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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.



1 Sioux Denim { 07.13.12 at 8:14 pm }

Ashley (aka Michael, there were 2 Michael’s in this series) was a WA tradie – you know I pegged him to win that series – seemed like a top bloke, got caught up in the moment unfortunately….. he was in the paper over here in WA a while back now to talk about the incident – apparently has ruined his life and it just sounded that he has been continually abused since – no support from Ch10 (no surprise there) and basically left to fend for himself. I certainly dont condone their behaviour but really did feel for them when this incident occurred.
As for Gordon – he was the guy with that spiky mowhwak in Series 1 – he was a lost, lost soul indeed – not sure BB had anything to do with his demise into drugs – do recall reading it was some family issues – sad all the same with any loss of life……

2 brain dead dave { 07.13.12 at 8:27 pm }

Thanks Georgie, just about to start here. Ditto for the updates Sioux Denim. Didn’t know about those things.

3 Jojangles { 07.13.12 at 8:48 pm }

Evening all. Loving reading all your comments.
Is it me, or does Gary especially talk over & interrupt any celeb chef? Poor Neil Perry didn’t stand a chance.
As for Audra…listening to her is like hearing kiddies at their first fireworks night, Ohh, ahh, wowwwww.

Most over-used phrases this season:
I’m salivating, It doesn’t get any better than this, Beautiful, Wow, Such an amazing balance of flavours, Cooked to perfection.

Bless Ben & Andy’s Bromance, so sweet.

I used to love Masterchef, but Audras constant nasal drawl & Mindy & Kylies peppiness & fake amazement at everything as well as Gary being a bit of a shit to the contestants & gabbing when the celebs are trying to teach is making me want to watch The Shire instead. And that can’t be good????

4 Daze { 07.13.12 at 8:59 pm }

bdd no.144, yes yes yes, I completely forgot about Alison’s husband………. all very hush hush too

Just saw Debs on Living Room; so glad Miguel was kind to her and she was quite ‘light’

Also talking of Michael (was it Hayden’s best buddy) ? on a tv commercial selling cars and just the other night, Ellie on a commercial, so some good is coming out of their exposure – if not cookbooks etc

5 Sioux Denim { 07.13.12 at 9:33 pm }

FFS Audra – STFU!!!!!!!!
God I hope she goes soon………………

6 Andy Pandy { 07.13.12 at 10:11 pm }

Audra’s favourite food TOMAAAAYTOES! ITS so irritating!

7 Dr T { 07.13.12 at 10:52 pm }

Oh, and I saw Matt from Season 3 last night… I don’t think he’ll make it into finals week this series either

8 sue N { 07.13.12 at 11:25 pm }

out of curiosity- how in particular was Deb humiliated?? the various challenges have all had different pros & cons for many of the contestants, not just Deb- does this mean they have all been humiliated? (well probably, but they are all there voluntarily ;-))

I am a little confused as to why Deb is being described/portrayed as humiliated- nobody made her do anything disgusting or degrading- she simply had to cook a meal in a way she hasn’t done before, with the help of quite a few people at 1 point or another it seems. so , how was she in particular humiliated??? I really am confused about this one?

I too think that possibly she was a bit of an outsider because of her prickly attitude, and whilst she may be a good cook in her comfort zone- I don’t think she copes with surprise well, or team work.

I am very surprised she thought she would ever cope with MC!!!

9 Dr T { 07.13.12 at 11:59 pm }

I think people feel sorry for Deb because skewering a pig is much harder then skewering a shish-kebab, or for that matter a ferret

10 Gidgit { 07.14.12 at 12:25 am }

Oooh lots of comments to…well…comment on. Firstly, no one has forced these people to apply to go on a reality show. By now we all know what it involves. Next even if accepted, no one forces them to go through with it. Everyone is warned about the process, and have to sign a HUGE contract. Thus I’m sorry but anyone pulling the ‘boo hoo’ crap about how they are ‘edited’ or ‘shown’ – sorry. You signed up, you bought your ticket – I say let them crash. If you seriously want to be a professional chef you do not go on Masterchef. You go on Masterchef to be famous – not a top chef or have your own food stall etc. It’s about the money, book deal and fame. Simple as that.

@sueN Yep could not agree more. Fact – the editing team were actually very NICE with what they showed of Deb. It’s said she had several fits and break downs that were left on the editing floor. End of the day there is a reason NO ONE wanted to be on a team with her, and she was picked last. Menopause or not – she’s a bit of an overdramatic asshole and it was obvious. Sometimes people are just f*ckwits – just think of people you work with. You can’t like all of them! Dani from The Block is an asshole. No matter how much recovery media fodder she tries to provide – there is no way editors or producers made her treat her partner so badly.

