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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.


1 librarygirl { 06.14.11 at 8:37 pm }

Rigged. Kate deserved to win. I think she looked pissed off, actually.

2 Reality Raver { 06.14.11 at 9:05 pm }

Thanks Injera for doing the recap, much appreciated, I have succumbed to womanflu. The sickness that only occurs after the kids are in bed….
Let the gender wars begin.

I must say I thought with what Kate was saying that she might win the immunity pin. His desserts look interesting indeed.

3 EH { 06.14.11 at 9:06 pm }

Zero chance of winning the immunity pin. 2 hours and 5 mins of pain. What is the point.They should have let Kate win.

4 davsimp { 06.14.11 at 10:11 pm }

The only “rigging” was when Darren ballsed up his cube things on purpose to make it a closer competition. Sure, Kate did an okay job, but his dish was much better. And since when does a dish need to be completed anyway? Cue Callum and his half-plated bird things last season.

Kate’s banana needed Viagra not Malibu Rum. No pin for you love!

5 littlepetal { 06.14.11 at 10:14 pm }

It was an unfair challenge compared to the other immunity challenges. How do you expect to beat the chef in his own game especially desserts when everything have to be precise. The earlier challenges were against apprentice or celebrity chefs but cooking something not from their menus.

Kate did very well tonight. I think the judging was fair. Even though the chef didn’t have the coconut jelly, his other alements must have tasted great.

6 AnonyMousse { 06.14.11 at 10:54 pm }

“P. Diddy is in Hawaii Five-O?” Focus, Injera, focus.

Hayden must be starting to get embarrassed over how he won his immunity pin after seeing the other contestants getting screwed over by the challenge. He seems to have made a game of ‘how many different ways can I wear this thing’ out of it though – I’ve seen it on his cap, pinned to his shirt, and now part of his necklace. What whacky way of wearing it will he come up with next week? (I’m betting on tongue piercing)

7 brain dead dave { 06.14.11 at 11:07 pm }

Too bad bananas are twelve bucks a kilo at Coles. For under $10 Curti$ could feed a family..of sparrows.

8 Chunks { 06.15.11 at 12:38 am }

Indeed BDD, that would be an expensive dessert at one banana used per serve. The amount of each banana wasted at those prices is a crime against starving Biafrans or whoever it is that’s starving this year.

I’m hoping the next appearance of Hayden’s famous ammunity pin will be on his 2Xists.

9 JaniceG { 06.15.11 at 1:22 am }

* The immunity challenges are so inconsistent that I’m surprised they don’t have different levels of pins for them. What happened to giving the chef a handicap other than time, like doing a dish he’s never done? If I understood the challenge correctly, this is a dish Purchase created — of *course* he’s going to be able to make it faster and plate up better than a contestant who has to slavishly follow the recipe.

* I thought the scoring on this one was bogus: Matt M said they were so even that he gave the same score and Kate’s tougher base seemed to be balanced by her mousse being creamier. Therefore, I was totally shocked that two of the judges gave a 9/10 (nearly perfect) to a dish that was missing an element.

Kate should have won this one.

10 Lily { 06.15.11 at 2:15 am }

Let’s face it. The producers want Hayden to win this show.
Probably to show all of Australia that you don’t need to be a lawyer or a mother to cook well. You can be ‘cool’, hip, young and not the brightest bulb in the bunch and still win because it is all about cooking. Maybe it’s supposed to inspire the younger generation i.e. me, which it does not.
At least last season every celebrity chef challenge was on the same level as one another. All were equally difficult to win unlike Hayden’s immunity win. What’s the point of not giving the celebrity chef a recipe when it’s their own dish/ they’ve never cooked it before because they are apprentices.
I hate this season (aside from the occasional episodes) yet I keep watching…I must be conforming to society again.

11 Darryl { 06.15.11 at 7:24 am }

Story on Today this morning that greasy Mat thrown out of Masterchef for cheating recipes on a mobile phone?

12 littlepetal { 06.15.11 at 7:28 am }

Its true. Big news. Should I put the link here?

13 littlepetal { 06.15.11 at 7:30 am }

Wonder who got back???

14 littlepetal { 06.15.11 at 7:40 am }

No wonder they need the divine intervention or blessings for the show to run smoothly till the end.

15 PollyB { 06.15.11 at 7:56 am }

Chris B Jnr indeed! I hope they bring back Jay. Maybe it will be Cleo. Ooh, drama, drama, they couldn’t ask for better publicity.

16 Picnic { 06.15.11 at 8:15 am }

what i want to know is how come Mat was still in the show??? I will die laughing if they bring back Lobes. I heard Po this morning on Nova saing that when the other contestants got a bit of extra help from the judges the rest of the contestants didnt like it – which I completely agree with, those judges shouldnt help anyone and they should do blind tastings

17 Sooty { 06.15.11 at 8:21 am }

Well, I wish I hadn’t read that. Spoils the “tension” a bit. Don’t read that article if you don’t want “alaments” of your viewing spoiled for the next month.

