Masterchef Australia – It Is A Wonder Fillippo Did Not Implode Like His Pavlova
Remind me not to go on The Amazing Race with Amina as what part of that huge sign saying fish didn’t she understand?
It is a wonder Fillipo did not flip out at her when her dish got her put through to the top 24 and her phaffing for her ingredient meant he had no time to make his dish properly.
The challenge for the 12 contestants competing for six aprons was to drive to the Mornington Peninsula in pairs to get ingredients from a variety of places return and cook a dish. They had six hours to complete it and a budget of $50.
Amina and Fillipo got back with 45 minutes on the clock, and part of the reason for this was getting the snapper for Amina’s dish. They arrived at the sign where it said FISH and there was a path to the beach. As Fillipo started to head down the path Amina said there is no fish here and they jumped back in the car. Then later they had to turn around to go back to the same spot. Fillipo’s knuckles were white and his pavlova was brown and saggy. Not sure why he did not turn them into meringue nests to get a shorter baking time.
Amina was able to turn out her sweet snapper dish in that time and earn an apron from the judges. She did not even look sheepish about it, and Fillipo smiled through gritted teeth.
Sam was also having problems with Wade as he took the time to learn how to scale a fish. He quipped that taking time to learn how to scale a fish in a time sensitive challenge was not a great strategy.
Audra and Dalvinda were the first to return to the kitchen and no wonder, Audra only brought back a punnet of strawberries and Dalvinda a piece of lamb and sage. They both had not realised what would not be in the pantry. Audra needed eggs but there were none, so she had to turn her frangipane tart into a chocolate ganache one. This did not hinder her fast pass into the top 24. The judges saying it was one of the best desserts they had ever eaten on their time on Masterchef.
Dalvinda who had also forgotten to get garlic, onion and ginger started making a dessert that was made purely from the pantry ingredients. She was told this was not going to cut it as it did not showcase any of the Mornington ingredients, so she made a curry without the aforementioned ingredients. George who said he does not eat much curry said it was one of the best he had ever tasted. Maybe has there were no fresh chillis in it! However the other judges concurred and even though they criticised her for having only two ingredients she was into the top 24.
Ironically Audra’s only showcased one, raspberries, and she was not criticised for that.
Wade because of his phaffing could not make the fish pie so he made fish and broadbeans. Gary said if it was a 25 minute challenge he would be impressed but it was a six hour challenge. Yes but most of them had less then 90 minutes cooking time.
Andrew a hairdresser from NSW, made Mussels and Salsa Verde with Fried Calzone. George found a beard and was quite critical. However he received an apron.
Lucy the girl from the Masterchef ad caught her trout and cooked it with abalone and artichoke. However even though she was trying to tell Gary it was cooked how she liked it there was no denying it was raw.
Karen also did trout however it looked like she had burnt hers on her tasting plate of trout. No apron for her.
Sam over did his plate of mussel custard, with far too much going on.
The others that got through to the top 24 were TK and Jules who both cooked pork belly.
At the moment there are more women then men in the top 24 will they ensure there is an equal 12 of each gender or will it be all based on merit? Should Fillipo have told the driver not to turn around?