Masterchef Australia – The Eco Challenge
Unfortunately for Masterchef Australia they could not quite time their eco challenge to screen on World Environment Day on June 5, but it is quite impressive they were only 10 days out.
But before we even got to the challenge, we had to, sit through a synopsis by Peter Vickery stiltingly describing the waste and recycling systems they had in the Masterchef house. Seriously who gives a rats. This will be the first and last time we will hear or see these systems on the show. I am surprised they didn’t have a helicopter shot of solar panels on the roof.
The challenge was set at a pop up restaurant The Green House by Joost, with the head chef being Matt Stone. This restaurant falls squarely in the mould of “stuff white people like” people go and eat at these places to salve their conscience for all the damage their middle class lifestyle does to the planet. Like the overseas holidays, the 4wd’s (required for their annual camping trip of course), and Apple products produced in China.
Of course having it overlook the harbour is a nice drawcard as well. Sorry about the rant, and there is probably a fair bit of hypocrisy from me as well. Excuse me whilst I make my organic bircher museli for breakfast.
The restaurant is a no waste one, they churn their own butter, and ground their own flour. I was surprised that Craig when he was making the butter said how good it was to know the only thing in it was milk!
I think I will take the store bought one with cream in it thank you very much.
I noted the wines in the restaurant were Voice Of The People by The Natural Selection Theory. They are organic. They are very nice wines. (I must declare our kids are in the same class…)
The team challenge today for them to make five dishes and one dessert, with the caveat the waste must be kept to a minimum. The 66 guests were to vote, and the team that used the least waste got 10 more votes, the teams did not know of this bonus prior to the end of the challenge.
Sun was captain of the blue team, and Craig was captain of the red team. Quite frankly I thought neither really were fabulous in the role. Sun couldn’t quite get a handle on things, and Craig who got lucky with a team that worked to me just was not assertive enough.
Just to drum it into us we repeatedly had to hear that Hayden had never been in a winning team challenge. I thought hmm I wonder what this could mean.
It was a weirdly edited episode, as I never really got a handle on all they cooked or what the judges thought of it. Speaking of judges it was nice to have a break from George Calombaris and have the Green House chef Matt Stone take his place.
Highlights from the challenge:
- Sun saying I need to get the service sorted out, one minute after Gary Mehigan had to stage an intervention and pep talk telling them to get their shizzle together;
- Dani’s cute reaction to talking to her food hero Luke Nguyen. She kept bursting out laughing when talking to him, and after she finished serving her food, she burst into tears. It worked he voted for the red team in the end.
- Hayden wsa serving king prawns with the shells on. I had only previously seen this with smaller prawns, but it did appear to work.
- Shannon’s dessert going absolutely pear shaped. She couldn’t make the meringue as she had no sugar and was using sugar cane juice, her creme anglais was not cooked properly, nor were her peaches, and she had to make the crumble in a wok. Some of this was her fault but also she apparently did not have much access to the oven. You could see all her team mates huffing and puffing about her.
All the food looked good, apart from Shannon’s dodgy dessert.
The blue team won with 45 votes to 21, and this was without the extra ten votes they had accrued for using the least amount of waste.
The two most praised dishes were Alana’s dessert, and Kate’s pizzas. So the two that got to go to Melbourne to Gary’s restaurant Fenix were Alana and Hayden. Hayden got the guernsey because of his pimping the blue team front of house. So it is not always all about the food on this show.