Masterchef Australia – The Three Hatted Challenge
Is there any restaurant critic who hasn’t been on a reality show? I knew it was only a matter of time before Sydney Morning Herald Terry Durack cracked and was a guest judge on Masterchef, as was the delightful Joanna Savill.
It was a great challenge for the final three tonight. Each went to a different three hat restaurant in Sydney to make either an entree, main or dessert.
Kate and Alana did rock, paper, scissors to see who got dessert, and Kate won. While that was going on Michael grabbed the main course. Alana then had to do entree. She was to go to Marque, Michael to EST, and Kate to Quay.
Their challenge was to make a three hat standard dish which fit in with the aesthetic of the rest of the menu.
They went with their favourite ingredients and techniques - Michael went with beetroot, Alana likes smoking her protien, and Kate likes coffee.
Alana was told at the end of the episode that she was nervous in the kitchen. I don’t blame her she had the toughest chef to work with Mark Best. If there is ever an Australian version of Hell’s Kitchen he should be host. He was a tad scary but he came out with some cracker lines.
Some of his best (no pun intended) lines tonight were:
- “It is a bit vomit like” looking at Alana’s entree dish. In fact that maybe the quote of the series.
- It is pretty acidic at this stage…. I’m not really sure how we are going to repair that.” said Mark about the truffle vinagrette. Alana suggested sugar or reducing it. Mark responded bluntly “Your going to have to start again”.
- “At this level we don’t try it – at this level it is not 90%, it’s not 95% it is 100%” said Mark to Alana about the cutting of her tuna.
Three restaurant critics were judging the meals tonight. Matt Preston, Terry Durack and Joanna Saville. Obviously they went to Marque first for the entree of smoked tuna.
Terry thought Alana’s entree had a spring feel. He also said “It is lovely undercurrent of flavour of smoke and everything is beautifully executed.” Matt Preston thought there was too much going on which was his same criticism of her entree last night.
Terry also said on appearances the dish was a Marque dish, but flavour wise there was not a razor sharp flavour that you normally get with a Marque dish.
Then it was off to EST for Michael’s main.
Micheal cooked veal with beetroot, a chestnut puree and a juniper jus. Terry Durack thought it looked worthy being on the table at a restaurant of that quality. Joanne thought the best thing on the plate was the venison. She slightly questioned the chestnut puree, but loved the dish. “Everything works,” said Terry.
However Peter told Michael he dropped his bundle at the end of service and he was disappointed with the last three plates he sent out.
Coffee and Cardamon was Kate’s dish. “A fair whack of alcohol in it,” said Joanna, and I don’t think she found that a negative thing. Matt Preston thought the hero of the dish was the ice cream. Terry was wondering whether there is an element missing from the dish.
Back at the Masterchef kitchen the judges gave a wrap up with Kate and Michael getting the best feedback. Michael won and gave the Toyata jump when he found out.
No surprise that Alana was up for elimination tomorrow, and Kate must be a bit disappointed that she is duking it out to see who will be the other person in the finale.
Tomorrow we finally see Zumbo, with some Gingerbread House creation. I hope Kate gets through, as I think Alana has played it far too safe during this season, particularly in Tuesday’s night elimination challenge where she cooked twists on dishes she had already cooked. I lost the Alana love then.