Masterchef Australia – The Pressure Test – Another Person With Personality Is Punted?
Last week I accosted Jonathan Daddia, from Series Two, in a local cafe to get an update on what he has been doing since his time on Masterchef finished.
Jonathan who was known as “smugathon” said he is trying to get a food product manufactured but there are a few hurdles to do this in Australia. However he said he wants to keep it local. Also the reason why he was not on the Masterchef Australia – Where Are They Now, was that he declined.
Either he has a life or has been slightly scarred by the Masterchef experience as he said he did not watch Season Three, nor has he watched any of Season Four. When I asked if he would be willing to go on a Masterchef All-Stars series (OK we can fantasise about that) he said he didn’t think so. This is a pity as he was one of the more memorable cooks of all the seasons, both in quality and also personality. It was always good to see him give a bit of lip back to the judges.
At the moment on the show the only contestant prepared to chat back to the judges is Lydia, however she did keep her mouth shut when Gary Mehigan announced “This is the first pressure test of the series!”.
I think he mean the first pressure test in the top 24 where someone is eliminated. As Shannon Bennett from Vue De Monde set a pressure test for the top 50.
Tonight it was Lydia, Wade and TK battling it out to make the best eight textured chocolate cake by Peter Gilmore. This is one of his iconic dishes from his three hat restaurant Quay. As George said it has “eight alaments” in it. So lots of places where to trip up.
Peter Gilmore was quite hands on, and did show them how to plate it up, and also gave lots of advice to the contestants in the 3 1/2 hours they were cooking it. Advice that most appear to ignore.
“I’m not following the recipe but I think I have got it under control” said TK. She reckons she read the recipe and she thought the order she was doing it in was better for her.
“Why are you making layer six now?” said Peter. “I am concerned but I don’t want to stress out right now.” said TK. Though she did start flipping out when she was tempering the chocolate.
Wade reassured Peter that he did have enough chocolate in his mousse, and Lydia after splitting her chocolate and caramel cream realised she did not have the time to go back and re-do it.
At the judging table were George, Gary, Matt Preston as well as Peter Gilmore. But the Quay chef’s role appeared to be plating it up for the judges, and giving his feedback about it. However he is not allowed any say in who should stay and who should go. This is different from Top Chef in the US. Where the guest judge normally announces the winner and has a say in who will being going.
Wade who had been fairly calm the whole time, had an issue with his mousse being too wet and the dacquoise disappearing. Peter said this was a sign there was not enough chocolate in it.
TK did not temper her chocolate properly so did not get the crack when they cut it up. However Peter said she nailed the mousse.
Lydia was last to plate up. Her ganache had difficulty breaking through the chocolate was this because her ganache was too thick because of the way she had made it or had it thickened up whilst waiting to serve it.
Gary had thought her mousse and cream were curdled, however Matt said only the cream was curdled. However nothing was going to stop Lydia from being eliminated not even telling Peter she had brought his cookbook and she loved him.
Lydia is also working on a cookbook and the working title is “Lydia’s Bucket List: 100 Recipes To Share With You Before I Get Eliminated”.
In the space of a week, two contestants who had a bit of spark have been eliminated. Are the judges ageist or are the expectations of the older contestants higher? Let’s hope we are not stuck with a bunch of bland contestants. Yes it should be all about the food, but as a viewer we don’t get to taste the dishes and need a bit of drama, wit or a laugh to keep us tuning in.