Masterchef Australia – Matt Preston Gives His View On The Top 12 Contestants
TV Week the font of a lot of my information has a great little column this edition with Matt Preston giving his assessment of the remaining 12 contestants.
Here is what he had to say:
Jonathan – Jonathan’s a good cook and he’s got a lot of great techniques – but sometimes he thinks he knows more than he does, and that can be his undoing.”
Marion – Marion is a great cook; she has really good food knowledge and a great palate. But she hasn’t done enough elimination rounds. It’s important to remember that this is a marathon, and we have different leaders along the way.
Claire – I think Claire lacks belief in herself, and that’s her major hurdle. If Claire believed she was as good a cook as we think she is, she’d be doing far better.”
Sharnee – Sharnee’s another one who, because she’s so young, lacks confidence. Her strength is desserts and her weakness savoury dishes.
Peter – We love Peter! He’s got to be the warmest guy on set. There are depths to him that are quite surprising – although his plating leaves something to be desired.
Matthew – Matthew know what he wants, which is really important. He’s very strong with desserts and great at following recipes. But he’s also young, and he hasn’t cooked or tasted enough.
Jo – Jo’s really good at canape-style dishes, and she has terrific plating skills. I think she’s ruffled a few feathers, but as long as she cooks well, she’ll stay in.
Aaron – Aaron’s the king of ‘yum yuck’! His flavours shouldn’t work but, my goodness, it’s delicious! He just needs to get a move on – it’s all about momentum.
Alvin – Alvin’s in a bit of a trough at the moment. He puts up stuff that will amaze but also totally bamboozle you, and you’ll go, ‘That doesn’t work’. But he’s brilliant at Asian food and he’s got a flair for flavour.”
Callum – “I’ve had two people ask me if Callum wants a job after he finishes! he’s really focused and great at following recipes. In terms of weaknesses, again it’s a youth thing. He hasn’t seen as much as someone like Adam.”
Adam – Adam’s got a lot of life experience, and I know he’s got some cracking ideas up his sleeve. But I don’t ever want to see a three-course pizza again!
Skye – Skye’s grown a lot in the competition. She always plates well and her ideas are a little bit outside the box, which is exciting.
With some of Matt’s comments about the young ‘uns, makes me wonder if we really did get the 24 best amateur cooks in Australia. However I suppose they do need to diversify their casting to cater for the a range of audience types (I am feeling generous today ). However if they need some young cooks they should have tried to get Rachael Finch back in as a contestant she was an impressive cook on Celebrity Masterchef last year, and had actually applied for season one of the show.
Oh and Peter’s hidden depths obviously Matt Preston has also seen that photo on the internet where he is getting waxed!