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Masterchef Australia – Michael Faces Top Chef Ezard In The Immunity Pin Challenge

Germaine Greer needs to gate crash the Masterchef Australia house and fast. The opening scene were the four remaining girls running around after Michael in the house.

Ellie piped up “Michael is the only male left in the house so we are going to pamper him today!”.

Ok enough of the feminism chat, time to get onto the big issues.

Lets contrast and compare this week’s immunity challenge to last week’s.

Michael was up against Teage Ezard, Victorian Chef of the Year, and professional chef of 20 years experience, and owner of two restaurants.

Dani against amateur chef, who won Celebrity Masterchef, but he is now opening his own cafe. However he also  has been training eight hours a day for the Swimming World Championships.

Dani had to cook one dish the chocolate delice, whilst Michael had to cook a Taste of Ezard which was three dishes and meant plating up nine meals.

Ezard has made his dishes 100’s if not thousands of times, Eamon probably 20 at the most.

Michael got a ten minute head start, Dani had none, but Eamon did not get the recipe and nor did Ezard.

Gary Mehigan said Ezard’s dishes were complex, he did not say this of the Delice.

The inconsistency of the immunity challenges has been one of the negatives of this season. Dani is now automatically through to finals week as there is only one elimination. She has been one of the personalities of the season, but not the most consistent cook.

Also would there be so much chatter about the unfairness in the immunity challenges, if Michael had been to knock off Eamon Sullivan last week?

The other issue is the scoring they seem to score the contestants way to high to give the impression the challenges are very close.

Michael obtained an eight from guest judge Shannon Bennett, a nine from Matt Preston and an eight from George. He had left out the lime and fish sauce from his Tom kha soup, and his quail egg was overcooked.

The only thing wrong with Teage’s dish was the pork crackling. I loved the way Teage shot Shannon a death stare when he only scored him an eight.

However Shannon had said in the judging room “I think the crackling was overcooked, however if served to me in a restaurant environment I would have to pick to find something wrong with it.”

Which I am interpreting as “we need to find one thing out of these three dishes he has cooked to criticise, so let’s nit pick”.

Matt gave Teage a nine calling his Tom Kha immaculate, and George also scored him a nine saying it was beautiful and brilliant and it was about balance of flavour.

Teage Ezard beat Michael by one point. Were their dishes that close in flavour and presentation?

Anyway Michael’s consolation prize was being told he was now the one to beat in the competition.


1 AnonyMousse { 07.26.11 at 10:31 pm }

The inconsistency… hurts… so much. Forcing me… to talk… like Shatner.

Also, yet again, note to editors: if you use a trick too often, people start to catch on. The whole ‘well shucks, I’ve lost/the other guy’s won’ thing you play just before an announcement is always (so long as you only play one side’s comments) an indicator that the defeatist person is the one who’s going to win. Mix it up a little, editors. Please, for sanity’s sake!

2 brain dead dave { 07.26.11 at 10:32 pm }

I notice Jowlsy has the same over rehearsed reaction to the
“We can now reveal that plate number one was blah blah”

Why the blaze of eights and nines after both dishes had been bagged? Agreed RR that it’s to make the sting look close but also to remind viewers that this is supposed to be finals time and everyone’s “raised the bar” in the quest/pretentious pantomime to discover Australia’s next Ma$terchef.

3 Chunks { 07.26.11 at 10:46 pm }

I suppose it’s their show so they can do what they damn well like with it but seriously, the massive difference in difficulty between the immunity challenges is outrageous. Credibility nearing zero.

4 littlepetal { 07.26.11 at 10:49 pm }

Agreed totally with the fake scoring tonight. They want to make it looked that it is really close and also to indicate that Michael is a great cook. Michael should not have got a 9. I think Matt Preston has sold his soul to television. His reputation as a food critic has lost its credibility. How can a dodgy soup and overcooked egg deserved a score of 9. Not to say that Michael is not a good cook but the scores are not justifiable.

5 inad { 07.26.11 at 10:56 pm }

MC shifted so much to being a (appearing rigged) game show and more about the contestant’s personalities (like big brother)… it is seldomly about cooking and appreciation of food.

6 Pollywaffle { 07.26.11 at 10:59 pm }

Matt Ps been eating too many Jenny Craig Meals as amuse bouche so now everything else gets massive wraps

7 Jo { 07.26.11 at 11:04 pm }

Gee, Michael didn’t win?! Well colour me surprised.

