Matt The Strategos Is Back Looking At Masterchef’s Team Challenge
Matt is back talking about what he thought were the big moves in last night’s Masterchef episode.
Over to you Matt:
There’s several strategic blunders from last night, one very good strategic move and one foreshadowed piece of strategic genius.
Blunders first. I’ll start by pointing out what a snivelling weasel the unwashed Mat is turning out to be.
There’s a time to be a snivelling weasel on Masterchef, and that’s when your competition life is firmly on the line. Rule Two of my Masterchef strategy says that Winning isn’t Everything – you only need for others to lose.
That works if it’s a normal challenge, when the there worst performers are selected for elimination.
Last night’s challenge had the entire losing team going into elimination. If the judges were going to pick the bottom three, snivel away. However last night there was more to be gained by fronting up to your mistakes. If your team lost,you’re up for elimination anyway, so you might as well garner the kudos for being a stand up guy, much like John did for refusing to serve up a botched meal.
Instead Mat came away looking like one of those office psychopaths we’ve all worked with, trying to shift blame away. Together with his questionable hygiene, it’s an attitude that will see him out well and truly before the top 12.
Another strategic howler – using packet gravy. Haven’t see people watched Masterchef before? A pet hate of the Gs issuing prepackaged ingredients – several competitors have fallen foul of this in past seasons by using bottled mayonnaise.
On the same team – I may be wrong on this, but did they allocate the cooking of the steaks to the vegan?
However what really lost it for the boys was not listening to the judges. My Nice Judge, Niiiice Judge rule says that while you don’t need to suck up to them, you do need to listen. And when Matt Moran suggests a bernaise, then maybe that’s a good idea?
Two final pieces of strategic genius. Arena “throwing Rachel under the bus” as Raver put it in her review, was pure Survivor gold. Unlike Mat’s snivelling, she was able to couch it as “I was only following orders”. Rachel’s a competitor, and embedding in the judges’s minds that she’s got a predilection for using packet gravy is worth the risk that you’ll be remembered as a sniveler. Arena is thinking final 12 already.
The final piece of strategic genius wasn’t even in the episode, but thanks to Ten’s inept previewing, we saw Hayden competing in the elimination challenge, even doing a piece to camera with his immunity pin proudly unused in his silly hat.
It’s a risk, sure, but it’s a one in 11 risk of going home. Hayden will need the immunity later down the line when there’s a three-way elimination. Not worth burning it here.
Hayden is taking the bet that he’s a good enough cook to not lose tonight. Even if he loses, I think he’s still made the right strategic choice.
Worst strategy? Packet gravy
Second worst? Mat the sniveler. He’ll be remembered for that.
Best strategy? Arena’s WWERD (What Would Evil Russell Do) body slam takedown of Rachel.