Masterchef Australia – Nigella Lawson Cameo And Gen X versus Gen Y
“I have grown up having facebook on, texting, studying so that makes us good multi-taskers” said Ellie who thought these “skills” would give the Gen Y team an extra edge. What? I would call that quasi- ADHD.
Sun called it when she said Gen Y’s are not known for their concentration spans.
Rachael described the challenge as “old farts versus young tarts” . She loved joke so much she said it twice in the episode.
Tonight was a good episode where the challenge was to cook recipes from Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks. However the twist was it was a tag team challenge. Each person only have 20 minutes in the kitchen. The team captain who was first in kitchen got 25 minutes and a look at the recipes. The rest of them had zip.
Unfair? Setting them up to fail? Who cares it was entertaining. And considering the parameters of the challenge I thought the dishes they stumped up were pretty good.
Obviously Nigella Lawson was the guest judge for this episode, and she was fabulously articulate. I did wonder if part of her contract was that she stipulated she had to sit behind a table for the whole episode. For the record I think Nigella Lawson is a sex bomb.
The down side was she was only in a quarter of the episode.
Alana was captain of the Gen Y’s, and Adam was the captain of the Gen X team. The Gen X team had to put one person into the kitchen twice, and Adam chose Billy because he is good at presentation.
The six dishes were red velvet cup cakes, Devil’s Food Cake, Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, potato gratin and brussel sprouts with bacon, and Game Pie.
Alana’s strategy was to measure out all the ingredients, and I think that is what Adam did as well.
Adam when he was giving his one minute handover had a brain explosion and forgot the sixth dish so Billy had no idea what he was meant to make.
Adam’s strategy was to put Kate and Rachel back to back as he thought two mums would communicate and sort out any messes. And they did. Kate had worked out there was some sort of chocolate cake to make and Rachael just made her own recipe for the cake.
I thought Danielle was a machine in the kitchen and was very impressive the way she whipped up that suet pastry and did a squillion other things.
Also I thought it was a bit rough that Alana was having a go about Ellie sticking the chunk of veal into the game pie. Apparently it was for flavour when cooking the filling, and was not to go in the pie. How the hell would you know that without the recipe.
Another highlight of the episode was the look on Shannon’s face when she hit the kitchen. She just looked shocked.
By the time it was Dani’s turn she walked into a dogs breakfast. she pulled out the over cooked beef, and the sunken red velvet cup cakes. At one stage I thought she had mistaken the yorkshire puddings for the cupcakes.
She started remaking the cup cakes, and I was impressed she could do that without a recipe. I suspect she re-did them as she really had no idea what else to do. I loved the way she flicked the making of the yorkshire pudding onto Matt. “He’ll know how to do it”. He had no idea.
The blue team was going along ok, no major disaster except when Sun yelled out “No” to Kumar who was icing a hot cake. This resulted in a three minute time penalty. I noticed no one turned around to comfort her when she made that mistake.
Billy busted his arse getting everything plated in the last 17 minutes.
When they walked out to be judged and they saw Nigella Lawson and there was much squealing. I must confess I would have given a little squee as well, the lady is an international icon.
Shannon cried” Domestic Goddess is like my bible” with tears rolling down her face.
They judged the Gen Y team first:
The rib roast was over cooked. Nigella was polite about it, but Gary and George were not.
Apparently the gratin would have been better if it was “slightly more voluptuous” according to Nigella.
“The Devil’s Food Cake was dry, but the flavour is fine.” she said.
Dani was stoked that Nigella thought the Red Velvet Cupcakes were “fabulous”. Gosh that girl gets lucky.
The Game Pie that Hayden made was very good also.
The Blue Team (Gen X) were then judged:
The beef was good, however the Game Pie pastry was criticised particularly the pastry. Rachael’s chocolate cake, Nigella thought it was a knockout and wanted the recipe. However she thought the red velvet cup cakes were in the oven too long and were a bit dry.
Personally any Red Velvet cup cakes I have ever had have been dry.
Gen X were pronounced the winner and they are off to lunch at Tetsuya’s, and Gen Y face an elimination, and it looks like the red team will have to stump up a couple of the team members to go head to head. My bet is Alana versus Arena.