Masterchef Australia – Marion V Martin
They sure make their chef’s nice there over in England. Last night the magnanimous Heston Blumenthal and tonight the competitive but charming Martin Blunos. However I could have done without the pony tail, is he Neil Perry’s idol?
Also I love how these chef’s have kept George’s bouncing and overacting under control, and makes him much more watchable. Also I presume Matt Preston had to come back to Australia to go to the Logies.
The other contestants were not there tonight but that is because there was no peanut gallery in London’s Vinopolis.
However the special guest judges were the real Masterchef judges John Torode and Greg Wallace, and they were fabulous with their formal style of judging. But I couldn’t help wondering if they were a little envious of Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris and the challenges they get to preside over.
The dish Marion was going to have to reproduce was a dessert boiled egg and soldiers.
A lot of the dish was about the presentation with not a lot of complex cooking. But the tight timeframe meant there was some added tension in the room.
Martin liked Marion’s style and the way she organised herself. And she looked confident and professional in the kitchen, however even I would have known to have started my ice-cream first, something Martin was praising her for.
Her only difficulty was cutting the tops off the eggs and that was what made it easy to spot which completed dish was her.
Marion’s dish was given a “well executed” by John Torode.
Greg Wallace said “Fantastic dish made by someone with a good touch” and George thought it was “delicious”.
When Martin’s came it it was obvious it was his dish.
John Torode was emphatic in his judgement “Icecream creamier and richer, mango has more depth of flavour”.
Greg Wallace thought the “Only difference was the biscuit was slightly crunchier”.
“It’s going to be a tough one, it’s close” said George as he does every week.
At least when they revealed plate one was Marion they did not do that look of faux surprise.
She scored eight from each judge for a total of 24. George looked genuine when he said “I am so excited for you.”
Martin looked a bit perturbed when he only received an eight from Greg, but relaxed a bit once John Torode gave him a nine.
He kindly told Marion she did not need the immunity pin to win.
Tomorrow night it is an Amazing Race type scenario where they race from London to Paris and then cook beside the River Seine. The locations where the contestants have been filming have been spectacular.