Masterchef Australia – Is A 50 year Old Menopausal Woman The New Villain
Well obviously Audra’s catering company is a solo operation as she was completely incompetent in her managerial skills tonight. At one stage she ran out, and why didn’t a camera person follow her?
Sure it was a big job being captain on the night of the pop up restaurant however for someone of her age, intelligence and the fact she is an account manager she didn’t seem to handle the responsibility at all and gave very little clear direction.
Conversely Kylie who was not happy about being captain did a brilliant job dividing up the job roles and keeping on top of things. However she had picked a stronger team.
Audra’s blue team was directionless and also had Debra to contend with. She is clearly not popular with her cast mates. Two weeks in a row she has been picked last in the teams and she doesn’t work well in the team challenges, and tonight was no exception. She cracked up and then at the end of episode blamed going through menopause for her behaviour.
This probably explains some of her prickliness but I suspect weariness and age, and being shut away with strangers for months on end has not helped. If a decreasing tolerance to dickheads is a sign of your hormones are disappearing well sign me up.
However some things tonight she did have reason for being pissed off about. She appeared to have responsibility for the setting up of the dining room with Amina, and also the responsibility for dessert. Whereas Jules was a floater and not responsible for anything which makes her a much lesser target.
Tonight the challenge was for the teams to make two pop up restaurants and serve a four course meal. They also had to design and fit out restaurants as well with everything in it.
Kylie was the red team captain and picked Mindy, Julia, Ben, Beau, and Alice.
Audra picked Amina, Andy, Wade, Jules, and Debra. It was interesting that Alice was picked so late as I rate her as a cook and as a person who is good in the team challenges.
Kylie’s Team was doing a Mexican inspired menu probably driven by Ben, and Audra’s team was more Asian or Spice Road theme.
It was no surprise that Ben was making the appetizer of Kingfish Ceviche Shooter, and the main which was Beef Cheeks with Adobo Sauce. Kylie was smart and made sure she was not responsible for making any of the dishes, as it meant she could help out where needed. Also as captain she put herself on the pass.
It also helped she was able to put Alice out into the restaurant and she did a great job welcoming the guests and was not required in the kitchen.
Whereas Audra must have felt she was the most presentable of her group and wanted to do the meet and greet however she had to keep coming back to the kitchen. She should have put Amina out there.
Also was the blue teams menu too labor intensive? They made Chicken and Prawn Balls served with a Lychee and Mint Mocktail. Followed by Thai Kingfish Salad, then Beef Rendang and Vegetable Curry, and to finish with Coconut Icecream with Pineapple Salsa and Peanut Shards. Both Wade and Audra had to work on the main. Amina was responsible for the balls. Andy the entree, and Jules was helping Deb with dessert. Jules was also a floating pair of hands.
The red team looked like they had Mindy just helping with prep which again was a good strategy.
But one of the issues was the fact that no one was making a decision on the blue team. Did it really need a five minute con-fab to work out what side the chopsticks were on? Would it really impact on whether they won or lost?
The lack of decision making also impacted on how long it took the blue team to set up their dining room. What was interesting was two people set up the rooms from scratch in just over an hour, whereas it took for five people hours to set up front of house in the first team challenge of the series when the teams were cooking in different restaurants in Kings Cross.
Debra has a background in interior design so decided on the decor and how it was going to be laid out but she was not able to get it together. It must have been frustrating for all. As Wade said Debra doesn’t really take other peoples views on board either.
Deb also cracked it at Audra and said to camera she was sick of hearing her voice. However it all came to a head at dessert time when Deb said she was overwhelmed but would keep on going. In the end the blue team had to stopped plating to sort out their issues. As Andy said it was frustrating to look over and see the red team plating up like a well oiled machine.
Their food looked good as well for entree their Kingfish Slammer was like a playful take on a tequila slammer, I note they gave the judges two each to get them in a jolly mood. And it worked, the judges had a nice banter between them last night and made the episode fun.
I note they were not quite so keen on Amina’s mocktail.
Amina’s Fried Ball was served with chopsticks. Even Gary was having trouble picking it up to eat and he ended up picking up with his fingers.
For entree the red team plated up Popcorn Prawn Tacos which looked delicious and Gary said he could slam down six of them. However I thought it was interesting they could get that many avocados in Coles that were ripe to be used the next day on their tacos.
The blue team’s entree was Andy’s Thai Kingfish Salad. Matt Preston said too much dressing and was too sour. However the judges did like blue teams Beef Rendang and Vegetable Curry. But maybe they were lucky and got a warm one.
The Red Team made Slow braised Beef Cheek with Adobo Sauce for main. It was a slight disaster they lost twelve cheeks when Ben burnt them in the pressure cooker. Lucky they had picked up pressure cookers the day before….
They improvised and shredded them up and spread it out. Matt Preston thought the serve was a bit small and that dish did not really say Mexican immediately.
However their dessert Cajeta Parfait with toffee popcorn fulfilled all of Gary’s caramel and salty dreams. Well clearly he has different dreams then I do. George said the problem was it was not big enough.
Conversely the blue team’s Coconut icecream with Pineapple Salsa looked clumsy and Gary said he had tasted better.
After the judges announced the red team as winners, Audra said she took full responsibility on how the team went, and Debra announced that she was so difficult because she was going through menopause.
Is Australia’s new villain a fifty year old menopausal woman? I expect column inches on other forums to be devoted to whether hormones can be used as an excuse for her behaviour.