Masterchef Australia – We Have Our Top 24
Well we now have our top 24 and it looks like a diverse one, however I must ask why are they not more lenient on the good looking guys? Both Nick and Dan have been eliminated.
Conversely Ellie the attractive blonde 20 year old student nurse who put an egg yolk in wonton wrappers and fried them got through. The judges were in raptures that the egg yolk was still runny. I mean seriously this is a dish we won’t be seeing in any eating establishment soon.
Also Dani a publicist from Victoria is in even though she turned into a gibbering mess in the taste test.
Tonight they started off with a taste test challenge. It was Matt Moran’s dish which was Aria’s signature consomme.
They told them them four of the ingredients, but had they had to name the other 26. Each person had three minutes to do so.
Matt the goth food blogger from Melbourne identified 20 of them whereas at the other end of the spectrum Nick and John only got six.
But seriously how was anyone meant to get mandarin peel? Also why didn’t the contestants have to identify the specific type of stock? Maybe it was one that was not in the Campbell’s range.
Dani, the Victorian publicist lost the plot and wrote down pork instead of duck and dropped a dirty spoon back in the dish.
I love the way Matt Preston and Matt Moran sneered that no one had identified three of the ingredients.
How the fuck was anyone meant to get mandarin peel? However, one person that should have was Jay who actually admitted to the judges he had read the recipe a few nights before. You would have thought he would have remembered this more unusual ingredient, in fact he only got about 15 of the ingredients right.
Just as the contestants were wondering what would be the advantage of doing well in the taste test all was revealed….and it was a cracker of a challenge.
It was an invention test where you could only use the ingredients you had identified in the taste test plus the four they had previously been told were in the dish, which were eggs, salt, pepper and the oil.
Of course Nick who only identified six was in trouble, however Ellie was in more trouble then the early setllers, as she had not identified a protien, thus the egg yolk in the wonton wrapper scenario.
Dan who was the only person to identify abalone in the consomme, was obligated now to use it in his dish, however he had never cooked it before, and this would be his downfall.
When the judges came around to talk to him and he revealed he was poaching it, Matt Moran gave him a not so subtle hint that he should saute it instead. It did not look like he took his advice….
Is there some sort of seafood cooking rule that when you have no idea what to do with the ingredient you poach it? It is the second time in a week this has occurred and it has ended badly for both contestants. Remember Jess and her poached flathead?
Sun who I do think is going to be a “controversial” top 24 contestant, revealed she had been a vegetarian and had only recently started eating meat. So I really hope there is an offal challenge at some point to really flip her out.
Matt who picked twenty of the ingredients to make a dish crumbled a bit under the pressure. He did not plate up his dumplings, and if you can over flambe something he did it with the duck breast. He got in the top 24 so let the Sydney and Melbourne foodblogging war begin.
I thought the judges were again condescending to John when judging him. George gave him a mild slap for not browning his chicken properly, but then praised him for stuffing the leg it. “A great effort” he said.
I don’t think the judges should be nasty, but in my mine just judge him the same way as anyone else please.
The contestants that got through tonight to the top 24 are:
Peter Vickery, Tom the wine manager from NSW, Ellie, Sun, and Matt the foodblogger from Melbourne.
Andrew the guy from Port Lincoln is through. As is Shannon, Paul Lombardi, and Rachel who managed to maul both Zumbo and Matt Moran. Dani, Jay and Chelsea were also through.
I felt sorry for couple of the contestants that were eliminated tonight as there were at least two Ariana and the girl with the short blond hair, who got no air time at all.
By the way for Callum fan’s he is now writing a blog on the official website here.