Masterchef Australia – We Have Our Finalists
It was family day on Masterchef Australia where the family of the remaining contestants arrive to be cooked for. It is cheesy but damn it gets me every single time.
Of course a lot of interest centred around Andy’s mother and the Channel Seven show Please Marry My Boy must be now trying to sign the pair up. Mindy’s father who is a cook in the defence force was there, as were Audra’s husband and children. Julia’s husband came as did Alice’s boyfriend. Ben and Kylie’s siblings were there as well.
After a ten minute intro where they were milking it for the tears (it worked), they were told the challenge was their family member was going to request the dish they had been missing but the contestants would have to show how they had improved in their cooking skills.
Andy’s mum picked lamb with potato and a pine nut mousse. She looked like she had no idea what pine nuts were. Andy also looked a bit perplexed at the request saying “She’s the reason I went in it and she could be the reason I go out!”.
Mindy’s father request was “We lived as a family in Malaysia so I would love her to cook me a Thai dish”. She cooked a sophisticated Red Duck Curry.
Julia’s husband wanted her Lemon Syrup Cake with Ice Cream. She said they never have ice-cream with cake but they obviously needed to add some elements to make it more complex. The Lemon Cake was a little bit similar to what she made in the Masterchef home kitchen challenge. Not that it should matter as there have many derivatives of tacos and thai dishes this series.
Alice revealed they rarely had the same thing twice in their household and again was a little bit surprised when her partner said he would like the a spicy Sunday Roast. Please note he did not request tongue.
Alice ended up making a lamb fillet cooking it in the sous vide and pan frying it and was also cooked some lamb shanks. This was an issue they were huge and they were never going to cook in the 90 minutes allocated.
What was great about this challenge is the judges went around giving advice and being helpful, clearly they wanted to be seen to be nice in front of the family and also ensure the dishes worked out. This time Alice did listen to the judges advice about cutting up the shank to cook it.
Andy ended up making Roast Lamb Rack with Mushroom Mousse, pine nut veloute and Potato Gallette with Red Wine Jus. He ditched the pine nut veloute and burnt his first lot of gallette’s. He thought they were OK until George told him otherwise.
What he plated up did not look that great and it was a small serve, as Gary said he thought it needed something else. His mum thought it was perfect. The lamb was perfectly cooked however the judges thought the red wine sauce did not need to be there.
Mindy made Crispy Skin Duck with a Red Curry Sauce and she never looked liked she was ever in trouble. It looked delicious. Also she made rice with fish floss. George loved the rice, whilst Gary cleared the plate. The only criticism was the duck could have been cooked longer and whether the leg was the right part to use.
It was a bit strange that Julia’s dessert was served before Alice’s lamb but it was well received and the cake was moist, but would she have done enough to get her through compared to the complexities of the other dishes.
Alice’s plate was the opposite of Andy’s it had a lot going on. Alice’s lamb looked tough in fact her partner Nick looked like he was having trouble swallowing it. However he made sure he told the judges that he thought it was delicious. Yes they were all nice about it.
In the end it was no surprise that Mindy’s dish was the best of the day and Alice was eliminated. All the way to the end she was smiling back into the arms of her hipster friends and family.
She is currently writing a book about food for children and plans on getting a bus to drive around the country educating children about food. Maybe in the future we will see Alice hosting a kids cooking show on our screens. Hats or glasses off to her she was certainly one of the more interesting contestants this year.
The final six are Audra, Kylie, Ben, Andy, Mindy and Julia.