Masterchef Australia – How Much Cooking Was Involved? Not Enough.
Firstly I will be live blogging the Masterchef final on Sunday, it starts at 6.30pm on Channel Ten but you probably knew that.
Secondly how crap was tonight’s episode? After the fabulousness of last night’s three hatted challenge when it was all about the cooking, this was all about the cooking.
Even Alana admitted it she said the most important part of the challenge was the assembling of it. By the end of this episode I was severely irritated.
It had nothing to do with the winner I am happy that Kate is in the final, as I thought Alana has played it far too safe throughout the competition particularly on Tuesday night. In fact a Michael v Kate final is probably the right one considering the top ten.
Back to tonight I am not sure why we needed ten minutes of pantomime before getting to the actual cooking on the episode. It was all about the gasping “oh Zumbo” and it was just freaking gingerbread. Ok it was shaped in an lovely looking house, but for the pointy, pointy end of the competition I would have liked to have seen more cooking and less filling things up with tempered chocolate, which they had been given.
As Culinary Boner said in a comment on another post today is this a subliminal attempt to sell us on The Renovators.
Even George Calombaris commented “At the end of the day they are not renovators they are Masterchef’s”. Nice of Fremantle to pimp out Shine Australia’s show. At least half of the challenge was about constructing the house. Also they were told the decorating of the house does not have to be exact just to use it for inspiration. I note they only said this after they realised there was no way either Kate or Alana were going to be able to replicate it.
Kate burnt her first batch of gingerbread because she accidentally bumped her oven up to 250 degrees celsius. I am calling sabotage. It was probably a cameraman who has a crush on Alana and wanted her to get through to the final. OK I had to make the episode exciting somehow.
Kate re-made her gingerbread and this meant she did not make as many of the lollies, whereas George and Zumbo were saying Alana needed to stop making them.
The other thing was they needed assistance putting it together, with Michael helping Alana, and Zumbo assisting Kate. Personally I am not sure how fair it was that the creator of the dish was helping out one of the contestants in this way.
Anyway after watching them squeeze out chocolate and spray cold air on it for about 15 minutes I had lost interest. What cooking did we see? In fact I thought it was unfair for both Alana and Kate that after giving up eight months of their lifes, under gone a lot of stress for their chance of making it to the final it was down to what their house looked like.
I note that this year there was no episode where the contestants had to cook something that would showcase the type of cookbook they would like to release. Kate I am presuming will do a dessert cook book if she wins, and Michael will do one on pork.
By the way if you care Kate won, because they decided hers would have been the one they would have bought.Zumbo is a genius in marketing. Every Eastern Suburb mum in Sydney will want that Gingerbread House on the table and Christmas and they won’t care what they pay for it.
On Monday I will do a full wrap up on the pros and cons of this years series.
Also Alana has a blog www.alanalowes.com.au – It appears it is obligatory to have a blog these days to go once your days on the show are up. You could spend online just reading former masterchef contestants websites.
UPDATE: I just looked at Alana’s website the writing is very much like Nigella Lawson, also it lists the movies and plays she has been in. I think Alana wants a TV career after the series is over.