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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,


1 Culinary Boner { 06.25.12 at 1:19 pm }

In support of sushi (+ tacos) as being “dude food” indeed.
Well, at least according to Urban Dictionary (click at your own peril) –

2 EH { 06.25.12 at 1:31 pm }

What soup did Mindy make? It is bright yellow and topped with a fried egg(?). Hubby thinks it is corn soup. It irks me that they don’t show/tell us all the dishes the contestants made.

“You do expect that these contestants would have practised and have some understanding of different styles of cooking and ingredients etc before they apply to go on the show.” Well said, Andy Panty.

CB – I will never look at sushi & taco the same way ever again!!!!!

3 Lesley { 06.25.12 at 1:31 pm }

I, like Isabel, wonder what happens to all the food they take from the pantry because often you see the contestant take 4 chicken fillets and present a 2″ diameter of chicken on the plate.

4 Oshada { 06.25.12 at 1:33 pm }

Arse-clenching Andrew indeed! 😀

And Heath, I’m afraid you’ll have to win a battle royale involving you, me and her current husband!

5 Joseph Skyrim { 06.25.12 at 1:34 pm }

@Dunby – hehe I am actually pretty easy to feed. I eat beef, pork, chicken (breast only) and vast amounts of chocolate. Variations of ground beef/pork are preferred. 😛

6 EH { 06.25.12 at 1:53 pm }

Joseph Skyrim #11 – There is no penalty for mystery box challenge but the bottom 3 dishes from the invention test put them into elimination challenge. For example, Tregan said she has never made onion rings before and never used a pressure cooker before during the invention test which will put her in elimination challenge if she failed to deliver.

We didn’t expect the contestants to have cooked a mutton bird, used sous vide machine, or made a croquembouche but it will be more convincing for us, the viewers, to believe they are the 24 best amatar cooks in Australia if they have at least baked a cake or know what Roquefort cheese is.

7 Disha { 06.25.12 at 2:41 pm }

and consistent Andrew does it again. Did feel sorry for him though. Why is everyone so suprised with Amina being in the bottom 3? Sushi rolls and dude food? No connection at all. Looking forward to eliminations tom. Andrew’s the weakest but I enjoy seeing his cocky over confident self. My bets on Sam. and hey what was with Kylie’s pony tail today..was it swinging more than usual?

8 Chunks { 06.25.12 at 2:49 pm }

Please let Andrew go home tonight. For the love of all that’s decent in cooking.

9 Bolders { 06.25.12 at 2:59 pm }

Sushi does have the potential to be dude food: I once had a deep fried battered sushi roll.

I recall that it was a bit gross. That registered even through the hangover.

10 Joseph Skyrim { 06.25.12 at 3:36 pm }

@EH – ah quite right, I meant mystery box. Doh! >.< Gotta remember they aren't the best 24 amata cooks in all of Australia though – they're just the best (in mixture of skill/eye candy/and entertainment) that applied for MC this year.

Do we know if past applicants can reapply the following year if unsuccessful (ie. not even top 50)? Also which Masterchef batch do you think had the most -talented- (skill wise) people so far? I'm leaning towards year 2.

11 EH { 06.25.12 at 3:54 pm }

Andrea #43 – Good observation! I too notice Mindy seem to help the weaker contestants at the peanut gallery. She helped Wade finding the right cheese but not Filippo during the Quiche Lorraine challenge.

Joseph Skyrim #61 Yes, they can reapply. I know for a fact that a few season 3 top 24 contestants were failed contestants from the previous seasons.

12 Dunbi { 06.25.12 at 4:00 pm }

Well, it’s chocolate chicken for you then Joseph! I think series two contestants were the most talented, although am having trouble remembering everyone who was in series 1. I went to see the film ‘Le Chef’ yesterday – funny movie – molecular gastronomy vs. delicious French food.

13 Fides { 06.25.12 at 4:02 pm }

Joseph : Jay from S3 made it to Top 50 of S1. Part of his story was how he practised and practised to make it to Top 24…it’s a shame he never considered that he might need to know how to bake a cake though.

14 Joseph Skyrim { 06.25.12 at 4:08 pm }

@EH – that must be why the contestant quality keeps dropping. Imagine MC S12 – “I’ve never used a stove top before – omg! All my cooking is done in a microwave!” <- Straya's best amata cook. ;p

Also Mindy is smart. Helping the weaker cooks to eliminate the more dangerous competition is a clever move. She should aid Andrew and Sam in getting rid of Amina.

