Masterchef Australia – The Hindu Wedding – What An Effort
I thought it was ironic that Masterchef Australia was catering for a Hindu wedding on a night that Dumb Drunk And Racist aired on ABC 2 last night, and that the star of the episode was top Indian chef Kumar Mahadevan who did a great job of mixing humour with whipping the contestants into shape.
Dumb Drunk and Racist could not decide to which “laneway” it was sitting in. Was it observational documentary, reality TV or a mockumentary. I took it as a mockumentary as it appeared to be taking the piss out of everyone and was more contrived than any episode of Masterchef. Not sure what taking an Indian to Bondi and making them swim in a rip so they could be rescued had to do with racism in Australia. However I was amused at the irony of the Indian’s being shown how racist Australians are towards muslims when in fact India was partitioned after the end of the British Raj on religious grounds. But maybe if this show is screened in India it might send of message to be tolerant to muslims and help improve the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. By the way there has been a lot of complaints about the Say No To The Burqua mural but hey don’t let the facts get in the way of one good made for TV extremist.
Recently on reality TV on we have seen a better representation of people from different ethnicities doing more for breaking down cultural stereotypes that currently exist. Amina who wears the hijab has the majority of Masterchef fans in her corner not just because of her cooking but because she is a great girl. Hell she cracked the best joke on last night’s episode. The Amazing Race last year had Mo and Mos the affable muslim guys who seriously need their own radio show, and this year we had the hot indigenous guys who unfortunately were eliminated far too soon.
Hell the cast is far more diverse than the newly announced series of Celebrity Go Back To Where You Came From where SBS cast all anglo-saxon people for the series. But this will lauded as great TV, and the first series was, but lets be frank it was aimed at it’s viewer demographic which is the white middle class. So I am not sure how many perceptions of their viewers they changed.
However it would be good for the four Indians to meet Julia who might be able to tell her Indians can in fact afford potato mashers in fact the middle class can afford to pay the extortionate fees to send their kids to overseas unis so they may also have an electrical appliance in their cupboards as well.
It could be argued, and that is another blog post, that shows like Masterchef Australia, and The Amazing Race show greater diversity than other shows on our screens. Also there WILL be a blog post on Dumb Drunk And Racist, but after I have seen a couple of more episodes to ensure I don’t make too many generalisations….
OK back to the recap….
It was a mega challenge the teams had to cook for a Hindu wedding of Sri Lankan Tamils.
The red team was Jules, Audra, Andrew, Alice, Julia, Sam, Mindy and Andy.
The Blue team was Emma, Wade, Beau, Kylie, Ben , Tregan, Amina, and Debra. Jules was captain for the red team and Beau for the blue team.
Like the yum cha challenge the captains had to cook off with the winner gaining an advantage of picking the dishes. They had to make raita something Ben had never seen tasted or heard of before. Are there no Indian restaurants in Tasmania?
Though having castigated him I was thinking why are they getting fry pans out to make raita? Duh to cook the spices…
By the way is Masterchef cutting costs on their medical staff? Amina who is a nurse rushed over to Ben to hold his finger up which he cut on the grater. Pity she did not give him a bollocking for stuffing up the raita. Jules is looking like she is a good cook with a wide knowledge of cuisines she might make top ten.
Jules picked Eggplant Pakoras and Potato Fritters for entree , Dahl and Potato Curry for mains and dessert was the Jackfruit rice.
The blue team had to do paneer kebabs and fried cauliflower, mains okra and vegetable curry and dessert was semolina.
The teams went shopping at Coles, however did they get the okra there?
They had a whole day of prep before coming back for another day of getting the dishes ready. And it was hard and heavy work, which must have made some of the contestants re-think their food dream.
Amina really did seem in her element, and she cracked me up when she was crying and she sobbed “There is going to be wedding so beautiful” then she laughed and said “Its the onions”.
Also I had to laugh at Julia’s cultural epiphany when she said. ”This is how the women in India do it, they don’t have fancy gadgets, machines or moulies or french appliances they are probably just smashing it in a pot”
Kumar turned into the Gordon Ramsay of the Masterchef Kitchen when he told Ben off about using the big cauliflowers for the vegetable curry when he need them for his entree. He told him to get some new ones and of course Ben sent a girl to the supermarket…
Even though the the judges thought the red teams entrees were better and the blue teams mains were thought to be tastier. The vote was up to the wedding guests where they had to vote for their favourite dish.
However If thought it was rude of Matt Preston telling Kumar that he preferred the red teams potato fritters better than his as they were crispier. But is that how they should be served Matt?
Also there was criticism of the red teams dahl. Gary Mehigan put it into perspective that they were cooking for 450 people and some of the 16 had not cooked Indian before. Yes I was shocked at that it is a pretty mainstream cuisine in Australia these days.
After the curse of Andrew had the desserts fall over, yes it was Audra’s fault but Andrew does always appear to be in the epicentre of stuff ups. However they had extras so disaster was averted it was time for the result.
The red team won and the blue team looked disappointed as they would be as it was as such a mammoth effort by both teams. There appears to be some drama tonight with the Ben saying he won’t go up against Emma. What is all that about? A big brother thing or don’t tell me they are hooking up?