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Masterchef Australia – Adriano Zumbo Is A Sadist

If there is such a thing as a nice sadist then Adriano Zumbo is one of them. Or is he just a good looking version of Dr Evil? Once he realises he is on Masterchef Australia for a pressure test, in the final’s week, does he just dream up  the hardest combinations that are going to send the contestant’s completely over the edge. I thought at one stage we were going to see Claire curled up in the foetal position when she was in difficulty with tempering her chocolate.

I know we whinge about the show being rigged or not rigged, or whether it is a game show or a cooking show, or whether the best cook should win. But with Alvin being eliminated it means there is only one personality left in the house and that is Adam. The rest are all pretty charisma free.

Tonight the remaining six contestants had to recreate Zumbo’s V8 cake, which was an eight layer vanilla cake. Apparently he made it for Margaret Fulton’s 85th birthday celebrations.

By the way I liked Zumbo on the panel and on the kitchen floor I thought he was relaxed and straight forward, however I wish he had not been quite so helpful, as Jimmy would have chucked out half his brulee layer. It was a killer challenge with four hours of prep and cooking and some of them still did not complete all the elements.

Highlights from the kitchen:

  • Jimmy accidentally pinching Adam’s macaroon layer, but it would have been more hilarious if it had been Callum considering he used the wrong lobster last night.
  • Alvin’s assembling of the dish, his water gel layer was not set and his dacquious broke, he was having a shocker, but props for keeping his sense of humour;
  • Jimmy using the wrong  cake tin and piping the cream down the sides of the cake. Jimmy will never get a sponsorship of handee wipes as he work station is such a mess.
  • Zumbo telling Callum  he had flipped his cake the wrong way, hopefully Callum when gets his engineering degree this won’t happen on his work sites.
  • Courtney’s cake looking fabulous until she decided to pick it up with her hands, the normally together Courtney was in tears.
  • Adam getting some great editing and a lot of air time, but then he and Alvin are the only two left that spark up on camera.

Adam was first to serve and Zumbo said “I wouldn’t be disappointed if someone served it to me”. However Adam forgot the ganache.

Alvin’s cake looked a bit more ragged and was criticised for having “no definition between the layers” by Gary Mehigan.

Interesting to know that like the rest of Australia the judges also think Jimmy is a one dimensional cook. I think Gary was so shocked that he actually plated up something half decent that I think he judged him from a lower base then the others.

However Matt Preston concurred and said “Flavours are all there”.

Callum’s cake was seeping due to the water jelly being at the bottom, and Gary thought it was more like fudge cake.

Claire’s cake did not have chocolate, also the ganache is missing, but the layers looked snappy. Zumbo said what she did have was spot on.

Courtney’s car crash cake looked good at one end and was wonky the other side. Gary did not think the flavour hit the mark.

I found it ironic that two of the bottom three, Alvin and Courtney, had had the supposed advantage of the recipe the night before. And Callum was the first one to be made safe. Gary said “You survived because you had all the elements on the plate”. He then gave him an Obi Wan Kenobi mantra by saying “Be on your guard”.

Unfortunately Alvin was eliminated, and after he finishes romping on his king sized bed (well he has been filming for 8 months) he might open an asian tapas bar, but in the meantime he has just launched his food website Cinnamon Pig.

The winner was Jimmy who Matt reckons is hitting his stride at this point of the competition. And he will continue his advantage by getting to pick the ingredients to be used in tomorrow night’s challenge, and you guessed it is going to be spicy.


1 brain dead dave { 07.21.10 at 3:35 pm }

Expect something Doh!rogatory….

2 Paul { 07.21.10 at 3:37 pm }

Ah – so that would be nothing else then.

Whats a bit of slander between friends hey CG – accuse people of being homophobes and then back off like a coward when it gets a bit hot for you. “oh RR, he’s picking on me”

I’ll give you a tip – don’t hand out accusations if you’ve got nothing to back yourself up with. I will keep making you look like an idiot all day long if I have to as I won’t have my name dragged through the mud.

Now back into your box – Claire’s still in the competition. Maybe you can think of some stuff to say about her. Certainly hasn’t bothered you on the past and unlike me she can’t answer back.

Probably a bit easier target for you.

3 Anonymous { 07.21.10 at 4:46 pm }
4 iheartzumbo { 07.23.10 at 6:28 pm }

adriano zumbo is the sexiest, most talented, most creative, beautiful, humble and gorgeous chef to ever walk through the doors at MS…all u haters on this blog shouldn’t be too jealous…

5 Bokkie { 08.12.11 at 9:53 pm }

I love yr comments and I love this show which is now showing in South Africa. I loved Marion’s cooking and was sorry to see her go. Greetings

6 Reality Raver { 08.13.11 at 4:05 pm }

Bokkie – There was a huge outcry when she left

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