Masterchef Australia – The Odds Were 50/50 Would You Have Gone For It?
Are the judges on Masterchef Australia tasting all the dishes? Over the past few nights you only see one or at best two of the judges tasting it. This is probably reasonable when they were tasting fifty dishes, however I thought it was a bit strange last night when there were only 10 dishes to try.
Matt Moran definitely only tasted Sam’s dish as he cut up the salmon and he was standing at the bench when Sam picked it up and returned to his place. OK Gary and George both tasted Athena’s salmon with saffron sauce, but it was unclear by the editing how many of the judges tasted the other dishes. If they are tasting them and we are not seeing their comments because they are wanting to show more of the food, all well and good. However if might be a bit rough if they are not and raised the question on how are they deciding who goes through? What happens if a particularly dish is border line?
Last night the challenge on Masterchef was to fillet a salmon and cook a dish. However the catch was only ten people could participate and five would get through to the top 24 and the other five would be eliminated. The contestants had the choice to either step forward or not. Personally if I was not a confident fish cook I would not have put my hand up. If you are going to be eliminated at least try and make the odds more in your favour.
Even the 27 people that stepped forward were not guaranteed a place in the challenge they then had to pull knives to get in the ten.
Athena who sadly was eliminated had never cooked with salmon before and did a good job cutting and cooking it but it was not enough to get her through.
Two of the contestants butchered their fish, the Brewer from WA (sorry did not catch his name) his brief appearance on the show is now over, and Lindy who prepared a trio of salmon. She received good reviews but it was not enough to get her through.
What was interesting was how they judged how well the salmon was cooked. In some restaurants some of the fish they were gushing over looked very underdone (something I quite like), whilst others were more translucent. Treagan’s who did salmon with a walnut topping looked perfect, however I thought Alice and Matthew’s may have been a bit undercooked. However the judges were happy with it.
It would be interesting to know if there was fear and loathing from the other eliminated contestants that Matthew got through.
Alice looks interesting and creative and did a take on a salmon bagel, and she went into the top 24. Just as well as she rolled the dice and came up a winner as she quit her job as a teacher. Wade appeared to have learnt something from his filleting lesson on the Mornington Peninsula and was put through with his smoked salmon with dirty rice. Not bad for his first time smoking fish. Finally Sam the banker from WA got through with some solid cooking of the classic salmon, pototo and pea puree. Lucy, Athena, the brewer from WA, Lindy and some other guy who all I saw do a chest bump with Wade were eliminated.
Finally the remaining contestants had to compete in a making butter challenge by whisk. They had to make it and the butter slab had to be within 5 grams of 150 grams. The winner would obtain an advantage in the next challenge. At first I thought it was a bit unfair as it is such a physical challenge but Karen was the first up there to get weighed, however she was told there was still too much butter milk in it. In the end Beau won and he would get to see what the dish was in tonight’s pressure test.
Even with him gaining that advantage I suspect he still won’t make top 24.
Would you have stepped up for the salmon challenge or not taken the risk?