@Dunbi – Chocolate chicken!? Ooooh yum! 😀 I agree that s2 seemed to have the strongest cooks. s1 had, Mrs. Goodwin, Justine, Chris B., Julia(?), a golfer… and… uhh… Sam! Sam was awesome. He almost killed the judges with salmonella. ;D

15 JStar { 06.25.12 at 4:29 pm }

Dude Food definition: Must induce cardiac arrest. Must be fatty enough to be on the Heart Attach Grill menu. If it is lathered or basted in duck, pig, or lamb lard – it’s Dude Food.

Sneak preview for tonight. [Spoiler Alert!!]

(All three contestants are lined up for the firing squad).

George: Sam, why should you be staying in this competition? Yeah?

Sam: Um. Because I put my blood, sweat, and tears into my food.

George: Yeah?

Sam: Yeah.

Gary: Amina. Why should you….BWAH HA HA. Sorry, I can’t do this with a straight face. Amina, you’re safe, you’re safe. No need to paid this episode out any longer?

George: Guys, should we say it in unison?

Gary & Matt: Yes.

Gary, George & Matt: Andrew, you won’t be the Straya’s next Masta Shef.

Gary: Oh that felt good. Let’s say it again, but this time, stress the “won’t” in the sentence.

Gary, George & Matt: Andrew, you WON’T be Straya’s next Masta Shef.

Gary: God, that felt good. Let’s do it over and over again but stress a different word in the sentence and let the editors pick their favourite to air. Oh what? We’re still filming. Shit. Um…Andrew. We’ve enjoyed your time here on Masta Shef.

George: Yeah?

Matt: I concur. You’ve brought us such wonderful memories like campy swagger, disastrous leadership, and androgyny. What do you take back with you from your time here.

Andrew: F#CK YOU ALL!!

16 EH { 06.25.12 at 4:30 pm }

@ Joseph, Didn’t we already have microwaved mayo chicken Kate ? lol. Agreed S2 is the best. Lots of talent and great casting.

17 Andy Pandy { 06.25.12 at 4:57 pm }

I would dare Andrew to say that JStar! It would be good for ratings yeah!

18 Fides { 06.25.12 at 5:02 pm }

JStar, can you write all the MC scripts please? It would be hugely entertaining.

Agree that Mindy would gain nothing from helping Amina since she’s already got her pin.

19 Daze { 06.25.12 at 5:16 pm }

Just read, Heston Blumenthal appearing on Sunday ?? Not another performance from Tregan – wonder who it will be this time?

20 JStar { 06.25.12 at 5:17 pm }

Andy Pandy & Fides. Definitely! Where to I sign up as the script editor? I’m sure Andrew will say something more eloquent like, “F-You All BIATCHES!!!” 😛

21 Culinary Boner { 06.25.12 at 5:46 pm }

Dude food *ahem*, well according to Urban Dictionary –

Someone at Shine was probably laughing inside during those interminable production planning meetings….
… Oh, and wishing The Renovators was still running so we could see the dude hammer challenge.

22 littlepetal { 06.25.12 at 6:21 pm }

You can have deep fried soft shell crab with lots of mayo and wrap with sushi rice, coat with some tempura batter and deep fry again – that sure will be a dude food??

23 EH { 06.25.12 at 7:39 pm }

Yikes, Mindy is helping/supporting Andrew throughout the challenge.

24 Moonstruck { 06.25.12 at 10:25 pm }

Amina did not have a lot of luggage considering how many head scarfs she has. Sam had a small backpack too.

25 Jill { 06.27.12 at 3:43 am }

To add to the ‘I’ve never ….list’

I’ve never learn how to spell Macaroni(Tregan spelt it Maccaroni in the white board ‘teaching’!, CHAMPIGNONS mushrooms among others) Seriously how do these people expect to be a ‘foodie’ when they can’t even spell basic food names and then are proud to be teaching( blind leading the blind)
Maybe there’s a contract in the Masterchef application form that have a section stating : Please list the things you have never done! So they can capitalize on that? Cos if the contestants worded I’ve Never to ‘ This is the first time I do this and that’ it wouldn’t be so dramatic!

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