Masterchef Australia – Tom Is Eliminated
You know it is early in the competition when two contestants meekly and voluntarily put their heads on the chopping block.
Two members of the red team had to go head to head in a elimination cook off, and the team had to be the ones to pick who was going to be put forward. However robust debate and blame did not occur. Tom who was the team leader stuck his hand up, and then Kumar decided to as well taking responsibility for the failure of the ciabatta.
No one else was going to argue with them and looked relieved there was no ugly finger pointing was to be had, and they were spared being the first contestant to be eliminated.
The challenge was in “the round” where they cook within a circle, getting half each, and I thought the challenge was pretty tough. They had 90 minutes to cook three dishes without recipes, just using their food knowledge.
First up was Abla from Abla’s Lebanese Restaurant in Melbourne and her dish was baklava. Neither Tom or Kumar had cooked it before. After 15 minutes the clock was stopped and Shaun Presland came in with tempura flour. By this stage they were both looking like startled bunnies in headlights.
Then finally Matt Preston said he wanted them to cook roast corn and capsicum salsa, tomato salsa, guacamole, and chicken wings, all to show case his love of limes.
I was surprised they managed to plate it all up.
Abla looked pretty underwhelmed by the look of Kumar’s baklava but thought the taste wasn’t bad. She thought Tom’s should not have had icing sugar, but she thought it was “noice”.
Shaun Presland judged the tempura. He thought Kumar’s had a bit of crunch and the batter was not too heavy. Tom’s prawns were barely cooked, but he had better presentation of his vegetables.
Matt judged his mexican tasting plate. He liked Kumar’s and thought if you had them with a ice cold beer, and a game of footy on the tellie you would be very happy.
He thought Tom’s was too charred outside, but said the chicken was succulent and juicy.
Kumar got Abla’s vote. Matt gave his vote to Tom, I think this was just to create tension, and Shaun voted for Kumar. This meant Tom was eliminated.
I am so glad Kumar is safe as he is so cute. However I am disappointed Tom went as he looked like he could actually cook. I am surprised he is only 29, he looks much older.
Tom has started an online home delivery service, Mr Perkins and Co (is this why he went on the show?), an internet based gourmet home delivery store.
“I’m basically selling meal boxes containing fresh local, seasonal produce that is precisely measured up and home delivered,” he says. “If a recipe calls for a relatively obscure ingredient, then you don’t need to buy bottles and bottles of ingredients that will sit in the pantry mostly unused for years, as I’m selling precise quantities that you only need for that recipe.”
Obviously he was unhappy he was the first person eliminated.