Masterchef Australia – Heston Blumenthal – The Lovefest
This could quite possibly one of the best episodes of Masterchef Australia ever. My only criticism was that it should have been half an hour longer so we could see more of how Heston Blumenthal’s food was prepared.
Heston Blummenthal whose restaurant The Fat Duck has been voted the third best restaurant in the world is just an amazingly creative chef. If you want to know more about the mind of the man here is a very interesting article on him.
We know Jonathan is a huge fan and looks quite overcome in his presence, but George Calombaris was also looking like he was in awe and toned down his usual dickhead bouncing around act.
I loved Jono’s line where he said “This contest has been like climbing Mt Everest, and meeting Heston feels like I have hit the peak.” Did Jono come up with that line or did the script writers? Either way it was a cracker.
By the way did anyone else notice that the contestants were wearing the same clothes as yesterday’s episode in the talk to camera moments?
And where was Matt Preston, his look would have been perfect playing the court jester in the majestic Hatfield House tasting dishes inspired by the medieval era.
Ok confession: My tears welled up when Jonathan’s did when he realised his food hero was going to be the celebrity chef in the challenge. The contestant’s task was to reproduce in pairs one of Heston’s dishes with Heston supervising.
I thought it interesting they only had two hours to prepare it when they had 3 hours in the Langham Hotel produce a cake challenge. I also thought some of he dishes looked less complex then some others.
Callum and Aaron had to make Meat Fruit, which was a mandarin made of chicken parfait and meat grapes. Considering the chicken parfait was pre-prepped, all Callum had to do was put it in moulds. The most difficult thing for him to do was to make the jelly and dip it in. I am not saying it was not difficult but compare that to Johnathan’s and Clarie’s dessert which had so many more elements.
Aaron did battle with a meat grinder and made some “grapes of wrath”. He is so out of his depth at the moment.
Alvin and Marion were making Sound of The Sea, which was fish cured and placed on fake sand. Marion filleted the halibut and cured the fish twice. Also she had to make the sand out of maltodextrin and some flavoured oil. I am not sure what part of the dish Alvin did.
Adam and Joanne made the iconic snail porridge (this dish once food poisoned an entire sitting of customers at his restaurant). Adam when he was half way through realised it was more difficult then he thought.
But Jonathan and Claire were given the ball breaker dessert, it had lots of different elements, including a candle filled with salted caramel.
Jono was overwhelmed with rolling out the puff pastry thin enough and once he had stuffed up the second sheet it starting to look like he was losing it. I thought it brave of Gary to go over and talk to him whilst he was chopping it up, as he was pretty uptight trying to deal with the trainwreck which was meant to be the foundation of his dessert.
The judging panel included Heston which was great, it was clear the Masterchef team were beside themselves that they had got him on the show. And he was so gracious to the contestants.
He told Callum he had done “a damn fine job”. He told Aaron whose grapes looked like rotting plums, that his ham was fine, however the jelly did not set.
All the judges loved Marion and Alvin’s cured fish.
The snail porridge was given the thumbs up the only criticism being the parsley butter needed more processing.
Jono and Claire were told by Gary Mehigan that theirs was the dish he would least like to make. I would have liked to have seen more of what actually went into it, apart from just the pastry catastrophe. Heston said it took them months to perfect the puff pastry.
Marion and Alvin’s Sound of the Sea won, with only one of them getting to take on the Celebrity chef, and this was Marion. Heston said he liked how she moved in the kitchen.
With all the “love” in the room with Heston giving heartfelt speeches and then Aaron giving one back, and Jono still looking like Helen of Troy had asked him back to her tent for a shag, it could have been corny. But for some reason it worked and I teared up again.