Masterchef Australia – Live Blogging – Kate V Michael
The first question that needs to be asked is why on the penultimate episode of Season Three Masterchef is the cooking part of the Final only an hour long?
Most of the big episodes have been 90 minutes. I know that there is a pause in transmission for The Renovators and then they come back for a live final, but an hour only means there cannot be that many challenges.
Also Will take the opportunity to thank all the readers and commenters who stuck with the blog for Series 3. I won’t be doing a recap of the final as such. However will be doing a blog post on the pros and cons of Masterchef Australia which will be up late this evening.
The word in the media is Rene Redzepi from NOMA in Denmark is the guest judge in tonight’s final.
The opening montage of the last 14 weeks is like my life flashing before my eyes and of course ALL the decent cooks that had been eliminated. Helloooo Cleo.
And ten minutes in we finally get to the cooking and it is a Mystery Box and the jduges would get to allocate 10 mins eat.
It is a Mystery Box race they had 45 minutes to create one dish. You must use something from each box, and you can’t move on until you have picked the mise en place to move on to the next one and you can’t go back. Quite a good challenge.
Michael picked beef and oysters, Kate picked crab from the first box.
Kate then started making a celeriac salad, whilst Michael went with baby vegetables.
Both dishes ended up looking quite nice.
Kate – did Balmain bug and crab remoulade salad – George said great
Gary like the subtle flavours but queried whether it was cooked enough.
Michael siad he had made a steak and oyster pie – it was a pretty deconstructed oyster pie. George thought flavours were nice but the carrot was under cooked. Gary didn’t buy into the pie idea. I tend to agree with him.
George scored Kate a seven, Gary gave her an 8 for a total of 15.
Michael scored an eight from George, and Gary gave him a nine for a total of 17.
The next challenge is to cook the dish of their life they had 2 1/4 hours to cook it.
Of course Michael could not step away from the sous vide. Michael is making vanilla lobster with a champagne sauce, and Kate is making a quail and a ballontine, with roasted garlic custard.
Gary and George were wondering if Michael was doing enough in the timeframe.
Kate forgot to fill up the water in the steamer, and she burnt the steamer. Someone in the gallery pointed that out to her. Which raises the issue should the peanut gallery be able to call out to assist on final night?
Michael got told off for leaving the roots on the leeks, and it did not go down well. He did it because he had eaten at a New York restaurant and thought it looked good.
End of season three I still don’t know the difference between gravy and jus. They loved Kate’s dish and Matt said the flavours were so delicious that she kind of got away with the burnt flavour of her custard.
Michael’s scores from the judges were:
Matt Moran gave him an 8/10,
Matt Preston gave him an 8/10,
Gary scored it an 8/10, and
George scored it a 7/10.
Now with a total of 45.
Kate’s dish was scored:
Matt Moran – 9/10;
Matt Preston – 9/10;
Gary Mehigan – 9/10;
George Calombaris gave it a 9/10.
Kate was now three points ahead of Michael on 51.
After The Renovators – the episode must have the dessert challenge, then the announcement.
By the way has Adam been cast out of the Masterchef family? Has anyone spotted him up on the balcony?
I really think this break in between is treating the the fans and viewers with contempts.
OK the second half has started, and we have to sit through the opening credits and another back episode montage. Eight minutes in and still waiting.
Finally we have the big surprise guest is Rene Redzepic from NOMA Copenhagen. Hands up if you have heard of him. He unveils his dessert the snowman that looks a little bit similar to the snow egg from Peter Gilmore of Quay that was done in last year’s final.
It looked pretty amazing.
Again the peanut gallery helped out Kate when Dani yelled out to put the maltodextrin on the meringues.
For the record Rene is a hottie.
Also didn’t realise Rene was there to give Kate a personal masterclass, when she realised she did not have enough carrot puree. Though to be fair he did also give Michael a pep talk before he put the dessert all together.
Both desserts were praised, but they are not going to bag out any of the dishes tonight.
But first a parade of chefs have to come in, and Miguel Maestre attempted to grope Alana.
Anyway the winner is …………………………. by a landslide………………………
Kate. She hopees to open a B & B in Orange. Prior to her being a stay at home mother she was a teacher so she is looking for a career change.
Gary offered Michael a culinary scholarship at his restaurant.. I wonder if he will stick out a career in cooking, I think he probably will.
I have to be honest I feel pretty ambivalent about it all.