Masterchef Australia or Was It The Amazing Race
Sorry about the delayed recap – I am in the country with dubious web access…
Firstly I just want to say the New York week has been fantastic location wise. Liberty Island, and the United Nations were fabulous, then add in all the high profile chefs on the show. But then chefs are the new media sluts. No filming in a dodgy park in the Bronx plating up hot dogs and pretzels for this lot.
However you knew they would not going to be able to have a week in New York without filming in Times Square and tonight they entered the fray.
However don’t expect to see Sun or Billy there as they are in lockdown, and I am sure Billy would have shizzled his soup a bit more if he knew this meant having to share a room and hang out with Sun. I mean in all her too camera pieces has she ever cracked a joke? Barrel of laughs not. In fact she does not even have that Hari Krishna serenity about her. On the upside thank christ Season 3 has Sun as she is one of the more memorable characters.
Obviously in Times Square they are told where to stand as George and Matt Moran appeared on the huge screen with George saying “guys, hello”. It did make good TV.
However as usual they give Gary the role of handing out the instructions as he IS the serious judge.
Tonight they are planning the “ultimate dinner party”. It is a team challenge and they had to cook with the person who is to the right of them.
So Hayden and Dani, Kate and Michael, and Alana and Ellie.
They were to do one course from “one of this city’s top Michelin starred chefs”.
Matt Preston gets his chance on the big screen, stating, “somewhere in Time Square are the names of those 3 chefs, address of their restaurant’s and the meal you have to cook”.
And there starts The Amazing Race. The clue for the teams was ‘always on the move’. Would it be a person dressed up as M&M or an Al Queada operative? No it was a sandwich board.
Hayden and Dani get Wylie Dufresne entree “everything Bagel” from WD50.
They jump in a cab to get to the LES, where Hayden says he gets there in 15 minutes at what time of day were they filming? Midnight?
Kate and Michael got Steak Frites from David Chang’s Ma Peche.
Ellie and Alana obviously had the producers take pity on them and send the sandwich board person to them, they had to go to Tribeca to Paul Liebrant Dessert Gold Bar Corton Restaurant. They were in hell, as they had no idea where Tribeca was and then could not find the service entrance. To add to their woes they got the dodgy cab driver and went to the Four Seasons Hotel instead of the Four Seasons restaurant.
When they finally arrived they only had 1 hour and 25 minutes to complete the dish.
Whereas Hayden and Dani had 2 hours and 5 minutes to prep their “everything bagel” which looked pretty interesting, however being an old fashioned girl I think I would prefer the real thing rather then the nitrous oxide version.
Kate and Michael were also delayed because they couldn’t find Ma Peche’s service entry. Also Chang made them wait when they got there, and then he bitch slapped Michael about the last dish he made for him in the Korean challenge. David Chang is reality TV gold. Maybe he needs a permanent judging spot on Top Chef.
His cooking is interesting, and yes I will check out his new eating establishment in Star City once the Chang frenzy subsides, however I was underwhelmed by some of the things I ate at his Milk Bar in NYC.
His take on Steak and frites involved the frites being made of rice. Also Kate and Michael had to do a side dish of “local vegetables’.
In the kitchen, Michael struggled with hanger steak as he had not used it before. Dani runs around the kitchen boasting she has nothing to do with 45mins to go. What was Hayden doing at this point? Or is he off using the smoking device for a completely different use, evoking the Time Square of old…
Alana has ruler out measuring out what appears to be 10inches snigger, now if Hayden was still had is Dirk Diggler moustache he could have helped her out.
By the way what was the story with Matt Moran’s suit, he is normally far more sartorial – did anyone like it?
The guests for the “ultimate dinner party” were David Chang, Paul Leibrant, Wylie Dufrey’s offsider (as he was sick), Julian Nicolini of the 4 Seasons, and the four judges.
Hayden and Dani’s entree – John from WD50 says they pulled it off. David Chang, who can only play bad cop, says he remembers it being lighter.
Michael and Kate’smain – David Chang says they did an admirable job and even a professional cook would have trouble first time.
David also says rice frites cooked well. Matt Moran asks if anyone missed the crab salad, and no one did.
Alana and Ellie’s dessert Paul Leibrant says they did a bloody good job.
George said “most agree we have a stand out dish”. Was he talking about the dessert or the two girls?
Ellie and Alana won and will get lunch with Daniel Boulud – 4 courses and a masterclass. Dani and Hayden lost and will go into an elimination challenge with Sun, and Billy.
Which raises the issue of whether it is easier to win with a dessert dish? I know cooks pretend to hate doing to desserts, particularly on Top Chef, however this season on Masterchef, whoever who has done dessert normally wins or at least is safe.