Masterchef Australia – The Mean Fiddler Team Challenge
Did anyone else notice the bizarrely placed Western Star butter around the Mean Fiddler kitchen? Once a batch of it was placed on the saucepan rack, and another was place in front of Chelsea’s steaks right in front of the camera. I am sure there must have been more.
Tonight’s team challenge was out at the Mean Fiddler in Rouse Hill. It was girls versus boys and it looked like a pretty stressful night serving the locals.
They had to create a short order menu of seven items – a burger, a steak with a side and a sauce , fish dish, a bar snack, a special, a salad and a dessert.
The teams were going to be judged on taste of dishes and how they performed in the kitchen.
The team captain was randomly picked depending on who picked up the apron which had the word on it. Rachel was captain of the girls team, and Andrew captain of the boys. I quite liked that it was random as it meant it could not be manipulated.
Here is some thoughts on the episode:
- Chelsea did not appear to like Rachel much as a team leader, she bagged her out for being everywhere around the kitchen at the beginning of the task, and also about the onion sauce;
- Speaking of sauces when will these contestants learn, when the judges suggest something like using a specific sauce, then do it;
- George suggest to the girls team to do a herb butter and they continued with the dreadful onion jus, Matt Moran suggested to the guys to do a bernaise sauce, they did a mushroom one.
- Arena managed to set the grill on fire by cooking not trimmed meat for the stock, to give her props she did not look like she cried about it;
- But Arena looks like she is a bit of a tough nut, when criticised for putting in powdered stock into the onion jus she quickly threw Rachel under a bus saying she had been told to do so;
- Matt was having a shocker sending out wrongly cooked steaks and did not put the mushroom sauce on the steak for the judges;
- Chelsea’s steaks were ok, except she gave the judges a well done rather than a medium, but generally she did a better job then Matt with getting it cooked correctly for the punters;
- The guys team had 16 plates sent back, and a lot of them were steaks;
- Highlights for the girls were the salt and pepper prawns, and the burgers, the negatives were the sauce and their strawberry shortcake dessert;
- Highlights for the boys were the pork belly with scallops, and the delightful Sean and Kumar’s smashed pavlova.
- Matt Moran criticised the boys team about their salad he said the garnishes were so 1972 – come on Matt the was no orange or curly leafed parsley in the salad.
- Matt Moran and George Calombaris need to stop say Yeah? at the end of each sentence;
- I would have liked to have seen the boys bar snack and the girls special of the day.
The girls team won and they get to have lunch at the Manly Pavilion. One of the boys is up for elimination. Last week the team had to send two lambs down for the slaughter in a challenge where it was hard to pin point blame. However tomorrow night everyone of the team is up for elimination. Which I find a bit unfair considering some made some great dishes, eg Seamus and Kumar, and others were very much to blame for the loss.