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Masterchef Australia In Italy Cooking Rome Style

It was off to Italy for the week on Masterchef Australia, and the first challenge kicked off in Rome. They top ten were broken down into teams of two to be sent off “to explore” Rome to find inspiration to cook a dish reflecting the local cuisine.

Lucky for the teams that each restaurant or shop they went into there was a camera ready english speaking Italian!

Andy and Kylie pulled the short straw and visited the nose to tail restaurant where they were taught to cook Coratella, a dish made of lamb innards including lungs and heart.

Even the gimmick of hearing the air come out the lungs to signal it was cooked did not appeal.

The guest judge was Massimo Bottura and he had never tried this Roman delicacy and none of the judges were fans of it, thinking it was overcooked. To be fair to Andy and Kylie the dish probably only tastes any good if it is straight of the stove not sitting around served cold as these dishes are.

Alice and Wade were inspired by the Squid Ink used in Roman cooking and made Squid Ink Gnocchi with Artichokes. It was looking like a disaster and Wade was getting stroppy with Alice.  She was getting peeved that Wade was getting peeved with her when as she said he only did artichokes in an hour and half.

The judges loved their modern twist of the dish and the balance of the dish was perfect. This was good news for Alice as she had a mini-meltdown when she saw who she was cooking for, and in fact looked like the only contestant who recognised Massimo. In fact she compared him to Neitzsche. “Like meeting a philosopher of food,” gushed Alice with tears in her eyes. He was easy on the eye.

Beau and Audra were teamed up. Firstly Beau who has not done much all series managed to score the coveted business class upgrade with Kylie. Also Audra may be pretty shaky this week as she is outside her cuisine comfort zone.

They allegedly found inspiration from people on the street outside the butcher shop they went to. They decided to do Saltimbocca, a salad and a mushroom ragu. However when they got to the markets there were few mushrooms and it still did not sink in that they were out of season. They were criticised for not cooking around the produce that was available.

Their dish was described as confusing, and lucky for them the bottom two were not in an elimination challenge as they would have been there.

The Mindy and Julia got to go the oldest fish shop in Rome. Small in size but they managed to buy some spectacular seafood to make a Roman Seafood Stew. Massimo told them to cook the seafood and sauce separately. George thought the seafood had been prepared perfectly and Massimo the tomato perfectly balanced.

Beau and Aura were making Saltimbocca and mushroom ragu, they could not find nice mushrooms as they were out of season.

Audra was saying she was a little disappointed. The judges said they did not get it, they thought the dish did not make sense.

Deb and Beau were making meatballs  with a suprise of fig in the middle. What is it with the guys last night? Ben was disgruntled that it took Debra 75 minutes to make the meatballs, but in that same time frame  he only made sauce. At judging Ben decided to passive aggressively throw Deb under a bus. He said Deb was tunnel vision when she had an idea, and he just let her go with that. So if it was disaster he was saying it is her fault. However the judges loved the figs in the middle of the pork meatball and I had been hoping they would make top two.

However they were not, the top two teams were Julia and Mindy, Alice and Wade. There was no bottom two, and these four will be in a restaurant challenge tonight battling it out to get that chance to win an immunity pin perhaps.

113 comments

1 kingfisher { 07.09.12 at 9:37 pm }

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!! don’t look if you do not want to know who gets immunity pin ………….. alice the old pin mark in the uniform between the top buttons again when will bloody ma$terchef learn . you can see the pinhole in tomorrow’s grab highlight . oh by the way stupid stupid show tonight yeah yeah yeah yeah

2 brain dead dave { 07.09.12 at 9:44 pm }

I love how the guanciale* pretended the pizza was on his tongue long enough for him to recognise the four flavours of cheese . That slice of pizza disappeared quicker than an Italian rat down a sewer pipe.

* Pig’s jowl.

3 kingfisher { 07.09.12 at 9:45 pm }

bdd he nearly ate his own hand he’s that hungry

4 littlepetal { 07.09.12 at 9:47 pm }

Wade is totally hopelessly tonight. He worked at a snail pace. You wouldn’t want to go his house for a meal because you will be so pissed by the time the food is served. Pinching other people sauce. Can’t understand how George said he was very helpful in the kitchen. He himself need help.

Alice – When she can’t take her own sweet time to get the pissa out. Of course the pissa was better cooked.

Not surprise with the result tomorrow. Alice said she was doomed. Since Sunday Alice is getting lots of airtime.

Not much was shown on how Mindy’s dishes turned out. Only got a peep when the judges were tasting. I guessed they don’t want us to form a judgement on her dishes.

5 Nardigras { 07.09.12 at 9:49 pm }

George has developed Matt Moran’s infuriating habit of adding a ‘yeah?’ to the end of every sentence…. FFS

6 Georgie { 07.09.12 at 9:53 pm }

Lol bdd – cheese indeed.

The guanciale was dressed for the Mardi Gras tonight – must have had a date after the show.

7 EH { 07.09.12 at 9:54 pm }

Littlepetal – Who is slower? Wade picking basil leaves one by one or Dr Evil (MKR) cutting green beans one by one lol

8 brain dead dave { 07.09.12 at 9:56 pm }

Jowl$y would go to Pamplona to party but the bulls run away from him.

Wade picking Basil ~at menopausal pace. Or Dr Evil on beans. What a pulsating contest.

9 littlepetal { 07.09.12 at 9:58 pm }

EH – Wade and Dr Evil can have a cock off !!!

10 Georgie { 07.09.12 at 10:03 pm }

Wade sucked big time tonight. Agree lulu, Julia was had. The fact that she prefers not to rely on others means she was organized and then they used her.

Pamplona can start a new sport – the running of the guanciale.

11 Maz { 07.09.12 at 10:54 pm }

Agree that Julia was shafted for Mindy. Has anyone else noticed that when Mindy is given camera time she dominates like she is an infomercial presenter. Wonder if Andrew Rocheford (sic) was reshuffled from 10’s breakfast show to make way for her (if it the show isn’t axed in the interim.)

Alice-too bad she is teacher otherwise I am sure the lad mags would have saved EH the trouble of photoshopping and refined Alice’s librarian fantasy she has going with her oversized glasses.

In a face off between Dr Evil and Bert(minus Ernie) at least Dr Evil serves ‘real’ champagne. :)

12 Reality Raver { 07.10.12 at 1:41 am }

These comments are hilarious thanks guys.

It is unlikely there will be a return of contestants they dumped it last year

13 Joseph Skyrim { 07.10.12 at 8:44 am }

EH – After your post with Alice picks I too was cycling around asking where’s the bondage dress!? 😛