Masterchef Australia – Danielle Is Eliminated
Can they give the eliminated contestant Visine before their to camera pieces? From the get go it was obvious Danielle was the one gone because her eyes looked so red.
Tonight Matthew Kemp from Balzac brought in a duck a l’orange and Ellie, Danielle and Peter had 60 minutes to bring their own personal spin on the dish.
I really liked Matthew, he was articulate and not afraid to say what he thought.
Dani who again got a lot of camera time, with her tongue in cheek said “Duck a l’orange had its hey day in the ’70’s and ’80’s a bit like Peter.”
Danielle just had a shocker. She needed to take the hint from Gary Mehigan when after explaining her cold pasta duck salad idea he did not look impressed. Well pasta salad emerged in the ’70’s so I suppose that is the classic twist on the dish, going for the same era.
She did try and make her own pasta, and she could not get it together and had to start it again. The same thing happen with her orange sauce she burnt the first batch.
Ellie showing far more intelligence and changed her idea of doing duck three ways after talking to the judges. She dropped it down to doing one dish which was asian inspired.
Ellie also burnt her hand on the pan handle, which is not a good advertisement for the pans until they clarified it later in the episode that she had pulled it out of the oven.
She also got helped by the peanut gallery when she was told not to put oil in her frypan when cooking duck.
However this help was not there for Danielle to point out to her that she had not put her candied orange sauce on her pasta salad.
Ellie was first to be made schezuan duck with an asian inspired salad.
She was pretty clever by saying her problem is having too many ideas but not clarity of thought. It was a great way of talking herself up.
Matthew Kemp said “I love that duck”, Matt Preston said “I love the flavour… and it is fine version that is asian of the traditional dish.”
Danielle’s Duck a l’orange pasta stack looked better then I thought it was going to. Danielle went before the judges and did the exact opposite to Ellie, she outlined everywhere she had stuffed up with the dish.
“Perfectly cooked duck breast” said Gary Mehigan, but Matt Preston said “Pity the candied orange didn’t get on the dish”.
Peter cooked Crispy Duck Breast with braised Garlic Witlof. He was criticised for using the three main flavours of Matthew’s dish. But it looked different and tasted different.
Gary was having some sort of short term memory loss when he said “this is country cooking and this is what Peter is all about”. Peter landed in the pressure test tonight because his food was too city for the country folks voting on last night’s episode.
“That jus gras has got a lot of flavour,” said Matt Preston. But he thought he did not take the dish far enough.
I loved the way all three judges had to say “jus gras” just to let the viewer know exactly what it was.
Before giving the verdict they judges had to ask the usual questions.
To Peter they asked “If you leave today what do you go back to?” Peter responded “I go back to a certain amount of uncertainty. I left to job to be here.” But he did say he is transitioning to a new life. He seemed genuine in what he was saying.
No surprise when Danielle was eliminated.
She is doing a part-time apprenticeship, and she is soon to do work experience with Zumbo. So maybe she will stay in the food industry.
Did anyone notice she didn’t sit next to her husband but her father when she was home?