Masterchef Australia – Aaron Must Be On His 8th Life
You just know that the macaron tower is going to be the next big thing at weddings. The croquembouche is now so last season.
The “patissier of pain” Adriano Zumbo had created another difficult task for the Masterchef contestants to complete. Poh Ling Yeow would have loved it and wonder if Zumbo has been on her new show, which is still going on ABC1. Injera continues to watch it and has given her mid-season assessment of Poh’s Kitchen on her blog Blah Blog Blah.
Before I get into the episode I just want to whinge about how Channel Ten continues to put unintentional spoilers out there. Regular commenter CG spotted that Marion was in the previews for Wednesday night’s army challenge, and the latest edition of TV Week had Alvin and Marion in army fatigues.
If you have a spoiler or want to read some go to my specific spoiler thread here.
Anyway the contestants had to make one hundred and twenty macarons, therefore 240 halves of the kalamata olive ganache and raspberry beetroot butter cream. Actually is olive the new dessert/baking ingredient? We’ve had it in George’s mother carrot cake and now this.
They had three and half hours to complete the challenge, and I thought it was interesting that Marion started on her filling first, I am presuming it must have needed to set.
The contestant’s were pretty nervous about the daunting challenge. George asked Alvin “Are you confident?” “Ah no” was his response. Aaron was saying he needed three and a half days, and Peter was laughing hysterically to camera.
The only person looking like they were in their element was Callum who was confidently yelling out instructions from the peanut gallery.
After an hour Marion looked like she was working well and Peter was impressing me with his tray carrying skills.
I was also impressed with Aaron’s tolerance to pain as he carried them straight from the oven to the cooler.
They were all having varying degrees of success with their macarons, Marion’s pink ones looked great but the purple ones not so good. But what they all had in common they were running out of time. They all cut down their tower as they were not going to finish, which made me think the judges or producers told them to do it.
To try and build drama Jimmy was being dramatic about how bad Peter’s tower looked, but to be honest it looked no worse then what the others were plating up.
Peter was first up to the judges and I loved the way Zumbo was just cracking up when one of his macaron’s fell off onto the table, whilst Matt Preston was looking like the gulf oil spill had just spread to Sydney Harbour.
“Fillings not there” said Zumbo about Peter. Gary chimed in with “Inconsistency is a problem”.
Alvin was next, his were the best looking biscuits but there was a size issue with the olive ones as they were tiny.
Marion’s raspberry macaron’s were gushed over but her olive ones were too hard and crusty. I loved the way when the judges were pontificating on who was going, Zumbo was gushing over how Marion was a “machine” in the kitchen. Gary immediately subtly reminded him that they needed to create some suspense by talking about how bad her olive ones were. Zumbo looked suitably chastised.
Alvin’s was judged the best, with Peter eliminated. Aaron who is giving new meaning to mediocrity manages to stay in the competition for a few more days.
By the way in New Idea this week I pick Marion to win the competition. I really wanted to pick a wild outsider (one of the reasons I never back the winner in the Melbourne Cup) but decided I would stick with the person who at this stage does deserve to win.
If you are feeling like you have a lot of time on your hands here is the link to the recipe of the macarons.