Masterchef Australia – Another Contestant Bites The Dust
Masterchef Australia is in its final four episodes, and with six contestants remaining the questions are who should win, and who do you want to win? There can be different answers to both those questions. In fact the answers can change from episode to episode.
Tonight a couple of the stronger contestants struggled as Mindy, Audra, Kylie, Ben, Andy and Julia were no long able to hide behind other team mates to get them through a challenge. It was up to their individual skills with each cheftestant having to cook one dish for a lunch service in Guillaume At Bennelong.
Matt Preston also said another reason they were at the Opera House was they had something in common with the designer of the building Jorn Utzon. He had won the right to design it through a competition and of course they were in one. However what Matt Preston did not mention was the Opera House had NOT turned out to be Utzon’s happy place much like some of the contestants in the kitchen tonight.
At first it looked like the frisson in the episode would be between Kylie and Julia duking it out for dessert, however there were two to choose from. It was Audra who added the drama when she chose the second dessert prior to Julia’s turn to pick. Was it strategic? If so good on her it is the final week and there is a lot at stake. Audra is good at desserts and not so great at the European cuisines, and there are no points accrued for being nice to the other contestants.
Later on Audra proclaimed to camera “She was scared s**tless” but she did not say whether this was related to the cooking or if she was concerned Julia might exact some horrid revenge on her.
Kylie through luck of the knife draw got to select first and picked Peanut Caramel Nougatine with Caramelised Banana to make. She was confident in the kitchen and sailed through prep. Unlike Audra who mis-read the recipe for her Vanilla Bean Creme Anglais and Creme Brulee with Raspberry Sorbet and Pistachio Gateaux. She left out the pistachio nuts and Guillaume unleashed his inner mini Gordon Ramsay at her as he later did with most of the contestants. This behaviour probably did earn him points with his female fans.
Mindy and Julia were cooking the entrees of King Brown Mushroom with Gnocchi, and Scallops with Potato Galette. Interestingly the judges, Matt, George and Gary were making comments on how the dish looked, however the only contestants to actually assemble the dishes were the girls doing dessert. The others had only cooked the individual elements to be plated up by Guillaume and his team.
Mindy looked like she was in a shaky position when the judges said the mushrooms were not roasted enough, and they left them barely touched on the plate. Also you know a contestant is in trouble when Matt Preston says “Let’s look at the good things on the dish first”.
Julia’s dish was universally praised and was moving towards picking up the “well-rounded cook” tag rather than the dessert queen one.
Ben and Andy were up next serving up the mains. Ben was cooking Wagyu Beef and Paris Mash, and Andy was doing Steamed Snapper with Endive, Clams and Mussels. Ben at one point was all over the shop and Andy was trying to assist. Guillaume hinted for Andy to focus on cooking his seafood rather than worry about his mate when service began.
Ben’s woes continued when he dropped two steaks on the floor, however he did manage to hold in the expletives. However they must have worked well under pressure as Andy’s dish was described as “perfection” and Matt Preston loved Ben’s beef even though he did think it needed more seasoning.
By the time dessert was being served it looked like Guillaume just wanted his kitchen back.
One of the positives of doing dessert is that it gives the contestant more then the allotted three hour prep time time as the other courses are being served. Considering the darkening sky suggested lunch was morphing into dinner service it was no surprise Audra managed to catch up. The only complaint from the judges was her sorbet was too soft.
Kylie who had all the advantages in the challenge was mortified when she was told her nougatine had split. Gary was blunt and said she had over whipped the egg whites and cream. Also Guillaume told her it was very sweet and wondered if she had followed the recipe correctly, she assured him she had.
She knew her neck was on the chopping block when she saw the the unfinished plates being returned to the kitchen. There were Masterchef tears and no surprises when she landed in the bottom three along with Audra and Mindy. Lucky for Mindy and her inedible mushrooms, Kylie’s dessert was considered to be weaker and she was eliminated.
However a consolation prize for her was an offer from Guillaume to work in his kitchen, an offer she was quick to take up.
Who do you want to win? But who do you think should win?
However a consolation prize for her was an offer from Guillaume to work in his kitchen an offer she was quick to take up.