Masterchef All Stars – The Clayton’s Competition
Well silly me, and I thought Masterchef All Stars was going to be a competition to see who was the best of the best. However at the moment all we getting is team challenges with the chance of winning dollars for charity.
Now that is all very heart warming but starting to get very frustrating indeed. When Top Chef did their All Stars show, all those chefs were there to win and they were given financial incentive to do so.
Also when the mass eliminations commence which they will have to as the the show only goes for three weeks, it means that one mistake and you are out. Which could mean the best chef may not win, but then maybe that WOULD be in keeping with the original Masterchef format.
On the positive side the challenges have been entertaining.
Last night the prize was the winning team would get the chance tonight to cook off for money for their charity. Couldn’t they have given the $5000 each last night, and made the losing team cook off in an elimination tonight?
The judges are also being soft on them, Gary wanted to let Poh’s not so great onions through but Matt and George disagreed and sent her back to the bench. Also Kate Bracks should have been yellow carded for yelling out to Kumar from the balcony when he was about to completely stuff up. In the second challenge George was wandering around dropping not so subtle hints to them.
Anyway back to last night’s episode as with the other challenges in the All Star’s series they are repeats of challenges from the previous seasons.
First was the iconic onion chopping episode from season one and my what a mullet Chris Badenoch had. The person who presented one kilo of chopped onions won an advantage for their team. In the end it was between Marion and Poh with Poh winning. For the record none of their knife skills looked that great compared to season four contestants.
The advantage was a good one, they were told what the dish was in the fix-the-dish relay challenge. Each team had to fix a bologanise sauce and make a pasta to go with it. On the red and yellow team only the captains knew what the dish was so they had to leave enough clues for the following team mates. And there were allegedly going to be time penalties for yelling out from the balcony.
This is something they should bring in for all challenges on Masterchef.
Kate kicked it off for the yellow team and put the pasta machine on the bench, however Kumar, bless him, did not notice it and thought he was making a pie. Now this was amusing until Kate yelled out to look around him. There should have been a five minute time penalty then and there, but Matt Preston only gave her a warning. This was bollocks. And it also would have been worse if they had penalised Poh for yelling out to Justine to get flour when she was at the pantry.
Team red looked like they were the strongest sauce wise however they stuffed up their pasta and made spaghetti and it was clumpy.
Team yellow were dreadful, Dani did not know what to do with the sauce at all. She also realised she had to put the water on to boil but then something happened and when the last team mate, Hayden came in he saw it was cold. They dished up underdone pasta with a sauce with chunks of carrot and no flavour. Also they were the only team not to stir the sauce through the pasta. It was a pile of meat on top of pasta.
Red team’s sauce was said to be salty, had Jonathan put too much parmesan cheese in? Conversely Julie Goodwin put sugar in her sauce much to Poh horror who was having conniptions on the balcony. In the end the blue team won probably because their pasta was better.
Julie, Poh, Chris and Justine will battle it out tonight in a challenge to win money for their charity.