Masterchef Australia – Audra Was Very Lucky
Firstly I will be live blogging the final so people can talk about it here as it is airing. Apologies to people not living on the East Coast.
Last night Mindy revealed she was radiating. “I have a flame inside of me and it is burning,” Does that explain the orange tan?
Mindy’s inner fire was extinguished when her Barramundi with Shitake Broth was clearly the worst dish. She served the dish raw which unlike Audra’s sashimi it was not meant to be.
The contestants were paired up with a three hatted chef after looking at photos of winners which was Masterchef’s equivalent of the walk the Survivor contestants do to remember fallen tribe-mates prior to the finale
Well their restaurants have three hats. Andy was paired with Mark Best, and Andy thought this was because they were both electricians. Mark did not look too thrilled to be reminded of his previous life.
Mindy with Jacque Raymond, Audra with Peter Doyle, and Julia with Shannon Bennett.
The challenge was for the contestant to make their signature dish, but make it to a three hat standard. Their mentors were able to advise them for five minutes at the start and then they could use them for 15 minutes at anytime in the challenge.
But before they started the judges had to get some emotional mileage out of the contestants. Gary said to Julia “If you get into the finale you can open that cake shop”. Julia was gracious and did not point out she could still open her cake shop even if she did not make it into the final.
Ben said the competition made him want to travel…. not sure what that has to do with cooking, but obviously he is now open to new experiences. The girls in the Hunter Valley wept.
Audra talked about the expectations of being Asian about getting an education, get a good job, getting married, buying a house and having children. This probably resonated with a lot of women and men her age. She said “Women in my position can step outside and dream a little”. And Mindy just talked about having a fire in her belly, and having a clean slate at 30 years of age.
Julia thought Shannon Bennett was “Terrifying and awe inspiring” and she wasn’t just talking about his much needed hair cut. Hopefully Neil Perry will take note and cut his pony tail off.
Julia said her signature dish was Melting Moments but thankfully she refrained from cooking them or a cupcake. She went for Mille Fieulle with White Chocolate, Raspberry Sorbet and Ice Cream. She was under a lot of pressure in the 90 minute time frame even the chefs thought it was far too much, but as usual she did not break into a sweat.
Audra was making Sashimi with different dressings. It was queried that she was not doing any cooking, but she must have thought she was in the Dalai Lama challenge as she said she was treating the “ingredients with respect”.
Andy again was doing seafood making a Confit Ocean Trout, Pea Mousse and Yabbies.
Mindy stuck with her Asian style and made Barramundi with a Shitake Broth – Gary did his mind tricks and said you don’t usually make broths or cook with whole pieces of fish. I am sure she has made a Thai broth previously in the competition.
Unfortunately for her who has been pretty flawless throughout the competition, tonight was not her night. She said the oven was not up to temperature, and had to take the fish out of the oven and pan fry them. It was unclear whether she had not turned on the oven early enough or if the oven was not working properly.
She did the mea culpa to the judges “I have too much respect for you to lie about it”. It was raw.
Audra also left the judges underwhelmed, it was nice, but they were expecting more at this time of the competition. Also quite rightly Matt Preston bollocked her for bringing in kitchen bowls to serve up, something Julia was also criticised for.
Julia who had ran out of time had got Shannon Bennett to give her some advice and she basically scattered the ingredients over the tile. However they loved the flavours she was safe, as was Andy with his Ocean Trout that got a rave review. Andy’s dish was definitely restaurant quality.
Unfortunately there was not a lot of tension on who was going to be eliminated due to the disaster that was Mindy’s dish. However Audra was very lucky Mindy stuffed up as otherwise she would have been walking the plank.
Who do you think will win the final Audra, Julia or Andy?