Masterchef Australia – Now We Know They Are All Stars
Thank God we are nearly back to normal transmission, this is the face of Chris Badenoch which we know and love. He was pissed off that his much praised Beef Carpaccio with Sea Urchin butter did not make the top three dishes in the mystery box challenge.
Also the episode lived up to the hype about it being all about the cooking.
Tonight it was the mystery box with the red team aka season two having the advantage of knowing what was in it. There were ingredients selected by chefs that had been on the show. Beef by John Torode, spanner crab from Rick Stein, sea urchin by Anthony Bourdain, lemons from Nigella Lawson, chocolate by Michael Roux, chilli by Jamie Oliver and dry ice from Heston Blummenthal.
With those ingredients the All Stars showed why they were All Stars there was barely a dud dish. Well except for Hayden Quinn who did a weird surf and turf with the beef and made sea urchin ice cream to go on top of it and Dani Venn’s lemon meringue cup cakes. Julia from Series Four must have been laughing at the paltry attempt.
Poh also used the lemon to make Crepes with a Lemon Creme Anglais. She also made a Savoury Egg Custard with Crab. After a few false starts, the judges thought it was an excellently made dish.
Jonathan who managed to explode his ice cream mixture unfortunately did not get awarded extra points for flicking some on Gary. His chocolate ice cream sandwiches with salted caramel (which appears to be the trendy dish on Masterchef this year) looked good but Gary said the chocolate flavour did not come through.
Kumar looked like he was having some sort of brain explosion when he made asparagus ice cream to go with his Steam Spanner Crab which actually got him into the top three. Will we see Kumar go all nouvelle cuisine on us for the rest of the series?
Kate was making a chocolate and chilli terrine which was not a surprise because if there is a dessert dish to do she will do it, and let’s face it she has her cookbook to promote.
Marion was making a Crab and Sea Urchin Souffle with a Singapore Pepper Sauce which looked delicious and the judges thought it was brilliant as well.
Julie went with a dumpling which the judges were not that enthused about until they tasted it. This was the same attitude they gave to Justine saying there was not enough protein in the spanner crab to set her bourdain blanc. Even though they were little balls they ended up holding together.
Aaron stuck with his Italian comfort zone and made Spanner Crab Ravioli with chilli oil with Matt Preston saying it feels like you rushed a bit.
The top three were Marion, Kate and Kumar with Marion taking out the $10,000 for her charity Save The Children.
Tonight finally there is an elimination.