Masterchef Australia – The Elimination Challenge Worked Tonight
Tonight the immunity challenge appeared to work much better, probably because Kev was not there to stuff it up.
The red team had to name ingredients in the tagine that Gary had made. As an aside I had not realised Scanpan had a Tagine pot, nice placement for them. This serie’s croquembouche tin perhaps?
There were 25 ingredients and each contestant had to pick one. If they got it wrong they went into the elimination round, and if they got it right they stayed in the line.
The first five contestant that got the ingredients wrong were the ones up for elimination. Debra was the first one to get an ingredient wrong, and then Andrew who went with tumeric rather than fennel, Matt, Emma, and Filippo were the other three.
The next round was also clever. They could only select five ingredients that were in the tagine and have to cook a dish with them in 45 minutes.
Emma was canny by keeping it simple with pistachio encrusted lamb cutlets. The judges queried about whether she was worried there was no vegetables on the plate. Considering they only had five ingredients it was a tad difficult to plate up a full meal. Filippo, Debra and Andrew showcased fennel, and Matt did a lamb cutlet with fennel.
As the contestants were cooking Matt Preston gave an illuminating overview saying “We have not seen a lot of good cooking from Matt”, which makes you wonder how he ever got into the top 24.
Debra made a Braised Fennel and Almond Salad with a Cumin and Yoghurt Dressing. George said “A smashing dish, absolutely delicious and clever cooking”. She appears to know how to put together flavours, except for asian cuisine.
Filippo made Sicilian Salad and Date and Pistachio Granita – Gary was giving Fillippo a bit of lip for extending himself and making two dishes and wondering how to assess it if one was good and the other wasn’t. However Gary’s issue ended up being that the two did not go together. Why does Filippo always try to take on so much?
Matt made a Lamb Cutlet with fennel and fennel and garlic puree. When asked he said the chop was cooked on the rarer side of medium rare. However you could see even before it was cut that it was raw. It was barely seared. Matt kindly said for most people that is on the rarer side of what is acceptable.
Emma’s Pistachio Crumbed Lamb went down well with the judges a nice mix of ingredients and simple.
Andrew did Fennel Three Ways with Date and Fennel Puree. Andrew knew he had stuffed up because he had pureed the fennel with the preserved lemon in it. Matt Preston is not a fan of preserved lemon and he said it was because the smell reminded him of the lemon scent of mens toilets at big sporting fixtures. Thankfully tasting Andrew’s dish did not give him the urge to pee.
The dish of the day was Debra’s however no one was celebrating it.
They tried to ramp up the suspense by having Filippo and Matt in the bottom two but Matt was always the one to be going. This could be the reason:
Debra was not warmly greeted when she returned to the house only Dalvinda hugged her. Beau of course was feeling guilty as he had swapped him to the other team so he could get Audra, so he had sealed “one of his best mates in the house” fate.