Masterchef – just a little something sweet
Recap – goodbye Rachel! – and preview – Darren Purchese presenting a recipe that has so many alaments that there are 13 recipes altogether. Should be a snap. I look up to see Lobes winking at me from the credits and wonder, was he really much worse than some of the cooks still left in the competition?
Sunrise and makeup while Kate reminds us that she is having a crack at amunity because the producers decided that only one person from her two person team was allowed to face the challenge. Why was that, again? Maybe they are on a photocopying budget and couldn’t afford an extra set of thirteen recipes… I’m sure we had a team of three vying for immunity not that long ago and, if memory serves, ALL of them would have been eligible for the pin.
As Kate arrives in the Masterchef kitchen, she interviews that she would like immunity so she could feel free to be creative. Is she new? When have they offered contestants a chance to be truly creative this season? Matt Moran introduces Darren Purchese and I’m reminded that I need to get to the Sweet Studio stat. I want to try smoked chocolate! Now Sydneysiders can feel what it’s like for the rest of us when there are Zumbo challenges. Darren tells us that he’s here to win and has set a tough challenge. Gary explains the rules and the judges forget that they are only supposed to do the surprised reaction shot after tasting.
Under the cloche: “Banana, Caramel and Rum”. Sounds pretty straightforward. Darren talks Kate through the dish: caramelised white chocolate, vanilla and banana mousse on a light coffee sable base, garnished with a straight banana dipped in rum jelly, frozen passionfruit and vanilla spheres, white coconut rum gelatin, passionfruit curd, and a crumble of caramelised milk solids and banana and passionfruit. So, yeah, the name “banana, caramel and rum” really covers it.
Kate is intimidated. Fair enough. Gary pretends that he is not heartless as he gives her a 35 minute head-start. She will end up with 2 hours and 5 minutes to Darren’s 90 minutes. My concern is that this episode will, therefore, go long.
“Don’t forget to breathe.” Sage advice from Darren, who is really helping Kate out at this stage. Sun has her fingers crossed that the caramelisation is right and she is, as we know, a caramel expert. If Kate lets her chocolate over-melt, she can always burn it with a blowtorch, I guess.
Darren’s starts and Adam interviews that he is stressed. “You might be in trouble today, son.” Who wrote that line? Fast forward to an hour to go and Darren looks pretty relaxed and even gives a little bit of masterclass narration. Adam doesn’t think it’s important to rescind his earlier prediction, he just segues into praising Darren’s skill. These people have no shame.
P. Diddy is in Hawaii Five-O?
Thank god for Peter and his powers of recall. After that ad break I wasn’t sure where I was or what we were all doing. It seems Kate is making a dessert and I am… am…
Plating up and Darren is having a jelly disaster. Alana tells us that an experienced pastry chef shouldn’t make these mistakes. I am impressed that these contestants are able to share this scripted wisdom without looking even the slightest bit embarrassed. I’m predicting that Masterchef will be up for some acting gongs at the next Logies.
Plate 1 (Kate)
- Preston: loves the soft coconut jelly
- Moran: biscuit base is tough and doesn’t look good
- George: doesn’t get enough caramelisation
- Preston and Moran agree that the quibbles are “minutiae” and there are no major flaws.
Plate 2 (Darren)
- George: notices that something is missing but notes the immaculately topped and tailed banana
- Preston: mousse is “just delicious”
- George: biscuit is delicate, brilliant, but let down by jelly
- Moran: confused as to which he will go for
Ugh. The unedifying spectacle of Gary bowing to Kate. He reveals who plated what and, because the surprised looks were exchanged earlier, we just get resigned shrugs from the judges.
Darren’s plate – George: 9 Preston: 9 Moran: 8
Kate’s plate – Moran: 8 Preston: 8
Kate is realistic enough to realise she won’t get a ten and she doesn’t. George gives her 8 and says she’s a chance to win the competition.
Darren thinks Kate might be his boss in about three years and she is pleased with her performance and the feedback she’s had. I feel odd. There have been no tears. I don’t even know what this is anymore.