Masterchef Australia – Will Dani Play Her Pin?
Dani said “I don’t care which ingredient I get as I am not going to plate anything up, as there is no way you will put me in the bottom two, because you won’t have an elimination episode tomorrow night.”
OK the producers had obviously thought of this scenario as they said if she landed in the bottom two and she played her immunity idol the person who came third in the challenge would take her place. This ensures there is cooking occurring on the Thursday night episode, rather than too camera pieces about whether she was going to play the pin or not, and how Ellie was disappointed about not being able to show she is the “Ellie-nator” again.
The viewer also won’t have to put up with George, Gary and Matt doing a slap stick routine to ensure the program hits the 30 minute mark.
However with this scenario has ensured the viewer can be kept in suspense for another 24 hours on whether Dani will play the immunity pin or not.
For some weird reason I get the feeling she won’t play it. She appears to have been the last one to get the memo that said she doesn’t deserve to be in final’s week, and may be feeling a bit shamefaced.
However the issue is who deserves to be there less Ellie or Dani.
Tonight the action took place in the Masterchef house, with the contestants being busted in their pyjamas. Michael even gasped ” My pyjamas are going to be seen on national TV!”. He didn’t realise the cameras were filming?
The challenge was to cook George Calombaris, and three other chefs lunch. The catch was to cook with an unusual ingredient and make it the centrepiece of the dish. Ellie got salsify, Michael sea urchin, Alana pigs tails, Dani liquorice, and Kate pumpkin but she had to make a dessert with it.
The guest judges were Colin Fassenidge, Donovan Cooke and Ashly Hicks. If they ever need a host for an Australian version of Hell’s Kitchen they need not look further than Donovan. He is very serious and seem like a hard task master. He almost requires sub-titles as well.
Ellie made Lobster Salad with salsify puree, salsify chips and apple, and radish salad.
Ashly said the flavour was very nice, however Donovan (who was bad cop all night) said there was not enough flavour.
George also said there was no salsify flavour, however he told her she should be proud. What? It was probably the worst dish of the day.
Michael made sea urchin with angel hair pasta. Donovan thought very impressive, but criticised him for not blanching the fresh pasta, as some sections were still in clumps.
Alana made crispy pigs tails with pear puree, and pork crackling, this got good reviews, again Donovan was nit picking that you should be able to slice through the bone, or something like that. The eating of pigs tails is not a speciality of mine.
Dani said hers was one of the worse dishes she has ever plated up? That is a big call, I thought the one she dished up in the spanish challenge was pretty poor.
She gave her take on a liquorice all sort which was a clever concept, the execution didn’t quite work. It was liquorice ice cream with passionfruit jelly, meringue and berry coulis.
Donovan said the flavour of liquorice was good, as was the passionfruit but the flavour of both of them did not go together.
Kate who had received the easiest ingredient made caramelised pumpkin cake, cinamon mousse, and maple bacon, and candied walnuts.
Ashley said he really liked it, however Donovan thought she could try and make the cake a bit dense.
Michael and Kate were top two with Kate being annointed the winner and getting a masterclass with Matt Moran. Bottom two were Dani and Ellie, and we have to wait until tomorrow night to see if Dani plays the pin.