Masterchef Australia – Craig Is Eliminated
The tears were flowing in Masterchef Australia tonight. Again we saw the hypocrisy with the judges in relation to their hugging policies. Dani who was tearing up talking about her father got a hug from Gary, whereas Craig who was tearing up as well did not get that comfort. Nor did Peter when he got quite emotional after finding out he was safe.
The elimination challenge today was there was two sets of three and they cooked off against each other and the person who cooked the worst dish in each group went head to head and one of them got eliminated.
I don’t mind these eliminations challenges, as it gives the contestant to shots at staying in the competition. So if you stuff up one of your dishes you do get the second chance to stay in.
Mat, Michael and Peter were in round one.
Michael made Steak Tartare with fennel and garlic chips – Gary said he would polish it all off. It was ironic that they tasted the one raw dish before the two others.
Craig made Quail and Pancetta salad with honey soy glaze – George “moist legs, dry quail breasts”. Gary while he was cooking it turned his nose up at the pancetta/soy combination, and he never really articulated whether he thought it worked or not. He did say he liked the soy honey sauce.
Mat made quail with figs and jamon – he got criticised for only using the legs and not the breast. Gary said “What I love about it the quail, jamon, sherry and figs”, however he told him he had too many other ingredients. And there looked like there were a heap of them in there.
Michael and Mat were safe.
In round two Dani made beef Noodle Salad – Gary liked that it was nice and fresh. George liked the taste of the beef.
Peter made BBQ lamb cutlets with potato gallette. His lamb was very rare.
Alana made harissa basted lamb cutlets with fennel salad. Her cutles were raw.
Dani must have been cheering that two of them served up raw protien, and of course she was safe. Peter was the other one who was safe. Dani and Peter both cried.
In the final round Craig and Alana had 30 minutes to make a dessert. Alana made spicy poached pears, with chocolate ganache, and creme anglaise. Craig made apple fritters.
Both looked pretty good, however Alana was judged to have the best dessert. More tears then Craig exited back to Queensland.
He is writing a cookbook with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He is writing the recipes they are doing the music.