Masterchef Australia – If It Is Year Of The Bogan Where Were The Rissoles?
The show that stops a nation Masterchef Australia started tonight and it really started off with a bang with the inaugural Julie Goodwin mystery box.
No the Season One winner was not in the box that was choppered to the top 50 at Cockatoo Island but the basic pantry ingredients in it must have been a ode to Julie’s home cooking style.
The mystery box had potatoes, onions, mint, peas, garlic, lemons, beef mince and bacon.
“Take these ingredients to make something extraordinary,” said Matt Preston.
However if it is true what Matt Preston has been saying in pre-masterchef interviews that this was the year of the bogan, why didn’t anyone make rissoles?
We had all sorts of meatballs including bad baby meatballs, as well as a couple of stuffed tomatoes, and some meals where it was impossible to tell what they were.
In the mystery box challenge the ten least impressive dishes will see cooks in an elimination challenge, and in that challenge five will go home. This confirms Matt’s guest blog post theory that you don’t have to be the best, you just have to avoid being the worst to continue in the competition.
The person with the top dish should be automatically put into the top 24 in my opinion.
Alana a freelance journo from Brisbane wants to be a food writer (well at least she is honest about why she is on the show) made a stuffed tomato with peas. George thought it was a cracker dish. Matt was only going to describe the dish in one word said it was “Very good” . Thankfully his palate is better then his maths.
Also Jay a car sales manager who was in the top 50 in first season showed he had been watching cooking reality TV shows since series one, and he wanted to showcase his pasta. He made ravioli stuffed with mushroom and garlic, with a tomato consomme. Unfortunately for him the pasta was a disaster. However I would query the only ingredients he showcased from the mystery box was the tomato and garlic.
Sarah with five kids from Qld, made a galette and it was called “ok effort” but that landed her in the elimination challenge, as did Rachel from WA with her dry beef bites.
Kate a mother of three cooked a flatbread kofta with tomato and mint salsa got the judges excited and exhilarated by it.
I wondered how she got so much flavour into her dish as one of the contestants said no herbs and spices were allowed to be used.
Alex who is a machinist from WA, should have been sent home for his raw meat balls on mash potatoes. It was almost as bad as Season Two’s chicken dish by Kate.
Kate, Alana, Peter and Michael W cooked the best dishes. And they get kudos only, not even one of the sponsors Sunbeam mixers as a prize.
Alex, Tony, Nathan, Sun, Greg, Di, Michael, Andrew, Rachel,and Sarah were to battle it out in the elimination challenge.
The producers were clearly trying to mind fuck these contestants by bringing in Adriano Zumbo for this challenge. Would it be the V8 cake, the croquembouche or a macaroon tower? No it was just a chocolate challenge.
And this gave George the opportunity to imitate his idol Forrest Gump and say “Masterchef is like a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get…” .
Points to Sarah for being the first contestant to have tears onscreen this season.
But wow doesn’t she have the touch of the crazies about her. She carries her lucky cock around. No it is not some Heston Blummenthal food type vibrator but a ceramic tasweigan, portuguese lucky cock.
Gary Mehigan nearly had to amputate his tongue to not say something lippy back to her.
The lucky cock broke when she went arse over tit, and Gary and George were not volunteering to fill the breach for once. OK they did try and glue it. But she was cursed her chocolate granache was undercooked and she was eliminated.
Sun appears to be following the My Kitchen Rules philosophy of when you are under pressure make something you have never made before, and she went one further she doesn’t even eat chocolate ice cream.
But there must have been other dogs of desserts as Sun’s ice cream was nowhere near set and she was safe.
Andrew made chocolate bread and butter pudding with blueberries, with a chocolate cigar. George thought they were both fantastic.
Dai made puff pastry with creme pastisserie and rose water granita. The dish was a disaster. Matt asked if she made the pastry. Because the rule on masterchef is you will be looked at with disdain if you don’t make everything yourself except stock.
Alex chocolate and pear creme brulee was a hit with the judges but we knew he would get through as Masterchef preview editors have already started off where they left off last year by giving away what is going to happen in the previews, with all showing that Alex was safe.
Rachel the likeable Admin assistant from WA was either having a pre-menopausal hot flush or she just excited to standing next to Adriano Zumbo as she was very red in the face. But at least she delivered with her brownie.
The five eliminated were Michael, Dai, Tony, Sarah and Nathan.
It was a good first episode, and actually delivered on all the pre-season hype. Your thoughts?