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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.


1 Rosie { 05.28.12 at 11:26 pm }

I have to say I was glad Kath was eliminated.
For starters, who goes on MasterChef not having cooked a cake since you were 12?! She deserved to go for that alone.
Then she hadn’t noticed she had forgotten to add the sugar syrup to the ice cream? The other contestants just plain should not be permitted to yell down advice. For God’s sake, let her serve the ice cream as SHE – not her mates upstairs – made it.
Then to pull the cake out of the oven and not bother to check if it’s done??!! Fuck me.

Andrew needs to learn how to read a recipe too. I doubt he is going to be there much longer either.

And how come they all love Maggie Beer? She’s a pretty ordinary cook IMHO. A good cook, yes, but Australia has many good cooks of her era, and guess what, Maggie? They can make all sorts of wonderful dishes that don’t have fucking verjuice in them! *shudder*

2 Georgie { 05.28.12 at 11:42 pm }

I agree Rosie, I think Maggie is overrated and by no means a master chef. I also reckon it would take her more than 90 minutes to make those three things.

3 brain dead dave { 05.29.12 at 12:10 am }

It’s just too easy to think I’m watching a children’s show with that big, slobbering monster dressed in lilac, devouring everything in it’s path.

Good to see you back, Georgie.

4 Georgie { 05.29.12 at 12:16 am }

Thanks bdd, good to be back.

Speaking of slobbering, I’ve always thought Maggie was pretty good at that too.

5 Dr T { 05.29.12 at 1:33 am }

To be fair RR, I think tell someone they left the fridge door open isn’t to the same degree as helping someone with their eggs, or telling them they’ve royally f—ed up something so they have at least 1/2 a chance of fixing it…

I know I for one am devestated when I discover I’ve left the freezer door ajar and my ice cream is no longer ice cream

6 Reality Raver { 05.29.12 at 1:41 am }

dr t – George and Gary do have track record of being more helpful to some contestants then others.

7 EH { 05.29.12 at 7:33 am }

Great recap, RR!

The moment Kath said she has not baked a cake since she was 12, she should be eliminated! If you are serious about winning MC, why wouldn’t you try to bake a cake???

Arghh!! Maggie Beer, verjuice!

The preview showed Mindy picked Amina & Audra to assist her in immunity challenge. No surprise she drops Julia!

8 Kugelhopf { 05.29.12 at 7:53 am }

Julia: I don’t need help because I’m so much better at everything than you monkeys in the gallery, unless I’m burning something, oh and unless I’ve left the blast freezer open. Her smugness is more irritating than Debra’s meltdown. At least Debra has passion! Notice Mindy picks Amina again tonight but not Julia…

9 paul { 05.29.12 at 7:58 am }

Wasnt it a Maggie Beer cake last season that NO ONE could finish in time and had Gary boasting “we tested this recipe 15 times…”? This one really was pushing it.. why not just give an extra 15 minutes?

Also as others have said, getting help from above is bullsh!t and defeats the purpose of the challange. At one stage Andrew asked Audra “what do I do next?”… How is that acceptable? I think anyone who shouts help should instantly be up for next elimination for cheating.

10 Dunbi { 05.29.12 at 9:24 am }

Anyone cooking for elimination who hasn’t got the nous to check whether their cake is cooked deserves to be gone. I did laugh when Andrew stuck a great big knife into his cake, (no skewers supplied?) but at least he knew his wasn’t ready. Another 10 to 15 minutes would have made a world of difference. It might take the testers only 90 minutes but they are not cooking under the same pressure as the contestants, being filmed, threat of losing their job, cooking in front of Maggie Beer etc. I do remember those terrines – I thought at the time what a waste of good ingredients and all the effort put in only for them to end up inedible.

11 Maz { 05.29.12 at 9:36 am }

Season 4 and nobody knows how to check if a cake is cooked.
If only I were blonde and twenty and knew how to make pork crackling I might get to the top 6 without even trying.

12 Chris W { 05.29.12 at 9:38 am }

A little more time and a lot less help (what would Kath’s caramel have been like if Maggie hadn’t interrupted her?) would make a much better test of the cooking and organisational ability of contestants.

13 Andrea { 05.29.12 at 9:52 am }

I’m sick of the peanut gallery yelling out all the time, its really off putting, and some people don’t want the advice like miss perfect Julie. How arrogant is she, not a nice person at all, we like the contestants to at least pretend to be humble. Thought Kath would go, she reminds me a bit of Ma Kettle if anyone remembers her from old movies! She seems a far nicer person than Julia though. I agree it wouldn’t have hurt to give everyone a bit more time to cook this dish. Julia had the most experience with cakes so it seemed to be tailor made for her, hope her and Debra go soon!

