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.