Masterchef Australia – Three back in and Claire Is Not Gaining Any Fans
It’s official Jonothan is not getting the worst edit on Masterchef Australia, Claire Winton Burn is. Tonight her likeability factor plummeted. She was very negative on the judging of the dishes and did not bother having a welcome back drink with the three returning contestants. Nor did Aaron who was channelling his inner Gomez Adams. So either both of them are having an affair or they are totally pissed off. Poor form from both of them.
Anyway I was a bit disappointed the seven remaining contestants picked it they were tasting the eliminated contestant’s dishes. Was that why Jimmy got back in as they knew for certain who it was behind the dish?
His soft shell crab with Roti Chanai got big positives for the crab, but not so much for the sauce. Marion said “something in the sauce that make it bitter, but kudos to the soft shell crabs”. She said she has had some shocking soft shell crabs in restaurants, which I would have to agree. I also thought it was bold of Jimmy considering the dishes are normally served cold.
I thought Courtney’s BBQ prawns with a fennel, orange and apple salad, looked fabulous and fresh. Also I thought her tactic of not doing anything too tricked up was a good strategy. Jono gave it the thumbs up and said “I am not a big salad person but I quite enjoyed it.” He also thought the prawns were cooked well, his only negative comment and I think they had to stay something positive and negative about the dish was “maybe the marinade could be stronger”.
Claire was the opposite and said the salad did not hang with the prawns. She said it makes the prawns woody.
Matt was positive and said he would be happy to eat this in a cafe. I don’t know what cafe’s he eats but my locals wouldn’t stump up anything that fancy.
Devon who I was kind of hoping to get back in dish of John Dory and cauliflower puree was not well received because of an acidic reduction. Devon deserved not to get picked as he did not taste the reduction before he put in on the plate.
Peter’s pan fried John Dory with smashed potatoes and prawn bisque was well received with a few criticisms.
Claire said “I like where the flavours are coming”. But she wasn’t sure about the skin and thought the bisque was bit lumpy.
Aaron did like the combination when tasted together.
I know George Calombaris was sceptical about Phil doing a dessert, however I think it meant Phil had the opportunity to stand out from the pack. However I just find Phil a bit thick and he would not be out of place on Jersey Shore. Why would you use a caramel technique you had never done before. It was like some revelation to him when George told him to do it the way he knew it. No one like his lavender cream that he served with the poached pear. And Alvin thought the pear was under cooked.
Jake’s thai inspired cuttle fish salad looked like the worst dish of the night – Alvin looked like he had been served up dog pooped. Adam said he did not know how to eat it. Marion said the flavours were unbalanced. And they all thought it was too salty.
They then had to decide which were the best three dishes. Claire didn’t like the curry which indicated she did not want Jimmy back in.
She thought the best was Peter’s dish.
Apparently the decision of who to let in was unanimous. When they saw who the contestants were Claire looke unhappy, and Aaron teared up. Jono hung back on the hugs maybe that is what a typical IT dude does. Adam looked geniunie in his delight in seeing them.
The dish of the day was Jimmy’s curry and soft shell crab.
Courtney was back in as was Peter. Phil said he was shattered and he looked it. Gary said thanks for giving it a red hot go, which must please former NSW Premier Nathan Rees that a popular reality show had picked up his mantra.
Claire said she had mixed feelings about the contestants coming back in and looked like she had been bawling her eyes out.
I didn’t quite understand Matt Preston’s farewell maybe he should have stolen the two Ronnie’s goodbye. “It is goodnight from me and good night from them.” as he gestures to Gary and George.
I am happy with the three that are back in and think Peter could make the final week.