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Masterchef Australia – The Barilla Pasta Could Have Had A Bit More Heat

The huge Barilla Challenge was on, with the two teams battling it out to cook pasta dishes at the Barilla factory for 500 people.

What should have been a great episode was sadly a little lacklustre with even the alleged funny guy of the house Beau not even able to make me laugh, maybe the gastro and sunburn had knocked it out of him.

If this was the episode filmed after most of the contestants were wiped out with the gastro bug cooking for 500 people it would have not have been fun at all for contestants nor crew.

A few comments on the episode:

  • Again the prolific use gold leaf on the saffron risotto which would have then have been binned was a waste, and still think it as a affectation rather than something that adds flavour to the dish. It should be noted none of the judges appeared to taste it.
  • Ben had never made the Masterchef “death dish” risotto. Was he only practising Mexican prior to his entry in the house? Deb and Wade had only made it once.
  • Wade’s was “nearly at the point of being nicely cooked” said Gary it was deemed to be the best.
  • The best five made up the red team for the catering challenge – they were Wade, Audra, Mindy, Kylie and Beau. They made Kylie their captain.
  • The remaining five were the green team and they made Andy theirs.
  • The red team not only had the best cooks but had another advantage of selecting to two types of pastas they want to use first.
  • The drill was to make a lasagne plus two pasta dishes one dish having to be vegetarian, and one seafood and they only had three hours to do it in.
  • The Red team made a lasagne with pork belly and pork sausage, Pesto and Zucchini Pasta, and seafood dish with prawns and squid.
  • The Blue made a zuchhini, peas and mint lasagne, an Amatriciana, and Fusilli with Prawns;
  • Deb thought she had been pushed into a corner, “as usual” to grate up the cheese, however if she had looked over she might have seen Alice spending three hours prepping prawns.
  • No major disasters apart from being time poor some issues were chopping the pork belly to big for the red team, and belatedly adding a bechemal sauce for the green team.
  • Everyone kept their cool maybe because they were cooking in a reasonable size kitchen even when they were told they had an extra 200 covers to cook for. What happened there the factory didn’t know how many people worked there? Or was it twist to get the cooks to think on their feet either way we did not really see what they did to feed them.
  • The red team dishes were all thought to be great particularly the seafood, and the lasagne.
  • Green team’s were all good, except Guido Barilla the guest judge was not a fan of the vegetarian lasagne, however Gary was.
  • The red team won and will get to tour a cheese factory for Ben, Andy, Debra, Julia and Alice they will be up for elimination. Chances of Alice using her immunity pin is high.

Who do you think will be eliminated tonight?


1 Jess { 07.12.12 at 8:49 am }

Gold is just there for decoration. It doesn’t really add to the flavour or anything.

Kylie’s hot roux/hot milk bechamel was interesting. And increasingly rare these days. You more often have people doing the contrasting roux and milk temperatures now, with hot roux/cold milk or room temp. roux/hot milk.

2 Chris W { 07.12.12 at 8:59 am }

From watching this program, I’m getting the impression that a lot of modern cookery is about doing things because you can (and upping the price to the sucker in the restaurant) rather than adding to the look and taste. Even on the chef’s dish, the gold leaf looked ridiculous and surplus to requirements. It’s a bit like putting a slice of processed cheddar on top of a plate of spaghetti bolognaise.

What’s with Wade? He looked almost efficient last night.

I’m thinking Deb will going home tonight because she’s not that good under time pressure.

3 Anna { 07.12.12 at 9:05 am }

Has there been any dessert/sweet challenges so far? Only saw half of last night, but it seems to have been mainly pasta so far. Is this because Barilla has been the major sponsor of this trip?

4 Simone { 07.12.12 at 9:06 am }

But Alice said ‘Epic prawnage!’ I like her now.

5 JKo { 07.12.12 at 9:06 am }

Another beautiful location for another cookoff! No wonder they had to cook outside to get distraced by the breath taking views.

I would be disappointed if Audra did not know how to make a risotto. She asian, especially when you are masterchef contestent. As a fellow asian I take great pride with my rice cooking abilities :)

Kylie’s hot roux looked a bit weird.

Nice to see Beau almost clean shaven…. cute :)

Not suprising that the contestents are in the heart of a sponsorship brand. If they ran out of pasta sauce, why not crack open a few jars of the Barilla pasta sauce I saw in the ad break eh?

I don’t remember eating Barilla pasta as I have always been on team San Remo! hahaha

6 EH { 07.12.12 at 9:10 am }

The winner last night was Barilla.

The best line was delivered by their chairman Guido Barilla – “The performance of the pasta is very good.”

p/s I still prefer San Remo.

7 Simone { 07.12.12 at 9:18 am }

I liked how Gary and George kept trying to discuss the dishes and Guido kept discussing the pasta.

8 Dunbi { 07.12.12 at 9:21 am }

I thought George looked rather spiffy (risotto day) Maybe the workers ‘phoned their friends and family to come over quick for a free feed – and yes, how did they feed all those extra people?
If there was anyone ‘stuck in a corner out of the way’ Deb, it was Alice who did a great job without whinging about it.

9 Trent { 07.12.12 at 9:24 am }

I have found Alice the most entertaining, she seems like a sweet girl. I love her talks to the camera and over the top facial expressions.

Kylie is also a favourite. She does have a genuine smile and does seem to be enjoying every bit of this journey, besides also being a great cook.

10 Fred { 07.12.12 at 9:29 am }

Andy/Ben wanting to open that Mexican restaurant together is absolutely adorable. TS to the haters, that bromance is the only reason why I’m still watching tbh. They both just seem like really genuine ppl who were actually having a good time and enjoying their task in the kitchen today (imagine that) while still being efficient. And their attempts to put the gold leaf on the risotto was just adorable. But I have a feeling Andy might go home next…if he does I’m literally done watching the show because without Amina around I have no one to really route for and Andy/Ben was all that was keeping me around.

Kylie seems just a little fake for me and she’s boring. That and her OTT-ness, like most of the other girls, whenever someone walks through a door or something happens or dish is unveiled or a breeze flutters by. Audra is the worst with that. She and Mindy have been skating through the competition by sticking to what they do best and have made next to no effort to learn other styles. And Mindy … Mindy is fake as hell. She’s definitely two-faced, playing the game and pretending to be a team player. Everything she does is solely in favor of getting the advantage (working with Amina when it makes sense, throwing her to the wolves and helping Andrew during a Pressure Test when it makes sense). I can’t with her smug stealth-bitchery and since it’s obvious she’s going to win (or Kylie) I’m not really invested.

I was utterly devestated when Green Team lost. Devestated, especially because Ben was just so open about how sad he was. And fuck Julia for the whole ‘It was ANDY’S idea for the vegetarian lasagna, really, it was ANDY’S idea, and I’m glad that ANDY came up with that idea, which was ANDY’S.” Just when I think I’m coming around to her, she throws that bitch move. A) it’s not like it matters and B) It’s not like Andy wasn’t going to own up to it if given the opportunity to. WTF.

I hope either Deb or Alice (if she’s stupid enough not to use her immunity pin, which she probably isn’t) goes home. I think Julia should stick around at least as compensation for getting shafted in the pasta/pizza challenge, but I can do without Deb or Alice.

11 Trent { 07.12.12 at 9:38 am }

I hope it is goodbye Audra or Ben tonight!

12 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 9:48 am }

Another underwhelming episode, which I only kept an eye on whilst reading, especially during the ‘I’m So Rich You Pissant Plebs I Can Afford To Eat Gold’ risotto challenge.

After seeing the master of the delights of Italian peasant and home cooking – Antonio Carluccio – we get the opposite end of the spectrum. The tricked-up, show-off cuisine that the Euro-trash rich think separates them in terms of sophistication* from the masses. Putting aside the gold leaf, the actual substance of making the risotto again showed that our intrepid contenders this year are a pretty ordinary batch of cooks.

