Masterchef Australia – Now If Wade Had Been Debra…
What prep did Wade actually do in his two hours for the Pizza and Pasta lunch challenge aka the Barilla challenge? He was making Pasta Cabonara and Pizza Napoletana, not Neopolitana as he had written on the menu board. Neither not exactly labor intensive.
For Cabonara he had to chop up the cured pork, and break a few eggs. For his pizza he had to make the dough, sauce and chop up some basil and cheese. Alice should have turned around and bitch slapped him about having a crack at her for taking so long on the Squid Ink pasta on the previously episode.
But the person who had every right to go ballistic at him was Julia, because as he had not prepped a pizza sauce he used hers. She was quite magnanimous about it saying that she did not mind him doing it as he had had such a hard time in prep making his pizza dough.
Half way through prep her sauce ran out and she was told to make some more. Wade said I realise I can’t keep on using Julia’s pizza sauce” maybe because there was none left.
He then told George Calombaris to take his pizza off the menu and that he was going to make Julia some more sauce. It would have been hilarious if Wade had actually won.
Now if it had been Debra in the same situation there would have been fear and loathing throughout the kitchen, and talk about how disorganised she was and how she had sabotaged Julia’s chances of winning.
In judging George praised Wade for being such a team player. Why?
It was a tough day in the kitchen with Wade, Alice, Julia and Mindy having to cook a pizza and pasta dish for 120 covers. Also none of their dishes could use the same ingredients. Though there was a lot of pork derivatives dished up.
Alice made Orecchiette with bacon, peas and mint and Quattro Formmagi Pizza, Julia made Pizza Braesola and Rigatoni with Eggplant, Mindy made Casarecce with Tomato and Basil and Pizza Bianco, and Wade did the Spaghetti Cabonara and Pizza Napoletana.
The kitchen was tiny not helped by the huge number of packets of Barilla merchandise positioned everywhere. The Masterchef rule was in place – if it is sponsored product the judges won’t harass you about not making it from scratch.
Julia also had some bad luck with her pasta as she was waiting on the pasta cooker as Mindy had it and by the time she got to it the temperature had dropped and her pasta cooked too slowly.
Audra and Beau because they had the worst dish from the previous episode had to do the washing up. In fact they dodged a bullet as it was also chaos in the front of house staffed by the rest of the Masterchef contestants. Debra said they had not had time to work out how it was going to operate. What were they doing all morning drinking espresso?
George was saying this was the worst service he had ever done. Maybe he was just in a bad mood because he cut his finger whilst grating cheese.
One of the problems with these restaurant services is that is unlike most restaurants as it is full right from the start of service and with amateurs in the kitchen it is not long before it turns into chaos.
Alice was being swamped with orders and forgot a pizza, and Julia was helping her out at times. I am still not sure Mindy is the team player she pretends to be.
Also there was Gino who was introduced as one of the best pizza makers in Rome, but he did not appear to do anything.
The judges liked Mindy’s pasta however they thought Wade’s cabonara was far too stodgy. They also criticised Julia’s rigatoni which was broken up. They thought Mindy’s Pizza Bianco was too salty, but thought Julia’s pizza topping was great, but the dough was not right.
Alice got criticised for her orecchiette that the ingredients did not go together but the judges loved her pizza.
The top two were Mindy and Alice and they will be fighting it out for an immunity pin. It looks like either Mindy will have two immunity pins which will see her sail into the top three, or Alice will have one which will mean in the final weeks there will be three immunity pins in play, which could make it very interesting indeed.