Masterchef Australia – The Top 12 Campfire Challenge
Before we get to the recap some news has emerged about why Mat Beyer had a mobile phone on him. In the Sunday papers today, Masterchef Australia contestant Danielle Dixon said Mat had the phone because he was waiting on an important phone call.
She said “Mat had a really hard life and there was some news coming that I don’t think he wanted anyone else to know about and, because production filter everything that comes to us communication-wise, that was his way of trying to keep it from everyone – but it backfired in a really bad way.”
She stayed silent on what the bad news was, but insisted Beyer wasn’t cheating and said the show made a mistake by kicking him off.
Interesting Danielle being able to speak to the media, but I will let you join the dots on that one.
Tonight the top 12 were up at Matt Moran’s farm.
George did not look comfortable in his country gear, the flannelette shirt and the bomber vest looked too big on him. I note Gary refused to wear the jackets so managed to remain sartorial.
Was the episode sponsored by RM Williams or Dry As A Bone?
The challenge was to cook the biggest buffet lunch the region had seen. They could cook what they wanted but they had to cook on an open fire. The 200 guests would be voting to determine the winner and the bottom three.
The only protien was lamb, and only carcasses which they would have to butcher themselves. Sun looked like she was going to faint. Interesting Gary Mehigan had done a masterclass on butchering lamb on Friday.
In the tradition of the judges having their relatives on the show, Matt Moran’s dad was a special guest, and he was OK, but I don’t think we will see him taking a masterclass anytime soon.
Matt Moran flicked to Kate to give advice on what country people like to eat.
“Country people like to eat like hearty, warm and filled with flavour. They want to feel comforted and nourished.” said Kate. Peter should have probably listened a tad harder to this advice. Unfortunately we don’t see what Kate’s dish is to see if she took her own advice.
I thought Michael was smart not dealing with the lamb, and just doing dessert. He decided to do rocky road, and toasted marshmallows. However in the four hour prep time what did he actually do?
All the others were prepping the lamb and making a couple of meat dishes, a vegetable dish, and Peter even made bread. Michael melted some chocolate and mixed in some marshmallows, and nuts. Then he must have spent the rest of his prep time putting marshmallows on skewers.
At least he wasn’t stressed out like the rest of them, nor had to carry a lamb down a slippery hillside. I bet half of the female population in Australia swooned when Matt Moran managed to carry a lamb on each shoulder, when everyone else was struggling with one.
Kumar was not having a great day, as he went and got one carcass and then was sent back up to get another one.
He said ” It is arctic conditions and then desert conditions it is really terrible”. At this stage he didn’t know it was going to get worse by raining.
Some people were faring better then others Hayden was relaxed and comfortable with his tagine and cooking his lamb in hay. I would have liked to have seen a shot of this cooking.
Ellie was having a shocker, she took a long time to prep her lamb, which she was doing two ways, as well as potatoes and dessert. Her potatoes were undercooked, and her lamb overcooked.
Sun who must have been out of her comfort zone, managed to incinerate her pieces as when the fat started dripping onto the fire it became out of control. Sun wondered how Matt Moran knows her flash burnt lamb is raw by just looking at it. Considering the lamb had been only on the grill for about five minutes anyone would have been able to tell this.
However in the end Sun’s dish which was BBQ lamb with damper looked good.
Danielle made lamb ragu with gnocchi and BBQ veges. Matt Moran said the “Gnocchi lost it’s shape, and was like mashed potato.”
Billy made lamb curry and rocky road with raspberries in it. Interesting what you will put in things when you are not paying for the ingredients. But it proved very popular.
The top two were Michael and Billy. Billy won and he deserved to as he cooked a curry as well as the rocky road.
The bottom three were Danielle, Ellie, and Peter and they will cook off in the pressure test.
George said he couldn’t fault what Peter did today. Maybe couscous is city food, and did not appeal to the country palate, I also thought his marinade for the lamb looked delicious. Peter said it was more a dish for a Balmoral Beach party.
Ellie and Danielle cried as they stood there knowing they were going to another pressure test.
So what did Kumar, Dani, Alana, Mat, and Kate cook we saw nothing of their food?