8 davsimp { 07.26.11 at 11:11 pm }

awww, I think it was kind of nice to see Michael getting pampered by the gals. He doesn’t have a girlfriend so let the poor bastard get his kicks where he can. One of the wenches should have ironed his chef whites for him, selfish cows.

9 Fides { 07.26.11 at 11:18 pm }

Completely echo everyone’s sentiments about ridiculous scoring to make the points look close. Michael could have just vomited into one of those little bowls and have scored a 9 from Matt.

Other contestants who’ve been labelled contenders seem to have then been eliminated pretty quickly after that, but I hope that doesn’t happen to Michael. Oh if only they would ever call Ellie or Dani genuine contenders, then we might see them dumped. But I don’t recall that they ever have, because I guess even Matt P has his standards.

10 brain dead dave { 07.26.11 at 11:22 pm }

How many girlfriends is he going to get being a massive loser from Adelaide with a “Let’s go back to my place and I’ll cook some brains for you” schtick?

11 Skod { 07.26.11 at 11:33 pm }

Sorry Michael only one pin in play at a time! Can’t have you getting an advantage over Dear Dani.

12 Lily { 07.27.11 at 1:38 am }

Today’s episode showcased the only spot of sincerity in the entire competition: Ellie admitting that they ‘did not want him winning immunity’.

13 Richard { 07.27.11 at 6:32 am }

Michael being fluffed over by the girls – touching him, touching his hair… how much different it would have been if it was 4 guys and 1 girl left in the house – would they be “pampering” her in such a way? I think not!
As for Dani, we know she won’t be in the bottom 2 for an elimination as she would play her pin and the other person would have to go home (I guess it would save on an elimination episode)

14 Dazza { 07.27.11 at 7:02 am }

HeyDavsimp – Don’t get Dani to iron Michael’s shirt. She will burn it

15 JStar { 07.27.11 at 7:56 am }

Even Michael seemed surprise by the scores he received! Eating a sweet broth with a prawn-stuffed wonton would be quite strange on the palate. Much like his sister watching him cook lamb brains and being made to eat it on national television. Yet he scores 25 out of 30? Teage’s scores seemed more realistic for the comments he got on his dishes.

And to think there was so much promise this season when we were told by the judges that this season it was bringing everything back to basics. So that clearly meant dumbing down the scoring, dumbing down the immunity pin cook-offs (an apprentice chef and a swimming champion?), and dumbing down the criteria to be selected in the Top 24. I mean, seriously, Alex who served raw meatballs and overcooked crocodile? Ellie who simultaneously wowed the judges and underwhelmed the audience with an egg-yolk wonton? Chelsea who just narrated 75% of every episode until she was eliminated (with her crown quickly scooped up by Dani)? Next year, MasterChef, please be honest with the audience and just line up the Top 50 in the first episode and let the judges choose half their contestants based on gropability and the other half based on active tear ducts (or in some cases, both). Top 24 chosen in one episode. Don’t even try and dumb up our expectations that these are the top amata shefs in Straya anymore.

16 Skod { 07.27.11 at 9:54 am }

Boy Ezard looked pissed just being on the show. Massive BA.
I bet if it was Ellie in the immunity pin she’d cook opposite the junior MC winner or something easy like that.

17 Joseph Skyrim { 07.27.11 at 10:11 am }

Hehe AnonyMousse, you made me laugh with your Shatner speak! ^_^

I have a different take on why the scores are so “close”… not so much to make it exciting but rather, its a blind tasting and they don’t want to go… ooooh this one was fantastic. 10/10/11. Then the next one has like 3 elements wrong so 7/7/8.

Then discover that the one that has wrong stuff was the visiting chefs, and the contestant got the perfect 10s. That’s a good way to say – hey you just got your ass handed to you by an amateur thus greatly reducing the chance of that chef / restaurant in participating in future MCs.

They keep it close so that in case the contestant wins, it won’t be by a lot so the visiting chef can save some face. Those are my thoughts anyway.

Zumbo better make another appearance soon. I’m missing his smug grin and his fantastic deserts. :)

18 Culinary Boner { 07.27.11 at 10:12 am }

Michael had no chance.

