Masterchef Australia – Thorsten Schmidt V Danielle
Danielle was looking worried when she saw Martin Boetz from Longrain on the judging panel as she Thai food was not a strong point for her.
However when she heard the celebrity chef she was competing against speciality was Scandinavian cuisine, Thai suddenly became the lesser of the two evils.
Thorsten Schmidt from Malling and Schmidt in Denmark was facing off against Danielle, and he said he never ate Thai in his homeland.
He did look worried about cooking the Murray River Cod wth Star Anise and Cassia Bark with a crisp chilli and garlic relish. Did anyone else think the dish looked a bit unappetising. I know Longrain’s food is full of flavour but that dish did nothing for me.
Thorsten looked at it and said “Every ingredient I don’t use you probably find it there.” He was getting ten minutes less, and only getting a two minute look at the recipe.
At first I thought this was unfair, not the ten minute handicap, as his knife work was amazing, but the fact he was not getting the recipe. However in the end it did not matter.
His lack of knowledge did give the Tuesday night episode a bit more tension then usual.
First dish judges was Thorsten’s. The judges thought the knife work was great, but the relish let it down.
Danielle’s was not presented as well, but the relish was better. “Flavour was good”. There is a hair in the relish which gave George Calombaris the opportunity the be overly dramatic about it. George won’t be winning an academy award anytime soon. He was saying it was unacceptable, however he did not mention she should be wearing a hair net.
The score for Danielle was 21 out of 30.
Scores for Thorston was 26. He looked very relieved as well to have won the challenge.