Masterchef Australia – It Wasn’t About The Cooking Tonight
Masterchef Australia shifted to Cronulla Beach and I thought maybe this episode Nigella Lawson was guest starring in it wearing her Burkini. But then I realised that wearing islamic dress in that part of town the chances are it could start a riot and not in a fan Justin Beiber type way.
Tonight the challenge was for the teams to cook for 500 nippers and their parents. The menu sausage and gelato.
Regular commenter Brain Dead Dave made a comment earlier today on blog post Masterchef Chef – Gratuitous Footage of Hayden Quinn In Speedos that this episode was going to be all about the cocking. And he was right on so many levels.
Firstly the whole Hayden in his speedos was over hyped. When he finally stepped into his budgie smugglers (I was surprised they didn’t have a camera in the change room) in what were very scripted scenes. He was shot running up the beach with the kids and diving into the water. I think the only one who enjoyed it was Sun who appears to have a little crush on him. She smiles whenever she says his name. I note Cleo was pretty non-plussed about it all.
But the other thing was the standard of cooking did not matter. It was like a challenge from The Apprentice the team which took the most money wins. It didn’t matter what your food tasted like, as they didn’t have to worry about return customers, nor did the judges comments have any impact on the outcome.
The ironic thing was because the challenge was on a beach, people seemed to think Hayden was the expert because he was a lifeguard. Not sure how that makes you a better sausage maker or cooker.
George Calombaris even threw to him before the challenge had commenced for his wisdom.
“The icecream has got to be cold” Hayden said emphatically. OK thanks for that serving tip.
Craig was captain of the blue team and he picked Michael to be captain of the red team.
Craig picked Hayden first. Hayden thought he was picked because of his skill set. However Craig said he picked him becasue if he took his shirt off he will sell more sausages.
Michael picked Danielle for the same reason. No it was because she was she was a sausage expert. That is she was about the only one of the group who had made them before. No surprise lapsed vegetarian Sun hadn’t.
Blue team cooked Aussie sausage dogs with onion jam and bacon and cheese. Their sausages was made with pork and lamb oregano and fennel.
The red team were selling sausage patties and egg sandwiches first off before they morphed into selling sausages. This gave them an hour and 10 minutes head start on collecting money.
Meanwhile the previous night the teams had to make the gelato. They both made the same flavours of vanilla, chocolate and lemon. However the red team made theirs with real chocolate and real vanilla beans, of course both made the lemon with real lemons.
Kate who I am starting to really like, dealt with the issue of not being able to melt the chocolate, with a solution that would see her be a good contestant on Survivor. However her and Ellie did have a hiccup when they realised they had been measuring in pounds not kilos. Lucky for the they were able to add more stabiliser and it thicken up.
I think it was hard to get any drama out of making sausages. So they had to fill it with Hayden going up to the lifesaving club and make announcement. Then we had to see Kate make the same announcement. We saw sausage machine issues, and quite frankly I thought it was a bit tough that they were using what looked like domestic machines for a job that required them to make 700 of them.
Finally it was Hayden in the speedos. I think Jay summed up the pointlessness of it all with his comment “I’ve never bought a sausage sandwich because a dude was in his swimmers “.
I am not sure why George and Matt judged the food. But basically blue teams sausages kicked the red teams arse, and conversely the red teams gelato was far better than the blues. But that had no sway over the outcome of the challenge.
The red team ended up winning making nearly $2500. They get to jet off to Peppers Resort in Kingscliffe. The blue team go to an elimination challenge tomorrow night.
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