But – on the plus side it does prove something – greasy haired men have low morals…

18 AnonyMousse { 06.15.11 at 8:25 am }

Normally I’d decry spoilers, but I suspect this’ll be all over the media (probably plastered on the front pages of papers and news sites), and will be pretty hard to avoid anyway.

The true scandal was that Mat made it to the top 7. I’m predicting the next scandal will be that Shannon will be disqualified from the top 3 after fainting too much.

19 littlepetal { 06.15.11 at 8:26 am }

I don’t think it will be Jay to be brought back. He was busy doing interviews last week. Could be the contestant that got eliminated before they found out. Maybe Lucky No 9

20 Daisy { 06.15.11 at 8:50 am }

Talking of alaments and amunity why of late, is everyone saying preformance instead of performance Gary, George, and hosts on other shows. Its spelt per-formance and pronounced per-formance – how does that, become pre-formance

21 Sooty { 06.15.11 at 8:56 am }

Mousse: “The true scandal was that Mat made it to the top 7. ”

Which one wouldn’t have known if one had not pursued knowledge of this. Which makes the next approximately eight eliminations rather un-tense, I’d say. One now knows who won’t be going home for eight straight eliminations. That’s my point. I avoided spelling it out, in case others wished to remain unknowing of the details, even though the title of the url is a spoiler in itself, but now that you have….!

22 Maz { 06.15.11 at 9:32 am }

If Matt Moran thought that this was the closest blind tasting in the whole competition how on earth did Hayden win ‘amunity’?
Stupid question.

So much for the manta that no eliminated contestant will be brought back this year. Though given the calibre of this years’ contestants I wonder if the producers were going to use the slightest infraction of the rules to bring a more worthier contestant back.

23 Culinary Boner { 06.15.11 at 9:43 am }

Another bloody dessert?!
Although at least this one looked like a fitting end to a top-end meal rather than the usual afternoon tea schlock dished up by Zumbo, Nigella and Donna Hay. Thought Kate did really well and showed what you can achieve by not panicking and methodically following the recipe.

In the end it appeared that the recipe was not the complicated part (except for the use of some industrial equipment and torture implements – which looked pre-prepped anyways), but instead the creation of the concept in the 1st place was what was impressive. Memo to self – must check out Darren’s place when next in Melbourne.

So the Goth Greaser’s been caught cheating. That’ll teach to become addicted to Angry Birds (btw they need to release a version where Matt, George and Gary play the pigs).

24 AnonyMousse { 06.15.11 at 10:27 am }

Sooty, Mat’s name had been listed by other commenters before I replied – don’t blame me for the spoil when the cat was already out of the bag in this comment section. Still, I apologize about the numbering (which i think I got wrong anyway) – but if you knew a person was booted out, then you knew he was safe until the scandal is revealed onair just by logic anyway

25 auds { 06.15.11 at 10:32 am }

What a tosser and how embarrassing for him. He wont be able to show his face anywhere in Australia for months!

I hope they bring back Jay or Tom. I think Tom is the most deserving of another chance. Or Cleo although she did naff it up

26 davsimp { 06.15.11 at 10:58 am }

What a friggin tool!!
I didn’t see series one but I know that Chris dodgy-hat-guy Badenoch was busted with a phone and he got to stay. I would like to know whether Mat tried to defend himself or took it on the chin.

Also, no tears, no drama, no bitchiness, NO ELIMINATED CONTESTANT SHALL RETURN (except for two of them!!!!)

27 JaniceG { 06.15.11 at 11:06 am }

BTW, Injera, B&P is in walking distance of my flat. Their dark chocolate pear hazelnut mousse cake is to die for.

28 littlepetal { 06.15.11 at 11:58 am }

We haven’t see who are those that got eliminated before the Final 8 . There may be someone else other than Jay that deserves to be back in the comp. Mat really stuff up their plans in NY.

29 Joseph Skyrim { 06.15.11 at 12:01 pm }

Good ep, I thought Kate could have won this one. Methinks her droopy banana gave it away! =P

Also while a lot of people keep bagging Hayden out, he must be reasonably competent as he’s never been in an individual based elimination (as far as I remember, which to be fair is not very far). Team wise, he’s either got really bad luck or he’s intentionally killing off his team mates since he’s got that pin.

I wouldn’t mind seeing army pilot guy return, but jeez – if I were a combat pilot, why the hell would I want to become a chef . . . o_o Perhaps they should just bring back someone people love… hmm… lets see…


Hehehehehe I can hear your groans from here. ^_~
Also, envious of JaniceG’s closeness to yummy desery shop. x_x

30 Carmen { 06.15.11 at 12:11 pm }

no new posting on the goth mat debacle injera?