My interest increased slightly for the Barilla challenge. Mainly because this is my favourite pasta brand and, as a confirmed fan of the reality doco show MegaFactories, I like getting a look into the guts of iconic manufacturing plants. While this part was a bit more interesting this still dragged on and on and on, due to inept production and editing. Though, at least the best food won this time.

* Well, that and bunga bunga pussy parties.

13 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 9:54 am }

* oh and wearing stilettos and full make up with bikinis at the beach

14 bron { 07.12.12 at 9:54 am }

honestly i’m hoping ben and andy don’t win overall so they can open up their mexican restaurant together.

15 Bolders { 07.12.12 at 10:00 am }

Disgusted with the screaming and kneeling by those two bimbos (Mindy and Kindy)when they were declared the winning team. Especially since immediately before that monumental announcement one of the judges had said that no one cooked bad food and really there was nothing between the two teams. Notwithstanding, the girls in the red team took their win with all the yelps and fist pumping they could muster.

Ah dignity- where hast thou gone.

Why are there suddenly all these catering challenges and when did it become a show about running a lunch or dinner service? It’s boring.

16 Bolders { 07.12.12 at 10:07 am }

On lack of fakeness alone, I want a dude (including Julia) to win – anyone other than Mindy, Kylie, Alice, Audra and Deb.

17 Paul { 07.12.12 at 10:16 am }

All I can say is that whoever is in charge of the female hiring policy at the Barilla factory, does a very good job.

18 JStar { 07.12.12 at 10:19 am }

RR, the best line was delivered by Andy who could barely stifle his laugh when he realised that Deb was on his team. That line about the importance of working well with your teammates in team challenges was priceless! Yes Deb had a hissy fit but the gastro failed to lift her whinge to menopausal, yum-cha proportions. Deb – seriously? Wanting to grate cheese for 500 people at the pace you work?

Observation – first time I probably saw Julia seem to not be in control when cooking during the risotto challenge. Wade can cook something beyond his…..actually, what is his specialty? Was Deb attempting to make fried rice in that challenge? Ben never having cooked risotto before? Does anyone practice anything whilst in the MC prison when not filming?

No disasters in the kitchen so really, it was a tough loss for the green team. Came down to Snooki and The Situation preferring pork lard in the lasagne rather than healthy vegetables. I presume the 500 workers (and 200 illegal immigrant workers that sneaked past security) liked the food as we actually heard comments from them unlike that pizza and pasta challenge on Monday.

So who will go? Firstly, Alice will use her ammunity pin so that means four people making five courses. Safe to assume that Ben has been spoiled to make it further – probably finals week. Julia chopping strawberries – so it appears she took the dessert and she’ll be safe. Since Andy has yet to give viewers a truly OTT gratuitous shirtless moment ala Hayden slow jogging on the beach in speedos last year, he’s safe. So that leaves Deb and we got a nice little sneak shot of this former vegetarian trying to spit roast a pig. Come on Deb. It’s like toasting bruschetta!

19 Jruth { 07.12.12 at 10:34 am }

Deb just seems determined NOT to enjoy the team challenges. She acts as if she is so put upon, but with 5 team members and 3 pastas to make, no-one seemed to be having a restful or easy time. I think she was lucky to get away with just grating cheese and making bechamel sauce. Agree with RR and Dunbi that Alice had the toughest time shelling and de-veining all those prawns.

Simone – I’m with you. I loved it when Alice mentioned “epic prawnage”! It was also interesting to see that, for once, Alice’s glasses didn’t co-ordinate with her outfit. Red glasses, green apron…

Trent – there’s no hope of Audra going home tonight, since she was in the winning red team last night. I praying that it’s Deb who goes, but expecting it to be either Andy or Ben.

I’m assuming Alice is clever enough to use her immunity pin tonight. There are no shots of her cooking in the preview. So I guess means that we are back to just the two “kindies” having pins next week.

JKo – A few Asian friends of mine have mentioned in the past that they always use a rice cooker to make rice and don’t know how to prepare it any other way, so that might also be Audra’s problem. Plus risotto is such a different technique to most Asian rice techniques.

Culinary Boner – I’m sure you’ll excuse me for wearing full make-up at the beach when in a bikini, because I team the outfit with wedges (not stilettos, which just sink into the sand) and wear a very, very big hat!

20 Joseph Skyrim { 07.12.12 at 10:36 am }

Tough challenge last night, but good to see both Andy and Ben grining in their to-camera pieces despite having lost. I don’t mind the remaining contestants though my fave is still the quiet achiever Beau. The most marketable though would have to be Kylie or Julia though.

My prediction for tonight is that Alice will use her pin, and Deb who often does well at these challenges will be sent home, mainly because the preview had her roasting a whole pig. 😛

Oh also, what was the point of the gold leaf? Does it add flavour? If not, why was it on the plate?

21 EH { 07.12.12 at 10:40 am }

The finale is confirmed to be on 25/7 with the final 3.

Last night promo said the green will be cooking for a 5-course meal. If Alice decided to use her pin, who is going to cook the extra course?

Was anyone afraid that it would take Wade 2 days to finish his risotto dish after the judges announced there was no time limit for them to cook their risotto? Thank goodness no basil is needed for the risotto.

Any else notice that Wade has zero airtime during the risotto challenge until he was ready to put his gold leaf on his risotto? (I hope I was day dreaming) Then they declared he cooked one of the best risotto. He must have used a very unorthodox way to cook his risotto. lol

It doesn’t matter who will go tonight as the rapid firing will start next week to see 6 of them go home within a week.

22 Joseph Skyrim { 07.12.12 at 10:44 am }

Well, that should speed things up. 😛 Also, erm – are they starting “the Shire” against the Olympics? I know it’s not my cup of tea but that’s a pretty big ask.

23 Andrea { 07.12.12 at 10:47 am }

Was reminiscing if Big Kev was still in the comp so he could ‘name that pasta’.

Red team’s dishes did look more substantial and filling for a factory cafeteria (think mining challenge last year).

24 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 10:48 am }

Jruth – red glasses and green apron is very co-ordinated when you’re in Italy, lol. :-)

I missed the second half due to AGT so can’t really comment on the Barilla challenge, however I thought the gold leaf and the wind went really well together. I also think the judges and guest chefs really ‘put the wind up’ the contestants before the challenge which just seems to make them all very unsure of themselves. What’s that called again – mind f*****g?

25 EH { 07.12.12 at 10:49 am }

Another question, is using sausage meat considered cheating? Isn’t it like using pre-seasoned minced meat? The lasagne won the best dish because they used the Italian sausages that already been seasoned & flavored by the local Italians butcher? Will they still win the best dish if they use minced meat & season themselves?

Isn’t it like using bottled curry paste, pre-made Cajun seasoning, Moroccan spice mix? I thought MC was encouraging the contestants to make everything from scratch including stock.

26 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 10:58 am }

Jruth, you are excused on the presumption that it’s not a gold-leaf bikini

27 JStar { 07.12.12 at 11:06 am }

@EH – Italian sausages work best with packaged pasta.

28 planb { 07.12.12 at 11:08 am }

I know it’s not going to happen, but I would like Deb to survive and go on to win this and put out a cookbook for crabby people. It’s as likely to happen as Amina coming back and winning.

Other than that, I will be happy, in the unlikely event, if neither of the blonde bimbo pin-holders or 42 year old ra-ra girl Audra win the title. (Woo-Hoo!) So depressed the red team won last night.

29 Paul { 07.12.12 at 11:08 am }

Masterchef is about who cooks the best food.

Using sausage meat was an inspired decision. I can’t believe that the contestants now get criticized for having some imagination.

