Masterchef Australia – Salamanca Market Challenge
Masterchef Australia first away trip this series is Tasmania and the first stop was Hobart. The challenge was to run a market stall at Salamanca Markets. They could only use produce at the markets and they had six hours to make as much money as possible. As it they might say in Celebrity Apprentice it is all about the money.
Each team had $500 for ingredients. Unfortunately it is not like a proper stall where it is all about the profit margin.
The two team who makes the most money wins will have the opportunity to hunt for immunity. However out of the top two the judges decides the top team with the best food will win.
The advantage Sam received for winning the invention test was being able to pick his own team not really the same as cooking off for an immunity pin. He picked Ben, Mindy, Kylie and Amina. He also got the lucky blue apron.
The rest of them had to get pull colours out of a hessian bag, with all teams having five members except for the yellow team who only had four.
Julia’s nose was out of joint in not getting selected by Sam, as she said “I have run a market stall before so they better watch out!” She was on the yellow team with Audra, Alice and Debra.
The green team led by Tregan were quick out of the blocks getting out a bacon and egg sandwich. However they did go to a butcher to get the bacon which I thought was not really the rules in the buying from the market. However if the others were able to do so then it is fair. Not sure why Andrew the captain from the red team did not go there himself to get eggs rather then wandering around moaning.
The red team was a mess led by Andrew. Andy, Dalvinder, Mario and Filippo were his team mates and they picked labour intensive food to cook. They decided on lamb skewers, samosas, crepes with strawberries. Also he did not appear to give great directions. They did not get their food out until two and half hours before the end of the challenge. Even then the lamb skewers were not cooked on one side. Mario appeared to be in charge of that.
However Filippo’s roti with strawberry dessert was deemed to be the best dish from the team.
The Blue Team made Gozleme, Hotcakes with Apple and Blue Cheese, Pumpkin Soup, and a Breakfast Sandwich. They left rind on bacon. However the continually pimped Ben as the only Tassie in the competition. The girl selling the local paper was not too impressed when he came up and interrupted her tete a tete with Andy.
Green team were a well oiled machine making bacon and egg sandwich, pumpkin soup, and pikelets with berries. They priced their food low hoping for high turnover. The judges also liked all of their dishes. Also a smart strategy that they only made three dishes. Wade and Jules were on this team, this time we did see Jules serving but barely a camera shot of Wade.
The yellow team had one less team mate and they went for BLT, crepes with mince, and crepes with caramelised apple. When they were having difficulties getting filling for the crepes they turned a savoury plum relish into plum sauce for the crepe, and then charged $6.00 for it.
The green team’s strategy back fired with them making the lowest amount of money of $1251.80. They looked shocked. The red team also joined them in the bottom two, no surprise there.
The yellow team made $1497.50 and the blue team made over $1700. However this did not automatically make the blue teams the winners, however the judges put them out of their misery and told them they also had the best food, and would be the team going on the hunt for immunity. Hopefully Sam will win the salmon challenge and get to cook off for an immunity pin.