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.