Masterchef Australia – George Calombaris Gives His View Of The Top Ten
We had Matt Preston’s view on the top 12 in TV Week this week (see blog post here), and the Daily Telegraph now has Masterchef Australia judge George Calombaris gives his view on the top 10 remaining contestants.
George says this about the boys:
“A lot more guys entered the competition this year,” Calombaris says.
He was also super-impressed with accountant Matthew Caldicott, 20, and student Callum Hann, 21.
They’re going plate to plate with competitors twice their age. He had less time for Daddia, who he described as “weird” and said he at first didn’t like band manager Aaron Harvie.
“They’ve all got personalities. Alvin is flamboyant, Matthew is wet behind the ears, Adam’s got a quirky fun look and Callum’s such a good boy,” Calombaris said.
“Jonno’s a weird guy and I hated Aaron when I first met him but I’ve since grown quite fond of him.”
He does say that Jonathan is the best cook of the male contestants, and he rates Claire and Marion as the women most likely.
However he does add that at this stage of the competition last year Julie Goodwin was not even in the mix.
In the hard copy of the paper he also gives an individual synopsis of the contestant’s cooking ability.
Matthew Caldicott – Strength – YOu can see Matthew getting an apprenticeship after this show and that’s what he should do. He’s got a great understanding of good, simple, classic food.
Weakness: Matthew has to learn to crawl before he walks. He has aspirations to run a three-hat restaurant but his capabilities are well below a one-hat restaurant.
Aaron Harvie – Strengths – Aaron wants to be the “rock ‘n’ roll chef” and cook Mexican and pasta. He has identified what he wants to be. His food speaks for itself.
Weaknesses: Aaron’s nerves are his downfall. He’s got to calm down. I tell him all the time “stop and breathe a for a minute you’re going to have a nervous breakdown”.
Adam Liaw – Strength: Adam has a great understanding of Japanese flavours and the ability to fuse different food styles. He’s got a quirky, fun look about him but he’s backing it up with great food.
Weakness: Occasional Adam goes off on a tangent. That three-part pizza in the pizza challenge was horrid.
Alvin Quah – Strength: When Alvin cooks from his heart and his upbringing, great food comes out. He knows how to put up food that we will love and customers would want.
Weakness: When Alvin’s under pressure he gets into a corner and doesn’t really know how to get out of it.
Callum Hann – Strength: Callum is the type of guy I’d employ tomorrow. He’s got the right attitude – he’s humble. He’s very good with pastry and desserts.
Weakness: Callum’s not an amazing cook but he’s going to get there. He struggles with presentation. He’s got to get up to speed with food other than desserts.
Jonathan Daddia – Strengths: Jonathan knows so much about the technical side of cooking – stuff that I’ve been trained in. He know his classics and done a lot of study.
Weakness: Jonno is very confident, but if you’re going to say you’re good you’ve got to back yourself up. Too often he talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk.
Marion Grasby – Strength: Marion has the ability to create food that tastes brilliant. She has an amazing palette and is visionary. She can picture the completed dish before she’s put it on the plate.
Weakness: There is a big difference between Marion’s aspirations and her capabilities. You’ve got to have the ability to get things done.
Sharnee Rawson – Strength: Sharnee is an all-round cook. She understands flavour. She’s got a good determination. She’s a lovely person as well.
Weakness: What lets Sharnee down is that she’s a little bit timid and in this game you’ve got to be strong emotionally, physically and mentally.
Joanne Zaim – Strength: Joanne is a great cook. She has that Lebanese background and sticks to her strengths. She knows to hone her food style and keep adapting it.
Weakness: Joanne has go to work on her personality skills. You’ve got to be able to work with people.
Claire Winton-Burn – Strength: Claire has the ability to keep things simple, not over-complicate her food. She’s quite restrained and that restraint is brilliant.
Weakness: You need to be emotional but Claire’s to the typical lawyer straight-face where she’ll hold that back and suddenly explode.