Masterchef Australia – Jimmy’s Mystery Box
It is final’s week, the prize is within peoples grasps, and the judges including Shannon Bennett (yes we will discuss those eyebrows later) are running around dishing out a lot of advice to the contestants. At this stage of the competition the contestant’s should be standing on their own two feet.
Gary told Jimmy that his muscat ice-cream could be lumpy if left in the blast freezer rather than the ice-cream maker. All three of them repeatedly were telling Claire that she needed some crunch for her dishes, in fact Matt Preston outlined the ingredients she should use. Also they workshopped with Courtney what dessert she should do since she was having a major blank.
Tonight Jimmy had the advantage of picking the ingredients in the mystery box, so there were spices, chilli’s, besan flour, muscat, lentils and gorgonzola. The other contestants were not happy about there not being a flesh protein to cook with, and in fact I think Claire may have doubled her male fans by giving a scathing critique of lentils.
Lucky for them they had 90 minutes to cook, however in that time they were expected to do two dishes a sweet and a savoury. Shannon Bennett from Vue Du Monde was a guest judge as George as some commenters have suggested maybe at the world cup in South Africa. Shannon decided that 2 million viewers would not notice he had not brushed his hair as we would be too distracted by his eyebrows, which if he was a movie star he would have to insure. They were amazing.
By the way anyone one who did not make dhal automatically should have been given ten extra bonus points. I thought the three who made it were the ones who probably have the weakest techniques in the competition and possibly the least imagination. Also Jimmy should have had 50 points deducted for being out curried by both Courtney and Callum.
Jimmy did make two types of dhal a Tarka & a Garlic Butter one. Both served with Paratha & Onion Rings, his dessert was a Muscat Icecream. It all looked like a puddle of plop, and the Garlic Butter Dhal looked like lard. Gary Mehigan liked both of the curries, but just thought the pakora were flashy onion rings and thought he could do better, however he loved the muscat ice-cream
Matt who has a much more refined curry palate, well it is the UK’s national dish, said “there was not enough butter or garlic in the dhal, but the Tarka was better but still underseasoned.”
Shannon did not like the presentation, but did like the icecream.
Callum made a lentil curry (not sure how that is different to dhal) with flat bread, and lemon and ginger brulee tarts. I thought Callum’s dessert was a cracker, but I thought again he showed not a lot of imagination for his main.
However, Matt Preston preferred Callum’s dahl to Jimmy, and Gary who still thinks he is still in the seven deadly sins challenge of course ate the whole tart.
Courtney made Dhal with Caramelised Pakora, and Crepe with Ginger and Lemon Curd. Matt said the pakora was undercooked but thought it was the best dhal, however he thought the “lemon curd needed more then a couple of crepes”. Her dessert looked amateurish and Shannon said the crepes needed another element.
Now Adam tonight decided to really step it up a notch and cook outside the box (pun sort of intended). He made Oeufs Molle with Soubiese, and for dessert he made candied tomatoes in a muscat sauce with ginger granita. Shannon thought the veloute just over powered the soubise, however he thought the eggs are cooked perfectly. Matt thought the dish was clever, delicious tasting food. Matt also loved the idea of the dessert, he thought it was brave, but he thought if he removed sauce it would be a cleaner flavour. I thought Adam really showed he was a contender tonight.
Claire cooked Gorgonzola Mousse with a Muscat Sauce, Layered Lemon Curd Semifreddo with a crumble. After she started crying Gary had to turn into an amateur psychologist to get her though the judging. Claire sobbed “you guys don’t get while I’m here” and “why it matters”. Gary responded with empathy by saying “there is know harm in letting your emotions out”. I was rolling my eyes. I thought both her dishes showed a lot of technique, and there was no lentil with spices in sight. For that I was giving her two thumbs up.
Gary said “Muscat syrup doesn’t work with the mousse” but he liked the mousse, but said it needed a garlic tuile. He loved the dessert and thought it was balanced. Note to Season 3 contestant’s Gary loves cream. Part of his OH&S plan at work must involve regular cholesteral checks.
Callum was through first to the top four, and Shannon said he was the equivalent of a second to third year apprentice.
Adam was praised for his going outside the square and innovation and was put through.
Matt Preston told Jimmy he was on the edge of a precipice as he had a huge advantage and he stuffed it, but he managed to stay out of the bottom two.
Claire and Courtney were in the bottom two. Claire was there because of her lack of belief in herself and the way it made the judges think her dishes were not going to be good.
However Courtney was eliminated and deservedly so, her dishes tonight showed lack of imagination and technique.
By the way good of Callum to acknowledge Paul (the guy who does the odds on this blog) tonight when he said “even the craziest of gamblers would not have dreamed up this top 4”. My money was lost a long time ago.