Masterchef Australia – Finally Mario’s Food Gets Some Screen Time
“Team elimination suck, cos if I go home on the back of a team challenge it does not feel right. I can deal with my own individual failures .. if they put me in the limb, but I guess it just the way the cookie crumbles.” moans Tregan obviously repressing the incident of the burnt burger bun in the Shangri La Hotel challenge. Ok her shift did win but that was more because the blue team served cold room service food to Matt Preston.
However Mario was looking at the elimination as a positive thing saying “Every time I go into the kitchen it is a chance for me to show I am worthy of a place here”. However when he heard what the challenge was he exclaimed “20 minutes I struggle with an hour!”
Tonight’s elimination was a good one. Not just because it was fast paced, but the viewer at home was thinking what the hell would I cook if I was in this situation.
The first challenge was to make any dish using ingredients from the pantry but it must be completed in 20 minutes.
Mario decided to make a carbonara in 20 minutes. George when judging asked did you make your own pasta? Maybe George needs to realise that one of the sponsors of the show is Barilla. Also who can make pasta that fast. OK maybe Jamie Oliver can.
Or maybe Amina can as her knife skills are fast. Maybe she was smart and when she knew she was on Masterchef she went and got some lessons on how to chop. Amina was making a Korean twist on Teriyaki Salmon with Noodles.
Filippo made his take on Salt and Pepper Squid, the judges found a beak on the squid and he was criticised for that, but the flavours were good.
Kylie making a chicken saltimbocca a white bean puree and roasted tomatoes Gary said he could eat the lot.
Deb did baked flathead and she was told by George ” the flavours are there.” Debra does a lot of rustic cooking and she does it well. Apart from the yum cha challenge she has barely skipped a beat.
Julia made Vegetable Tom Kha which looked brown. Matt Preston said “it just doesn’t work for me”.
Tregan made Maltese Froga which looked like a potato rosti Gary did not like the presentation. At least she didn’t dish up a pastizzi.
Sam cooked a tasting place of white fish (flathead) and it was neither praised nor panned.
Emma made Cucumber gazpacho, the judges said it tasted good however there was a hair in it. She broke down sobbing, because that is what she does. Thankfully she has dark hair because if it had been Tregan I would have wondered where it had come from. But seriously of course there will be hair as no one but Amina has a cap on.
Kylie, Filippo, Debra and Amina were told they were safe.
Mario was not happy and said he thought Filippo should not have got through with a beak in his squid.
Meanwhile the blue team were at Rockpool with Neil Perry whose pony tail is longer then ever. In fact Alice called it when she said Neil Perry the Steven Segal of cooking. Was it because of his hair or the chopping skills?
The next challenge for Emma, Sam, Julia, Tregan and Mario was to make a dish in ten minutes. George thought they should do a salad. He was very sceptical that Sam could get his lamb chops done in that time. However he did.
Mario is doing thai salad with shredded egg, which did not look really Thai at all.
Tregan made Sauted Mushroom On Crostini which the judges loved.
George helpfully told Julia that her caramel for her french toast was close to burning. However the judges thought there was not enough calories in the dish and told her she should have rolled it in cinnamon and sugar.
When it came to Mario’s turn to being judged he gave his opinion about Filippo getting through. Points to Mario for querying the judges but seriously did he think if they had not picked Filippo he would be next person safe?
Emma made a very nice looking squid with gremolata. She may be emotional but she does have talent for a 19 year old.
Tregan was first to be safe, as was Emma and Sam.
Finally Mario and Julia were going head to head having to cook a dish in five minutes. This was great as we just about got to see the whole challenge.
Marion made a prosciutto and pear salad with a red wine and honey vinaigrette.The judges said this was far better than what he had put up previously, but Julia’s Breakfast Parfait won.
In his parting word Matt Preston told Mario “And we have seen you develop as a cook”. Well that is good, because the viewer certainly didn’t.
Mario’s welcome home was a bit paltry only his wife and his father-in-law. In fact Mario is definitely the cook in that household as on the food plate it looked like they had dished up a dog turd for his return.
Mario is developing pasta sauces with all the profits going to charity. Which does show he obviously is a nice guy it is just we never got to know him.
On Sunday the three past winners of Masterchef are back Julie Goodwin, Adam Liaw and Kate Bracks for the mystery box challenge I hope they get to judge it as well.