31 Rosie { 06.15.11 at 12:38 pm }

My forlorn hope is that they’ll invite back all eliminated contestants and give the spot to whoever wins a challenge of some sort.
Yeah, it’s a forlorn hope.

32 Injera { 06.15.11 at 12:44 pm }

Flat out today – the news regarding Mat came as a bit of a surprise on Twitter this morning, that’s for sure! I’m sure RR is chasing the story as we speak, Carmen…

Janice, I’ll see you at the Sweet Studio! I have a voucher that’s burning a hole in my pocket.

My guess is that the person eliminated just prior to Mat’s booting will be brought back. I still don’t understand why they wouldn’t just skip an elimination to keep to the schedule, but I think we all feel that they’ve been dying to break the “no comebacks” promise 😉

And Joseph, my immediate reaction to “Andrew” was an extraordinarily loud NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Almost as loud as my laugh at Davsimp’s “PANTS



Keep the comments coming – I’m reading them but doing a Cleo and multi-tasking at the mo, so just grabbing a couple of seconds here.

33 Paul { 06.15.11 at 12:49 pm }

Would be more or less certain that it will be the last contestant eliminated who comes back.

I really don’t see what the issue is with bringing someone back. I know they said they wouldn’t this year but surely they couldn’t foresee someone basically cheating.

If someone got eliminated due to being cheated out of it, then surely its only fair that they are brought back.

Or should they just say “too bad, so sad” because they said something in a magazine interview 6 months prior !!!!!

And RR,
“Womanflu” – harden up princess !!!!!

34 littlepetal { 06.15.11 at 12:59 pm }

No problem with bringing back someone in these circumstances. Maybe the challenges in NY need to be an even number and they just couldn’t do with 7 contestants.
What a morning. Bet you there will be a story on Today tonight and A Current Affair.

35 davsimp { 06.15.11 at 1:09 pm }

“Or should they just say “too bad, so sad” because they said something in a magazine interview 6 months prior !!!!!” yes they should. Alex got back in and no one was ‘cheated’ out of the competition then.

It wouldn’t surprise me anyway if this was all a big wind up to add some spice to the series 3 snooze-fest. Probably wasn’t a phone at all, was probably a pocket calculator so he can add up the cost of shampoo and body wash without breaking the budget.

36 brain dead dave { 06.15.11 at 1:09 pm }

Ma$terCheat ™

37 Paul { 06.15.11 at 1:14 pm }

If it was a H2H elimination between Matt and another contestant and Matt won, then undoubtedly the contestant who lost should be allowed back in as he/she had been disadvanteged.

38 auds { 06.15.11 at 1:28 pm }

“Probably wasn’t a phone at all, was probably a pocket calculator so he can add up the cost of shampoo and body wash without breaking the budget.”

LMAO please please please dont let them bring back Andrew or Alex

39 brain dead dave { 06.15.11 at 1:36 pm }

Bring back Lobes again, I say,with an amunity pin.

The producers ought to be prepared for stuff like this. There have been at least half a dozen examples of dishonesty or unacceptable behaviour on Aust reality TV shows. Choose your favourite.

40 Miss Piggy (MelbaToast) { 06.15.11 at 1:55 pm }

Kate really should’ve won this one…just saying! And I’m so annoyed everytime I see Hayden with that ammunity pin…I mean, he basically cooked against someone with just a little more experience than himself…not a fully fledged chef of x years experience.

41 Injera { 06.15.11 at 2:20 pm }

Paul, agree that if the person brought back was eliminated as a result of “cheating” then that would be only fair.

Weird thing is, C10 have been very quiet on this. They tweeted a link to the FB page, saying something along the lines of “oh, everybody’s talking about this today, but you’ll have to wait and see”. There is no actual comment and the media have been careful to word it that he had a smartphone and therefore had the *means* to cheat, but are not saying that he actually *did* cheat. His silence so far would no doubt be due to having signed agreements on when/how he can speak.

BDD – Lobes with amunity. Heh.

42 davsimp { 06.15.11 at 2:45 pm }

Yep, it’s a beat up I say. Probably got kicked out for five minutes, told off, then brought back in again.

43 JaniceG { 06.15.11 at 3:29 pm }

Injera: It’s a date :->

As I said in the separate thread about Mat, I’ve seen a lot of people hoping Jay comes back but I’m not one of them. I think it was arrogant of him not to even attempt to learn to do basic dessert techniques while studying to get back onto MC and to dismiss the necessity to know how to cook them.

44 Crabtech { 06.16.11 at 1:46 am }

You’ve hit the nail n the head NT Kate. The mystery box was the time we got to see if they could cook and they had inspiration and flair with food. They haven’t shown Now it’s about the celebrity chefs and how can we top last year’ s show
.’n with new gimmicks.

45 Thomas { 06.16.11 at 4:53 pm }

how come only Hayden got to cook against an apprentice chef? The rest have been against the experts.

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