Masterchef Australia – A Few Mysteries Revealed
Ok the mystery of the non-elimination round on Thursday has now been revealed. Basically Aaron and Jimmy could have served up pigs swill (they probably did) and they were not going to be eliminated. They needed the ten contestants for tonight’s Margaret Fulton family style challenge as they were cooking in pairs. I really don’t like being treated as a moron Masterchef.
Another mystery of Masterchef was revealed tonight by Matt Preston when he told Marion he would have to judge her on her fried ice cream balls on how they tasted when they came out of the deep fryer at the end of the 90 minutes. So the judges tasted them then, does that mean they tasted everyone else’s food then? And the tasting table is just for show?
I don’t have a problem with that as long as it is a level playing field, and every contestant’s food is tasted at that time.
Tonight the invention test was to cook in pairs a family style dish for the iconic Margaret Fulton. You could serve four plates or one big dish to be served at the judges table. Aaron somehow missed that memo and served up his one dish of pancake with chicken chipotle in it. I was amazed that Peter kept on smiling when he realised his partner’s error. But conversely maybe Peter did not have four pancakes in him considering the amount of time it took him to get one good cooked.
But before I get too immersed in the invention test and the iconic Margaret Fulton, I will just give a few quick opinions on the mystery box challenge:
- Alvin let loose by using nearly all the ingredients in his mystery box in his dish, it looked foul, but it won the challenge,
- Again the editing was appalling letting us know way in advance whose dishes they would pick to taste;
- Loved the concept of Adam’s and thought Gary’s criticism of it not being big enough as being harsh;
- I cracked up when Claire got to give the health and safety warning to camera when she said “don’t just pick the snails from the garden these have been specially prepared”, how dumb does Masterchef think we are?
- Callum again used a strategy of being the only one to make dessert as a way of getting his dish tasted, it worked considering it did not look that spectacular.
As winner of the mystery box Alvin got to pick his partner and then allocate the other teams. He unsurprisingly picked Marion. He teamed up Courtney and Jonathan, Aaron and Peter, Claire and Adam, and Jimmy and Callum.
They then chose as the key ingredients of chicken and orange.
Jimmy made curry again, and Callum did dessert again. Though Callum’s Orange and macadamia parfait with Macaroon & Orange Dust looked divine, and Matt Preston did say it was one of the best desserts they had had on the show.
Speaking of Matt Preston in the Sun Herald today, it said that Matt Preston gut is not the only thing expanding, apparently his ego is blossoming out of control and he is starting to make unreasonable demands. I wonder what these demands are?
Jonathan was criticised for making orange curd straight on the flame because of his limited time and he curdled the eggs in it. He did strain it but I presume he was desperate to get it into the fridge to set. Which explained the angst Courtney had when she looked at two empty shells and was wondering what he had been doing for 90 minutes. He only managed to plate up two and the curd had not set. However Courtney’s luscious roast chicken must have kept them out of the bottom two.
Alvin was having a disaster with his dish the swede cake which was not cooking so had to be turned into an omelette, and Marion was not fairing much better with her fried ice-cream as it was runny on the inside, however her soy and orange caramel sauce did get positive praise.
Adam and Claire cooked green tea chicken dumpling with chilli oil, orange and ginger vinegar, these were received positively, but it was Claire’s delicious fried masterstock chicken with chilli caramel and orange salt got the rave reviews. George screeched out “Hallelujah” because Claire finally had stumped up a winning dish.
And Claire looked happy….for a moment. “I’m wrapped,” she said with a slight smile.
They won, and she deservedly will go head to head against the celebrity chef.
Everyone looked shocked when Marion and Alvin were announced in the bottom two teams, but not so shocked when Aaron and Peter were placed there.
Tomorrow night is Zumbo with his macaroon tower, if the preview is anything to go by someone has a disastrous time, and my money is on Aaron to be eliminated.