Masterchef Australia – The Frozen and Canned Challenge
It was funny in the frozen and canned challenge that Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris were saying how good and tasty canned and frozen food was, and then the contestants in their set to camera pieces bagged the ingredients out.
The one thing that did annoy me about the intro, the repetitive way the judges kept on going on about the contestants having access to the whole pantry – you knew there was going to be a twist.
I wonder how many takes they needed to do to get the requisite amount of gasps and looks of horror from the contestants when they went in for the big reveal.
Kate from Season 2 was probably watching the episode last night and was peeved she was not doing it as she would have excelled at this one. What that girl could make with a chicken tonight jar.
Not much drama occurred on this episode except for Shannon burning her caramel twice, Alana exploding her dessert, and Andrew mangling another dish. Actually the latter is not that dramatic as there is no tension with his cooking you know he will stuff it.
Those who picked who went the dessert way were smarter said George. Clearly the judges will deign to use frozen berries in their restaurant kitchens. And four of the top five were desserts.
Alana’s Exploded layered Lychee and chocolate cake got good reviews from the judges.
Andrew made crab and clam mousse tart – Gary was dubious as he thought the food was over handled. Gary said the mousse was “Ghastly, gag material”.
Billy made coconut pannacotta with chocolate mousse – Matt Preston said “Delicious freshness of the guava sorbet, and the mousse with the milo crunch at the bottom.” Did George double dip into the chocolate mousse? George thought it was sex on a plate. I did laugh when Billy who is gay said “Sex on a plate, that is not something I expected from George.”
Kumar did not fare as well his spring roll – “Wasabi and lemon mrytle is not one of the greatest flavour combinations,” said Matt Preston.
Arena made Blueberry and Custard Tart with mango sorbet – she got the happy music therefore was told really good cooking.
Adam made Thai seafood curry with satay prawn spring rolls – George said the curry has a lot of spice to it, though he loved the spring rolls with the corn dipping sauce.
Rachel did salmon on encroute with cannelinni beans puree – George did not like it at all, “fish overcooked, and pastry undercooked.”
Dani present Tom yum soup and a Guava Custard Tart. “Is it a happy Dani or a sad Dani?” said Gary which is like talking to a 7 year old. But at times she does act like one. Dani plated up food that was pretty basic compared to some of the other dishes. Gary said” the Tom Yum isn’t right, but prawns cooked well.” About the tart he said you have taken shop bought pastry and cooked it badly.”
Dani turned on the tears – no surprise there and it appeared to help with making her safe from the immunity.
Shannon made chocolate and cherry ice-cream sandwich and salted caramel, George said ” this is the day that you shine”,
Top five were Adam, Alana, Arena, Billy and Shannon. The top two were Billy and Shannon.
Bottom two were Andrew and Kumar, and let us hope that it is rigged and Andrew is flicked as he has been in the competition far too long. Hopefully Kumar will be the eliminator of Season 3.