Masterchef Australia – The Fifth Elimination And Matt Preston Wept
Well Andrew proved he was into birds last night on Masterchef Australia, even after five of the contestants had crashed and burned he was naming the poultry on the bench, though guinea foul and mutton bird did trip him up.
However before the first challenge, Gary had to do an inquisition of the contestants to try and psyche them out. The exchange between Gary to Julia was a classic:
G:”You’ve tasted some failure that’s unusual for you isn’t?”.
J:”It is. It is not my usual experience in life”
G:”Have you always been good at everything?”
J: “Mostly, I find it very hard not to be good at things”.
Pan to Tregan who was making a face, however later it was revealed that Julia and her were room mates so they probably is not as much antipathy between them as is being made out.
Hopefully Julia will stay in awhile as she is good TV. My criteria for a good Masterchef contestant is they either have to be able to cook or entertainment, and if they can do both well that is just gold. Jonathan Daddia from Season 2 and Jennifer from My Kitchen Rules this season were the perfect reality TV contestants.
Debra revealed she had been a vegetarian for a long time so she was looking very nervous about the challenge. Her non-carnivorous background might explain why she is so good at putting flavours together when she is cooking for herself.
Alice was wondering to camera if “they are trying to trip us up? said Alice, Um Alice you will probably trip yourself up. And that is exactly what happened. By the first four of the ten birds they had their five contestants for the elimination cook off.
It was a great test where they had to write down the names of the poultry and then reveal if they had it right.
TK faltered at the second hurdle by naming the duck a pheasant. Lucky she was not Chinese or she would have been walking the hall of shame more then she was. She thought it was a pheasant. She then revealed she cooked duck all the time.
Deb also thought the duck was a goose. Two in and two down.
However squab tripped up the last three with Julia, Tregan and Alice having to cook for their lives as well.
Lucky for Mario and Jules, the invisible Masterchef contestants were safe as I would have been happy to see either of them go.
They then one by one to select one of the poultry to cook.
Alice took the chicken, Julia the duck, Tregan the quail, Debra the spatchcock and TK after much drama took the turkey
TK tried to make an Asian Turkey dish and after steaming the turkey breast and drying it out had to turn it into a stirfry.
Matt Preston gave Debra the hint about putting too many olives in the spatchcock which she ignored. However at judging they did find an olive pip. This of course meant she was verbally flagellated.
Props to Julia when Matt was giving her the duck razzle mind f**k about cooking the duck correctly.
She was like “yup”, “yup” and “yup”. She ended up under cooking it, however I thought it looked more cooked than Tregan’s quail with middle eastern flavours which Gary deemed to be cooked perfectly. I am sure there was blood in there.
Conversely Alice overcooked her Stuffed Chicken Breast with a Burnt Butter Walnut Sauce by four minutes. This probably occurred after Matt Preston had warned her that undercooked chicken had sent many a contestant home. Hint: Make sure they can actually taste your dish.
In the end TK’s dish saw her eliminated, and Matt Preston wept that she was going. If this is what is is doing on the fifth elimination he is going to be a basket case by the top ten. She will finish her law degree and then apply to the Culinary Institute to learn the skills she will require to open a Asian tapas bar.