Can there just be one episode where posters don’t moan themselves stupid over ridiculously petty or imaginary incidents. Please……

I feel like I’ve stumbled on a porn forum, what with all the moaning going on !!!!!

30 Bruiser Brody { 07.12.12 at 11:13 am }

I like how they pumped up they would be cooking for AUTHENTIC italians, who actually WORKED in the BARILLA factory!
No doubt, all the computer programmers, assembly line staff and middle management would have some of the keenest pallets in the land, becoz, y’know, Italy! Barilla! Factory!!
200 “extra” ppl says to me, they never actually eat at the goddam canteen – prolly down the shops buying sushi! And if you worked at the Barilla factory, ya think the reaction at the canteen would likely be “oh great, pasta…. again….every fn day…. pasta!”
Alice’s top lip doesn’t move – annoying!

31 Joseph Skyrim { 07.12.12 at 11:14 am }

@Paul – Heh, there’s less moaning on porn forums. 😛

32 EH { 07.12.12 at 11:18 am }

Note to self – Poor Paul is having middle child syndrome. No, I still refuse to give him any attention.

RR – Didn’t Beau get hammered for being unimaginative for using fennel sausage on a bun during the dude food challenge?

33 Calliegirl { 07.12.12 at 11:19 am }

The yellow risotto was the most unappealing dish imaginable. No wonder they put the gold leaf on it. It look like baby food (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!!

34 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 11:26 am }

Chin up Paul, at least people are watching MC which is what you want more than anything isn’t it?

And MC might be scripted and edited beyond a fantasy, but at least this blog isn’t.

I’ve said it before “moaning = watching”!

35 Paul { 07.12.12 at 11:30 am }

Surely there’s a competition going on that I don’t know about, to see who can make the most trivial complaint about MC on this blog.

Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s posts.

“OMG, did you see Mindy’s fingernails. They were RED I tell you. RED. Hang her !!!!!”

“Did anyone notice that Ben stirs his risotto anti-clockwise instead of clockwise? Firing squad now….”

“In season 2, episode 11, George & Gary wanted the contestants to make their own sausages. Now its suddenly okay to use pre made sausages when cooking for 700 people – Where’s the consistency I tell you. Where’s the consistency !!!!”

36 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 11:37 am }

I thought the risotto from the Italian chef looked like a soup. LOL when George talked about a good risotto and I remember last series he was doing a masterclass on risotto and he said you don’t stir the rice !

From now on we are on the Midnight Express to the Olympics !!!

Now I really want Julia to win!!!!

37 Morgan { 07.12.12 at 11:38 am }

I actually enjoyed this episode, not the best ep of this season but definitely the best of Italy week. Both teams performed well and all of the dishes looked good, I would’ve loved to have tried the pork lasagne and prawn pasta! Alice’s “Epic Prawnage!” is hands down the quote of the season. But that gold leaf on top of the risotto was beyond wanky. I don’t care if that old man is one of the finest chefs in the world, the gold leaf is pointless and adds nothing to the dish except for the price.

I won’t be surprised at all if Ben and Andy end up coming out as a gay couple after the show. This has to be the biggest bromance this show has seen, even bigger than Hayden and Michael’s.

Deb is most likely going tonight, I really don’t think she’ll handle the pressure very well.

38 Chunks { 07.12.12 at 11:41 am }

I stopped by church this morning to pray for Deb to be eliminated tonight. Andy’s comment to the camera about having Deb on the green team was priceless. I’ll be so pissed off if Ben or Andy goes home. Or Julia actually. She’s annoying but hard working and focused. I suppose it’s always possible Alice could be silly enough to hold onto her ammunity pin. After all Treagan was in an ammunity pin challenge AND eliminated in the same week.

39 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 11:43 am }

Paul- I admire you. You always have something to whinge and complain about us here and you are very good at it. Keep it coming, Paul.

40 Sioux Denim { 07.12.12 at 11:44 am }

I enjoyed that episode – how good was that kitchen – huge difference to the previous night!

Should be an interesting Elimination – have been on Debs bandwgon for a while but even I can see she is not enjoying herself so I am thinking it may be her time…….

41 Dr T { 07.12.12 at 11:46 am }

I was just thinking this trip doesn’t really have the spark of the other overseas adventures, and I’m not going to remember it…

I loved the London trip where they cooked for Heston, and Marion doing the “eggs and soldiers” dessert in the immunity challenge… that was a great week. This week has been entirely forgettable…

Any thoughts for where people would like to see them go next year? (if there is a next year?)

42 JKo { 07.12.12 at 11:47 am }

So they got the contestents to wear gloves in that tiny kitchen making pizza/pasta but no gloves when cooking for 500+ staff?

43 Dunbi { 07.12.12 at 11:54 am }

Austria would be nice – beautiful country

44 Paul { 07.12.12 at 11:54 am }

@Dr T,

1. Greece. George would go nuts plus they could do a soup kitchen/austerity challenge…..

2. Amsterdam – see who can cook the best ‘munchy food’ as voted by customers of cafe.

3. Iran. Elimination challenge with a difference. Loser gets beheaded.

45 Morgan { 07.12.12 at 11:58 am }

Dr T – I agree, this overseas week has been really forgettable. I loved S1’s Hong Kong week, and S3’s NYC week. I never saw S2’s London week as I was overseas during then. I’d like to see them go to Paris, Tokyo and Barcelona in the future.

46 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 11:59 am }

I wanted the green team to win as well, their vegetarian lasagne looked delicious and its the one I would have chosen. I loved Alice saying epic prawage, never heard that word before!Its obvious no one likes Deb with all the comments made to camera so if she goes tonight they might all be a bit happier. On tonight’s promos Deb was saying she feels very pressured so maybe this is not the right competition for her. Andy and Ben are having fun and they probably won’t be too upset if they go so they can start up their Mexican restaurant together, they seem great friends. Agree Mindy and Kylie carried on a bit to much after their win when the green team were just as good and looking quite devastated, it was really rubbing it in. As Ben said there was nothing more they could have done. Those Barilla workers have it good being able to eat at that canteen every day, wonder if its free? I suppose they would get sick of pasta after a while though.

47 Bolders { 07.12.12 at 11:59 am }

I would love to be served breakfast lunch and dinner with a gold leaf on top.
I deserve it and it would suit my ceasar complex.

48 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 12:00 pm }

The problem is your inability to process any criticism of Ma$terchef whatsoever, Paul and the legacy of infantile lunacy you’ve excreted on this forum proves it.

Now be a good boy and go make a shrine for the Coldsore Queen.

49 EH { 07.12.12 at 12:00 pm }

Dr T – Japan. Or any destinations Qantas fly to.

50 EH { 07.12.12 at 12:02 pm }

Hey BDD, where have you been all morning? RR’s blog is not the same without your funny funny one liners :)

51 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 12:02 pm }

Mindy has a new phrase now. She keep saying ‘oh my God’. Hope she will be saying that when she get eliminated!!!

52 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 12:11 pm }

Culinary Boner is now officially rooting for Team Alice.
Any chick who can stomach *boom tish* lampredotto and plates up tongue (even she can’t cook it properly) has to be the July poster girl for the 2012 Tripe, Liver & Offal Association calendar. She’s such a sweetbread.

53 Paul { 07.12.12 at 12:14 pm }

Another note for potential contestants as per BDD edicts –

You are not allowed to have any type of physical deformity. Coldsores, pimples, glasses – Not allowed under any circumstances
A few pounds overweight – Ridicule will be forthcoming.

You must be perfect however do not be too perfect as you will be cut down for that too.

54 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 12:14 pm }

EH, I’ve been living on Tour de France time. Thanks for caring.

I agree with many other of the commenters regarding this abortive ,declasse sojourn in Italy.

