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Masterchef Australia – It Was Time To Go….

Do you think the judges have some sort of competition going on to see who can make the most of the contestants cry each season, and they get more points for the contestants who are harder to crack?

Tonight Gary was congratulating Beau for showing emotion aka tearing up about telling the story about turning down a position in the fire brigade. He was probably thinking great I have won another $20 from George and Matt.

Whether Beau has made the right career decision is yet to be seen. Has he mentioned yet whether he wants to work full time in food? He has barely had any screen time so the viewer hardly knows him.

Tonight Vincent Gadan from Patisse was setting the pressure for Amina, Andrew and Beau.  Interestingly enough Vincent went over and gave Amina a kiss on her hand. He obviously had not been briefed on not to touch her because of religious reasons. But then the french are not known for their sensitivity towards the Islamic religion as they did ban the burqa.

The other bit of controversy surrounding the episode was the promo saying that Gaden trained Adriano Zumbo. Zumbo has taken to twitter to say this was not true and he has been quite vehement about it. Interestingly on the episode they mentioned Zumbo but nothing about Gaden training him.

Vincent Gaden’s dish was called Essence of a Woman obviously he could not use Scent of A Woman…. It was a work of art but I did not really get the point of it.

It was made up of salted praline parfait, tempering of chocolate, the sugar statue, and moulded chocolate covered in gold dust.

Beau was worried as he had not done many of the techniques in the recipe. He also got the mind f**k from Gary and Vincent about the amount of salt he had put in his praline. They told him to taste the praline with the other ingredients. He did and he added more in.

None of the others got that assistance on what was the most crucial part of the dish.

Andrew really needed some assistance and was getting rather stressed. He was having issues with tempering his chocolate first grating it and then not heating it up for long enough. I thought it had to be heated to a certain temperature?

He was also having problems with his moulding chocolate as well. It melted and he was unable to make the pipe, and then when he finally did it broke.

Conversely Beau was doing well and his finished plate looked lovely.

The judges said Andrew’s chocolate was not tempered properly as it had no crunch. The salt in his praline was perfect but he did not have enough crunch on the violets. He chopped them up.

Beau’s dish looked wonderful and the judges discussed how far he had come from not being able to make a red wine sauce with beef at the beginning of the competition to plating a complex dessert. Matt Preston thought his dish was brilliant.

Amina said her presentation let her down, and Matt Preston said it had to taste delicious to let her stay.  Vincent thought it was over salted, however Gary thought she had done a really good job.

Beau was first to be safe and George even told Beau he could even win Masterchef. What? He’s one good dish and now he is being hailed a contender?

Then Andrew was told he was eliminated. Amina was very lucky, and I suspect Amina was kept in because of her overall consistency as from the judges comments it would appear Andrew’s praline was better.

Mindy who was Andrew’s best mate in the house was upset that he was gone.

Andrew went home to his family and his wife who is as he described her – beautiful. His plan is to cook “food for foodies” for when they don’t want to cook.

Tomorrow night Kylie is up against Chef Tomislav what is interesting is she only appears to have one helper and that is Mindy.

62 comments

1 brain dead dave { 07.03.12 at 3:27 pm }

Even with the four brains it’s got the skankapede would spend a lot of time getting jealous that it didn’t have legs like Rhonda Burchmore.

2 Dunbi { 07.03.12 at 3:55 pm }

I’m blowing a raspberry at you CB. I do admire your vocabulary though!

3 Georgie { 07.03.12 at 4:26 pm }

CB – crass and tasteless is a pretty good description. I’d hope there was more to the essential me than a perfume puffer. Vincent did say it was in honour of his mother though, so maybe she’s vapid.

