Masterchef Australia – Jonathan V Josh Emmett
“This is my home ground” says Jonathan showing you can trash talk without having to reduce to racist comments. Josh Emmett the celebrity chef gave back as good as he got. Take note Andrew Johns.
Josh Emmett, the executive chef from the Gordon Ramsay restaurant Maze in Melbourne seems to have Gordon’s charisma without his temper, and potty mouth, but that could have been the screening time. Gordon Ramsay made an appearance on camera talking up Josh, and unfortunately that will be the closest we will get him to the Masterchef kitchen.
I thought Jono was likeable tonight as he genuinely looked excited about the challenge. The dish was Coral trout wrapped in chicken skin, with a lemon thyme consomme.
Jonathan had one hour 35 minutes to complete the dish, and Josh had 15 minutes less. Jono did appear to get a lot done in the 15 minutes, he got the consomme on and started filleting the coral trout.
There was a lot of technique in the dish, skinning the chicken Maryland, filleting the fish, cling wrapping the chicken skin to the fish, turning the vegetables, and making a clear consomme. And I must say I did not know that egg white trick to get the impurities out of a consomme…not that I make consomme.
I love the way the contestant’s appear to be briefed before they get on camera “To turn a vegetable is to shape it. It is a good classic french technique that Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants are known for” said Claire. Oh you weren’t given a script for that? How many Ramsay’s restaurants has she actually eaten at?
Josh was pretty complementary about Jonathan’s attempt but when Josh said “it will come down to is taste” you knew he thought he had it in the bag.
Jonathan’s was plate one and Donna Hay thought it was a dish made with flavour and texture. George thought it lacked salt, and Matt thought it was subtle (I am not sure if that was a positive thing).
Plate two was Josh’s and you knew it was going to be bad news for Jono when the only thing George could criticise was the raw thyme garnish.
Matt Preston was at his evocative best when he made the analogy of clean windows and the consomme. Donna kindly said she thought the potatoes on plate one were better turned.
The judges really need to work on their fake looks of surprises when they reveal whose plate the dish belongs too. Wouldn’t they be surprised if plate two had been Jonathan’s? I would have thought it was a no brainer that plate one was his.
Anyway after Matt Preston gave Jonathan a seven he knew the immunity pin was out of his reach. Matt said there was a lack of finesse in the cooking and lacked a little bit of flavour on the palate. Something he had not said about the beef stroganoffs last night!
Donna H gave it an eight, and George gave him a seven for a total of 22.
Josh hit it out of the ball park with nines from each judge.
Jonathan looked a bit teary. Anyway tomorrow night is a challenge straight from Top Chef where the contestants have to cook and serve a meal to the judges. One thing Top Chef has in abundance that Masterchef lacks is female judges. Again tomorrow an all male judging panel, though it does make sense to have the CEO of Qantas Alan Joyce and Neil Perry there.