Beige Ben to go tonight. I don’t really care if Alice uses her pin.

This a television/game show, Paul. You’re confusing it with life and taking this far too seriously to be an adult.

Tour de Farce = Ma$terchef.

55 Paul { 07.12.12 at 12:16 pm }

Also – you cannot have an accent. You will be mocked for this too.

However MC must have contestants from diverse backgrounds otherwise we have the right to call them racists. But if you do come froma diverse background, do not have an accent.



56 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 12:22 pm }

Played the homophobia card ,now the race card. I thought even you were better than that, Paul….. but no.

Clear? Or do you need a diagram?


57 Chunks { 07.12.12 at 12:23 pm }

Feeling out of sorts today Paul?

58 EH { 07.12.12 at 12:29 pm }


I have found a better place for you to be:

There is a loud statement on the header of the forum: Please remember this is a Cooking show, discussion of a cheftestant’s race, appearance or sexuality is straying from the topic.

59 Simone { 07.12.12 at 12:30 pm }

I am perfect. This makes those around me very happy.

Also I would like to have gold on all my food from now on. Crushed pearls also accepted. And if there is a way to make diamonds edible, I demand to be informed at once.

Yes Mindy is fake as hell and major game-player but I don’t see why she should be criticised for this … She is competing to win a buck-load of cash and a book deal, and she has not actually disabled any competitors or slept with the judges (awk). She’s competing, if she wins it’ll pay off and if she loses, she’s going to be a bit hard up for friends at the reunion get-together.

60 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 12:38 pm }

Surely Denmark has to be the destination for next year’s jaunt.
The contestants could cook for Princess Mary, Prince Freddy and their tin lids.
Gary, George and Matt could dress as Vikings for the obligatory silly costume photo shoot.
And for the culinary wankery that has become the raison d’être of this once great show, they could do an ammunity challenge at Noma –

61 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 12:42 pm }

Dopplegangers for Matt, Gary and George judging on a rival cooking competition show (aint George cute):

62 EH { 07.12.12 at 12:42 pm }

I am cooking an authentic Italian spagetthi bolognese made with Italian sausages, diced pork belly and Barilla pasta as my MC S5 audition dish next year (if there is one). I am expecting G & G to be in food heaven and say, “Oh my God, you are so imaginative! It is the best dish we have tasted so far in the audition.”

Suck it up Paul. You want my attention, you get it now. And stop taking it out on BDD.

63 annajjj { 07.12.12 at 12:43 pm }

“Mindy has a new phrase now. She keep saying ‘oh my God’. Hope she will be saying that when she get eliminated!!!”

And ‘keep going team!’
Even when she is not the captain she still believes, deep down, she is. Glad the bogan nail polish has gone.

64 Paul { 07.12.12 at 12:44 pm }

BDD and EH,
Whilst it most certainly is a television show the contestants are actual people.

They are not caricatures, they are not robots, they are not characters playing a role.

How sad are some people that they think its ‘normal’ to be critical of another person’s appearance, race or mannerisms. None of which can be helped.

Mindy likes to say ‘beautiful’ – I mean, lets shoot her FFS.

65 Dunbi { 07.12.12 at 12:45 pm }

No, no – got to be Austria – want to see them prancing over the hills singing ‘The Hills are alive with the sound of (insert own word here)’
Can you imagine Matt in lederhosen?

66 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 12:52 pm }

No one has suggested Mindy should be shot..unless it’s with antibiotics. Take your meds, Paul.

Claire Winton Burn, Dani and now Mindy. You just can’t deal with it at all.

67 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 12:53 pm }

Sheep dip?

68 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 12:58 pm }

PAUL, Hi, I’m not having a go at you, but I was just wondering if you work on Masterchef or Channel Ten? Because if you do, have you ever thought that reading comments from this site and others such as SMH who do a similar thing, might actually help make the show better by reading all the constructive criticisms? We do like Masterchef, that’s why we watch and like to talk about it and discuss how it could become better as we want it to return next year! Its kind of like doing a survey or market research but Channel Ten only have to look at this site and others to get an idea of what the viewers like and don’t like. That’s how I see it anyway, but you are entitled to your opinion as well, this is a fun and interesting site to most of us. Thanks.

69 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 1:04 pm }

I am totally in awe of MCA. It has to be the best produced, most believable and genuine cooking competition I’ve ever watched.

The judges are the most natural, helpful and spontaneous hosts you could ever hope for and because they are so natural and spontaneous, nothing they do on the show could ever be seen as contrived or manipulated for entertainment or drama sake. They are totally supportive of all the contestants equally and would never display favouritism in any form.

All the contestants are wonderful, clever, well adjusted and jolly people, who are such talented cooks, any one of them could be a master chef in real life. Like the judges, I would never favour one contestant over another because they all deserve my blind adoration and I want them all to win. Nothing they do ever annoys me because I am from Stepford.

This is my opinion of MCA throughout the entire competition and I’ll copy and paste it into the blog every day.

70 Paul { 07.12.12 at 1:05 pm }

No don’t work for either.

The articles on Fairfax are borderline hateful IMO. Ironic really, as the writers concerned are the usual sanctimonious lefty brigade who like to preach tolerance – this applies to everyone but themselves, it appears.

There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism. Nothing at all. And whilst some of it is overly petty and naive, people are entitled to an opinion and have it discussed.

Where the line should be drawn is discussions in relation to things that a contestant can’t help. ie their appearance, race or mannerisms.

That stuff is not on IMO and if people want to talk about that s**t then they should go and start a facebook hate page or something – most are too gutless to do so for fear of exposure in any case.

71 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 1:09 pm }

Poor Paul.Not happy unless you’re unhappy. You should start your own Facebook page for kindred spirits. Thanks for including your name and address by the way.

People in the public eye get criticised. Sometimes for the better ,sometimes not. This is not a mystery to most people.

72 lulu { 07.12.12 at 1:29 pm }

Omg – can’t believe you’re all still bothering with him.
Ever heard of ‘starving the fever?’

73 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 1:42 pm }

If Paul was genuine he’d be too busy complaining about the criticism Julia Gillard gets for her nose and ar$e to be trolling here. But he’s not.

74 lulu { 07.12.12 at 1:48 pm }

He probably is trolling around other sites, using different names – a committed agent provocateur.
… his snout in many troughs.

75 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 1:50 pm }

PAUL, I take your point about appearance etc and I don’t call the contestants rude names or anything but in the case of Alice with her glasses for example, everybody comments about that as its the first thing you see with her, but I think she knew it would be a talking point. I’ve worn glasses too most of my life and I used to get the name calling at school. I chose to wear small frames to not stand out, but Alice is the opposite and that’s her choice.Same with the beanies Emma chose to wear, I’ve seen her comment on another site and she called herself Cry Beanie so I think she’s taking it all in fun. I still think Channel Ten would be glad that we are talking about the show instead of just ignoring it because its a ratings flop.

76 Paul { 07.12.12 at 1:51 pm }

BDD – this might be hard to understand but this blog is not about Julia Gillard nor are there any posts about her.

But to put your mind at rest, if people were resorting to those sort of comments then they would pointed out as well.

77 Miss Piggy { 07.12.12 at 1:53 pm }

Please baby Jesus send Deb home…plesae! And I agree with you on the Gold Leaf…WTF? What a waste of…gold.

78 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 1:55 pm }

SOPOTI – Supreme Overlord Pointer Of The Internet.

79 Paul { 07.12.12 at 1:55 pm }

@ Andy Pandy,

To be honest, I haven’t really seen any overtly negative or hateful comments about Alice and her glasses.

