Masterchef Australia – A Big Backdrop For A Big Challenge
Again Masterchef Australia showcased Hayden as the young hottie. Tonight he was filmed running, he just happened to be the one who came across the envelope after his “run”. The envelope told the teams to pack their bags as they were off.
They ended upat the Sunrise Dam Gold Mine in Western Australia. As they were standing in the middle of the mine (awesome shots), I thought this better be a proper cooking challenge. And it was as George Calombaris said one of the hardest challenges yet. They were to work for 24 hours, in shifts and produce dinner, breakfast and lunch for the miners. In the intro they said it was 3000 meals, but the figure they gave at the end was not as high as that.
What I did not understand about the blue team was why in such a big challenge you would make the Captain and Vice Captain the two young people of the team Jay and Dani. I would have wanted someone with a bit more life experience. As some of the mistakes they made were due to lack of work experience. I probably would have put Peter in charge.
Firstly Jay’s consensus approach was a problem. Giving everyone two minutes to have say about the menu was just time wasting. Get people to brain storm and then refine their ideas. Gary had to step in and say hurry it up otherwise they would have no time to prep. Also they still did not have breakfast or lunch menus decided.
The red team put Danielle as captain and Kate as vice captain, and they appeared to have a better work plan and menu.
Matt the goth food blogger thought Rachel had an advantage because her husband had worked at the mine for 10 years and she had eaten there. Not sure I agree.
Rachel who I really like came up with one of the best lines of the night when showing Ellie a photo of her husband at the mine she deadpanned to camera saying “I am really impressed to be showing a photo of my husband… in a rubbish bin.”.
Both teams had to do soup, salads, roasts, dessert and one short order item.
One of the issues the teams appeared to be having was producing the large amount of portions. They ran out of food pretty quickly. I thought Gary and George would have guided their teams better in that regard.
It was heating up in the kitchen, Sun who gets pretty tense for a Hare Krishna was getting uptight accusing the red team of turning of their burner under the curry. She needs a tambourine to use as a stress release.
Kumar who was on her team, then ‘fessed up and said it was him who had turned it off.
Danielle was probably wishing for someone had done that for her chicken cacciatore as it burnt. After some tears, Gary told her it was not totally ruined and they managed to plate most of it.
The issues surrounding lunch were:
- Red Salad’s were not ready at the start of lunch service;
- Broccoli for the blue teams salad was raw. Jay tried to back Dani in but I interpreted that they ended up flicking the salad;
- The grilled fish on the red team being frozen in the middle because Andrew just did not have the griller on – Cleo would not have made that amateur mistake;
- The blue teams fried fish was sent back as it was raw, at one stage the show had appeared to have morphed into Hell’s Kitchen with the dishes sent back and Matt Preston at the pass ticking off the team.
Dani had a really bad challenge, she had stuffed up the roster and the only person rostered on was Rachel for cleaning, compared to the many red team members. But Rachel did make me laugh when she said “I have never seen these pots, what ever happened to washing as you go?”
I found it ironic when Dani was doing her shift doing the pre-breakfast prep she was whinging “It is really fun working one against four”. Well you were in charge of the roster!
And the Blue team were in chaos as their consensus approach didn’t create a menu for breakfast or lunch. So it was very disorganised. Dani had to go and wake Jay up to discuss the menu. I note the cameramen only gave a head shot of Jay, but when in the previous evening Jay had to wake Dani they made sure they tried get the full body shot of her in her knickers.
Even though the blue team were badly organised with their menu they managed to get their food ready on time.
Unlike the red team who fell behind, when the miners arrived they did not have any food out. So they were unable to vote for the red team. I think this cost them the challenge. The blame really had to go on Kate who didn’t keep on top of it. Maybe their menu was too ambitious. The spiced porridge was late and then she burnt it as she was not able to continuously stir it.
In the other culinary disaster of the day Jay deep fried the bacon. I was surprised Gary Mehigan thought this was a negative, I thought he would have applauded the innovation of making fatty food even fattier.
It did look pretty disgusting.
Matt from the red team said “I think it helped us get some votes.” Unfortunately he was wrong.
However surprisingly the blue team won. It was very tight, however Matt Preston thought Kumar’s mushrooms would have pulled in some extra votes.
In one of the dumbest lines of the night Matt Preston said “If this was an election it would have been a hung parliament” I am not really sure I agree with that, as there were only two teams which means whoever got the most votes would get the power.
The winning team goes on a two day trip to the Margaret River, and the losing team will battle it out again and someone will go home.