Masterchef Australia – Ellie Wins An Immunity Pin
In a video that I have just spent the last hour trying to upload (will try again tomorrow) of Alana, Kate and Ellie walking down a street dressed up in New York, I could not work out how Kate got her sunburn, but now I know it must have been from filming in Central Park for the immunity pin challenge.
In this episode it was Ellie’s turn to go head to head with a celebrity chef Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi to try and win an immunity pin, and he was very impressed with her.
“If she came to New York, I’d give her a job straight away,” said Cesare Casella. Considering a waiter makes more money in NYC then a chef, good ones must be pretty thin on the ground who are prepared to muck in day after day.
The special guest judge was Lidia Bastianich who I really liked for her directness.
I am loving the locations of the New York episodes and I get why they want to get as much mileage out of them as possible, however Tuesday going for an hour was pushing the envelope.
Tonight I thought this episode in Central Park veered into Pantomime. Ellie had to cook orrichette with sauce consisting of small goods (sorry did not catch the name of the dish). She didn’t really get any advantage over the chef, as he started the same time as her, and she only received the recipe for the pasta.
But he was too busy running around pouring drinks and flirting so her not getting any advantage did not matter.
Cesare’s was criticised for his too dense pasta but they liked the more rustic nature of the sauce, conversely Ellie’s pasta was better and her sauce was a little over cooked.
Ellie won with a total of 24 points over Cesare’s 22 so she gets an immunity pin. He did not look happy with his score at all. However his standing as a great chef diminished in the shots when Ellie was at his restaurant, and he made risotto and put strawberries in it. No it was not Andre’ infamous dessert risotto, this one had asparagus in it as well.