Masterchef Australia – Arena Is Eliminated
I really find it difficult that the Thursday night eliminations are inconsistent. It can either be all in or just two of the Masterchef contestants going head to head, with the peers have to pick who goes. I know why they do it as it gives the show a bit of a Lord of the Flies edge, seeing who the group is going to turn on.
Arena and Shannon both put their hands up to go head to head. I think George Calombaris was being delusional when he described them as two the best cooks in the competition, as it wasn’t the best cook winning, it was the worst cooking losing.
Also it was obvious Arena lost because she was so red eyed in the to camera interviews.
The reason Shannon put her hand up was she thought she did not do very well, in the team tag challenge, and Arena for using her own recipe for the cup cakes and the fact they were a disaster.
I loved that Dani backed her into a corner and said “so are you volunteering to go up” and Arena meekly said yes.
The elimination was very Iron Chef with the cooks making as many dishes as possible in the 75 minute time frame with the core ingredient, which was chicken.
The judging criteria was how many dishes they made, how creative the dishes are, and how they taste.
The catch, they only had one chicken each to use.
Shannon made chicken cacciatore, chinese steamed chicken breast, and jewish chicken soup. When she roasted her chicken bones she set them on fire, and then proceeded to cook the onion and garlic for her cacciatore sauce in the same oil.
Arena made a chicken boudin blanc. She had not made one before. At that point you knew it was going to be a disaster. In fact she did not even plate it. Matt Moran had not liked her concept of putting an Italian salad with it.
She also made Sri Lankan style chicken curry, chicken thai wings, thai chicken soup, with chicken dumplings.
Arena was having major time issues. Her chicken wing were looking like it was going to undercooked, even when George gave her a tip of getting it going quicker by putting a bowl over it she still served it up red.
Arena’s Thai soup – Matt Moran who is a really good judge asked her what the main three characteristics were of a Thai soup, and he said she was missing the sour.
The Thai chicken wings – it was undercooked and Matt said if it was a restaurant he would send the dish back. “The spice is quite in your face, there is not a great deal of balance in it, it is just heat.” he said.
George also thought the wings were pedesterian.
Arena’s Sri Lankan curry was served without rice, as she forgot to cook it.
Shannon was judged next her Jewish chicken soup George thought it was a chicken stock that needs to be reduced right down. Matt didn’t like all the congealed fat.
The steamed chicken breast dressing had lumps of palm sugar, however George said there were some good flavours in there.
Chicken Caccitore – Matt said the chicken is cooked perfectly, but the burnt garlic kills the sauce.
Shannon was crying did George and Matt go to comfort her? No not a finger was put on her. As I said previously it was no surprise when Arena was eliminated.
She has opened a kitchen in her parent’s organic shop where she makes vegetarian food. The shop is in Karrinyup in WA.