Masterchef Australia – More Jamie Oliver Please
Jamie Oliver is like fine wine he gets better with age. He knows what makes good TV and he was magnanimous competitor and also gave a masterclass whilst he was cooking.
He is a delight and for someone who should have a ego he was not showing it. And as George said his food is about keeping it simple, which means there is no way he would cook a Deconstructed Greek Salad that was on Monday night’s episode.
Twitter went into meltdown, well the female fans did, as did the competitors on the show when Jamie hit the screen. In fact the producers milked the introduction for a full ten minutes, with Tregan just about laying an egg in excitement and Kylie in tears before he even walked into the Masterchef kitchen.
Viewers were not buying Kylie just happened to have that pinched Jamie’s Italian napkin in her back pocket….But who cared it made great TV. What was interesting was Kylie is serious about a career in food as she said she had applied to work in one of his restaurants but had then got the call up for Masterchef.
It was Jules, Alice and Tregan opportunity to win an immunity pin. They had to make an antipasti platter on a plank. They only had 45 minutes to do it in, and Jamie Oliver only had 30 minutes. With the quickness of Jamie’s prep I now realise why he thinks his dishes in his Meals in 30 Minutes cookbook can be made within that time frame. For the record a vegetable curry I made out of it took me two hours, I think an hour of that was chopping.
The gallery was yelling out encouragement but most knew that there is no way Jamie was going to be allowed to lose. Kylie realising this quickly and became Team Jamie’s biggest cheerleader.
Jule’s plank was the first to be tasted. Matt thought the food was delicious and thought there was a fair amount of chilli heat in this food.
Gary liked the artichokes, George liked the figs and prosciutto as there was probably no chilli in that dish. In fact it looks like Jules can indeed cook as it was the best of the contestants. She received a very respectable 25.
In fact Gary thought it was some of the best food they had eaten on the show.
Plank number two was Alice’s and her platter looked amazing, however the food was not as great. They did not like her peas and thought she could have prepped the figs better. She scored 24.
Plank three was Jamie’s which was over flowing with food. The judges loved it. Gary said that compared to other platters that the food it has been thrown together with generosity and confidence.
Tregan’s was last and unfortunately one of her scampi’s was raw as was her squid. George spat out the calamari. I know that the episodes budget would have been stretched to pay the appearance fee for Jamie, but can they provide the judges with napkins so George could have more discreetly spat it out.
His excuse was that it was “it has been given a little bit of heat but it is still a bit mooey, and it is slippery on the palate”. However even with her stuffing up her two main dishes she scored a seven from each judge, which shows the scores are a bit of a joke.
No surprise that Jamie won with a total of 27 out of 30.
However being the cheeky chef he is he said “I quite would have liked to be spanked by these girls” said Jamie and cyberspace again melted down with Jamie Oliver adoration.
The best immunity challenge of the series, in fact maybe of all the four series.