Masterchef Australia – Campbells Stock No Longer A Sponsor?
So after three years the judges finally ask a contestant why they had not made their own stock? I take it Campbell’s is no longer a sponsor of the show. Were they miffed that the company were sponsoring Manu Feildel, judge, of that other cooking show?
Eighteen year old Matt, who was making risotto, was the poor kid who felt Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris’s ire.
It went like this.
“Are you making your own chicken stock?” asks Gary.
“I am using the stock that is available in the pantry” responded Matt.
“So your risotto will essentially taste of something you have not made?” queried Gary.
He then sticks the container like it is toxic waste under Matt’s noise to say “Can you smell chicken?”
“Not a whole lot, no” Matt responded.
“That’s a bit scary isn’t it?” said Gary. “Very scary” agrees George.
Well clearly Gary does not think very much of the product, but really it was a bit unfair the kicked the kids butt over it, considering it had been obligatory for the past three seasons to use the stuff in a carton.
The top 50 were selected and there is some great TV in there.
Mindy the physio from Brisbane whose father is in the army is super intense and a tad obsessed even at “the audition” she said she had quit her job, and had nowhere to live. Weird she did all that before even getting into the top 50.Her Char Kway Teow got her through, and she was able to phone her father in Afghanistan to tell him the good news.
Emma the 19 year old from Adelaide was highly likeable, and also dedicated to food. She revealed she had already enrolled in a pastry course at TAFE, however her Sticky Date Pudding got her through to the top 50.
Once the top 50 were selected it was the air hostess challenge, the contestants had to cook with either “chicken” or “beef”. The top 12 contestants with the best dishes would go into a cook off to get aprons. However the person with the best dish would get an apron to go straight through.
Dalvinda, a sikh had never cooked with beef before but she did a really good curry, and props to her for actually tasting it.
Amina whose parents are Egyptian and South Korean, doesn’t eat pork for religious reasons so may come a cropper later in the competition, but at the moment her knowledge of two very diverse cuisines is helping her a lot. She made Bimbambap. I must say I am very curious to know how her parents met.
Big Kev, a Casino Marketer from Sydney cooked Cider in a Can Chicken with a Maple Syrup Glaze. At one stage it looked like he was going to be serving with the can but in the final minutes managed to get it out. The judges loved it and he was the first person through to the top 24.
I must say I was pleased that the first person through was a good looking over 30 year old male and straight. Women at home can breathe a sigh of relief we have some eye candy for season four. Oh and it looked like he knows how to cook. However he does need to get a bandanna on as he was sweating into the food, and it was not very hygienic biting the top off the oil bottle. Also not that smart he chipped his tooth.
Yukio who made a weird combination of rib eye with caramelised onions, orange butter sauce and chimichirri got through to the top 12 cook off, and hopefully he will get to top 24 as he will make fantastic reality TV. Sweet but very emotional.
Also Fillipo the financial planner from Cairns who looks like he is reality TV’s version of Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire. His roast chicken and bread looked fantastic even though the leg was a bit undercooked.
Matt’s risotto’s was panned, and poor Mindy could not serve her chicken as she dropped it, but something tells me we have not seen the last her her yet.
The contestants who made the top 12 were Tekay, Lucy, Andrew, Fillippo, Caralyn, Wade, Audra, Jules, Amina, Sam, Dalvinda, and Yuko.