Masterchef Australia – The Conjugal Visit Episode
This episode really highlighted a lot of the negatives of this season. Tonight the friends and family of the final five contestants were on set and they were cooking for them. The winner got a night at home with their family and the bonus was getting a meal cooked by George and Gary.
The premise of the challenge was good, however again it veered into pantomime. A bit like the woman who was the champion baker who cooked off against Billy Law. Complete with people running down from the balcony and it felt a bit contrived.
My issues with the episode:
- It was 14 minutes before the cooking actually started;
- If I wanted to be entertained by cute kids on camera I will watch Junior Masterchef;
- I didn’t need the whole kids being prompted to call out to their mum Kate;
- Or see George make ham and pineapple pizza with them;
- Nor do I care about Alana being a Geelong cats supporter, or having two puppies; and
- The editing telling us Alana had not won a challenge yet, which hinted that she was going to win tonight.
The contestants were able to cook anything they wanted to and on the plus side all of the food looked delicious.
However I did laugh that Dani made it to top five and she did not know or remember to prick the puff pastry. Did she make the pastry? I didn’t see her make it but it would be a brave person who didn’t make their own pastry at this stage of the competition.
However a chef tweeted me and said puff pastry takes hours.
Kate made Roast Pork with potato dauphinoise.
Kate’s husband has the masterchef lingo down pat, he said “has all the elements I like”
Ellie made Chicken and mushroom pie, with mash potato and cavalo nero. Gary said ” a good home cooked meal”. Matt thought it was one of the best pies cooked in the masterchef kitchen. Ellie did make her own suet pastry.
Michael cooked sous-vide lamb rack with lamb rump and crumbed lamb brain. His mother and sister were not keen on tasting the lamb brains. Seriously their son is two weeks off winning $100,000 you would think they could choke it down and gush. Michael should not bother going on The Amazing Race with either of them, as there is always a disgusting eating challenge in each series and you just have to get it down.
However I was hoping his sister would puke all over the table, if they are going to give us theatrics that would have been the ultimate one.
George thought the lambs brains were the dish. Gary thought he missed the mark with the lamb rack as he left on sinew and fat.
Alana cooked a crepe stack filled with lemon curd, raspberries, and chestnut and armagnac ice cream. “Spectacular cooking” said Gary, and Matt thought it was the best dish she had cooked so far in the competition.
Dani made vanilla slice “Amazing rhubarb puree” said Matt and “An amazing end to an amazing tasting” said George. Dani’s mum made me laugh anything they said about Dani she would say that is just like me. To be fair they do look alike.
The winner unsurprisingly was Alana who looked like they would make the most of the conjugal visit with her husband.
Also tomorrow night I noted Michael was going up against noted chef Ezard, and cooking his signature dishes with only a 10 minute head start. Compare that to cooking off against an amateur cook Eamon Sullivan.