Masterchef Australia – Kumar The Baby Boomers Sex Symbol
Nick the wannabe Russian restaurateur and Dan the accessories designer (ok he may be gay) you are dropped, Kumar is my new Masterchef Australia crush. The 62 year old graphic designer is too too cute. See I am not always six-pack focused. His wife Sally is going to get very jealous with the huge fan base this guy is going to collect.
Conversely half of the male viewing audience were hoping for Arena from WA to get in the top 24. She is a personal trainer with a rocking body, and her aim is to open a restaurant and cook with organic ingredients, and make healthy meals. Ironically her Desert Island dish was a chocolate tart.
The challenge for tonight was a Desert Island one. Where the contestants had to cook a dish they would be happy to eat daily if shipwrecked on an island. They were only allowed to use five ingredients. It must have been five key ingredients as I am sure there were more then five on some plates. Particularly Tom the general manager of a wine store in Sydney.
He made a souffle, a lamb cutlet, and a beetroot, asparagus and goats cheese parcel. Now that must have been more than five as just in the souffle you have dill, cheese, eggs, flour and butter. Tom’s souffle did not rise because he did not butter the ramekin. A souffle is a risky dish to make as by the time you serve it it will have sunk and it was cold. George did like it however, but thought the vegetable parcel superfluous.
Sydney foodbloggers finally got to see Billy Law who is a web designer by day, and food blogger by night. He blogs at Table For Two. An interesting strategy of his to wear a hat, as the only other Masterchef contestant who has done that was Chris Badenoch who most people have a negative view of. For Billy’s sake I hope that affectation does not become a liability with the viewing audience.
He cooked twice pork belly with apple slaw and rice cake. Smart dish to do as the judges love fat, and Gary was inhaling the crackling, which won’t do much for his man boobs.
Speaking of Chris Badenoch, Matt the other foodblogger who is from Melbourne reminded me of him as well. It was like he is Chris’s good twin. He cooked Cape Grim Beef with onion rings, truffle and ethical foie gras. Gary questions whether all the truffle and foie gras is worth it. He thought it a very expensive dish. However, he did like his cooking. Matt Preston said “I like the dish, but I question the politics.” He wanted it to be more local.
To be honest it was more of a meal you would eat for your last supper on death row.
John from WA made brownies and garnished it with the top of a pineapple. I am not sure why George Calombaris thought it was so funny putting it on top of his head.
Andrew made a rib eye that looked the size from something from the Flinstones. He served it on celeriac mash. He said he cooked it blue/rare. However it was raw. George said it was not acceptable. No top 24 spot for him.
Seamus made seared tuna with daikon and beetroot. George thought it was fantastic. This guy could be one to watch. Or maybe he just has a talent for undercooking fish.
Kumar who has such a lovely presence made prawns in a coconut curry sauce. This was enough to get him a coveted top 24 apron. I think he will go far.
Danielle made egg yolk ravioli in a rocket pasta. It was a very interesting dish. Gary loved it, he also liked the texture. She was in.
Sun made poached egg on asparagus, the judges liked it but thought it was a bit simple. However the brief was to cook a dish you could eat for the rest of your life, and quite frankly I would be picking something pretty simple with nice flavours. I suspect fresh sourdough with cheese would not be good enough.
Alana the journalist/actress from Brisbane made soft centred chocolate pudding with raspberry and honeycomb, Matt Preston thought it was the best dish of the day.
Alana has already said in her press kit that she would like her own cooking show. I like her honesty, at least she doesn’t pretend she wants to be a working chef. Guys who think she is good looking will be happy she got through.
The six that got through to the top 24 are:
- Kumar Pereira, 61, Teacher from Sydney, NSW
- Arena Dunn, 24, Personal Trainer from Perth, WA
- Seamus Ashley, 32, Graphic Designer from Melbourne, VIC
- Alana Lowes, 30, Journalist/Actress from Brisbane, QLD
- Danielle Dixon, 29, Administration Manager from Brisbane, QLD
- Billy Law, 34, Food blogger from the Central Coast, NSW