She’s a bit OTT but thats just her personality and her glasses reflect that I guess. Don’t think I would like to be stuck in a room with her for 3 hours though. :)

80 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 1:57 pm }

With Alice I’m not sure if the glasses are hipster schtick, which I think Boner said yesterday. Could be a gimmick, as $tan walker ,who “won” the last “Idol” wore a similar pair of white glasses. Make no mistake, they stand out like pigs’ balls and encourage, if not demand commentary.

For sure, Andy Pandy , $hine would be reading some of this stuff….and weeping.

You missed the point Paul. It’s an inconvenient truth for you.

81 Anna { 07.12.12 at 2:05 pm }

Now, to get back to what probably seems rather prosaic and to my question at #3 about desserts. Do you think there will be a dessert, maybe tonight? I would like to see something like a “beautiful” Zuppa Inglesi or a Cannoli, mmm, maybe a pannacotta or even a cassata.

82 Bolders { 07.12.12 at 2:07 pm }

I hate Alice’s glasses. They’re grease traps.

83 EH { 07.12.12 at 2:07 pm }

How about tiramisu?

Paul – You are wrong. Julia Gillard was a guest judge In Jnr Masterchef and RR did write a post about her:

84 Paul { 07.12.12 at 2:08 pm }

@Anna – I believe Zumbo is making an appearance in an upcoming episode.

85 Jruth { 07.12.12 at 2:11 pm }

@Paul – unfortunately you’ve succumbed to the ultimate cliche: whinging on this site about the whinging on this site.

@CB – not gold leaf, only gold lame…

86 EH { 07.12.12 at 2:12 pm }

Paul #75 – You are wrong. Julia Gillard has appeared on Jnr MC and RR has written a blog post about her prior to her appearance on Jnr MC. Can’t post the link as it went to spam. Waiting for RR to fix the problem. You can google Julia Gillard Jnr MC and you can find it.

87 EH { 07.12.12 at 2:14 pm }
88 Anna { 07.12.12 at 2:15 pm }

No, Paul, I don’t want one of Zumbo’s elaborate confections, just something Italian while they are actually in Italy.

89 Chunks { 07.12.12 at 2:20 pm }

Zumbo + Italy would surely = a seven layer wedding cake styled on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

90 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 2:26 pm }

Bruiser Brody #29 made some very salient points about the Barilla workforce and the MCA’s presumption that they’d have super palettes just ’cause they’re ITALIAN plus just how thrilling it’d be the line up each and every working day for a Barilla pasta lunch. Maybe there’s a Simpson’s episode in this?

BB also said “Alice’s top lip doesn’t move”.

Just so.

But at least it’s free off fuzz …unlike Julie Goodwin or Julia Jenkins from past seasons – just thought I’d throw that in for you, Paul.

91 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 2:28 pm }

ANNA- Even gelato would be good, I love that!
BDD – Thank You.

92 EH { 07.12.12 at 2:29 pm }

I read on Twitter that Audra will be the guest chef at Bar H tonight. I know MC is on production break and someone has spotted Ben & Andy in Melbourne but I wonder if MC allow her to engage in public appearance in a high profile restaurant if Audra is still in the running to win the title? They usual have to keep a low profile during production break if they are still in the competition.

93 EH { 07.12.12 at 2:31 pm }

Anna – I want to see Tiramisu makes an appearance.

94 Anna { 07.12.12 at 2:41 pm }

Ah, EH, Tiramisu…….I avoided including it as I thought I was too, …..too obvious.

95 EH { 07.12.12 at 2:44 pm }

I still don’t understand how Paul can twist the discussion of using Italian sausages into the topics of homophobic and racist.

96 EH { 07.12.12 at 2:46 pm }

Anna, you will be surprised to learn how many of the top 10 have not made tiramisu before lol

97 lulu { 07.12.12 at 2:50 pm }

Probs Deb to go … in what would be less of an elimination and more a relief from ostracism.
Surely they couldn’t split up Benny and Andy – that would be a tragedy of epic proportions as they are the Heathcliffe and Cathy of MC 2012.
I don’t find Alice endearing at all, but more of a cynical chameleon. We all know she can look ‘good,’ yet has adopted an entirely different ‘style’ for her MC stint: the nanna hair, the in-your-face specs, the silly clothes….. this was clearly going to be her ‘thang.’ Not to mention the manic front-of-house behaviour, her cartoonish, puppet-like body movements and the exaggerated, upper n’ downer facial expressions. I think it’s contrived, and she’s taking the piss..

I expect her to soon be ‘following her food dreams’ on the set of Neighbours.
Aside from that, kudos for the prawnage.

98 Dr T { 07.12.12 at 2:50 pm }

I’m rooting for a culinary experience in Mongolia next year… Yak’s milk pannacotta in the invention test

According to wiki they are quite partial to horse meat

99 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 2:52 pm }

Thanks for clarifying the bikini fabric.
Here’s the ultimate distinguisher between an Aussie or Euro beach babe – sun tanned, bottle ‘tanned’ or untanned?

100 Paul { 07.12.12 at 2:54 pm }

@EH – And I don’t understand how a contestant’s cold-sores, a person’s accent or a persons finger-nail varnish is relevant to a cooking show. Nor do I understand how saying ‘beautiful’ or ‘Oh my god’ somehow means that that person is evil or conniving.

That’s just me though – I’m a normal human being however.

You carry on bagging and picking on the contestants – obviously you get a bit of a kick out of it. ‘Sport’ didn’t you describe it as the other day.

Sport, FFS.

101 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 3:14 pm }

Paul- I just said Mindy used the phrase ‘oh my God’ very often. Did I said she is evil or conniving?

So now just stating what was on MC is wrong. Wonder what can we say here if we are to please you or just do what Georgie did #68. I guessed if we have done that, you will be saying about how so and so didn’t peel the prawns properly or the cake was too flat etc etc. LOL

102 Anna { 07.12.12 at 3:14 pm }

EH, :))

103 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 3:16 pm }

Dr T, horse meat is a delicacy in parts of Europe as well.
I still remember as superb meal of foal steak (prepared like veal) in morels and cream which I had in Switzerland what would be now close to 20 years ago.

104 EH { 07.12.12 at 3:19 pm }

Paul – you want a full on war, you get it.

Please mind what you say. You are in the risk of putting yourself lower than any normal human beings by suddenly putting all the blame on ME!!

Go ahead and see if you can find a comment of me on RR’s blog mentioning about cold-sores, pick on a contestant’s accent & about Mindy nails (except a link to a picture of a pair of hands with leopard nail).

Nor was I the one who started on ‘beautiful’ & ‘Oh my god’.

BTW, I think you may be day dreaming about ‘Sport’? I have no idea WTF you are talking about. FFS.

I like RR’s blog. I come here to contribute & voice my opinions as her reader & supporter. I don’t have to be subjected to your abuse.

105 Daze { 07.12.12 at 3:25 pm }

Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi tasted one of 4 sheets of gold which had split which I think was the last dish tasted, ie Julia’s? Yes everyone else tasted the side of plate so no need at all for the gold leaf. Just wanted to drop in and now Im too scared to say anything lol

106 EH { 07.12.12 at 3:28 pm }

I truly believe menopausal behavior doesn’t exist only to female. That is, if, Paul is a ‘he’, not ‘she’.

107 Dr T { 07.12.12 at 3:29 pm }

CB – I like one of Gordon Ramsay’s shows (The F Word) where one of his presenters tried to serve horse meat outside Royal Ascot

108 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 3:29 pm }

Daze-Be brave and join the blog!!! We won’t bite.

109 Gillian { 07.12.12 at 3:31 pm }

I understand your point Paul about people on reality TV shows being human and not having to be subject to ridicule. I would be mortified if someone said something about my appearance. I cringed too when a comment was made about Amina’s weight recently because it’s unecessary and hurtful. However, I think this is one of the nicest forums on the net and it’s all in good fun. RR will definitely step in if someone has crossed the line.

