Masterchef Australia – Spanish With A Twist
George said “I knew when I set eyes on you in Adelaide you were going to go a long long way.” Now surprisingly he was saying this to Michael not to Ellie who in this episode he managed to touch twice.
First time was when the judges were swapping the baskets George gave her a consoling rub on the back. And the other time was when she was crying because the dish she presented was poor. Gary went in for a hug, and then George could not resist as well. I notice Dani did not get the same treatment when she got a little teary.
Tonight the invention test was a Spanish theme, where the contestants had to choose two matching ingredients. The choices were lamb and anchovies, oranges and sherry, and chorizo and squid.
The twist once they had picked their 15 ingredients from the pantry the judges swapped every ones basket. Much consternation all round, particularly the non-dessert cheftestants that got landed with the dessert baskets.
Dani was one of them. “I decide to go with something a little bit out there” said Dani of her Spanish trifle. I am not sure I would consider Spanish trifle out there. “I know it is not right but my brain is not registering this, and I keep on going.” All she had to put together jelly, sponge and a chocolate mousse/creme and she stuffed it. Gary said the sponge tasted stale.
Jay was not happy getting a dessert as it is not his thing. He was making churros and could not get it right however he could have cleaned his basket that he was frying them in a bit more frequently. Gary said they were “stodge ball”.
Ellie got Kumar’s basket which she said did not lean towards savoury or sweet so she made creme brulee as well as a stuffed capsicum with a deep fried eggs. She ended up having to dump the brulee and the deep fried egg. Gary said it was “strangely unpleasant” and once the tears started he went in for the grope and George joined in.
Conversely the good dishes were:
Danielle who made lamb and bean casserole with an anchovy crumb, and patata bravas. Gary said “the casserole was delicious, and absolutely fabulous.”
George gushed “you just cook stuff with soul, oophm, and guts”.
Michael made tapas of lamb – Matt said “Plating needs work, but in terms of flavour – wow.”
Arena made chorizo stuffed squid with a capsicum sauce. Matt said “one of the most vivid dishes they had seen, and the flavour lived up to it.” he also said it was one of her best dishes in the competition.
Matt made chocolate tart with spanish fruit. George said “it looks absolutely horrid and it is not acceptable, but there were some flavours there with a bit of tweaking could have made a great dish.”
Shannon made tapas of stuffed squid, crispy squid legs, baked beans with eggs and chorizo. Gary said “you have done a good job, presentation wise I like it. George said “Produced three really tasty dishes.”. Maybe Shannon is the dark horse in this competition.
Top four were Arena, Danielle, Shannon and Michael with Danielle winning.
Bottom three were Jay, Dani and Ellie. Matt was lucky to dodge the bottom three, only because the others had truly disgraceful dishes. Tomorrow night it looks like a dessert so Jay may be in trouble. Though if I as a betting person my money would be on Dani to be eliminated.
No idea what the other contestants cooked as their dishes were not shown. That is the pity about this show, at this stage of the competition the way they edit does give away who will be bottom and top three.