Masterchef Australia – Not All Contestants Are Equal
Well if anyone was playing a drinking game where they had to drink when the word verjuice was mentioned they are going to be very hungover tomorrow. Maggie Beer was the guest judge and she is very canny to always ensure her recipes have verjuice in them, as she is the only one to produce it in Australia.
Tonight she out did herself as it was in two of the three dishes the contestants had to cook in the elimination challenge.
Maggie Beer even tried to pretend the dish was about her farm produce, in a way it probably was.
Kath, Andrew, and Julia had to cook three elements these were Upside Down Grape Cake, Lemon, Ginger and Raisin Wafer, and Olive Oil and Verjuice Ice Cream.
Julia was looking far more relaxed now she knew it was a cake.
“What are your chinks?”asks Gary to Julia. “Entree and mains” she responded. No of course she didn’t. Hellooo Julia in her mind doesn’t think she has any.
Julia outlined her skills “My brain is built for recipes it works methodically. I like doing things in orders and lists. Give me instructions, I love it and I will follow them to the tee”. Now I know why her boyfriend puts up with her….
However her manner does not appear to be making her that many friends in the house.
Tregan, trying to be helpful called down to advise her she had already sifted her flour. She retorted with a short sharp “I know”. Tregan rolled her eyes.
Julia later said “If I need help I will ask for it, if something is not burning… just don’t”.
Kath is a bit more laissez faire than Julia as she does not cook by recipes and admitted she had not cooked a cake since she was twelve. Would have thought getting on Masterchef would have motivated her to practice making one.
They had 90 minutes to cook but it looked like it was not quite enough time as two of the cakes were undercooked. Masterchef obsessives will remember the terrine challenge for the top four last year were all undercooked, that too was a Maggie Beer recipe.
The food testers must think her food is easier or quicker to cook than it looks. However not sure what Kath’s excuse was she had hers in before the 45 minute cooking mark but pulled it out and could not tell even by looking at it that it was under cooked.
Conversely Julia put hers in with 41 minutes left on the clock she ended up with a perfectly cooked cake.
Andrew was in all sorts of trouble with time, however he did manage to throw Gary Mehigan a death stare as he was giving him instructions about the egg whites.
George helpfully told Julia had left the blast chiller open. However to be fair Maggie had helped Kath out with her caramel and Andrew with his egg whites.
However it is noticeable how the judges treat the different contestants.
Now if you a tall blonde and good looking female you get the leaning forward interested body language and the kind words.
Hell George even throws in a wink.
And Gary gives words of encouragement.
However if you are a near fifty, balding man you can expect tough questions and being looked at like you are KONY or in Masterchef speak a container of non-sponsored pre-packaged chicken stock.
George giving his best hard-arsed interrogation look.
Gary put the acid on Andrew by asking Maggie Beer if his cake was undercooked knowing full well it was. She was being polite, but Gary told him it was soupy.
Matt Preston was more positive he said “in terms of flavours he has really nailed it”.
Kath’s cake was not cooked at all. As the delightfully erudite Matt Preston said “the middle has slumped like shares on a Black Monday”, but Maggie said she had the best biscuit.
Because there were few faults with Julia’s cake she was safe. Then Kath was told she was going home. Andrew dodged a major bullet so hopefully he will start cooking up a storm or at the bare minimum keep on giving those judges the death stare.