Compared to the White Wings Breaststroke challenge Dani was gifted with, our hero, the MCA house’s Cuddly Dudley, had to do 3 complex dishes times 3 platings for which he was being judged on both looks, taste and consistency. That’s 9 dishes to fuck up by my reckoning, when normally contestants get to chuck a platter in front of George so he can show us how to portion and play mum.

They might as well tied his hands and told him to whip up something with his old fella.

19 noog { 07.27.11 at 1:11 pm }

LP… Jowlsey reputation is shot to pieces, Maybe do a challenge with one of his creations so we can see if he walks the walk.
That can be for next year when they have trouble finding chefs willing to place reputations in the hands of TV execs..

20 Rachel Batta { 07.27.11 at 1:59 pm }

Why would any chef go on this show…oh I forgot the huge fee they get…no Chef would accept being beaten by an amatuer cook,no sorry someone who prepares a type of food,that is why they help them they are told to make the contestants food acceptable and getting done so they plate up.Agree with the Matt Preston comments he is now just another celebrity, i certainly will never again read his comments or restuarant reviews after this seasons comments of the contestants ordinary servings

21 Rickard Lomez { 07.27.11 at 2:03 pm }

No more immunity challenges, that means Dani gets into the finals, hoepfully the next elimination shows have these guys cooking some real difficult dishes i.e Zumbo’s like the 1st series,which then was a real cooking show with personalities coming a distant 2nd, now that is reverse, bring on UK Masterchef on Foxtel, shits all over the Aussie version, because it;s about the food

22 alicia { 07.27.11 at 2:05 pm }

Thats unfair I dont want a Dani final no no no!!!!

23 Pollywaffle { 07.27.11 at 2:07 pm }

Was about to comment on last nights epi but sorry have to run – they are handing out free Masterchef immunity pins at the street corner

24 Culinary Boner { 07.27.11 at 2:16 pm }

noog, i think you’re right about the trouble they’ll have getting chefs on next year.

The manipulative judging approach they used last night and in previous immunity challenges this season means any chef appearing has high odds of trashing his/her restaurant’s brand and reputation. That arrogant Italian chef dude – Alessandro – suffered a double defeat, didn’t he? Mentally, I’ve marked it down as a reason not be waste my hard-earned on a visit to his restaurant. Also didn’t help that he came across as a tool.

And what was it with the rating given by the David Hemmings of the Australian culinary scene – Shannon Bennett?

Teage’s teeth were grinding like a grain mill. I winched waiting for a punch up. Guess though Teage, might prefer revenge served as a cold dish.

While I don’t mind Michael, there was no way his effort – effing pork crackling aside – was even close to the three dishes (not one, but three) that Teage stumped. FFS, was pork crackling a component of all three?

I submit here the height of all worldly culinary prowess according to MCA – Oh sorry, I forgot Dani’s burger.

25 Skod { 07.27.11 at 2:51 pm }

So what happens if Dani gets in the bottom 2 tonight she uses her pin? Does that mean the person is eliminated?

26 Rickard Lomez { 07.27.11 at 4:39 pm }

She won’t be in the bottom two, too staged managed for that to happen

27 Fides { 07.27.11 at 5:44 pm }

They really ought to pick a bottom 3.

28 lulu { 07.27.11 at 5:51 pm }

So theoretically, if Michael had won last night (as if), and if he and Dani were to get in the bottom 2 tonight, what then? They both use their imm pins? Yet more proof of how pre-planned and rigged this farce is.

29 brain dead dave { 07.27.11 at 6:00 pm }

If that happened ,I can just see Matt Preston bloatedly announcing the “Ma$terchef Paper, Scissors and Rock Challenge”!

30 Pollywaffle { 07.27.11 at 6:10 pm }

Merle sold her immunity pin on Ebay for $2 and apparently on Bali beaches they are now asking do you want an immunity pin with your hair braid

31 JRuth { 07.27.11 at 6:19 pm }

I nodded off for most of this episode (and clearly didn’t miss anything…) but while I was asleep I had the loveliest dream: that Dani and Ellie were the bottom 2 in an elimination challenge. Dani had to use her pin and Ellie was sent home! Too bad that there’s no chance that my dream could come true…

32 brain dead dave { 07.27.11 at 6:19 pm }

You go to the Hungry Jacks Drive Thru and it’s :

“Do yaz want a free ammunity pin with that?”