Masterchef Australia – Hayden May Have Played His Immunity Pin Too Early
In the Mystery Box pudding challenge, the judges said they were only tasting the top five dishes based on looks and performance in the kitchen. Silly me had thought they had meant the look of the pudding, however it must have been based on looks of contestants as Hayden’s oozing (ie raw) chocolate pudding got tasted.
The adulation of Hayden commenced in the opening shots with him on the running machine. Michael was there as well looking like he had just gotten out of bed. Also Ellie was being pimped with a shot of her putting on mascara, and we saw no more of her in the episode.
They hit the Masterchef kitchen and Gary gave them a pep talk about how fabulous they are for being in the top ten and outlined all these food opporutunities they might now do, like write a cookbook, open a cafe or buy a small farm. Funny he didn’t also say that most of last year’s top 10 were back working in the original jobs.
Tonight the Mystery box challenge was to make a steamed pudding.
Peter who is out of his depth with desserts should have been instantly eliminated for not knowing the large pudding bowl he was not going to cook in 30 minutes.
Hayden was doing a self saucing pudding – it looked more like a fondant which was undercooked and oozed out onto the plate, but the judges gave it a try.
By the way I know people are talking up Hayden as a post media career (including myself) but he does have a bit of a Kermit the Frog type of voice which could be a liability.
Kate cooked raspberry and white chocolate pudding with a kahlua ice cream. George thought it was spectacular, Matt thought the kahlua took it to another level.
Sun cooked Apple and Rhubanb spiced pudding with caramel sauce. The pudding should be lighter said Matt, but they loved the apple juice and mascarpone.
Billy cooked Pina Colada Pudding with lime mascapone. His mascapone had curdled. Even Billy admitted the mascarpone was a disaster.
Michael cooked middle eastern pudding which received high praise from the judges.
The only other pudding we saw was Peter’s raw one. The other contestant’s remain a mystery.
Kate won the challenge which meant she could pick the ingredient for the invention test.
Shane Delia from Maha in Melbourne was the guest judge and the invention test was based on Middle Eastern cuisine.
Thankfully Hayden gave us a quick geography lesson on where the Middle East was, which was clearly rehearsed.
Kate could pick either cheese, which was feta, haloumi and labne. The next ingredient was lamb, and the third one was figs.
Kate picked figs. Surprisingly Billy cooked a savoury dish considering dessert is his speciality, and this was a bad move for him. His Moroccan Vegetable Stew was too hot.
Dani made fig and pistachio baklava ice cream. Dani just happened to be reading middle eastern cookbooks that day. I would love to know how much prep time they get.
“Unbelievably good” said Matt Preston. He also implied this was the first decent dish Dani had cooked.
Kate’s icecream was melting fast, probably because of the lights, and the jelly was sliding off. I noted by the time they tasted it, it was much firmer. At least hers was set, Hayden’s ice cream and jelly was a disaster, and it landed him in the pressure test tomorrow night.
Michael made a fig dukah panacotta tart. George thought the pastry on the bottom was short and delicious. He also thought the sweet dukah was inspiring.
Mat cooked fig stew with cauliflower puree. Shane Delia thought the cauliflower was very bland.
Peter had made an eggplant, chickpea and fig braise with flatbread and spiced yoghurt. Gary said the bread was delicious and the stew was delicious.
Top three were Dani, Peter and Michael, with Dani winning and getting the opportunity to go for immunity.
The bottom three were Mat, Hayden and Billy. It should be an interesting week on Masterchef as Mat, if the rumours are correct, is thrown out of the show because he had a smart phone. I wonder if Hayden is worried that he may have played his immunity pin to early.