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Masterchef Australia – Out In The ‘Burbs and Debra Still On The Outer

There was no even playing field in the team challenge tonight with three teams cooking in different houses with different ingredients found there.

However the real curve ball was thrown at the yellow team who had to cook in a shed as their house did not have a kitchen and only had a BBQ and Smoking Oven to cook with. Plus they had to do most of their cooking after dark which would not have helped either.

However first congratulations to eagle eyed readers who spotted that Ben and Audra were not in the team challenge, as prior to this there was a challenge that meant the best two dishes meant these cooks were safe.

Prior to the announcement of the challenge Gary Mehigan was saying even if you cook the best dish but if you are in the losing team you are still up for elimination. Who has had this happen to them?

Below were the contestants who thought they had had this ignominy happen to them.

What was the team challenge that Tregan thought this had happen to her?

Anyway it was back to the Masterchef house for the top 14 to cook a dish in 60 minutes, and the best two would avoid the team challenge. However they would only be tasting the five dishes they liked the look of best.

Highlights and lowlights from this challenge were:

  • Julia asking if anyone else wanted to use the oven and then moaned when they did later and the oven kept on opening and closing,
  • Lucky for her the middle of the cake was meant to sink….
  • Beau’s Pizza – was that all he could stump up in an hour?
  • Audra’s Pot stickers the judges loved as they did Ben’s Kecep Manis Lamb these two ended up winning;
  • Tregan again was all over the shop with her cooking trying to pressure cook lamb shanks in 35 minutes.  How did she ever win an invention test?
  • Wade surprisingly being selected for his Chicken and Quinoa Salad, and Mindy with her Snapper, Prawns with a Thai Broth;
  • Debra’s delicious looking ricotta dumplings being overlooked for a tasting and Julia’s sunken cake being tasted after an exchange between the blond bombshell and George. Ageism at play?
The winners were Audra and Ben, however the consolation prize was Wade, Mindy and Julia were to be team captains.
Mindy got to pick first as she had the next best dish, then Wade, then finally Julia. Funny that lemon cake must not have been THAT delicious.

Mindy picked Amina, Andy, Jules. Wade picked Kylie, Beau. Andrew, and Julia picked Alice, Tregan, Debra.

Now team selections are always interesting but more so tonight when Wade had to select out of Andrew and Deb for the last spot on his team he said “Easy, I’ll have Andrew”. Hmm clearly Debra is not popular in the house.

They were taken to a street in the suburbs and and the had a selection from three houses. One with a young family and a herb garden, one where the people bought their produce at local markets, and lastly a house with a chef.

Mindy who was the blue team selected the family, Wade who was red took the middle house leaving the yellow team captained by Julia with the house with the chef.

And what a dud they got, a house without a kitchen and the only cooking utensils were a BBQ and a smoking oven. Not helped that Julia thought a cooked dessert needed to occur and she was the one to make it.

Debra gleefully said: “Julia has chosen to do a dessert which I don’t think is a good idea as if things go wrong things it could go haywire”. And it did. It also appeared to take them half an hour out of their two hours to decide on a menu.

George came him in and gave her a grilling which he was enjoying. You get the feeling he would like to make her more submissive…. but she wasn’t having a bar of it, snapping that everything was under control and the dessert would not taste of smoke.

However prepping in a shed when it is dark outside would be very disorientating and it did look chaotic.

The blue team were the first to be judged by the main cook from each house and Matt Preston.  They cooked Kofta with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Lamb Chops with a yoghurt dressing, Baked Cheese with dates and grapes and Chocolate Mousse with Mulberry Coulis.

Lucky for the blue team they were not serving up a totally vegetarian meal as early on Amina had declared there was no meat in the fridge. Lucky jules had a second look and found lamb chops!

However she may have found them but she stuffed them up they were raw. Jules could have tested one of the chops as there were enough of them. And how good did that baked cheese look? The chocolate mousse also got the thumbs up from the judges.

The red team had the nice kitchen to cook in which was organised and well laid out, this gave them an advantage. Red team did Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho which underwhelmed the judges. However Beau managed to redeem himself after his pathetic pizza in the earlier challenge.

He made Chicken Ballantine with corn puree and eggplant pickle. The owner of the house loved it and Matt thought it was excellent.

Dessert was made by Kylie – it was Lemon Delicious Pudding.  Matt said he liked it but did not love it like the chocolate mousse and the crunched up cornflakes as a garnish did not go down well. I blame David Chang for that travesty.

At this stage the yellow team was imploding Julia’s dessert was not going to be cooked. They had to smoke the salmon on the BBQ and they served a Pan-Fried Gozleme which was doughy in the middle. Lucky for them the main of smoked salmon was a success. However no dessert could be judged as it had not been ready in the allotted time. They did end up tasting it straight from the bowl and they said it was good.

It was no surprise that the red team won as they made the food with with the least mistakes and kept it to a straight entree, main and dessert.

On tonight’s elimination episode one of the judges exclaims how this is getting harder each week. Funny that I can see a couple of people that I would be happy to be eliminated.

Sorry about lateness of blog post – I have the flu and in fact had to scrap a really bad blog post I did yesterday on Being Lara Bingle it would have been embarrassing if I had posted it and I have posted some crap!


1 jordan { 07.04.12 at 7:52 pm }

In my opinion, Debra is a good cook but not a good team player and only thinks what she thinks is right all time. Do not deserve to win the competition in Masterchef.

2 littlepetal { 07.04.12 at 8:44 pm }

jordan – You are so right!!!!! It’s her way or the highway and she is always right.

3 Shirley Rose { 08.21.12 at 7:43 am }

I think it was very unfair to put the yellow team in a shed with little equipment. It was not a proper competition and I think Julia managed very well considering. All the judges seem to enjoy the bullying and if I was in the competition I would not give them the benefit of seeing me upset as they thrive on it.