Masterchef Australia – What Is More Important Innovation Or Good Cooking?
PREDICTION – At the finale next week PETA is so going to gate crash it to flour bomb Matt Preston to protest about cruelty to animals on the Masterchef series. Last week it was the squab ie baby pigeons not allowed to fly, and tonight crustraceans killed live on TV. George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan will be so mesmerised by the naked girls running past poor Matt will have no chance to withstand the attack.
Tonight was one of the highlights of the two seasons with Iron chef Sakai as guest judge. He is a culinary and TV icon. Ok so he looked a bit old but who cares.
But first the top six received letters from a loved one like they do on Survivor. And wasn’t Alvin’s letter from his partner just gorgeous. I noted Claire’s sister was the person who wrote to her not her partner, as was the case with Adam. I am presuming language barrier might have been the reason in Adam’s case.
The top six were split into two teams for an invention test. The challenge was to design a menu that showcased the crustaceans. And that raises an issue of how inventive should the dishes be. The blue team of Callum, Adam and Claire were definitely more innovative, whereas the blue team of Alvin, Jimmy, and Courtney kept it to more classic dishes.
Both teams decided on an asian theme.
Highlights from the prep were:
- Courtney wrestling with the lobster;
- Callum pinching their lobster;
- Courtney being the leader on the red team;
- Jimmy not doing a lot but making the prawn stock, he did oversee the steaming of the lobster tail, but had to defer to Courtney about when it was cooked.
The blue teams menu was Asian style mud crab salad with crepes, Lobster dumplings with a sake and soy broth, and prawn scotch egg with chilli coconut sambal.
Iron Chef Sakai thought the dough a little bit too thick on Callum’s dumplings, and Gary thought the flavours were too strong and the lobster meat chopped too finely.
Adam looked like he was about puke with nerves when they were tasting his scotch egg. He had not made the dish before. George thought it was brilliant, and Iron Chef Sakai said he had never tasted anything like it. Which I think he meant as a positive thing.
Claire’s crab salad got the thumbs up, but Gary did not like the crepe, and he thought the onion was too salty. There was more spank then fluff from Gary tonight. He was very stern tonight at judges table.
Matt was disappointed the blue team had not showcased the crustacean in its shell.
Red Team – translucent prawn dumpling with crustacean broth, Prawn Conjie and, Chilli mud crab with Xo sauce
Iron Chef Sakai loved the broth for the entree. But Gary did not think the congee was great, and Iron chef sakai said it might have been better with roasted peanuts in it. Huh? Maybe that is why I have never bought the Iron Chef cook book.
George thought the lobster served with the congee was cooked beautifully. He also was in raptures with the chilli crab, saying it gave some of the ones he has had in Singapore a run for their money. I had not realised how badly George sweats when he had chilli, he was like Callum incarnated, it was pouring out everywhere.
The red team won because they were obviously cooked better, but I thought for the start of final’s week their dishes should have been more creative.
By winning the red team got to see Adriano Zumbo’s cake that they will all have to make in the pressure test tomorrow night, and also the recipe to study. From last year I remember this not being a huge advantage.