Masterchef Australia – Both Ben And Emma Should Have Been Eliminated
For the first time in few episodes it was good to see judge Gary Mehigan bring out his inner arsehole when a debacle ensued after Ben and Emma both landed in the elimination cook off.
Gary said “Why would you do that – it is ridiculous”. Exactly. It was a farce. Ben and Emma both landed in the bottom two because they could not identify Sacher Torte and they both fell apart.
Are Ben and Emma romancing? I know that she said that he was like a big brother, but do you see Venus and Serena Williams sobbing when going head to head in a tennis match? No they are trying to win.
It is interesting how what you feel about contestants changes from week to week. Ben has gone down in my estimation, whilst this week Jules has gone up.
Anyway more on the Ben and Emma dramatics later in the recap.
It was a two part elimination challenge. The first part was for contestants to identify cakes laid out. The first two who got it wrong would be in the cook off which would see one gone.
Kylie went first, and she identified a carrot cake, with the judges smiling at her indulgently. Beau picked fruit cake. Then Debra named a Victoria Sponge Cake was it too much information? No. Ben picked the New York Cheesecake, Wade the Red Velvet and Tregan the Black Forest Cake.
Then it was Emma’s turn as she selected one of the many chocolate cakes on the table, she cut it open but said it was chocolate mud. Wrong! She was into the elimination cook off. Off course she sobbed.
Amina was smart enough to go for the obvious and went for the Orange Poppyseed Cake and also managed to get a quip in about how she had never cooked it but eaten kilos of it. Seriously not going to be happy if she does not make top ten.
Kylie picked marble cake, and Debra went with the Flourless Orange Cake and then Ben decided to go with the cake Emma had selected.
He was stumped and went with Devil Chocolate Cake, and he was told he was also in the elimination.
Now we were never actually told the cake was a Sacher Torte but it looked like it. Nor because of the drama were we told what the other cakes were which was a bit of bummer, but I did think I spotted a tea cake and a Hummingbird Cake in the mix.
Ben was not happy about having to cook off against one of his best mates, and looked like he was going to fall on his sword saying he was in the competition to learn and he could do that outside, whereas Emma was there to win.
If Ben cannot see after months of filming that Emma does not have a chance of winning he is not that bright.
Tregan and and a few others called out “Don’t do it” when they thought Ben was going to leave. Then Beau steps up and offers to stand in for Emma.
Cut all their heads off I say if they don’t want to be there. Isn’t there some clause in their contracts that say that if they don’t act in the spirit of the competition they can be punted. If not put it in with a financial penalty.
Tregan got it right when she said “We have jumpers left and right… This is craziness.”
Gary looking pissed told Beau it was not in the rules and he could not do that. Also Ben was told off-camera that if he pulled out another of the contestants would have to step in.
Quite frankly if they had eliminated both and if that meant I had to sit through 20 minutes of test pattern I would have been fine with that.
However obviously someone had given Ben a slap off -camera and in the cake cook-off he produced a very nice Raspberry Mojito Cake. He also gave the Network the opportunity to show another close up of Lorraine Pasquale cleavage when he said he was trying to apply what she was teaching them about cake decorating but his mind had gone blank that day as he had just watched her.
Emma was eliminated on her Raspberry Coconut Cake, and there were no tears shed by the viewer as she was shedding enough for both of us.
She is currently working in a Patisserie.