Masterchef Australia – Julia Managed To Trip Herself Up On The Invention Test
Julia the very serious legal secretary and cupcake maker of Queensland gave the invention test a bit of tension last night when she picked cactus as the ingredient to cook with.
She may have picked it as it was the only ingredient she could possibly make a dessert out of or she as she said she strategically wanted to make it an even playing field by making it difficult for everyone. Either way it was an entertaining and interesting choice. The other two ingredients she could have selected were prawns and corn.
Cooking Modern Mexican cuisine is hard enough let alone throwing cactus and prickly pear into the mix. Whatever recipe book or internet site the contestants went to it appeared scallops must have been a suggested dish, as there was a lot of that seafood in the dishes.
Julia won the Mystery Box by cooking the best biscuit of the challenge. In her case it was Melting Moments. The contestants had to cook the ultimate biscuit, however as usual only three were going to get tasted.
One was Julia’s Melting Moment. Which raises the issue of whether she has an unfair advantage. She does sell cupcakes and other sweet treats at markets which does stretch the definition of amateur cook. However, the presentation was fantastic.
Amina’s middle eastern biscuits were tasted and the turkish delight covered delicacies looked delicious. George declared them the best he had tasted.
However not sure why Ben’s very ordinary Anzac Biscuit was chosen. Sure they looked nice, but they did not really push the boundaries of biscuit making. Sam who was out of his comfort zone cooked a nice looking monte carlo, and Debra’s biscuits looked great as well.
One of the improvement this year on Masterchef on the mystery box and invention test is the way it was edited it was not as obvious who was going to land in the top three. Something which occurred last year when sometimes only a few dishes were showcased.
However, no surprise Dalvinda was there with her Scallop salad, which was based on Indian cooking techniques with mexican flavours. As she had been told she had hit the brief.
Alice bounced with excitement at making top three with her Chilli Churros with Chocolate Avocado sauce, and Prickly Pear and Tequila Syrup. She barely showcased the ingredient as the Tequila taste was pretty strong, however that she did not mangle the churros got her through.
George was trying to say that Churros was another death dish on on the show like risotto. However this scurrilous rumour comes from Jay having a disaster with them in last year’s Spanish challenge. Going on that theory they could say the lamb cutlet has the same hex.
Mindy also made top three with Jalapeno Poppers with Avocado in shot glasses. This was the winning dish. Interesting considering George looked like he barely tasted the chilli.
This means Mindy will be cooking for an immunity pin for the second week in a row. So it must have been the best dish of the day. It will be interesting to see if she picks Amina and Julie to cook with her again. Amina did win the entree.
Mindy might pick Julie as she turned to her on the episode and told her “how great it had been to cook next to her”. Is Mindy being strategic by always being seen to be supportive of her fellow contestants? She is always first in to give a person a hug, a nice comment or a pat on the back. I suppose we will find out in the coming weeks.
At least Mindy has some vibrancy about her, Julia needs to look a tad less serious at times, and not sure that is making her all that likeable to the viewers at home. By the way starting to really like Alice she gives the show an energy when she is on screen, however she is a polarising personality but lucky for her she will be one of the memorable contestants from this series.
Andrew’s take on modern mexican cuisine was probably one of the worst dishes seen on the show all series. It was a greasy looking chicken mole tortilla stack. No surprise he was in the bottom three, nor Kath with her Chicken Soup which had a grease slick across it. It was unclear why she did not try and get it off.
The last person to be told they were in the bottom three was Julie whose Prickly Pear and Yoghurt Pannacotta had not set and was grainy. George questioned her on whether she had boiled the yoghurt. She denies that she did, however maybe sponsors Ski Activ is not the sort to use fo this dish.
All the other contestants who had sweated it out over the cactus challenge probably thought it was karma that Julie was now going to be cooking to stay in the game.