4 lulu { 07.03.12 at 4:51 pm }

Of course Andrew had to finally go – they don’t want to run the risk of having interesting people on the show. He was charming and fun and was culled in favour of their beloved Islamic poster-girl, who could have vomited on a plate and still gotten through. Not to mention Beaugan, who now sees fit to get maudlin and teary about being a fireman. Give me a break … do they remove males’ testicles at birth these days? Why all the crying for no good reason?
Agree with a. pandy and boner; more idiotic, pretentious nonsense, this time from a French twit. Less self-indulgent ‘artistry’ and more delicious food … less Picasso and more Monet.
Well, at least Julia’s still around, and the invisible Deb. The others are so nondescript, they’re water-soluble. As for the jumping insect Audra … is that a traditional Chinese greeting?

5 Culinary Boner { 07.03.12 at 5:11 pm }

Dunbi, raspberry ok. Wasn’t that what was hidden inside the puffer?

Vocab would go backwards to platitudes like “bootiful” and “journey” if I didn’t read whilst MCA was on.

If Shine are going to persist with these preposterous dessert concoctions then I demand they do a Bride of Chucky Cake* for MCA All Stars. And for authenticity it should have a blood sausage and chocolate filling. That might stop Matt, George and Gary in their tracks and put an end to this OTT confectionery nonsense.
*http://crazycakes.canadianliving.com/entry/2609093

6 Isabel { 07.03.12 at 5:30 pm }

Not one of the remaining contestants is worthy of having a cook book published – who would buy it – none of us that’s for sure!

I think Andrew had time to give Jules a ‘do before he left as her hair seems to have been bleached rather heavily – add that to the fake tan she puts on her face … not a good look for a book cover ..

7 Andy Pandy { 07.03.12 at 6:14 pm }

EH, I’m still thinking about the list, so far I thought:

Emma – Onion ( because she cries so much )
Tregan – Potato
Mindy – Lemongrass ( your suggestion )
Deb- Fennel (Matt’s suggestion )
Amina – Okra ( coz she knows how to make it not slimy )
Fillipo- Cauliflower
Julia- Eggplant (coz you can do so much with it )
Jules- Carrot ( she can do it three ways )
Kath- Sweet Potato ( just seems to suit her ) or maybe Turnip?

Help me out with the rest plz!
LULU, you summed it up perfectly.

8 Morgan { 07.03.12 at 6:50 pm }

Lulu – Andrew left because he was a mediocre cook. Cooking ability > personality.

9 Ash { 07.03.12 at 8:56 pm }

It’s quite obvious this whole concept of ‘it comes down to the dish you cooked tonight’ is a load of crap. I’d take some dodgy tempering, over a shoddy-looking over-salted dish anyday – but it was Andrew versus Amina, and it was obvious from the get-go that Andrew would draw the short-straw. I didn’t expect him to win, but I think he was screwed over for this one.

10 Steve-0 { 07.05.12 at 9:57 pm }

As much as Beau is the token bogan, there’s something to be said for the fact that he hasn’t yet been sacked at this late stage of the game. Hell, there’s something to be said for the fact that he’s even on the show.

He isn’t getting screen time because he’s only representative of a tiny portion of the target audience: the bogan boyfriend/husband who gets forcefully dragged in front of the tv, then takes an interest and becomes a repeat viewer for next season.

He won’t win, but he’s a construction worker with the social skills of a dead moth who cooks well enough to not give the judges any excuse to send him home thus far. He’s a real-life chef. Any of us who have ever been blue collar ditch diggers once upon a time can at least say it’s a milestone to be planning and cooking gourmet food after work on the daily rather than skulling VB and wortchin’ tha footy aye!

It’s really quite funny to see an ordinary guy on reality tv for a change. Wish he got more airtime instead of the token muslim, hipsters, sobbing women and all the other walking stereotypes.

11 brain dead dave { 07.05.12 at 10:37 pm }

That is one of the more inspirational posts I’ve read on this website , Steve-O. It makes me want to go out and buy some beer.

12 Steve-0 { 07.07.12 at 1:19 am }

Was that a typo, brain dead dave? Beer isn’t a synonym for thick framed glasses or skinny jeans.