Masterchef Australia – The Callum Controversy
I am going to have to go to the panel on this (ie you guys) I really don’t know how I feel about Callum getting through to the finals when he did not plate up all these dishes. Should he have been judged on what he had plated up or or was it ok for the judges to share the pies and then judge him on that?
Personally being a hard arse I think it should have been on what he plated up, considering Jonathan got balled out on Sunday about not organising his time in the kitchen properly, with his sloppy dessert, but at the time the judges acknowledged the flavours were there. There is inconsistency in the judging on this show. Also does this mean they were only scoring on flavour tonight NOT presentation.
But I also want the best contestant’s in the final week, and apparently his pheasant was perfectly cooked.
Also I would flick him an extra point for not starting to quiver and cry in front of the judges in what would have been a extremely humiliating moment.
Anyway looking forward to hearing your views on this controversy. And this is up there with satay-gate.
The challenge tonight was to cook in two hours a signature dish to judged by four icons in Australian cooking, and Matt Preston, a possible future icon in Australian eating. The judges were Jacque Raymond, Mark Best, Kylie Kwong, and Alla Wolf Tasker.
They were given $250 and were able to procure ingredients from sources other then Coles, unlike last year in the similar challenge where Chris Badenoch procured bone marrow from the Coles butcher. At least we did not have to see Callum pretend to be able to buy pheasant from Coles.
Now Aaron should have been instantly put in the bottom three as soon as he said he was combining chilli with truffle, and then should have been instantly eliminated when he started adding the squid ink in with the cheese. This guy is on the wrong show he needs to go on Iron Chef with his weird flavour combinations.
He evaluated his dish perfectly when he said “I’ve decided to do something out there, maybe it is just out there for out there sake”.
Claire deservedly got into the final week with the highest scoring dish of Poached Marron with Garlic Custard and Seafood Consomme. Jacque thought it was a three hat dish.
Courtney pulled off a great Asian Banquet with five dishes on it, in fact I would have liked to have had a closer look on what the dishes actually were. Kylie Kwong sparked up when she saw it. She scored 43 points the same as Callum.
I have been trying to refrain from saying this since she came back in the competition, but that feather necklace reminds me of something you might see in a snuff film. For the record I have never seen one.
Adam’s skewers called the seven gods looked amazing, each skewer had it own different condiment and it looked extremely refined. Matt Preston thought it was the dish of the day, and had scored it a ten. Also great he got through as I think he is going to be a contender next week. Ok I am hoping he will be a contender next week.
Alvin played half safe, and half risky by making noodles for the first time, in his Ah Kongs Yam cake with rice noodles and pork and peanut caramel. The yam cake was deemed to be too heavy by Kylie Kwong, and the broth too sweet by Jacques. However the noodle was thought to be good. However it was not good enough to avoid the elimination challenge tomorrow night.
Lastly Jimmy made a curry which was expected and I don’t have a problem with that, but he plays it safe. It is something he is extremely comfortable with as he has cooked it probably many times before, and that is what I find disappointing. It did look great the rice pilau with Apricot Curry. Matt Preston didn’t get the three layers of rice, but thought the curry was delicious.
However he also could not avoid the bottom three. I note they did not hand out the scores for Aaron, Alvin and Jimmy. Was this so they would not know how far they were behind the pack or in fact how close they were to getting through?
But really the conversation point of this episode is not who is in the bottom three but whether it was fair that Callum made it into the final’s week apparently twitter has exploded with differing views. Your thoughts?