Andy Allen Wins Masterchef Series Four
There must be something in the culinary waters of NSW as it yet again produced the Masterchef winner. Andy Allen the electrician from Maitland has won series four.
At the beginning of the episode he declared “he could not cook” before he came on the show. Maybe Masterchef Australia is an express pass apprenticeship as he appears to have learnt or “grown” a lot.
Tonight he was in the final with Audra and Julia. The first challenge of the evening was to cook a hot entree for thirty five Masterchef fans. Andy cooked Tuna with Squid Ink and Cauliflower Puree, Julia cooked her take on roast beef, and Audra did Ma Hor.
Gary and George queried whether Julia’s dish was going to be an entree or a main, also Audra’s dish was more a salad than a hot dish.
The contestants got to pick two of the former contestants to help them plate up. Julia picked Mindy and Kylie, Audra selected TK and Amina, and Andy picked Ben and Beau. Interestingly Mindy was yelling down from the balcony to assist Audra.
Julia’s entree scored the highest points so she was safe, and it was Audra who was sent to the balcony. A few points must have been knocked off for her dish not fitting the brief, and also it was chilli hot and that never goes down well with George.
The second challenge was to invent a new Australian dish. Andy re-invented the seafood platter and Julia made smoke lamb with lemon myrtle potatoes. Again Julia was asked whether she was being inventive enough, something they did not ask Andy.
Unfortunately for her the lamb was raw and inedible. She was lucky to get a seven from each judge to keep her in touch with the now leading Andy. Matt Preston loved Andy’s modern seafood platter so much he gave it a ten.
The dessert was Christine Mansfield take on a Golden Gaytime. Unfortunately for Julia she did not deliver on it and again Andy won and therefore was anointed the winner.
He wins $100,000 and a cookbook deal, but apparently he has a deal with Ben to give him half the prize money.
Julia was given $15,000 to help set up her shop, and also Adriano Zumbo offered her a paid apprenticeship. She did accept it, however it will be interesting to see how that goes in the future.
Andy will be a popular winner, but did the best cook win, I don’t think so. But in Masterchef you are only as good as your last dish.