@lulu I cannot reveal my ‘source’ as they would get in trouble! And sorry – why the HELL would one sign up to Masterchef if you are a vegetarian or vegan or you don’t cook certain foods! It’s a god damn cooking show. Just common sense would tell you that you are going to be cooking all types of foods and if it’s not your ‘deal’ – maybe do not sign up to be on the damn show! And if Deb has nailed the pasta straight away she could have picked something else. It was her fault – not producers or the show – she came last, no one wanted the pig… thus she copped it. She should have just sorted herself out and got on with it. I hate hate hate curry. Hate it – but my best friend adores it and I did an entire Indian feast for a dinner party. I wasn’t even competing for money, a book deal and fame! Just did it for the love of my friends.

11 Fred { 07.14.12 at 12:28 am }

Just watched masterclass and….really wish Audra/Kylie/Mindy would stop with the fake enthusiasm and constantly oo-ing and awing.

12 can't boil water { 07.14.12 at 12:34 am }

I just need to say (I can’t help myself here) but saw Deb on the living room and she cooked Bruschetta … ffs … Now she’s just messing with us right … here’s the crap ass tomato on toast that got me into the top ten, you all hated it, now I’ll cook it again … think I’ll just stick a pointy piece of toast in my eye to make me feel better…

13 lulu { 07.14.12 at 12:40 am }

because…Sue N…not wishing to bang on about it, but she was a veg. for a long time (so what, her choice) and she was clearly unstable. Just because she volunteered initially doesn’t mean that frames of mind don’t change, and this whole giggly, exuberant stuff was not for her.
The producers knew they were going to offload Deb, so decided to give her the pigs in a last ditch effort to derail her – good telly – then chuck her to counselling and avoid litigation.
The sight of this hapless woman flailing those carcasses around, stick in hand, looking more and more depleted was cringeworthy and yes….humiliating.
If you consider that as challenging as making a macaron, good luck to you.

14 EH { 07.14.12 at 12:51 am }

Very funny, Mr T (still a little doubtful with your qualification :) ), except that you can’t comprehend the difference between random spotting and scheduled public appearances. All formal public engagements need to be approved by MC for a certain period of time as drafted in the contract. Will they allow their potential/selected winner aka the final 3 to start doing cooking demos; working in a restaurant before the announcement?

15 Dr T { 07.14.12 at 2:31 am }

Hehehe… doubt away EH. Not going to out myself here, as I am here to enjoy myself and say politically incorrect things that I couldn’t say at work, but rest assured I am qualified.

I fully understand the contract side of things and form engagements etc. I don’t think anyone is doing anything formal yet (except maybe chicken can Kevin and has arena food campaign).

Matt works near where I live… walked into the shop he worked at a few months ago and did a double take. Almost felt like apologising, as I stood next to him and stared for a minute before it clicked.

16 Cookie Monster { 07.14.12 at 7:21 am }

Hey Fred dont be so hard on the girls chronic over awe at everything George the Midget, Matt the Crank and Gary do and say….they have learned that this must happen or you become the next target….boobs alone will not get you the prize, although they are a pre-requisite. Poor old Julia has big boobs but no personality and so GEorge will soon cut her down to his size…..which means only her body from the knees down will be left…and she will be punted. Of course there will be the usual, ” you are a brilliant chef and we know that you will achieve your dreams and own a string of restaurants and be rich and famous….that is why we are flicking you…..”

17 EH { 07.14.12 at 9:02 am }

Lol Dr T :) i was just kidding.

I am still feel very odd/confused that Ben, Andy & Audra have such high profile engagements prior their exits or finale being aired. My thought is that they are given these opportunities as consolation prize as they always do with the exit contestants so they can say at the end of their exit episode, “xxx is currently doing work experience at yyy restaurant.” Appreciate your professional input. So the bros cooking demo in front of 300 screaming ladies is not considered formal as in they are not paid to do it?

I had the same experience. I stood next to a S2 male contestant waiting for takeaway coffee and I still can’t recall his name till today but I remember he was the one who made cupcakes for the children party challenge.

18 Daze { 07.14.12 at 9:29 am }
19 EH { 07.14.12 at 11:38 am }

Thanks Daze! Now I remember his name is Dom :) I was staring at him and I think he was waiting for me to say ‘Hi Dom’ but I just couldn’t remember his name. A little embarrassing.

