Masterchef Australia – It Was A No Brainer Who Would Be Facing The Pressure Test
You knew when Rachel, Chelsea and Ellie, had to smoke octopus they were in more trouble than the early settlers.
Tonight’s challenge the contestant’s had to work in teams of three.
Chelsea, who was dressed like she was going to a Buck Rogers convention,teamed up with Rachel and Ellie. “My room buddies who I love so much” she gushed. Wasn’t she bagging out Rachel’s leadership style in the Mean Fiddler challenge last week?
Tonight there was no mystery box or invention test, but there was a random element. They had to blindly pick an ingredient and a cooking style. Or as George Calombaris claimed “The unknown of the mystery box, and the danger of the invention test.”
Some teams like Billy, Kumera and Adam got lucky and picked venison and roasting, whilst other like Sun, Craig and Peter got pork to cook en papillote.
And then Chelsea’s team got octopus and smoking and it just went downhill for them from here.
George told Chelsea off for considering drowning the smoking flavour with tomato passata so they changed it to a red wine type sauce.
The food and judging –
Sun, Craig and Peter had to cook pork by en papillote. After being shown by Matt Moran his technique they promptly ignored it, and went with their money bags idea. They had pork meatballs, and pork belly with black bean. “All flavoursome” said George, and Matt Moran thought the flavours were balanced.
Alana, Kate and Arena got lamb and frying they made pan-fried stuffed lamb cutlet with a deep fried lambs brain. “I don’t get an over cooked cutlet” said Matt Moran. Didn’t Kate put it back on the stove top to cook as she thought it was too rare?
Also Matt Moran said “I don’t get why you would stuff a perfectly nice rack”
Kumera, Billy and Adam got venison and roast. Billy was right when he said his team could not screw up the venison and the roast, as they had got the perfect technique for that ingredient. George thought the stuffed venison was cooked perfectly, but he hated the sauce. He thought it tasted to much like vegemite and the red wine was raw. Personally I quite like raw red wine.
Danielle, Matt and Andrew got scallops to braise. They made braised scallops in tomato sauce, served with black pudding and scallop stuffed zucchini flowers. Goth Matt was praised for the zucchini flowers. Matt Preston thought they were a brilliant inspired idea. Matt did criticise the tomato sauce element of their dish. Which raises the question wasn’t that a key part of the compulsory technique, the braise?
Jay, Michael, and Hayden picked fish and en croute (in pastry). They made filo wrapped snapper fillets with boudin blanc. I don’t get why they didn’t make a snapper pie. Matt Preston thought the snapper was over cooked.
Danielle, Cleo and Dani had to poach squab. I thought this was a bit of a hospital pass, but I thought their concept of spinach leaf wrapped squab was good. Two problems Dani’s sauce was unable to be served as it was disgusting. And the squab was raw?
By the way Dani admitted her knowledge of sauces was poor. Just as well she didn’t go on My Kitchen Rules where sauces are compulsory.
And then Team Chelsea served up the smoked octopus which they served on pasta with a ricotta and lemon stuffed zucchini flower. It looked foul and you could barely spot the octopus.”
It was no surprise Chelsea, Rachel and Ellie are up for elimination tomorrow night.
Conversely Sun, Peter and Craig won with their pork en papillote, and they deserved to a difficult technique for that ingredient. They all get a chance to win an immunity pin.