Masterchef Australia – The Immunity Pin Challenge
It was Mindy and Alice going head to head for an immunity pin tonight but first to they had to go to a taste testing tour of Florence as one of the dishes would give them a hint to what one of the challenges they would face in their test.
One “delicacy” they had to eat was Lampredotto which looked like Florence’s equivalent to a kebab without the accoutrements to disguise the meat which in this case was the fourth stomach of the cow. Just as well Debra didn’t have to taste it as a former vegetarian she would have freaked out. Mindy took one bite and bailed from it, however it reminded Alice of her dishes of her childhood.
Thankfully for them the challenge wasn’t disembowelling a cow to get its innards, it was guessing the ingredients in a Ribolita which is a Vegetable and Bread soup.
They took it in turns to pick an ingredient with the winner getting an advantage in the next round.
Alice cracked me up and picked up the cheese to taste they were all looking on expectantly for her to identify the cheese and she said “pepper”. However I thought her strategy of not tasting the dish each time she could trip her up in the end.
However Mindy was the one who ended up stuffing up first by saying there was barley in there when it was farro.
The advantage that Alice obtained was whether she should pick to cook three sweet dishes or three savoury dishes of guest judge Antonio Carluccio’s. From the previews we knew she picked savoury as it showed them chopping up rabbit and artichokes.
However the viewer had to sit through the slow reveal of the six dishes. She decided not to be strategic and pick desserts which is Mindy’s weakness, but selected the mains “to give them both a chance”.
Also she later revealed it was warm which may have made making pastry difficult.
Antonio Carluccio was a special guest judge for the evening and he even got to privilege of scoring as well. By the way Matt Moran it appears did not manage to get a seat on the plane.
It was then outside to cook Chicken Meatball Soup, Stuffed Squid and the Rabbit and Artichoke dish in 90 minutes.
Mindy was talking to Gary saying she wanted some caramelisation in the stock but it had not said anything in the recipe. Gary cautioned her saying “Be careful about thinking you know better than Antonio Carluccio.” She nodded in agreement. Audra yelled out “go with your gut.” Maybe she didn’t want her to get another immunity pin.
Also Mindy took the skin off her squid whereas Alice kept hers on as again, this was unclear in the recipe.
Alice’s was always pushing for time however she then had the issue of her oven not working properly. Gary castigated her and said “I am watching it your not.” I think she should at least be able to presume that the oven works and that she should not have to check that every few moments. She ended up putting it in Mindy’s oven and when she took it out, not all her rabbit was cooked.
It was a blind tasting, something they should bring in for the Monday night pressure tests as just maybe the judges did not know whose dishes they were.
Alice’s meat balls were criticised for being to light so it was difficult to taste the chicken. Mindy’s calamari was said to be not very tender and lacked freshness and brightness. Also Antonio said he preferred the skin on. Matt Preston also was positive about Alice’s dish.
Finally in the rabbit dish Mindy left out the onions and Alice the artichokes. Antonio found this astounding! So it came down to the rabbit, Mindy had over cooked hers, and Alice’s dodgy oven turned into a blessing as hers was cooked well.
It was no surprise that Alice won the pin. It would be interesting to know whether the other contestants would have preferred Mindy to have two immunity pins or that now three of the contestants have one making the odds of one of them playing it in an immunity challenge so much higher.