Iron Chef Australia – Chris Badenoch V Guillame Brahimi
Grant Denyer was happy to have Chris Badenoch as a challenger as he could look him in the eye.
Even though Chris would have been happy about all the publicity the show was giving his new cookbook The Entire Beast, he was always going to lose.
It was a no brainer on who was going to win, Iron Chef French, Guillame Brahimi a trained chef had two trained sous chefs to assist. Whilst Chris had, his partner Julia Jenkins both untrained, and his sous chef Hugh, who I presume is trained even though Julia was telling him how to cook raspberries with sugar. With only having an hour to prep and cook it meant Chris and Julia were not going to be able to fit as much in the allotted time.
As usual Julia is the bridesmaid never the bride. When she was Masterchef Australia when she beat the chef and was fast forwarded to final’s week and taken from our screens. Her profile never rose to he heights of the other contestants. And now she is again playing second fiddle.
If Channel 7 renew the show they need to put in some serious challengers. There is no tension as you know who is going to win each week.
On the plus side if they do an Australian production of Top Chef they could do worse with having Larissa Dubecki and Simon Thomsen on the judging panel.
Tonight the main ingredient was chocolate.
Both did two savoury and two sweet dishes. I thought it a tad unfair that the iron chef pre-prepped Gingerbread for his emulsion, whereas Chris made his chocolate cake for his dessert from scratch.
Iron Chef French made:
- Carpaccio of venison which Leo Schofield thought was close to perfection.
- Whole veal sweetbread with gingerbread and chocolate sauce. I thought Larissa was looking uncomfortable whilst chewing the sweetbreads, but ended up being very positive about the dish.
- White chocolate mousse with raspberries and a granita was a pre-dessert. Larissa said it was too sweet for a pre-dessert.
- Chocolate tart with vanilla bean icecream. It looked sensational, however I agree with Simon Thomsen who said “It is good, but does not push the boundaries of chocolate as I would like to see it.”.
- White Chocolate egg encased duck liver parfait – “I really like the orange in the dish” said Simon. Did anyone else think it was similar to Heston Blummenthal’s dormouse dish on one of his medievil episodes?
- Leo was critcal about presentation but was positive about the taste.
- Venison and Chocolate cigars – Simon called it a chocolate sausage roll, and Larissa liked the nut sauce. I think we can say this dish was not a success.
- Chocolate Porter Pannacotta with framboise jelly. “This pannacotta is harder then the plastic on a Hollywood starlet” said Simon. And he meant that as a negative thing.
- Chocolate Cake with sour cherry beer sauce which the judges really liked, will we see it on his new restaurant menu?
The iron chef won, and it was telling that he beat Chris by five points on taste. However Chris can take heart that he beat him in originality of his dishes.
Mildly entertaining episode, but next week Channel Seven gave a spoiler in their preview by saying “And you thought an Iron Chef could not be beaten.” If this is the case did I really need to know before the show?