Masterchef Australia – That Was Almost Embarrassing
Well one of this blogs conspiracy theories is true, the judges do have favourites confirmed by Sam who was eliminated last night in this article in The West Australian. He claims George did not like him. Thanks EH for finding this.
Maybe he found him too alpha male.
In other news I was told yesterday regarding the Masterchef Pop-Up restaurant the Masterchef alumni will be designing the menus but will be more in the dining room meeting and mingling with guests. So that could be fun, particularly if you want to a specific person. However I think most sessions are selling fast so get in quick.
One person’s food I would not bother eating is Tregan’s. The immunity pin challenge was an embarrassment with none of the courses looking particularly fabulous.
She was up against Daniel Wilson from Huxtables in Melbourne. However the only way he was going to lose was to plate up something that was burnt or undercooked. He didn’t.
Tregan stuffed up in the tactics. She was told she had 90 minutes to cook and Daniel 60 minutes, however if she let him select the ingredient he would only have 45 minutes.
The choice was between Rum and Raisins, and considering if she had let him pick she would have had a fifty per cent chance of him selecting the ingredient she wanted she should of taken the gamble and reduced his cooking time.
She didn’t and she picked raisins as her core ingredient.
Tregan interestingly picked Jules and Julia to cook with her. Matt Moran obviously was not confident with the team has he was “mentoring” more than usual.
Tregan was making Goats Cheese Tortellini, and she had not made tortellini before which meant she had difficulty getting the shapes so then turned it into ravioli.
She melted down in the kitchen saying “My head space is not great at the moment”. Tregan is not good under pressure surely she cannot make top ten.
Jules was making stuffed Chicken Maryland with raisin stuffing and raisin sauce. Matt Moran suggested adding anchovies to the sauce, but he also suggested she poach it, something she had not done before.
It exploded. Tregan freaked out and said go get the lamb. Both Matt and Jules had a WTF looks on their faces, and talked her down from the ledge and kept with the chicken. Jules stuffed the chicken breast and pan roasted it. It must of been dry The raisin dressing on the side looked like cat sick.
Jules was upset about stuffing up, but does she seriously want Tregan to win an immunity pin? By the looks on the other contestants faces they didn’t want her to either. Clearly the competition has kicked in.
Julia may have been a bit more subtle with her mistakes. The pastry on her frangipane tart was too thick and to get it cooked on time she must have had to turn up the oven and it burnt a bit on one side. However the chocolate ice cream she served with it got great wraps the tart itself was thought to be good not amazing.
Matt Moran also went and told Daniel that it was chaos on the other side, which must have boosted his confidence, but then if he had lost it would have been extremely embarrassing to him.
However he was getting help from the balcony. Kylie decided she should be giving a highly regarded chef advice on how to win the challenge.
“Make sure you have those raisins singing through that’s where they pull you up.” I am surprised he did not yell back “Sweetie when you have done an apprenticeship and worked in the best restaurants in Australia get back to me.
Team Daniel made Cauliflower Salad with Salmon with Saffron Yoghurt. The judges thought the cauliflower salad was one of the best dishes they had tasted this year on the show. Gary loved it with the salmon, Matt Preston would have preferred it with lamb.
However “one of the best dishes” did not win. It was beaten by Tregan’s ravioli. How did that occur?
Daniel’s main of Duck Breast With Raisin and Verjuice Sauce and Couscous Salad won the main as did his Fig and Ricotta dessert.
No one was surprised by the result. However when Tregan does leave the show, her food dream is both achievable and admirable. She wants to set up programs to teach underprivileged people how to cook. A skill that could have a huge positive impact on their lives.