Masterchef Australia – Hayden Uses His Immunity Pin
I thought tonight was the right night for Hayden to play his immunity pin. He was up against four other strong cooks, Peter, Billy, Kumar, and Michael. He did not really want to be like James from Survivor who was eliminated whilst still holding two immunity idols.
Also good to know now that Masterchef is back to being an even playing field.
First up in tonight’s elimination challenge was a blind taste test. It was a weird looking terrine served with an apple puree. The cheftestants had two minutes to taste blindfolded and identify as many ingredients as possible. Then they had one minute to write down what they thought they had picked. In part two of the challenge you then had those ingredients you had identified to cook with.
Who else thinks that if you get one wrong you should have a correct answer deleted. Peter’s tactic was a smart one writing down every protein possible but should that be allowed? Billy also did the same with the herbs.
Kumar conversely should have applied those tactics because he had such a big brain snap. He is very zen he spent a minute feeling the food before eating it, which meant in the end he only had four ingredients to cook with in the next part of the challenge.
Michael came out best with eleven ingredients, but got confused with what to do with them. He cooked a baby vegetable salad. At first it was going to be with ham hock, but then he put prosciutto on it. He was a bit directionless.
Both Billy and Peter made chicken wrapped in prosciutto.
Peter cooked chicken and prosciutto rotolo onto a parsley and apple mash. Matt Preston “noticed his presentation has improved”. The “Hero is the apple” said Matt but there was too much garlic.
Billy cooked chicken wrapped in prosciutto served with roast baby carrots. “That is a wow of a dish” said Matt Preston. He was told a dish like that would take you to the top ten, but could also take you to the top four. It must have been good.
Kumar cooked pork neck steak with apple gravy. I couldn’t work out whether Gary was being critical or positive about the amount of butter in the dish. Maybe positive about the flavour but not so positive about the greasy feel in the mouth.
Michael’s spring vegetable salad with prosciutto got a “tastes delicious” from Gary, however Matt was not a fan of the apple puree.
Just an aside I kind of liked George Calombaris not being in the episode, it meant there was a less comedic tone to it.
Billy was safe, as was Peter. And then Kumar was eliminated. I must admit I teared up. We didn’t see enough of this lovely man.
He is writing and illustrating a cookbook which he is hoping to publish, and he may be taking tours to Sri Lanka.
I also noted that Kumar must have been well liked in the house as the rest of the top ten looked disappointed when he did not return.