Masterchef Australia – Dude Food – Amina Bottom Three. Really?
Well Masterchef Australia does know how to be controversial. One of the favourite contestants, Amina, is up for elimination on Monday night. Does she deserve to be there? Who knows as we didn’t see all the dishes in tonight’s pressure test which was all about dude food with the key ingredient being kewpie mayonnaise.
Wade picked the kewpie mayonnaise as he won the mystery box challenge. His other choices were thai chilli sauce and tomato sauce.
Wade must be popular with the other contestants as they seemed please when he won the mystery box with his Mushroom Soup with Porcini Croutons. Amina who was also top three with her soup Chicken and Lemon Soup did not appear to mind being beaten by him. Maybe Amina knew she didn’t have a hope in winning as she had used preserved lemon and previously Matt Preston has likened it to the smell of sports stadium toilets.
Debra also made top three with her Three Cheese Potato and Leek Soup. It looked like it had more cheese on it than Gary’s French Onion Soup from Friday night’s Masterclass.
The judges did appear to go around and taste all the soup so the best one probably did win.
Maybe Amina’s sushi and fish balls was not thought of as dude food. Even though it was not anything original did not look as unappetizing as some of the other dishes.
Andrew did another one of his own goals with his cooking a Chicken Schnitzel. His plating up of the lettuce on top of the sandwich was just bizarre however to be fair he did admit the plating was wrong when he presented his dish to the judges. Also NOT crumbing the schnitzel did not help his cause and using three pieces of toast.
He had appeared to be quite excited about this challenge as he said to camera that he makes a sandwich like this after he gardens, and that is when he feels his most blokey.
Ben must have just escaped the bottom three with his Nacho Taco which really was a WTF was that dish. As Matt Preston said “where is the cheese?” Unfortunately Ben didn’t reply “In the concept!”
Beau also was criticised for his Pork and Fennel sausage with George being a bit underwhelmed by him putting a bit of meat on a bun in the one hour time frame. To be honest so was I and at one stage thought it was a pre-made sausage but, commenter EH on Twitter, informed me he had made it from meat.
It appears that Beau might get through to top ten just because he has managed to play it safe the whole season.
Sam’s dude food was a bit weird, he was doing a crab and prosciutto hot dog which was a struggle to eat though George thought the flavours were good. The hot dog part of it just looked wrong.
We didn’t see all the dishes of the top 15 so it was hard to judge whether there were some other borderline dishes.
Kylie’s looked like it could go either way with her Doughnuts with Bacon and Caramel Kewpie Mayonnaise sauce. George thought she was pushing the boundaries and said that was exciting. Also he must have liked her little pony tail flick she gave when she was walking to the judges table. The rasher of bacon on the doughnut did not look appetizing but it got her a top three spot.
Julia’s Indian Pan Rolls with a chilli caramel mayonnaise also got her a top three spot. Gary loved them so much he double dipped. But at least he did not wipe his hands on his and George’s coat as he did after eating Wade’s Kewpie Mayonnaise Pork Ribs. It was dude food night they could have given them a pile of napkins.
Wade was having a good night this dish also got him some positive feedback and who knew you could smoke mayonnaise.
Tregan was the one person who came the closest to doing the ultimate dude food which was a burger. She made Braised Ribs withe Onion Ribs and Slaw. Gary thought it was delicious even though he was full and sick of the mayonnaise by then.
She made top three and ended up winning which will see her cook off for an immunity pin.
The bottom three were Andrew, Sam, and Amina, however considering it will be a Christine Mansfield dish should see Amina safe,