Masterchef Australia – The Heston Invention Test Did Not Really Blast Off
It was a flurry of fandom in the Masterchef kitchen when food wizard Heston Blummenthal walked in. None more so than Alice who fell instantly in hipster love.
To be honest not sure if it was the post The Block low or whether the food combinations were just too strange but this episode was not as entertaining as I thought it would be.
Because you can’t have a straight forward make a curry challenge with Heston it had to be kooky and involve dry ice.
The challenge for the contestants was to pick one of six ingredients which was blue cheese, bacon, caviar, cauliflower, beetroot and Vegemite and then they would find out what is was paired with. The reveal showed that they all had to cook with chocolate.
The smarter ones picked ingredients that could go with either savoury or sweet.
Fast forward to some bizarre combinations. Most went for a dessert, though Amina was in a world of pain trying to combine caviar and chocolate. She had this huge lump of white chocolate mousse mixed with caviar on top of salmon. It looked unpalatable however Gary kindly said “Combination should work, but the texture was too sloppy”.
The problem with these food combinations is that it would have required a top chef to make it palatable.
Wade was first to be judged. By the way Wade fans would have liked the early shot with him getting out of bed with his jock straps on.
However fans would have been disappointed that he burnt the crust on his Chocolate and Hazelnut tart with Vegemite Pastry. “Weird but good weird” said Matt Preston, “If you like Vegemite and peanut this is the type of dessert you would go for”.
Julia’s Macarons with Vegemite and White Chocolate had George Calombaris gushing, “inspired, familiar and I love that addition of raspberry as it cleanses”.
Beau’s was a disgusting Deep Fried Cauliflower with Chilli Chocolate Sauce. He also made White chocolate and cauliflower sorbet/yoghurt to go with it.
“It is kind off like diving in to a swimming pool in the dark, you have no idea whether there is water there or not. ” Matt P Said. He thought the sorbet was the stand out. However he did not like the fried cauliflower.
Chocolate covered bacon with avocado ice cream was Mindy’s dish – “something wrong with the choc bacon bit ” said Gary. Like those slabs of bacon covered in chocolate?
Alice made White Chocolate Ice cream with Beetroot Jelly – Heston enjoyed it though it did look a bit of a mess on the plate but then if that was served to you at a high end restaurant it could be called art.
Debra made Chocolate and Beetroot Cake and beetroot and white chocolate ice cream. It was enough to keep her safe.
Jules made White Chocolate Mousse and Vegemite and Citrus Caramel. The judges were very impressed by the caramel on a early tasting. However they said the mousse was very rich. Heston said nice and clean and needed a bit more acidity to cut through the mousse.
Andrew made Chocolate and Blue Cheese Sponge – George did not like it as it left a funny taste on his palate. Heston said very ambitious and great effort which was code for it sucks.
We did not get to see Ben, Andy or Audra’s dishes.
Kylie made Blue Cheese and honey sundae with chocolate fudge sauce. Very exciting dish all round said Heston. It did look the most appetising. It was no surprise she made top three with Julia and Jules and also no surprise when she won.
Bottom three were Andrew, Beau and Amina. Amina looked surprised. It was her eighth time in an elimination. Andrew who appears to have a mortgage on Monday night pressure test spot said the black ninja is coming tomorrow. Surely he cannot last another one?