Peter Gilmore lives a few streets away from us. Everyone knew he is a chef and that’s about it. Now all the kids go wild when he picks up his kids from school. All thanks to Masterchef.

Have a good weekend :)

20 brain dead dave { 07.14.12 at 11:54 am }

# 160 ” I cannot reveal my ‘source’ as they would get in trouble!”

Well, really? Quelle surprise. Shine will possibly read this and know there’s rat in the ranks.

People working on the show “sign up for it”, too and are expected to maintain confidentiality. Do you seriously expect me to believe a single thing that comes from a source that cannot honour such an agreement? If so, why? Your reasons for this will be side splitting,I’ve no doubt. Because if you do, you are ~in your own words~ a fuckwit.

Interestingly and tellingly , you’re extremely light on for goss on the other contestants, it’s just the tawdry hatchet job on Deb. You could really dig deep into your dodgy source and furnish some material that hasn’t already been speculated on.Give them half a can of beer and see what you can come up with. But don’t worry, I ‘ll treat that with a tonne of salt just the same.

“Fact – the editing team were actually very NICE with what they showed of Deb.”

Not a “:fact” at all. Facts need to be proven in the real world.

21 EH { 07.14.12 at 12:50 pm }

BDD, since it is a gorgeous weekend day, I have 2 blind items to lighten up your mood:

Blind item 1:
Chefs talk during their ciggy breaks. Sometimes they gossip about their head chefs and sometimes they trash other celebrity chefs. Some ciggy break sessions have turned gossip into facts that one of the married regular guest chefs was having affair with S1 blonde female contestant. If you turned back the clock and reread some of his interviews after the S1 wrapped, you will be enlightened with some of the words the chef used to describe this contestant, yeah.

Blind item 2:
Boom. S2. Another female contestant. She wanted to win. She wanted the winner title so much that she would do anything to get it. Boom. She has gone far into the competition & got the chance to go to London. She got an offer or we can call it a proposal that shake her to the core. A night shared with the judge in the room will guarantee her the winner spot. The judge got what he wanted and the winner turned out to be a male. The damsel in distress cried & couldn’t contain her anger. There was nothing she could do about it and soon she disappeared into thin air and never to be seen again.

No, these blind items will not be revealed.

22 brain dead dave { 07.14.12 at 1:23 pm }

Now people expect me to believe that someone would $hag Gary , George or Jowl$y, yeah? I know $100, 000 would be nice, but…..FFS.

Whatever drugs you’re taking, I want some now!

I just saw an impaled pig fly past my window!

23 sue N { 07.14.12 at 1:32 pm }

lulu- I am sorry, but I still do not agree that Deb was humiliated. I do not see that the show had to take into her account her apparent “instability” & “menopausal behaviour”, any more than they had to take into account Amina’s religious beliefs or whether George dislikes chilli.

I am not saying that the challenge wasn’t difficult, but many of them are (& some are just plain stupid)- should they have a different set of rules for Deb because she is unstable and/or menopausal??? I don’t think so. It also appears that she had a lot of help with the pig, and actually I don’t recall seeing her physically do the impaling part of the process…we saw her faffing around with it and wringing her hands etc, and then, hey presto- it was done! Probably by someone else…..

Also, would the pig preparation/cooking etc have been humiliating for any of the others, or only because it was Deb?????

EH- don’t be mean please!!!!-more clues for the curious person with no life- aka moi! 😉 & for item 1- we are talking a regular guest judge are we- not 1 of the 3 stooges we always have?? Plus Matt P is not a chef anyway…hmmm

24 EH { 07.14.12 at 1:34 pm }

Have a good weekend, BDD :) :)

25 Reality Raver { 07.14.12 at 1:37 pm }

BDD – People do leak. In fact more people should leak TO ME…

Jess – thanks sounds beyond my capabilities.

Yes and interview is coming still transcribing. I keep on getting f**king interrupted.

26 Reality Raver { 07.14.12 at 1:38 pm }

Not by you guys by my family

27 sue N { 07.14.12 at 1:39 pm }

I got spammed RR… :(:( please release me!!!!

28 brain dead dave { 07.14.12 at 1:47 pm }

Just say “No” to drugs….that leaves more for me.

Same to you EH.

I do get that people leak, RR. I’ll save my respect for those that don’t. I tried so hard to get some stuff on MKR from someone I’d known for a long time( 20 years plus) who works on compiling the teasers but they were tighter than a crab’s ar$e about it. Just a matter of integrity.

