Masterchef Australia – Jimmy Is Eliminated Because Of His Curry
Firstly I think all those botoxed, and lifted ageing women out there should take a look at Maggie Beer to be shown you can be gorgeous and over sixty. She looked stunning tonight both with her funky necklace, and black dress, but also her general exuberance and jour de vivre. That last phrase was dedicated to Sourkraut.
Secondly finally the right person was eliminated. Jimmy showed just how out of his depth he was with him creating much simpler dishes then the other three. All the others food was much more high end which is what we should expect at this time of the competition.
Maggie was guest judge tonight on the episode where the final four had to outline what their cook book would be about if they won the title of Masterchef.
Claire’s was going to be called From The Hearth to be about gutsy, honest and timeless food.
Callum’s is to be a Cook’s Roadmap, like a Stephanie Alexander but based on cooking techniques rather than ingredients. Gary said to George that this was something they had thought of as well. Which did get me wondering if Callum’s cook book had been workshopped prior to the episode.
Jimmy’s was to be called Flavours From My Home and it is about getting people to use spices. I am still not sure why he was one of the two chosen ones to go to receive a spice masterclass by Christine Mansfield.
Adam would call his book Two Asian Kitchens, it would be about the traditional and the modern dishes. I loved the scathing look Adam gave Gary when he butted in to say that is about you being from one asian country and living in another. Uh no Gary that was not what Adam meant.
Tonight the chefs had 2 1/2 hours to produce three dishes which would showcase their cookbook/food philosophy, and all of their plates looked pretty delicious.
I loved Adam’s Heston Blummenthal impersonation with using agar, and ensuring his ingredients were not too acidic.
Claire was first to be judged she had made scallops with crispy pork belly and apple. Maggie would prefer it without the pork.She thought this was a city dish.
The judges turned up their nose at the just which was served with a stunning looking roast beef with potato gratin. All the judges thought it had too much wine in it. George said if he got the receipe from her book he would be pretty disappointed.
Her dessert Matt loved the orange blossom pannacotta, and thought it was akin to kissing a girls neck. Which actually gave me shivers down my spine, but not in a good way.
Gary for once couldn’t decide whether he liked it or not even though any ingredient mixed with cream normally gets the thumbs up from him.
Callum was judged next, and I know he was doing techniques out of each chapter, however there was no consistency of theme. He cooked Coconut Mussels. Maggie thought it was exciting and perfectly cooked. This lent weight to the rumour that Maggie knows Callum’s mother, as Matt thought the curry was unbalanced with too much fish sauce.
However his roast pork belly with scallops with celeriac and his Chocolate Fondant with Orange and Date Ice Cream was met with raptures.
Jimmy’s to savoury dishes looked great, however he was criticised that his crispy skin duck with tamarind glaze – was over cooked. And his prawn curry sauce tasted soapy according to Gary. I was thinking it was all going to be disasterous for him, as his Chai Latte Brulee was not even set, however the flavour was apparently fantastic. And Matt Preston thought it was the best dish flavour wise.
Adam’s dishes were probably the most unusual and complex. He cooked Haianese Lobster Rice which Matt thought was rich and sophisticated but had not lost the soul of the dish. His next was a smoked Kingfish chirashi su. Did he smoke the fish himself? I did not see him do it but that doesn’t mean anything. George said “He is a legend.”
But Matt didn’t like the square of green tea jelly.
His dessert was a disaster, he was told his Chinese churos with salted duck egg custard did not appeal to the western palate. By the expressions on the judges faces as they were tasting it you would have thought they were eating cows lips.
It was a no brainer who was going it had to be Jimmy who has been out of his depth since he returned to the competition.
UPDATE: Jimmy to open an Indian restaurant. The press release says:
He plans to open his dream Indian restaurant later this year in Surry Hills, Sydney.
“I’ve already found the premises, I have a head chef and I’m devising menus,” he says. “My favourite part of any day is walking down the street and someone coming up and saying they want to taste my curries – they’ll soon be able to come to my restaurant.
“The benefit of being eliminated the first time was that I had some time at home and I knew that I really wanted to open up a restaurant. When I was cooking in the competition, I wasn’t thinking about winning or beating the others, I was just thinking about my restaurant.
“It’ll have a cocktail bar, nothing pretentious and good quality Indian food. I’ll be mainly doing front of house work but also in the kitchen and dealing with the menus. I can’t wait!”