14 Fides { 05.29.12 at 10:20 am }

Well Julia’s hair looked lovely thanks to Andrew, but I wish he’d stretched himself and done Kath’s hair as well. Agree Kath should have gone for having not practised a cake, but Andrew should be canned just for saying “soz”. He could have even said ‘soz peeps’ or thrown a ‘totes’ in there too, but I didn’t hear past the soz.

Julia’s coldness and smugness must be close to a MC first, like with the rudeness with the way she said “just don’t” about getting help. I don’t recall any other contestant I couldn’t warm to at all. Even Gary and George were really pushing to see her soft side – usually contestants need to toughen up.

Mindy not picking Julia again is no surprise – apart from Julia’s attitude, her dessert did lose.

15 auds { 05.29.12 at 10:30 am }

great recap – Julia is a nasty piece of work – cant wait until she goes. My pick has been Mindy to win from day 1

16 Daze { 05.29.12 at 10:57 am }

I was thinking – can’t wait to see Julia’s coiffure (posh term for dressing hair) and what did we get? A pony tail, phuleeze!

Like Filippo, Julia is serious. Some people are just like that, takes all kinds to make the world go round. Read she studied Russian music (that would be bloody tough, hello!) At least, unlike some, she is passionate and knows mostly what’s what.

Yes, agree RR, Gary and George DO behave differently with various contestants – body language can’t be faked and as they are both pudgy I don’t think it’s the weight factor they are against (ie Julie Goodwin) but yeah, they like the young ones, yeah.

Not surprised Kath would go, she hasn’t featured much and she appeared to be sloppy in the kitchen (home video) anyhow hope she does well on The Outside.

Totally agree too, the Peanut Gallery should be iced, diced and spliced (Editing team, take note) why are they even in the Kitchen?

17 Injera { 05.29.12 at 11:08 am }

I was amused that Andrew’s voiceover – as he was doing Julia’s hair – was that he wanted to make a change from hairdressing.

Love the screen shots, RR!

18 Sioux Denim { 05.29.12 at 11:59 am }

Fabo recap RR.

Agreed totally Fides, I think Andrew could have spent a few minutes on Kath’s hair!

I really liked Kath – she came across very quirky and a tad eccentric and certainly had a bit more personality than Julia – she needs to lighten up.

Andrew cant be long for this competition, I honestly cant remember anything good he has dished up.

Agree with all – there should not even be a gallery and they all should be made to wait at home and see who is eliminaated.

That Cake Boss didnt get much of an airing, I thought they woud have acutally dedicated a bit more time to him as he is such a big deal.

19 cookieluck { 05.29.12 at 12:02 pm }

Julia is the first MasterChef Robot. Lucky she is blonde and good looking or team GG would dislike her. She is lucky that they think with their pants!

20 Dr T { 05.29.12 at 12:08 pm }

RR – just noticed your screen shot of George at the bottom makes his head look huge!

21 brain dead dave { 05.29.12 at 12:15 pm }

Oh yes, that bottom shot of George makes him look like Davros from Dr. Who. That’s what I call a head job.

22 Culinary Boner { 05.29.12 at 12:17 pm }

Yeah Dr T, George looks like Megamind without the facial hair (or the mega-mind). Give us a wink, Georgie*

* That’s George C, not you Georgie.

23 Chunks { 05.29.12 at 12:39 pm }

Not sure about all the hate for Julia. She doesn’t appear to be the warmest person but she is terribly focused so it’s hard to tell what she might be like when she’s relaxing. I don’t blame her for shutting down the peanut gallery. It must be hard enought to get through a challenge like that in 90 minutes without a lot of people shrieking conflicting orders at you the whole time. And why the hell not give them another 15 minutes for the challenge?

Totally agree about Garry and George and the young female contestants RR. Garry was practically salivating openly over Fiona a couple of series back.

24 Fides { 05.29.12 at 12:48 pm }

And who can forget last year’s Ellie sandwich? Ahhh – there’s the plan. Gary’s gonna find a way to have Julia in pieces, so he and George can rush up to “console” her.

25 Dunbi { 05.29.12 at 1:23 pm }

Agree Chunks. If I was following a complicated recipe under that kind of pressure I don’t think I would like people yelling instructions down to me. Some like it, some not. She probably should have mentioned that to them in the house the night before .

