Masterchef Australia – Ironic Who Was In The Bottom Three
Sorry guys, yes I am still sick, and clearly must have a temperature as last night I had a saucy dream about Masterchef judge, Gary Mehigan, I will not confirm whether he was in fact naked, however the dream went on forever…. and no that was not positive thing. I am trying to find some sort of irony in it but unfortunately cannot.
However it was ironic last night that the three girls who had been behind the debacle that was the immunity pin challenge on Tuesday were the final three battling it out for survival. No surprise as they were highlighted in the opening montage when Julia, Jules and Tregan were shot in their bedroom saying no one had been eliminated from the room.
Also the hint in these Thursday episodes is also in the contestants they don’t showcase. Before they even kicked off the challenge I presumed Debra, Alice and Andy were safe.
Last night the elimination challenge was again an entertaining one. It was split into three sections. The first was to select eight ingredients from the bench and had to use all of them in a dish with only 30 minutes to produce it in.
The kicker there was there only a finite number of ingredients on the bench and once someone had them another person could not use them in that challenge or any of the following ones.
And Julia was not happy that Debra had managed to grab the butter and stopped her from making the dish she had wanted to. In the end she used cream in her biscuit part of her strawberry shortcake something that did not work.
Mindy made thai style mussel dish with tamarind and coconut the judges loved it, as they did like Andy’s Scallops with Corn Puree and a Raisin Vinaigrettes. Good to know someone was inspired by the immunity pin raisin challenge and the team challenge…
Andy was safe as was Amina with her Okra Stew with Prawns. Unlucky for Tregan and Jules who just missed out with their steak and duck breast dishes. How Tregan managed to cook beetroot and the steak plus cry in a 30 minute time frame was truly multi-tasking.
Alice made a huge strategical error by making a Greek Salad, it was not deemed to show any cooking technique and was told straight away she would be in the next round.
The next round with the remaining five contestants was to cook a dish with five ingredients in 30 minutes. Deb cooked pork meatballs with fennel and apple and did a good job considering she had never cooked with pork mince before.
Alice made confit of salmon as she wanted to show some technique, again she had not done this before, however it looked great considering she only had 30 minutes to do it in. She was safe.
Julia made a chocolate fig dessert with fried rice noodles for crunch. It did not look that appetising.
Tregan made chicken breast with chorizo in white beans which got the same feedback as Alice’s Greek Salad in round one. They said it was not the type of dish that would make her Masterchef, that is does not show enough technique. Jule’s pork chop was cooked well but it was queried whether the Wombok went with the other ingredients in the European style dish.
Debra and Alice were safe and sent up to the balcony.
Then it was best mates in the house Julia, Jules and Tregan duking it out. Please note Ben no one were trying to fall on their sword for each other, they were going to be cooking their hearts out.
They had to make a dish with three ingredients in 30 minutes something that was hard enough with a the full pick of the pantry not just picking at the left overs on the kitchen bench.
Julia picked bacon eggplant and zucchini and she showed she could cook with her humdinger of a Zucchini Salad with eggplant and bacon puree. As the judges said it tasted like there were more than three ingredients in it.
Tregan was in a flap as she did not know what she was picking and was getting advice from the balcony – always a bad sign.
They told her to go for the fish which was a leather jacket, she also grabbed the lemon grass to go with it. However then she changed her mind and grabbed a chump lamb chop with potato and sage.
Jules did better by grabbing Morton Bay bugs some carrots and ginger. She made the carrots three ways so even if there was possibly too much ginger in the carrot it probably got her over the line.
It was no surprise that Tregan was eliminated. She looks like she has a great family who were all there to greet her on her return from the show, however they made her cook! Tregan is currently working in a cafe/deli but still wants to work teaching underprivileged men how to cook. I hope she does end up doing those workshops as it would be extremely worthwhile.