110 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 3:32 pm }

BDD-Are you having a nanny nap now? :) I am up watching the TDF and getting up in the morning is hard. I rather stay up late then to get up early in the morning. With the Olympics I have to get up early. Not happy Jan.

111 Paul { 07.12.12 at 3:36 pm }


Most posters are fantastic.

Unfortunately there are a few who treat it as their own personal facebook hate page. Not acceptable in my book.

112 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 3:37 pm }

Sound like a must see Dr T.

Reminds me of the following hilarious Ali G series Borat ‘ambush': (

(Borat is talking to anti-hunting two protestors; one a short middle aged woman; the other a teenage girl)
Borat – Why do you like to hunt the fox?
Protestor 1 – I do not hunt the fox! I think people that hunt the fox are the scum of the earth.
(Borat shows the lady his bear hunting badge on his jacket lapel)
Borat – In Kazikstan…
Protestor 1 – You kill bears!
Borat – Yes. Kill them.
Protestor 1 – He kills bears!
Protestor 2 – You kill bears! That’s evil
Borat – No. In Kazakhstan we shoot animal. We do not hunt the fox.
Protestor 2 – Well you shouldn’t be talking to us because we love animals.
Borat – We love animal too.
Protestor 1 – So why do you shoot them?
Borat – For fun.
Protestor 1 – You evil bastard! Piss off!
(Borat walks away but then returns)
Borat – I do not kill fox.
Protestor 1 – But you kill bears.
Borat – There is no more bears in Kazakhstan.
Protestor 1 – Because you’ve killed them all!

113 EH { 07.12.12 at 3:43 pm }

Paul – I am not afraid to take on you but with the way you distorted the truth, it is disgraceful. And this is my last word to you. Disgraceful. A word I learnt from Sarah (The Amazing Race)

114 Dr T { 07.12.12 at 3:45 pm }

Yes, I forgot all about that CB, brilliant!

Hey Gillian – “I would be mortified if someone said something about my appearance.”
Don’t worry… I’m sure CB and BDD are sharpening their wits in preparation for your TV appearance.

I didn’t broadcast my appearance, but I was on Letters and Numbers last year… and lost to a first rate nerd… but hey, I got my signed dictionary and got to meet Lily (the thinking man’s crumpet) and David… don’t much care for Richard

115 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 3:54 pm }

It’s like arguing with a pig. We’ll all get dirty but Paul enjoys it.

Disagree with him, say anything at all about Ma$terchef and you’ll be called dumb, inferior, unable to comprehend etc. It’s his modus operandi for three years now and the archives show that. Thanks for including your name and address, Paul.

116 Jess { 07.12.12 at 3:56 pm }

I think what has made the Italy trip so much duller than the other seasons’ overseas adventures is that they’ve all been stuck cooking really generic, stereotypical food. Pizza and pasta? And pasta again?
London wasn’t just meat pies and fish and chips for five days. New York wasn’t a week of hot dogs and hamburgers.

I didn’t like the Hong Kong trip, though. Why go all the way to Hong Kong to challenge a French chef? The portrayal of “Asian” cuisine on MasterChef is so one-dimensional, in an entirely bad way. It probably doesn’t help that Kylie Kwong is their go-to person for it…

Oh, and I did see this on facebook posted by a “Sarcha Morris”:
“Audra, Amina and Julia had dinner at Jamie’s Italian last night 😀 they are good friends.”
I probably wouldn’t have picked up on it, but the surname made me think Morris might be a sister-in-law or something?
How does the filming schedule fit into this? Are they done, and free to roam? Or can we assume that Audra and Julia won’t make it to the end?

117 PollyB { 07.12.12 at 3:58 pm }

Ooh Dr T. I luurve L&N. I’m sure you treasure your dictionary. I don’t care much for Richard either.

118 EH { 07.12.12 at 4:00 pm }

Amen, BDD.

Note to self – Back to ignoring Paul and continue my day dream with Andy & the red Vespa. There is a chance he may not be back on MC and look beautiful after tonight.

119 EH { 07.12.12 at 4:04 pm }

Jess – Ben & Andy were spotted in Melbourne. Audra is going to be the guest chef at Bar H tonight. IMO, not a good sign if Audra is allowed to engage in a high profile public appearance.

120 Gillian { 07.12.12 at 4:05 pm }

@Dr T – You can say anything you like about me but if you say anything about my mum, I’ll have to hunt you down and kill you :-) I think I should bow out of this convo since I didn’t actually see the show last night. Enjoying the commentary though!

121 Bolders { 07.12.12 at 4:07 pm }

I would love MC to give the cooks one challenge where they give them 4 hours to do anything they want and see how creative they can be without stupid provisos like: you get two minutes and one ingredient to do a 3 course meal.

And you have to work with Deb.

122 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 4:10 pm }

Hate page. FFS, Paul, get a grip and a sense of proportion.

You’ve heard of the Tall Poppy Syndrome haven’t you?

Commenting critically and mockingly about reality TV shows and their featured wannabes – a mostly unpaid but greedy* slave workforce of our great and blessed TV networks – and cutting them down to size for either their lack of talent, grace or delusions that they are ‘stars’ could be called the Small Poppy Syndrome. A new Australian past-time that makes the viewing of these contemporary light-entertainment shows more bearable. It’s exactly what the medium wants us to do. Biggest Loser – all about feeling superior to fat people (will this show last now that Fat Pride** has been formed?) dressed up as a personal and community service.

MCA and its judges and contestants are increasingly copping more of this type of criticism and mockery because the show has become a parody of cooking excellence.

Reality TV is, in my opinion, simply porn for misanthropes and cynics. Anyone watching this stuff incredulously searching only for positives needs an intervention fast before they hand over their bank details to some long-lost Nigerian relative (who just happens to be a deposed prince, the poor diddums).

* For attention or publicity, as much as the prize money.
** On the one, everyone! – “Say it loud, I’m fat and I’m proud!”

123 Dunbi { 07.12.12 at 4:11 pm }

One of my favourite programmes Dr. T. I was reading one of the UK newspapers online last night and it reported that as the contestant called out whether they wanted a vowel or a consonant the letters across the board eventually read Penisdump! Apparently that show was not aired.

124 EH { 07.12.12 at 4:16 pm }

Jess – Audra’s surname is Morrice, not Morris. Audra is the guest chef at Bar H tonight. High profile public appearance prior to finale being airred, not a good sign.

125 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 4:21 pm }

EH, my daydream should be about Ajay, but Jruth’s gold lame bikini has disturbed my equilibrium

126 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 4:23 pm }

Good luck on the show, Gillian and relax , I wasn’t planning to watch. Say “hi” to your Mum.

No nanna naps, littlepetal , I’ve been on the phone to a friend in $ydney, spreading hate , discussing Ma$terchef and the TDF. I am salivating for more Alps action tonight.

127 Gillian { 07.12.12 at 4:36 pm }

@BBD – Oh gosh, should I be worried! I thought I was amongst friends here haha. Yes, I’ll tell my mum you said hello! The show aired yesterday and thankfully it turned out ok. Incidentally, I only appeared on the show to have someone help me find a property. I hate even having my photo taken. It was a very big grin and bare it moment for both of us. But back to the topic on hand:-)

128 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 4:40 pm }

BDD-If you salivate too much you may need a bib

129 EH { 07.12.12 at 4:48 pm }

CB – Try day dreaming AJ in Jruth’s gold lame bikini :)

Jess – Audra’s surname is Morrice, not Morris.

130 Chunks { 07.12.12 at 4:48 pm }

Small Poppy Syndrome. Now that sounds like Lara Bingle if her ratings continue to plummet.

