Masterchef Australia – Tonight Was A Skit Not A Cooking Show
“Well they certainly like to drag it out” said Merle Parrish champion cake maker who for an 80 plus lady certainly described Masterchef Australia to a tee.
Now I liked Merle, and I liked the concept of the challenge, where a champion cake maker competes against a Masterchef contestant. But the whole thing turned into a bit of a skit.
In fact half way through I felt a bit sorry for Billy as it became obvious that like a cheesy romantic comedy movie the outcome was already known. There was no way they could let Merle lose as the Channel Ten switchboard would have lit up in protest.
Even the her sitting on a chair with her knitting with a pot of tea at the side really showed how scripted the show has become, and also Kate running down to get the bowls. No one was taking it seriously. In fact at times I found it a tad condescending to Merle.
The other thing that peeved me a bit was that Chris Mansfield was judge for this challenge. Don’t get me wrong I like Chris Mansfield (has she had botox her forehead did not move?) but the majority of other judges on these immunity challenge either judge cuisines similar to their style, or they present the dish the chef and contestant is meant to cook. Would they have done this to a male judge?
And wouldn’t Donna Hay have been a better fit for this episode anyway?
I hope they bring Chris back for another challenge and make them replicate one of her dishes.
However, I did think it was correct that Billy had to cook Merle’s recipes of Peach Blossom cake and cup cakes.
Merle was great TV, and obviously tonight was a comedy show rather then a cooking show.
Billy’s cup cakes were better than Merle’s as hers had air pockets, which Matt Moran thought were a bit of a big deal. However Merle’s peach blossom cake hit Billy’s out of the ball park.
Billy’s scored 21 points and Merle scored 24 points to take out the challenge. I noted no judge raised with Merle the air pockets in her cup cakes.