Masterchef Australia – They’re Back – That Was So Not Surprising
Ok the big reveal was what we thought it was – that some contestants would get the opportunity to re-enter the competition in a cook off scenario. Three contestants will come back to make another top ten.
What I did find interesting was the contestant’s that declined the opportunity to have a crack to return as apparently their “culinary journey is on track”. Mmmmm. Joanne, Adele, Fiona, Dominic, and Carrie apparently all believe this to be the case.
The one I am most surprised by is Joanne, as I thought she would have had a real chance of getting back in, however maybe she is missing her kids, or maybe she is extremely peeved about the amount of negativity she received on the social media.
I suspect Dominic is not even on the culinary track anymore, and if today’s paper is to believed he has fallen off the wagon with his drinking with an incident at Star City Casino.
Tonight they were to face four fairly simple culinary challenges with contestant’s eliminated at each stage.
First challenge is to clean prawns until you had 40ogms of them. The last one to finish was gone. Kate was struggling as she has probably only used frozen ones from Vietnam before. Matthew said he had never peeled them before, which is very un-Australian.
I am surprised that none of the contestant’s punched out Gary Mehigan and George when they went around gibbering to contestant on this time sensitive task.
Courtney flew through the prawns and she was first to finish, then Jimmy, Peter and Skey, Matthew then Jake. In the end it was down to Sharnee and Kate, why wasn’t I surprised. With Sharnee being the first to go.
The second challenge was to cook mash potato to a standard adjudicated by Matt Preston, he called it the “Mashterchef Mashacre!”
Kate has got to apply for Hell’s Kitchen she would be the perfect contestant for Gordon Ramsay to yell at. The cooking mashed potato demonstrated this. She has the combination of poor cooking skills mixed with her attitude of only aspiring to the mediocre.
She said she did not like mash and never cooked it at home, which I interpreted as her only using instant mash from a packet.
I think these basic challenges actually did highlight the weaker chefs. Daniel struggled the whole way through, Jake looked wobbly, and Kate was just a disaster. I wonder how her catering company is going.
Kate chopped her potato far too small and then appeared to undercook it. And was unable to rectify her mistakes.
Props to Phil for being quick by just chopping the potatoes into squares. Daniel’s was lumpy, and Jake was told he needed to add more butter, salt and cream.
Ironically when Matt Preston was tasting Courtney’s (or it could have been Skyes) he says it has loads of salt and then said it was one of the best. Jake’s eventually gets praised for being actually able to taste the potato and not just using it as carrier of saturated fats and salt.
It was then down to Kate and Daniel, again why am I not surprised, and Kate was eliminated as basically she would have needed to start all over again.
Matt farewelled her with “Your character and humour we really value”, I note he said nothing about her cooking.
Round three was to make ten french style pancakes otherwise known as crepes.
I don’t know why Phil was rabbiting on about being a protein shake/museli type of guy as I thought crepes were normally eaten as dessert.
Gary went around giving out advice. He told Matthew he usually added milk to the flour not the other way around. He flipped Skye’s pancake and gave her a flirty you owe me one look. He does like the girls as earlier he had given Courtney a kiss when she finished her prawns.
Daniel who appears to be still unemployed was having lump issues again but managed to get through.
And it came down to Matthew and Jake, Matthew still had to do one more pancake but had run out of mixture therefore Jake managed to come from behind to stay in the competition.
I really liked the pep talk that George gave Matthew about telling him to get into a kitchen and obtain his apprenticeship for once it felt like it came from the heart.
The final round was to reproduce eggs benedict which included making the hollandaise sauce in 20 minutes.
This time the bottom two were going home.
You knew Skye was about to have a disaster as she was talking about how well she was going and then her hollandaise split and was unusable. And again Daniel showed his incompetence as he only cooked one egg instead of two.
Both he and Skye were eliminated. There was no way they could keep her in the competition without it looking rigged.
Tomorrow night looks fantastic with the contestants left having to cook a dish for the remaining seven contestants.
As regular commenter Fides suggested maybe the contestant’s should be strategic and pick the worst dishes so those contestant’s get to re-enter.
I am going to have a guess of who is getting back in – I think Jimmy, Courtney and Peter. Ok these are the ones I would like to get back in. There is a part of me that would like to see Devon get another go, as his elimination was unfair.