Masterchef Australia – The Christine Mansfield Pressure Test
Did anyone else get the feeling that good bloke Sam wasn’t that popular in the house?
Well Kylie said that he was like a big brother to her but she was not yelling out whilst he was cooking. Nor was Alice who said she had noticed his stock boiling too rapidly but had not wanted to distract him.
Never known her to be so restrained.
Also it was noted that Mindy yelled out to Andrew to tell him that he had not put the chilli garnish on his dish. Clearly she had forgotten that Amina was one of the people that helped her get that all important immunity pin. She also hugged Andrew first when he came back into the house.
Amina, Andrew and Sam were battling it out to stay in the competition in the pressure test, having to cook Christine Mansfield Smoked River Trout and Mussels with Tumeric and Lemongrass Broth.
But first Amina confessed that she had a “friend” who had the hots for Matt Preston and that she wanted a cravat so she could sleep with it. I actually hope it was a friend as apparently they also have the hots of Margaret Fulton. Maybe she needs to find some a new friend.
Quite correctly Matt said that it creeped him out.
Andrew was choking up talking about his children and he also described the broth of the dish beautiful like his wife. So there you go the 100 or so people who have hit this blog today after googling “Andrew Masterchef Gay”. Though there is probably more now after Andrew did nothing to dispel the gay rumours after he caressed Wade’s face at the end of the episode.
And Sam was just pumped that he was in a pressure test as it had been something he had been looking forward to.
As with any Christine Mansfield dish nothing was simple. There is 40 odd ingredients. and they only had two hours to do it in.
There was stock to make, fish to fillet and to smoke.
Andrew as quietly freaking out about the filleting of the fish as he had not done it since he was seven. This might qualify him for EH’s list of things contestants have said they have not done? Or does he avoid it on a technicality?
Gary Mehigan was actually quite nice to him and gave him some advice on how to do it. Something that Amina could have done with as she hacked at her fish.
However she wielded her smoker well as it was a mix of an enema tube, and a hookah pipe. By the way who makes those smokers had awesome product placement. They are the croquembouche tin of this season, they will be sold out by the end of this week.
Sam was having a disaster as things kept on flying off his bench. He was helped by Christine with the cut of his tomatoes as well as his consistency of his spice paste.
Christine created a bit of frission by also going up to the balcony, with Debra more sparky than has been seen for quite some time.
At judging time it was good to see George dishing it out, not Christine.
Sam was first and Matt Preston gave him the hard arse pressure test grilling. He said you came here with a brand as being Sam the meat guy. However he also said whenever he cooked meat it was a disaster. That was a bit harsh.
Matt continued “I want to see the real Sam and not the Sam you want to show people.” Apparently when he cooks from the heart it is much better. Personally I think they cook better when they use their heads….
Christine said it looked good but the stock was a little cloudy.
Gary thought the stock was overpowering the fish, and Christine pointed out that it had been cooked at too high a temperature. Matt also said there was no smokiness of the fish.
It was then Amina’s turn for the questions. Gary asked Amina whether she would leave nursing for food. She said yes and looked inspired by Christine Mansfield saying she changed careers mid-thirties from teaching to food.
Gary liked the smokiness of the fish and the broth.
Andrew said he was getting addicted to the adrenalin, however Matt said don’t get addicted to the black apron.
His presentation was an issue as per usual. There was too much broth and there were beards on mussels, however the judges liked the flavour of his broth. In fact he was the first that was safe.
And after some tension Sam was told he was gone. There were few tears shed by either Sam or his fellow contestants that he was gone.
He is organising a food and wine tour of Europe, which must dovetail with his girlfriend going to the Olympics and he hopes to open a wine bar in the future.