Masterchef Australia – Alice Was In Heaven, Debra Was In Hell
Well no one has ever received a sainthood for not playing their immunity pin on Masterchef Australia, and it was quite a surprise when Alice decided to take a risk and not play it but cook in the elimination challenge. This could have gone down as one of the dumbest reality TV moves since contestants giving away their immunity necklaces on Survivor.
Was it stupidity, strategy or was she just confident she that was a better cook then either Andy, Debra, Ben or Julia?
Her reasoning was quite Kumbaya. “If I go back to the Masterchef kitchen without facing my fears about going home it will be harder the next time…” she then pointed to the pin and said “this is my reminder I conquered”.
She wasn’t the only one pulling out their self-help spiel Debra was talking about the pig she was prepping like she was embalming it rather than cooking it.
For former vegetarian Debra cooking a pig on a spit would have been something she thought she would have faced on Fear Factor not Masterchef. She must of been grateful that she did not have to gut the pig.
The challenge was for each person to cook a course for a village of fifty Italians. Lucky for them Alice decided to cook otherwise it would have been a four course meal. Thankfully it was up to a challenge which of the five Italian dishes the contestants had to cook.
They had to make 100 grams of perfect pici which in layman terms is a long piece of thick spaghetti. The order in which they finished would be the order in which they selected their dish. Ben was first to finish, then Alice with a just by the seat of her pants pass. Debra was failed by the nonna judges which meant Julia and Andy by-passed her in the dish selection.
No surprise Debra was stuck with the suckling pig and Julia took dessert.
Ben picked the pici, Alice the antipasti, and Andy picked the salted cod croquettes.
They were given four hours to cook for fifty people, which was a tad ironic considering the previous challenge the cheflings were only given three hours to cook for 500 people.
Gary was sceptical about Alice’s antipasti and wonder whether she was doing enough. She confidently quipped “Well if Jamie liked my antipasti then hopefully the Italian’s should as well”.
Debra obviously missed the “listen to the judges” memo or maybe her menopausal mind forgot it, as she completely ignored George’s advice on how to cook the pig. She made a oil marinade and George said his father had told him never to put oil on the skin as it will split and only put water and salt.
She still decided to use it. She said she normally listens to George, however that marinade was giving her a spiritual moment of “connecting” with the dead carcass.
“It just feels like touching the pig and rubbing the pig I was kind of connecting with the pig…. ” It was like she was embalming it.
Julia’s who had managed to get her wish of making dessert was suddenly looking fallible as she stood before her “dark” aka burnt pastry cases. She had to change strategy about putting lattice on top as she could not put the cases back in the oven as they would be very dark indeed.
Alice was first to serve up. Gary thought Alice should have done more, however she had made the caponata and duck liver pate.
Ben’s Pice was criticised by the Italians for being too thick. George found it a bit on the al dente side however Gary liked the sauce. Andy’s Baccala was very well received particularly by George gave it his seal of approval by burping after eating it.
Debra was late plating up the pork and and the sides she had made with it. The others helped her after a mini teary meltdown. Unfortunately for her doing too many dishes and the fact it was served cold were the criticisms.
Julia’s dessert looked pretty simple, a pastry case, homemade jam and ricotta cream piped on it.
The diners got to vote and the person with the highest score was Alice so she was safe. She was gracious enough not to turn around to Gary and say I told you so.
George and Gary made Andy and Ben safe and were sent to stand with the other contestants. Audra at this stage did what half the women in Australia want to do and went the grope on Andy. He was a bit shocked.
It was not surprising Debra and Julia were the bottom two. Deb was eliminated she was upset but not surprised she knew that as soon as she saw the pig she was on the way out.
Debra now hopes to open a holistic retreat where she can cook for her guests.
On a final note she reveals how hard the challenge was for her.
“It was incredibly important to me, no matter how confronted I felt, to prepare the pig with respect,” she says. “It was deeply personal and evoked many emotions beyond what was actually happening on a physical level. For most of the day I felt as if I was moving slowly through thick cold air. I felt completely off-centre.”
Hopefully Debra is feeling a bit more centred now.