Masterchef Australia – The Margaret River Challenge
The winning red team were showcased tonight down at the Margaret River region of Western Australia. The episode must have been sponsored by WA tourism as they mentioned the Margaret River 50 million times. But I don’t have a problem with that if it gets the viewer interesting challenges and locations.
In fact The Block should take lessons from Masterchef on product placement. Tonight there was no elimination, but the opportunity to get a double immunity was up for grabs. First you got to miss the next challenge in the Masterchef kitchen, and also grab an immunity pin in the celebrity cook off.
First the ten chefs had to draw to see which protein they were going to cook with. Kumar pulled the proverbial short straw and got the emu eggs. He was a bit unsure what to do with them. He did make me laugh after he finally cracked the egg that “It was like seeing a child born”, what did his kids look like when they were born?
Sun the former vegetarian that cooks meat did not want the venison and also for the judges to “stop looking at her as a vegetarian who cooks meat” She was going to stuff it but Gary advised her it might be a cooking issue. She took his advice and just seared it.
Peter spent the whole 60 minutes shelling his crab. And Kumar spent all of his 60 minutes making egg crepinettes.
I loved the guest judge Jake Drachenburg – talk about saying it like it is. His views were articulate and constructive.
Rachel – Lamb rump on rainbow chard with roasted beetroot. Her lamb was over cooked.
Jake said ” beetroot not peeled, and lack of seasoning”
Jay – Garden of Marron – poached marron with baby vegetables plate looked very high end.
Jake said “Great job took a beautiful product and turned it into something better.”
Matt Preston said “Restaurant quality dish”.
Peter – Crab Salad – George said spectacular just needs a bit of re- plating.
Sun – Venison in a Red wine sauce with roast beetroots and pumpkin and potato mash.
“Simple precise with really good flavours, done it justice, ” said Jake. Matt thought it needed a killer sauce.
Kumar – Roasted Garden vegetables with an egg net. George said I like it but I don’t love it. However Gary loved it. I would have queried whether he showcased the main ingredient enough.
Adam made a lobster bisque – “lobster well cooked but flavour
Ellie who mad pork was told “more crackling it would have been a great dish”.
Billy had veal and he was told he had detracted from the core ingredient because the the sauce was tart.
Dani got told from George. He said “Glad you didn’t over cook it, however never ever chop up a scallop like that again.”
Michael – “Olive oil poached goat is spectacular,” said George Calombaris
The best two dishes were Michael and Jay’s.
And after a to camera piece by Kumar predicting Michael will be the winner, Jay won.