26 Culinary Boner { 05.29.12 at 1:52 pm }

Good screen grabs Raver. I missed George’s wink, but did notice the Drool Twins switch to their now standard Kray Brothers mode as soon as Andrew appeared.

Their poses and expressions were straight out of The Bill, circa 1988 – Detective Inspector Chip Butty and Detective Constable Moussaka Spread of the Sun Hill Vice Squad….

DI Chip Butty, glares whilst leaning back and steep-ling his fingers on his gut: “Interview recommenced o 7 hundred hours”
DC Moussaka Spread, sneering: “For the benefit of the tape, DI Butty is holding a baked item. Correction. An allegedly baked item… a verjuice, quince paste, and truffle oil cake.”
DI Butty to defendant, now cowering in the corner of the cell with the interrogation light beaming into his eyes: “Is this yours?…”
DC Spread: “For the benefit of the tape, the defendant has shaken his head in the affirmative.”
DI Butt, in his steeliest voice: “So you admit to this crime against good cooking and verjuice, do you!… Switch off the tap!”
DI Butt continues: “Listen you toe rag, what the hell possessed you to add truffle oil. Don’t you know that crap is illegal contraband that was outlawed in the 1990s. Listen, you can make this easy on yourself, sunshine. Just tell me who your supplier is and I wont have DC Spread cook you his staff canteen left-over bubble-and-squeak for your tea tonight. Okay?”

27 Jess { 05.29.12 at 2:17 pm }

Yeah, I don’t think George pointing out the open blast chiller is on the same level as the assistance Maggie gave. I mean, they all only used one blast chiller between them, so it would have had ramifications beyond just the one person. Except for maybe Andrew, who hadn’t put his in yet…

28 kingfisher { 05.29.12 at 2:54 pm }

szzzzzzzzzzzzz did i miss anything ? guess not boring group this series

29 Mrs T { 05.29.12 at 5:10 pm }

I could relate to Kath re: the baking, I don’t have a sweet tooth either BUT I know just by looking at a cake when it’s about to cave in the middle. I’d also probably make an effort to familiarise myself with baking and recipe reading if I was to go on a TV show about cooking.
I havent watched a lot of MC this year so have missed a lot of the character development, but I won’t miss Kath’s heavy breathing which is still audible from the boom mic.
I get the impression that Julia might be a little up tight, I probably would have snapped back at the peanut gallery myself.
Not sure the producers got their return on investment with the cake boss either, quite a blink and you’ll miss it appearance.

30 JStar { 05.29.12 at 6:03 pm }

I will miss Kooky Kath. She and Alice should have been considered as replacements for the original Wiggles. Love their zaniness. Love the fact that Kath gave a name to her cat that only a Bond Villain could think of!

I don’t mind Julia. She is very, very serious and very focussed. Snapping back at the peanut gallery isn’t such a bad thing. Last year, they were screaming so many contradictory things that Chelsea and Ellie were confused. I don’t take her demeanour as arrogant or smug – she just is extremely forthright. But have to disagree with others. Most of the house seemed excited that she was back so she can’t be so unpopular.

I got the impression the judges were reluctant to eliminate Kath as they reallied liked her. However, despite not having seen one memorable dish from Andrew and nothing from Mario, they are still in the competition and hence my conspiracy theory is slowly unfolding. Mind you, apparently there is a young and blonde contestant called Jules but she mustn’t be able to cry on cue.

And finally, we again saw a glimpse of the frost between Debra and TK back at the home. Debra was consoling Amina after she discovered Kath was eliminated. Despite being in close proximity with TK, both of them refused to acknowledge one another’s presence. Can’t wait for the next instalment!

31 Heath { 05.30.12 at 8:51 am }

I like Julia and Filipo because of their intensity. They are on the show to cook, hopefully win and not make friends and fook spiders. Julia did show signs of letting her softer side out last night when she went gushy over Maggie B. I loved when she said she is not a crier.

Kath scared me, she kind of looked like one of those scary drunk old women I’d occasionally see growing up in low income Logan.

Can someone enlighten me on the Andrew hate? He doesn’t seem very popular, but I can’t understand why

32 Godzilla { 07.12.12 at 3:09 am }

I think Julia is hot… She can win her way up just because she is blonde. No need to stand near the stove sweetie pie.

33 Sonny Jim { 09.11.12 at 4:40 pm }

I hope the contestants read all of our comments as well as the judges so THEY all learn something

34 Nuno { 02.13.14 at 10:30 am }

In Portugal today we are see the episode 68 from Masterchef Australia season 4 … Julia since the beginning were very unfair and BAD TO HER