Masterchef Australia – The Immunity Challenge Was A Farce
So the immunity challenges were changed this season to make them more consistent and an even playing field, but apparently you can win one even if you cook the worse dish of the day.
Tonight it was farcical that Mindy won a pin on the back of the two other cooks, Amina and Audra, who she had selected to assist her in the challenge.
In fact that pin at some stage in the competition may increase Amina and Audra’s chance of going home depending on when Mindy decides to play it.
Tonight Mindy went head to head against Shaun Presland of Japanese restaurant Sake. He was a bit tricky and picked kiwi fruit as the ingredient to be showcase, and the other twist to the challenge was that the food had to be raw, there were no cooking utensils.
Considering Shaun Presland is a sushi chef, this certainly weighted it in his favour. However the girls were given a 30 minute head start giving them an hour to make the dishes.
It was interesting that Mindy gave Amina the entree, and Audra the main, and she did dessert. It could be argued that the dessert was the easiest of the dishes to make because the main ingredient was a fruit.
Amina cured her beef in kiwi fruit, and Audra made salmon sashimi with a green curry paste, whereas Mindy made mango and kiwi fruit with maple cream and crushed macadamia nuts.
At the judges table Gary Mehigan was scathing about it and when Matt Preston said the mango was niche he retorted “Well God did a great job then”. George Calombaris said it was disappointing as there were so many combinations you can do with kiwi fruit and he suggested there were a number of cheeses. I note he did not go into specifics.
Amina’s entree was a winner again. This was the second time she has won a dish in an immunity challenge. Then to keep the suspense the announced that Shaun Presland’s team had won dessert.
And lastly Audra’s dish was announced as dish of the day and Gary flashed the immunity pin at Mindy and gave it to her.
Shaun Presland look peeved.
Last week I wrote the immunity challenge would end in tears and at this stage it is only Audra weeping tears of joy, however and it will be interesting to see what the viewers are saying and also the contestants on whether the new immunity challenge format is kosher.
What do you think?