofu or eggplant.
There were some minor issues whilst they were cooking, Callum had over dry pastry and had to re do it, and Adam had spice issues.
Meanwhile the blokes were observing from the gallery. I trully hope they were talking about the dish when the guy said about Sharnee “She’d be alright if she put a kilo of mince in there”.
The judging table was set up like the Last Supper, with Matt Preston sitting in the place where Christ did. Naturally.
First dish to be presented was Alvin’s and Matthew’s. The dish was beetroot and goats cheese stack. My facial expression would be the same as the guys with the “cows grazing by the paddock” dish.
The goats cheese was over powering compared to the two thin slices of beetroot they sandwiched it with. Was there really 60 minutes worth of cooking in that? Rick was particularly scathing, but I think he was about every dish.
Peter and Joanne Goat’s Cheese Moussaka was criticised for having too many vegetables in it.
However Skye and Matthew goat cheese tart, with a cheese bomb were told theirs would be better if there had been a salad served with it.
I thought Marion and Sharnee’s rice and goat cheese cake, with a tomato sauce was a clever dish, and it did get positive reviews from the guys, probably because it was a bit of stodge.
Adam and Aaron did a pumpkin curry with a goats cheese and spinach paratha which looked delicious, and the curry was well received.
Claire and Jonathan’s figs and goat cheese with a spicy balsamic dressing confused the panel as they did not know if it was an entree, main or dessert, but they did like the taste, except for Rick. He looked like he could not wait to get out of there, and was probably feeling ripped off there was no beer to wash it all down with.
This dish did get Jonathan and Claire into the top two, but Adam and Aaron’s curry won.
Peter and Joanne, and Callum and Skye will be battling to stay in the competition tomorrow night.