131 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 4:48 pm }

This morning I saw a current footage of an Australian Defence Force mess hall catering for a similar number of patrons as last night and I am impressed that nearly every person handling food was wearing plastic gloves.

Just doesn’t happen on Ma$terchef except on very rare occasions. Just one more reason that the culinary crudfest attracts negative feedback.

Elvis was sledged for being fat~ but he had talent.
Jagger’s lips lampooned ~ but he had talent.

132 Gillian { 07.12.12 at 4:53 pm }

The lack of adherence to basic food hygiene standards is disturbing.

133 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 4:56 pm }

EH, good idea… my cups runneth over

134 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 4:58 pm }

DAZE,@101, I felt the same for a while but its okay now. We are all entitled to our own opinion, even Paul so go ahead! RR will step in if needed, she’s already said to be nice to everyone, that’s what I try to do. I just saw an article and pictures of Alice in TV WEEK, they gave her a glam make over and you wouldn’t even recognize her, she’s beautiful! She’s growing on me a bit, I would love a guy to win but I fear it will be Mindy and Kylie in the final two.

135 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 5:03 pm }

Good points, bdd.
Jagger’s lips (& tongue) went on to fame and fortune as one of the most iconic logos of the early 70’s, though I suspect they found most use pleasing the ladies in the disco era:
(I didn’t realise ’til reading this article that the logo first appeared for Sticky Fingers – BTW, my favourite Stone’s album)

136 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 5:12 pm }

Oh Boner, I have an embarrassingly large collection of $tones albums and a yellowing autograph of Keith Richards on the lounge room wall.

I’m an Exile On Main Street buff, closely followed by Sticky Fingers. Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out! is my favourite live album ever. Those old farts were really kicking ar$e then.

Will Ma$terchef last fifty years? Or five, even?

I have my bib on right now, littlepetal.

137 Isabel { 07.12.12 at 5:25 pm }

This has all been hilarious reading … Paul, have you noticed that quite a few of the girls have bad pimples?

138 EH { 07.12.12 at 5:25 pm }

Andy Pandy & Daze – I am sorry if I am part of the contributing factor. I have tried my very best to play nice and not to react to Paul’s provocations but I think I lost it today because he addressed a post directly to me about complaining the use of Italian sausages and compared it to moaning in porn movie (no pun intended) lol

139 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 5:27 pm }

BDD, I have to admit that I didn’t truly get into the Stones until later in life as their late 70s/early 80s strutting and celeb status just put me off. Added to the albums you’ve mentioned I also listen every so often to Beggars Banquet – more for Street Fighting Man and Factory Girl than Sympathy for the Devil. Had I got into them earlier I may have actually got off my arse to see them, before they truly became old farts and ticket prices escalated the scale of a monthly mortgage payment.

140 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 5:31 pm }

During the ammunity challenge the other night, it got boring tout de suite and I found myself pondering who had the worst acne scarring~ Alice or Mindy. I’m not going to hell for that. I’m just a normal viewer.

Boner, I gave up buying their albums after Tattoo You. An angel of mercy lent me the money to see them in 1995 as yes, they charge like wounded bulls.

141 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 5:33 pm }

Keep an eye out for Clearasil ads wedged between Western Star butter and Nandos.

142 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 5:41 pm }

EH, don’t worry, its been good to get our points across, you didn’t say anything wrong!Paul wanted us to react which we did, nothing wrong with an interesting debate. I think I’m often on the same wavelength as you so I enjoy the discussions and reading everyone’s comments. I don’t know what he meant by the sports thing either! Ooh, on our chann 10 news on now they just said Masterchef contestants in Tuscany coming up! Must go watch!

143 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 5:44 pm }

Don’t worry about it EH. Paul is more twisted than Jowl$y’s colon.

144 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 5:46 pm }

Who’s got zits CB?

As for bagging about things that can’t be helped:

Beanies – buy some baseball caps or try a scarf
Crying – toughen up (Julie Goodwin’s advice)
Big glasses – No-one says anything about Julia’s glasses
Red jeans – you can buy blue ones too you know
Zits – stop eating chocolate
Cold sores – stop sunbaking and kissing
Fat – go on Biggest Loser instead
Saying beautiful all the time – try expanding your vocabulary
Tats – too late loser

145 PollyB { 07.12.12 at 5:46 pm }


146 Suziekue { 07.12.12 at 5:49 pm }

Oh Paul – your hypocrisy at comment 69 is awe inspiring! You accuse bloggers in here of racism and homophobia, but you have no qualms about generalising and politicising SMH writers by calling them “the sanctimonious lefty brigade”. Hmmm is it ok now if I call all people named Paul right wing red necks? You wouldn’t get upset at that now would you? Not over-generalising? Never mind, at least now we know how you vote.

147 can't boil water { 07.12.12 at 5:51 pm }

related to a comment way back … forgotten what number but about the poor hygiene .. this disturbing thought came to me – haven’t a few people said the contestants had the gastro bug during this challenge and someone else commented that the contestants weren’t wearing gloves … did they just infect 659 odd Italians with gastro??

rofl … Dear Italy … up yours … from Down Under

148 EH { 07.12.12 at 5:54 pm }

He is sexist too – read Paul’s comment #17.

149 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 5:59 pm }

One more I forgot:

Eyebrows – if you’re going to shave your head…

150 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 6:00 pm }

EH, just saw that clip on the news. Guess what Ben said? ” We have been under so much pressure cooking dishes we have never seen or heard of before” Another for your list maybe? All of them said they were stressed, even Alice.

151 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 6:01 pm }

I also noted deep in the dark recesses of my male psyche* the exact same sentiment as Paul’s #17 comment, but am either way too PC leftist to make such a offensive sexist observation or, more truthfully, just gun-shy of drawing down the wrath of all the extremely clever and attractive female commenters here.

* yep, that’d be Culinary Boner’s boner

152 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 6:02 pm }

It isn’t clear if the gastro has hit, yet. We know Andy’s had a day off.

Dr T may have more to offer into how gastro is typically spread but seeing the amatas without gloves when there’s been talk of gastro has scared the $hit out of me, never mind them.

You’re on fire ,Georgie. As for Wade, he can get plucked.

153 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 6:03 pm }

I also reckon Ajay doesn’t approve of sexist pigs, so don’t want to cruel my chances.

154 Jruth { 07.12.12 at 6:05 pm }

@EH (123) and @ CB (127) – if AJ wore my bikini, her cups would runneth over!

155 Culinary Boner { 07.12.12 at 6:07 pm }

Thanks for confirming that Jruth.
Nice to know this afternoon’s daydream had some grounding in reality.

156 Moo { 07.12.12 at 6:19 pm }

You just knew the red team was going to win through Andy’s copious use of negative, uncertain and emphatic language in his interview prior to the announcement of the winner:

“I feel PRETTY confident that the green team is gonna win today.”

“We put our HEART AND SOUL into that team challenge.”

“I THINK we COULDN’T have worked better as a team.”

I can pick the winning team 99% of the time by listening to the language they’re using. The viewers aren’t stupid.

157 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 6:19 pm }

Thanks bdd.

158 Daze { 07.12.12 at 6:24 pm }

Thanks Andy Pandy & EH

Still miss Amina and wish Yukio stayed (who?) he would have been very entertaining. Adam was the sleeping dragon, so I wonder who is the sleeping dragon this season
It just has to be a guy to win this year.

And a thing I like about Alice is she never seems to complain and always has a smile on her face. Her and Kylie are little eager beavers.

Good to see Audra behaving herself and no waist jumping in Italy! Oh mio dio.

159 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 6:28 pm }

No worries, Georgie.. I meant to compliment you on comment #68, too, You sounded just like a right wing,red necked , trolling knob jockey. You had all the alaments.

160 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 6:33 pm }

A boring one at that bdd.

