Masterchef Australia – Hayden Is Cracking
I think Hayden is starting to get out of his depth. Tonight he struggled, in fact the highlight of the episode was the look on Kate and Michael’s faces when they were watching Hayden make his dish. That was priceless.
They both had a WTF are you making looks on their faces with his Japanese/French fusion dish. He was making salmon with a ponzu and beurre blanc sauce.
Hayden as the blue team captain was facing off against the captain of the red team, Alana in a mystery box challenge. The winner would gain an advantage in the team challenge.
The red team was Alana (captain), Ellie and Dani. The blue team was Hayden (Captain), Kate and Michael.
The mystery box had a lot of ingredients in it, but the kicker was the 20 minute time frame. Alana got straight into it with her tea smoked salmon salad, with a champagne foam, whereas Hayden prevaricated and wanted to consult with his team mates. They told him to go with his gut instinct.
I am not sure where he got the idea from but no one was liking it.
The judges were also sceptical about the blend, and even though the salmon was cooked perfectly, they told him if you are querying something you already know the answer. Basically he should have ditched the beurre blanc sauce.
Another highlight of the mystery box challenge was Kate saying after she hugged Hayden “you are hot” the quickly said “…temperature” just in case her husband or the viewers thought she was getting saucy with the lifesaver.
Alana was told her salmon had a burnt sugar flavour however Gary loved all the other elements and she won the challenge and the advantage for her team.
The challenge was to cook in the Qantas First Class lounge at Sydney Airport, with the red team cooking first for 90 minutes and then blue team cooks for 90 minutes. They had to have the food out in 20 minutes.
At first I thought it was real first class passengers, but is the First Class lounge that busy all the time? And mysteriously when the blue team started their service all of Ellie’s dockets had disappeared and Kate only had to do the new ones. Also service finished when the blue teams time was up. However I would have thought it difficult to shut down the lounge for four hours. So who knows.
The red teams advantage were going in first, and the blue coming into their food stations after them. Michael was worried because Dani and Ellie are messy cooks. Ellie was chasing her tail the whole time, Alana and Dani did well. Well after Dani had stopped burning the burger buns.
The judges were Alan Joyce, Neil Perry and Matt Preston, who was wearing a plaid suit. Not very sartorial, but maybe that is what one wears in a first class lounge.
Alana nailed the snapper with beetroot risotto. Her and Michael are really hitting their straps.
Dani’s club sandwich was described as disappointing, and Ellie was getting in a flap and stuffed up the order of pork belly for the judges, as she only plated up two and once she got out the third one she had busted the 20 minute time limit. However Alan Joyce, Neil Perry and Matt Preston liked the flavour. Personally I am not sure I could stomach deep fried pork belly that is like fat on fat.
Dani’s steak and frites was given the thumbs up.
Hayden was having a disaster the snapper he sent it out burnt on the outside and raw in the middle. Matt Preston was perplexed on how this could occur. However Michael’s club sandwich was better than Dani’s, and so was Kate’s pork belly salad. However Michael’s steak and frites was over cooked.
The red team won even though they busted the stated time period, as their food “thumped” the blue team. Hayden, Michael and Kate are up elimination tomorrow night.