Masterchef Australia – The Immunity Challenge – This Format Is Going To End In Tears
The good thing about the immunity challenges is we are seeing some new chefs on our screens. Last week was the affable Dan Hong from Ms G’s, and this week we had one of the best presented kitchen teams in Australia – Darren Johnson and co, from Three Blue Ducks. If you go this weekend expect a gaggle of girls sipping coffee hoping for a glimpse.
Or as @Gidgetvonlarue told me on Twitter just hang out the back and wait for them to duck out for a smoke…
They were a welcome addition to the TV screens.
However after watching a second immunity challenge, I am curious to know why/how they came up with this concept and how it was thought to make an even playing field.
Prediction there will be some bitterness and resentment about this before the end of the series.
Why? Because the person going for the immunity pin has to rely on two others to win. Even if they cook a knock out dish it still does not mean they win the prize. Conversely a person could win an immunity pin off the two other peoples dishes when theirs is ordinary. Not sure it passes the “fairness” test.
Darren Johnson picked the ingredient cheese to cook with rather then wine, however Mindy and her team get 30 minutes more to cook their dishes.
The most interesting thing about the episode is seeing who the person gets to cook with her. Mindy selected Amina and Julie. Not sure why nobody is picking Debra, but after tonight’s episode where it looks like she implodes we may know why….
Amina made the entree of Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad, Mindy – Four Cheese Ravioli, and Julie made Stuffed Poached Pear.
The team from the Three Blue Ducks made Tagitelle with Tomato and Mozzarella, Mushroom and Cheese Risotto, and a delicious looking Pumpkin, Pear and Blue Cheese dessert.
However the judges did not like that the Tagitelle was served cold, and Matt Preston thought it was not a trend we would see taking off.
Amina’s salad got the thumbs up for highlighting the cheese but was criticised for there being no cooking. Duh! It is a salad a standard item on all menus.
After trying to create some drama about how no one had ever cooked a good risotto on the show the judges declared it was the best one they had had. Gary did say the presentation was not his cup of tea.
However Gary loved the presentation of their Pumpkin dessert which looked pretty similar in style. Go figure. George did not like that there was too much blue cheese on the plate.
Mindy’s main got the thumbs up for showcasing the cheese, but Matt Preston thought it required more balance. The stuffed poached pear was liked, however they didn’t get the biscuit that was served with it.
After trying to drum up some suspense the Three Blue Ducks won. Mindy must have seen pear when they turned the card around and for a split second thought she has won as she gave a shout of joy, then tempered when she realised it was the other teams dessert.