161 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 6:38 pm }

Daze, I miss Yukio too, he would have been far more entertaining. I don’t know why he didn’t get through, he seemed so eager to be on the show, he and Alice would have got on great I reckon! Maybe its a big surprise near the end, Yukio returns and wins the whole thing! He couldn’t do any worse than some of them!

162 Morgan { 07.12.12 at 6:48 pm }

I’m still angry Yukio didn’t get chosen (Seriously judges? Mario over him?). I hope he comes back next year but I’m not holding my breath, there’s always one person that would’ve loved to have seen make the Top 24 and hope they come back the next year, but they never do.

163 Dooba { 07.12.12 at 6:58 pm }

Urgh gold leaf.. might as well put plutonium into a dish.

The final ten are generally decent looking, with most of the hotter guys and gals getting in. Even Julia looked decent without her specs.

hoping Debra’s out.

164 EH { 07.12.12 at 7:02 pm }

Thanks Andy Pandy #136 & BDD #137.

Andy Pandy #150 – Will definitely include that!

Daze – I miss the always smiling, cheerful Amina. She adds a happy vibe to the show. The show lost its sparkle after she left the show. Ah… how I hope Yukio was selected! MC never seem to get the castings right!

165 lulu { 07.12.12 at 7:03 pm }

Paul’s just a baiter. Some of you take him seriously and feel the need to defend yourselves because you want to be nice people – well, you are all basically nice, and there’s no need to justify yourselves.
This is a little bit of anthropological sport for him….yes, sport.

I see Paul like this:
He’s an unemployed, Jabba the Hut-type character (no ‘better half’), lying on a bean-bag, computer on his considerable lap and empty fastfood containers strewn around him. He trolls around and chortles with glee each time he elicits a response … with half-devoured chips and saliva dribbling down his ample chins.
Much like Seinfeld’s Newman.

Too far?

166 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 7:16 pm }

They predict Alice will be the winner!!!!

167 Georgie { 07.12.12 at 7:21 pm }

Don’t forget the farting lulu. That’s an important factor when you’re in a beanbag.

168 Calliegirl { 07.12.12 at 7:24 pm }

Lulu loving your comments No 165. Got him in one. I can’t imagine why people feel they even have to dignify Paul with a response. Plus I cannot believe the Winning Team from last night are so excited about their prize – a Visit to a Cheese Factory!!! Please spare me….

169 Anonymous { 07.12.12 at 7:25 pm }
170 brain dead dave { 07.12.12 at 7:30 pm }

Sure , I’m a hater. I hate being told what to think and what to write.

Thanks for your contribution,lulu.

“Better half” = cellmate.

Visit to a cheese factory? You mean $hine’s address?

171 Jess { 07.12.12 at 7:42 pm }

@EH 129
Ah, so it is. My mistake.

Hmm. What do you make of this from Amina’s post-elimination interview?
“I always knew that she would have every chance to win.”

172 EH { 07.12.12 at 7:48 pm }

Jess – Sorry for the repeated comments. They all went to the spam box & RR just flushing them out.

173 JStar { 07.12.12 at 9:04 pm }

@EH – It still hasn’t been confirmed by any publicity department but you said the EPG said the 25th is the finale. I have two views on the finale and both would confirm that there is a current production break.

1. The finale has been filmed already except for the last judging. So seeing Audra out and about now shouldn’t be a surprise. I’m expecting her to be one of the final 6.

2. To keep things secret, it is likely that only the penultimate elimnination has occurred (3rd place getter). The final cook-off will be filmed next week and everyone will reconvene (so to avoid spoilers and everyone will be in lockdown).

174 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 9:09 pm }

JStar-It will be hard for them to film both the MC and the MC all star at the same time. My take is that they have filmed the Finale but have not film the final announcement (what they did last year). If MKR can film the finale and there was no leak as to who won, I am sure Channel Ten can do it.

175 JStar { 07.12.12 at 9:15 pm }

@littlepetal. Possibly but didn’t they film Season 2 MasterChef simultaneously with the first season of Junior MasterChef? I could be wrong but I always got the impression that there was some crossover. But if the All Stars are all living in the MC prison house, then yes, filming would have completed for Season 4 bar the final announcement.

176 lulu { 07.12.12 at 9:31 pm }

Yeah Georgie & thx Callie.g and bdd.
Can imagine him sitting in Long Bay as we speak, getting the same treatment as Deb’s pigs earlier.
btw, great recap in The Age/SMH today from Ben Pobjie again … especially the reference to (my fave) Julia and ‘her metal cousin….’

177 sue N { 07.12.12 at 9:32 pm }

some random thoughts-

I didn’t notice any bad skin eruptions at the beginning of MC- methinks the fat laden food & stress may not be helping some contestants…

The gold leaf on the risotto seemed pointless and superfluous…

I would like Amina to come back please… (happy to have Audra or Mindy leave)

I like Alice… :)

Wade’s eyebrows deserve their own postcode…

Hygiene standards are seriously amiss!…

This has been a mammoth read… 😉

178 littlepetal { 07.12.12 at 10:15 pm }

BDD-Have you change your bib yet?

179 Larry { 07.12.12 at 10:28 pm }

Oh ma gawd, I actually cannot stand Alice. At first it was Julia I didn’t like, mostly because of her lack of personality, but also because theres something off putting about her eyes when she stares into the camera.. its like she is staring into my soul.

But whenever one of Alice’s dishes is deemed the best or her team wins a challenge, the way she reacts EVEREY BLOODY TIME annoys me so much. Its like she is about to have a seizure or something, her facial expressions shut down and she stares at the judges with her mouth making an ‘o’, and then proceeds to innocently look around at the contestants beside her as if she can’t believe what she’s just heard. This reaction would be fine, but to do the same thing every single time? I dont know, its like she is putting on an act because she knows her reaction will be filmed, so she tries to make it seem natural, but in doing that it, it looks totally fake and ugh! There are other things that annoy me but I’ve ranted enough already.

PS. I ship Ben and Andy. Bendy 4 lyf.

180 bron { 07.12.12 at 10:53 pm }

hahaha ‘ben and andy’ has been trending on twitter for over three hours now

181 Andy Pandy { 07.12.12 at 11:01 pm }

What are they saying?

182 bron { 07.12.12 at 11:06 pm }

it’s just mostly the tweens tweeting about their bromance, nothing too exciting. christina from bb1 seems to be getting into the andy/ben thing too judging from her tweets.

183 EH { 07.12.12 at 11:22 pm }

JStar – The program synopsis on the EPG is fed by TEN, right? They could have blank it if they are not sure or don’t want us to know. They may still change it, who knows? I may be wrong but the EPG has been feeding the correct information so far with their info.

184 brain dead dave { 07.13.12 at 12:02 am }

I’m doing fine , littlepetal. Just watching Cadel , waiting and hoping for now.

Bad luck for Deb the vegetarian, I felt she was gone when she scored a pig to prepare/impale . I turned over to ABC 24~only to see footage of whales being slaughtered.

The look on Beige Ben’s face when the Italians sledged his plate of muck was priceless. No sugar coating~beautiful.

185 littlepetal { 07.13.12 at 12:11 am }

BDD- Cadel dont have enough gas. He must attack again.

186 Jill { 07.13.12 at 4:51 am }

Ben was spotted at Cargo Bar Pizza Lounge, Tasmania on 7 July . It had been mentioned a few times here now so it wouldn’t sound like a spoiler. A cousin of ours had a closed up photo with him. As for Audra, she had catered for a kids birthday party awhile ago(think months ago-have to check fb for details), so most prob wouldn’t be too far in the competition as well. Sad for us as we do admire her cooking abilities.

187 bron { 07.13.12 at 9:57 am }

andy and ben were in melbourne two weeks ago together and have been spotted together in sydney recently too

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