Masterchef Australia – “Destination London Rock On”
Ok first do I need to put up a separate blog post to discuss Matt Preston’s hair? Regular commenter CG whose specialist subject on Mastermind (when will they bring back that show?) will be Matt Preston’s hair on Masterchef Australia Season 2, thoughts on this issue would be welcome.
Anyway the contestants were off to London, and it looks like they were there on 23 April if the date on one their digital camera’s is anything to go by.
The episode was part melodrama, tragedy, comedy and love story.
When Jonathan said “If I could just meet Heston Blumenthal it would be a dream come true” I thought they were setting it up for tomorrow night’s episode. I was wrong. This was where the love story and comedy came in.
Anyway the contestants were understandably chuffed about going to London, and Callum showed how he has survived so long in the competition by crawling, I am sure he packed the Masterchef Cookbook in his bag.
It was like The Amazing Race they had their own check in counter at the airport and next minute they were at “Destination London, rock on” as Aaron said.
The London episode made the Hong Kong one look positively provincial with who they were going to meet. The prize for tonight was a masterclass with Jamie Oliver, and then going to the top 50 restaurants of the world awards with Matt Preston.
Tomorrow Heston Blummenthal challenge which surely will have people cancelling plans all over town so they can stay in and watch it.
To get win the masterclass they had to design and cook their own pastry in three hours. They needed nine pieces to fill a tiered tray. Cherish Finden (loved the name) was the pastry chef for the Langham Hotel would be on hand to advise them.
There was only one oven, so Marion said you had to be careful just in case you slammed and made someones sponge collapse. Really I would be using this as an attempt to sabotage some of the stronger players, but later on this was not required as there was a lot of self sabotaging occurring.
Aaron’s sponges were not great but at least he was not deluded as he admitted they did look like green pimples.
Callum started off badly and had to make the macaroon mixture again as Gary thought it looked too coarse and therefore they would not come out shiny.
Adam was just having a bad day with the oven door left open when his shortbread was in the oven.Accident I think you could barely see it in the bottom of the oven. Then his mousse did not set and he only got three pieces done.
Jonathan spent the whole of the challenge tempering chocolate.
By the way does anyone else think the hygiene is bad when they are working in proper kitchens. No hats and George Calombaris sticking his fingers into bowls.
Claire made an apple and rhubarb layer cake, with some green fairy floss on top, you knew she was not in the mix to win as we barely saw her all episode.
Matt preston siad “I can’t help thinking I am looking at sushi.” and did not think the rhubarb flavour popped. Gary Mehigan thought the sponge was dry.
Gary worked out why Adam’s mousse did not set in his shortbread with white chocolate and violet mousse. It was the gelatine.
George said if it was his kitchen he would not have let them taste it “I would have thrown it”. Poor Adam looked like he was close to tears.
Marion’s pistachio sponge with raspberry & lychee syrup was “very sweet and needs more of the jelly” according to Matt Preston.
Aaron’s pistachio sponge looked dreadful, and George told him to to get practising and that it was unacceptable.
Jono’s chocolate delice looked pretty bad. Matt liked the “redcurrents on the mousse” but thought the chocolate looked like badly applied fake tan. But the flavours were good and George said he would not expect them to know how to temper chocolate.
Joanne’s hazelnut and raspberry mousse sponge “that’s not masterchef and it more like pastries for three year old. It is not top eight Masterchef.” Wow that was a smack down.
Alvin’s soursop sponge tasted like sour milk. I thought it looked good.
Callum’s violet macaroons looked amazing. George gave him a standing ovation, which indicated that he was the one who was going to win the prize.
The top three dishes of the day were Jonothan, Marion and Callum, not hard to pick as the rest were disasters. So I don’t know why Marion was so happy it was top three by default. And Callum obviously won. Jono did not look happy.
Callum then was put in a Survivoresque dilemma of having to pick someone to go with him, thus risking being ostracised by the group for the rest of the competition. He picked Jonothan, giving his reason that he talks about the chef’s that would be at the awards all the time. Basically Callum wanted Jono to whisper who they were in his ear so he did not embarrass himself. I was glad as at least someone going to the Jamie Oliver masterclass would have some food knowledge.
Jamie Oliver looked tired and seriously I am not sure about his had buffalo ricotta, honey and ground coffee. Jono said it was “interesting” and his face did not look particularly thrilled after he had tasted it.
However I thought it was amazing how Jamie made a steak look so good, both in presentation and flavour.
Then it was off to the awards, and seriously can whoever edited this episode win a Logie, I could not stop laughing at the Jonathan/Heston Blummenthal interaction. They made Jono look like some crazed stalker complete with psycho music going on in the background.
Jono was gushing over Heston and, as Callum said Jonothan meeting Heston was his second highlight of the night. Even he was amused by it.
Jonothan did the I have been a fan of you for so long, and stood in his body space grinning madly at him. Heston had the recoiled look of who the hell is this mad guy. However there was something touching about him meeting his idol.
Tomorrow night it will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure of doing a challenge while he was there the previews already shows he gets teary.
By the way for those who care Matt Preston tweeted that the reason his hair was different was that they were in London so a different stylist.