Oscar Wilde said that three people can keep a secret~ so long as two of them are dead.

29 Georgie { 07.14.12 at 1:58 pm }

This spit roast has become a ‘passion pig’.

Pink Floyd were partial to the flying pig bdd!

30 brain dead dave { 07.14.12 at 2:04 pm }

Yeah, Georgie, the huge inflatable pig(*not Jowl$y) used on the cover of “Animals ” broke free of it’s moorings over the Battersea Power Station, brought London air traffic to a standstill and landed in a paddock about 40 miles away(Essex, I think), pissing a farmer off because it scared the bejesus out of his cows.

True story. I have photos of blokes with guns ready to shoot it down in case it happened again.

I’m a huge fan.

31 EH { 07.14.12 at 2:10 pm }

Sue N – I have left a lot of clues in the blind items. More than you need to solve them. Just read again, word by word. Have a good weekend :)

32 brain dead dave { 07.14.12 at 2:17 pm }

Deb is “unstable” ? I didn’t know I was blogging with qualified Psychiatrists and experts on mental illness here.

Feel free to diagnose Emma while you’re at it.

33 Georgie { 07.14.12 at 2:18 pm }

Another huge fan here bdd – yes I know the story and that’s the cover of the Animals album. I noticed you said the other day Exile was your fave Stones album – well it’s mine too! Plundered my soul they did.

34 sue N { 07.14.12 at 2:20 pm }

BDD- I was only paraphrasing Lulu’s comments- I never said it myself!!!! 😉 ….(however… ;-))

35 sue N { 07.14.12 at 2:40 pm }

EH- acording to wiki, there weren’t really any “regular” guest chefs on in season 1 (season 2 yes, but not season 1) so I am a bit stumped on that 1….. :(

36 sue N { 07.14.12 at 2:43 pm }

spammed again………………….sigh

37 brain dead dave { 07.14.12 at 2:43 pm }

Yes Georgie, I’m watching Mick, Keef and Ronnie jamming with Muddy Waters on his best tunes circa 1980 Chicago DVD right now. Just released yesterday “Checkerboard Lounge”.

My Exile On Main Street T Shirt is quite a conversation starter actually.

I’ve never been spammed here but I rarely use links and don’t do emoticons. Don’t know if that helps.

38 sue N { 07.14.12 at 2:49 pm }

today is the 1st time I have been spammed, and I use emoticons sometimes but not always…. my post above got thru ok, so it seems to be totallly random…& annoying!

39 lulu { 07.14.12 at 2:54 pm }

No worries Sue N; I guess the twain shall never meet on this.
I generally don’t truly care about the contestants – they signed up for the bucks and dubious fame.
I also think the show is dumb and contrived … duh … which is why it’s fun, too. This is the first time I’ve felt sorry for one of them, and that’s because she was set up, and I found it disconcerting to watch.
Despite her histrionics, I liked Deb ’cause she didn’t conform to that conveyor belt of faux camaraderie … and I like people who are different.
Hopefully, she’s been enjoying several mint juleps on a pleasant verandah somewhere and has reached some equilibrium.

40 sue N { 07.14.12 at 3:02 pm }

I too liked some of Deb’s food, most of it probably, but I honestly think she must have been damn awkward to interact with, because she doesn’t seem to have really got on with anyone. makes it all the more odd to me that she ever signed up for this gig… & yes I agree a lot of it is contrived (& really badly scripted/acted, lol)…

…& I am happy to join anyone who care to in a glass of vino- so that my equilibrium (such as it is, lol) is restored/maintained ….

41 lulu { 07.14.12 at 3:07 pm }


42 Moonstruck { 07.14.12 at 3:39 pm }

Deb had to have had help. She had to prepare two pigs and then start cooking them. This would have left a lot less than 4 hours for them to cook. The pig’s forelegs were secured with wire. Someone who has never prepared lamb/pig on a spit would not know that this needs to be done.
They just did not show just how much help she received in getting them ready.
She would also have had help getting it off the fire and off the spit and instructions on how to get it of the spit and cut it up. They did not show how they got them off the fire as they wanted to create the impression that she did everything herself. I doubt she did 3 hours of turning the spit either. Probably a few turns for the camera and then she off preparing her veggies.
As for the task being confronting, there was the option of quitting. There’s been at least one contestant each season who has quit.
They all want ther five minutes of fame and they are prepared to do anything to get it. Then some are smart enough to use their short lived fame to their advatage