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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.


1 brain dead dave { 08.02.12 at 3:41 pm }

Do you want Poh’s address , Boner? She lives just down the road. $eriously.

I thought Ajay is all you’d ever wanted…and more.

2 Paul { 08.02.12 at 3:46 pm }

What a load of bullocks, BDD.

Serious people do go on Masterchef as they want to fast track a career. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.

The world of BDD – Where nobody is to have any ambition or aspiration.

What a joyless place that would be.

3 brain dead dave { 08.02.12 at 3:53 pm }

“Bollocks”, I think is what you’re foolishly trying to troll there.

4 Culinary Boner { 08.02.12 at 4:13 pm }

Bdd, as knowledge be the mortal enemy of intrigue, I’ll pass up any chance to get closer to the beguiling oriental lady of many moods and aspects, especially as this would ruin my viewing of a show of pretty marginal entertainment value. Better she remains an intriguing set of pixelated images.

Now Ajay….ahhh…. Ajay…hmmmmmm
Alas, alack it appears she ‘s come down with an ailment called “ViSalus”.

See, as this condition starts with the dreaded letter “V” I’m pretty convinced it’s *ahem* and intimate women’s problem and …um… well, going to pose a problem with *blushes* well… you know.

Though if Dr T can advise what sort of…um… protection, heavy duty mind you, might help out here, he’d do wonders for putting me mind at ease.

*Alas, alack , even in her tainted state, Ajay still gives me the horn.

5 Paul { 08.02.12 at 4:42 pm }

Trolling defintion for BDD – someone who disagrees with his world view that nobody is to have any ambition and nobody is to try and reach their potential.

You truly a miserable person. Get rid of that chip on your shoulder and you might actually achieve something meaningful.

6 Georgie { 08.02.12 at 5:06 pm }

There’s something comforting about having Dudley Do-Right watching over us and giving us advice on how to live a successful life. Onya Duds.

7 Culinary Boner { 08.02.12 at 5:35 pm }

So this means bdd is Snidely Whiplash and Julie Goodwin is Nell?
I’m visualising it all now.

8 Georgie { 08.02.12 at 5:37 pm }

Julie Goodwin is 4 Nells.

9 Culinary Boner { 08.02.12 at 5:43 pm }

And Snidely’s got an insurance claim in for whiplash from the last time he tied her to the train tracks.

10 Georgie { 08.02.12 at 5:49 pm }

Lol CB – I could see a derailing happening there.

11 brain dead dave { 08.02.12 at 6:00 pm }
12 Baz { 08.02.12 at 6:21 pm }

Speaking of misery and chips on his shoulder… hi Paul. Glad to know that you’re still lurking in the shadows, monitoring us and getting ready to spank us all at the first chance you get.

What a joyless place you must be in.

13 Baz { 08.02.12 at 6:27 pm }

Bern – I have nothing personal against Julie but there’s no denying it, she is a comedy of errors in the kitchen. As for Kate, different people see different things. If I may kindly use BDD as an example; to some his sardonic wit is entertaining. To others, he is the devil spawning harbinger of evil and misery (did I get that right Paul?).

Different strokes for different folks. Unlike a certain person (not you), the most important thing here is to respect each other’s opinions, no matter how much you disagree. Cheers :)

14 Georgie { 08.03.12 at 8:37 am }

Thanks for the link bdd, that was an interesting read with breakfast. Although I’ve watched all 4 series of MC, this was my first one on RR.

So the MC blog campaign really is a tradition with Duds, as some have mentioned before. I have to say though, he seems to have become more pious over the last two years, which is typical ‘grinch’ behaviour.

There’d be no women’s mags in his house – the wife would have to get her fix in waiting rooms.