Masterchef Australia – Mystery Box Challenge – Must Have Been Hard To Pick A Winner
It could have been the nerves of the first time cooking in the Masterchef kitchen but there was really no stand out dishes last night, but on the plus side there were quite a few laughs.
The mystery box challenge was not that difficult. When it was revealed there was a mirror there and nothing else this meant they had to showcase themselves on a plate. They probably did not even have to quickly think on their feet as Alice cooked tongue and I doubt that is a pantry staple.
They had 75 minutes to cook and the person with the best dish would have the chance to cook for immunity. As is always the case in the early episodes we did not get to see all the dishes.
Debra who is the series mother earth figure was nervous and teary and when asked by Gary about what she saw in the mirror said “How courageous I am to be here, and how courageous we all are to be here.” said Debra. Thankfully she held back from asking for a group hug. If she can hold it together she might go far in this series.
She was making lime syrup cakes, however she was rattled and used the wrong sugar and left half her flour out. She basically turned them into a collapsed souffle, but the cake’s flavour was good enough to make it top three.
As was Emma’s whose Five Spice Chocolate Cake with Chai ice cream. This sounded like an interesting flavour combination however her ice cream did not set, and she turned it into creme anglaise. Also her cake did not rise and she stacked it up b she got into the top three.
As did Ben with a Beef Taco and some Tuna Tostadas. Ok he did make his own tortillas which could be a Masterchef first, but there did not appear to be enough for the beef to be encased by one. Gary also criticised him for using porterhouse steak not a secondary cut. However would a secondary cut have soften in the 75 minute time frame?
Gary Mehigan appears to be the hard-arsed judge this season. He was particularly rude to Melbourne hipster Alice about her tongue she was cooking. George was concerned the tongue would not be able to cook in the time frame. She responded “It is a big risk to take”. George retorted ”There’s risk and then there is stupidity”. I note there was no suggestions on what she could do to save the dish.
Alice responded with a thank you which I hope is hipster speak for “Get stuffed”. The lecture continued at the tasting before Gary had even tasted it, and I hope she got a small glimmer of pleasure that Gary had to taste something unpleasant. Props to her for not breaking down completely by the way she was treated.
However Gary’s attitude towards Sam who was roasting a duck was completely different. After pointing out that he would have difficulty cooking it in time, Gary suggested he chop it up and in fact even helped him to do so. Sam appears to sweat so much it needed to be addressed in a talk to camera. It is not the heat of the kitchen but just something he always does. Maybe he needs to invest in those tennis head and wrist bands to stop it dripping into his dishes.
In fact this is a perfect branded TV opportunity to have a sponsors name emblazoned across them. Seriously I hope series four is not remembered as the year of the sweat. Sam is not alone in this, Wade, Filippo and Kevin are guilty of the drip.
It was ironic that after Gary’s help Sam was told he had actually over cooked the duck. However Sam’s potato rosti looked good.
Beau the labourer stuck with a simple steak with red wine jus. Not a bad strategy to keep it simple. I note in the continuing saga of stockgate he used a pre-made one.
Even though he cooked the steak perfectly medium rare he was told he needs to step it up a bit or he will hit a roadblock.
I note they did not say the same thing to Julia who made cupcakes which was a cop out. This was well and truly in her comfort zone as she makes them for the markets at the weekends. At one stage it looked like she might make top three. Let us hope she is not going to make these at every opportunity. We get it you want to open a shop, now show us some other things you can cook.
Ben ended up wining the opportunity to cook for immunity, and Debra must be kicking herself because if she had not stuffed up her dish she probably would have won.
Do you think the right person won?