Pressure Test – Alex Finally Bombe’s Out Of The Competition
I had a bit of drama tonight the appliances short circuited in the house and meant the recording of Masterchef stopped. I saw the first and last ten minutes.
Anyway not that there was any tension in the episode due to a couple of spoilers by TEN and in a TV guide which indicated who was eliminated, and it was Alex.
Tonight Billy, Ellie and Alex had to cook a Coconut Cherry Bombe Alaska which looked delicious, but with a lot to do in the 2 hour time frame. They had to make the cherry sorbet including pipping the cherries and making the sugar syrup. Make the coconut icecream, the sponge, and meringue, and then assesmble everything. Considering all that I am surprised anyone finished.
Alex was in trouble from the start as he just seemed to do one step at a time, and he cooked his coconut custard, but then was meant to cool it down in an ice bath, but he did not have that prepared, and the custard curdled. He never really recovered from that.
Ellie was just methodical and this worked in her favour in the end as she had a beautifully presented dessert which saw her being the first to be told she was safe.
Billy decided to put his own spin on the dessert and add toasted coconut whilst the icecream mixture was cooking to boost flavour. He also did his own style of meringue which made it look like the dessert was covered in golf balls. Maybe it was to match his hat.
The judges thought there were too many gaps in his meringue and his sponge was dense, they did like his ice cream. They also thought putting his own things on it was risky.
I had thought the whole point of the pressure test was to replicate the recipe, however if you improve the dish you might get away with it. But did Billy improve the dessert by putting his own spin on it? I don’t think so.
Alex’s dish had great meringue and sponge, there were some negatives as Matt Preston said there was a lack of sorbet and ice cream. Considering these were the two main components of the dish it was no surprise Alex was eliminated.
Alex has now moved to Melbourne and is looking for a chef’s apprenticeship.