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Masterchef All Stars – The Blue Team Cook For “Redemption”

Now Shine Australia has obviously given a nod towards the Olympics with their relay’s and team challenges this week, however last night it would have been good if they implemented a diving style scoring system with more points given for the level of difficulty for the dish in .

Last night the blue team aka season one were cooking off to win some money for their charity of choice and they had to cook one of the dishes that had tripped them up in their original season.

The dish was supposedly decided by a random pull of the knife. Poh had to cook the Matt Moran Chocolate Tart the she had to make in the finale, including tempering chocolate. It was a dish with a lot of technique. Justine was to cook a Matthew Moran Pear Tart which she had burnt when she had originally cooked it. Chris had to cook a Zumbo dessert which involved macaroons and panna cotta and a passionfruit smear, and Julie had to re-make her Passionfruit Puddle Pie.

Poh and Chris were given an extra hour to make their dishes. What was unfair was Julie’s dish was really only a couple of elements, the pastry and the passionfruit creme anglais in the middle. In fact she only filled the pie two-thirds of the way up the pastry which I doubt that was how the original was intended. There was some mention of  ice cream but this was never shown.

Poh again was having trouble tempering chocolate and did not get it on the plate, however Matt Preston allowed her to put it on at judging time and then mentioned it had a good crack to it. It had been in the fridge. Apparently this is all in the spirit of the All Stars.

Justine plated up a nice looking tart but it was not good enough, nor was Chris Badenoch’s complex Zumbo dessert because the macarons were not good.

In the end Julie took out first prize as that would be the dish the judges would eat night after night. If I had been the other three cooks I would have been outraged at the injustice and put in an appeal, but then that would be seen as being far too competitive for this series.

Julie did end up sharing her charity money with Poh as she had yet to win any. It was all heartwarming. The challenges are great but there needs to be a more competitive vibe. When Richard Blais went back into Top Chef All Stars he was as focused as an Olympic athlete and he was only there to win.

However on that show they are also competing for money for themselves and so it is game on from episode one.


1 Culinary Boner { 08.03.12 at 4:32 pm }

More hipster Olympics fails.
This time in interview with some local British rag (

Interviewer: You criticize the looks of English people and say that even Gollum would get action here. Have you gotten any here yet?

Adrian: Basically we have been given many propositions by local East Londoners and some of them look like that young girl in The Ring.

Dom: I’m on the count of four so far. Four for four nights.

Adrian: So me personally I haven’t picked up just yet but the propositions I’ve had are fucking scary. Basically I must attract a certain kind of women and currently that woman is the autistic or mildly disabled.

Dom: Well the Paralympics are just after the Olympics so…

Adrian: Maybe that’s it!

Dom: So when I was like searching for the things about the Olympics that were like interesting and cool I found that condom sales go up by 30 000 units in any given Olympic village alone and you know that sounds like something I wanna be a part of.

Adrian: Yeah true. Not like you’d actually wear one.

Dom: No yeah but the fact is a lot of people are having sex.

Adrian: Yeah and sex is great and therefore anywhere a lot of sex is happening is a great place.

Dom: And the athletes are so geared up on hormones throughout their training and by the time they finish their events they are ready to go.

Adrian: And most of the athletes restrain until they finish their event just to maintain their energy and by the time their done seriously…

Dom: And if you are lucky you can score yourself a Nigerian sprinting woman and you’re into four day sexathon.

2 Georgie { 08.03.12 at 4:41 pm }

Dudley’s idea of fun =

3 Jruth { 08.03.12 at 6:02 pm }

Julie should not have been given the puddle pie to cook last night!

If the whole idea was to revisit failed dishes from the past to try to get them right:
(a) the puddle pie wasn’t really a fail for Julie, because it got her through to finals week in S1 – there were lots of other dishes that she cooked poorly! AND
(b) she has obviously spent LOTS of time working on perfecting the puddle pie recipe since, as it features in her cookbook. And the judges/production team would know that!

(by the way – look how the pie in the picture has filling all the way to the top).

Even with those significant advantages, her performance was very poor and the others (especially Poh and Chris B) should feel robbed!

I understand that they want her and Kate to do well, as it doesn’t look good to have past winners showed up as failures, but the whole challenge just reeked!!

4 Robl { 08.03.12 at 8:34 pm }

Julie is what they wanted/needed for a Masterchef winner in the first place. The mum next door typical Aussie type, completely marketable to the public. Do Shine/Channel 10 represent the winners after the show ends? If so look for a Kate/Julie final.

5 Foodiefan { 08.03.12 at 10:55 pm }

Agree with all the comments about Julie. She is the least talented of the contestants and is only in the fortunate position she is in because she won the first series. They’ve made her the poster girl ever since. People seem to forget that JULIE WAS ELIMINATED IN THE FIRST SERIES and they brought her back!!! None of the subsequent winners were brought back from elimination like Julie was. Not a deserving winner and definitely not an ‘All Star’!

6 Moonstruck { 08.04.12 at 7:28 am }

Foodiefan, it was Poh who was eliminated and brought back, not Julie.

7 Bern { 08.04.12 at 11:01 am }

I thought you were leaving BDD! I thought you weren’t into preaching … and yet you just preached to me.

Interesting that the judges asked Julie to cook a recipe which she has since published in the AWW. So some facts do come out of this Comments section, not just Comments made on someone’s judgement of a person’s physical appearance …

8 lulu { 08.04.12 at 2:53 pm }

Ok, I’ll weigh in for a sec or two; Paul, from what I’ve gauged from these last 2 MC seasons, you’ve accused bdd of making derogatory remarks re the contestants’ physical appearance. Rightly or wrongly, he does that, but most of us realise that it doesn’t come from any genuine malice or hatred …. just a bit of sport, with the intent of humour. I think he’s a pussycat, underneath.

You, on the other hand, swoop in like the Archangel Gabriel … and with a haughty ‘benevolence,’ seek to advise the lesser mortals re matters of behaviour etc. It’s a tad irritating.
So bdd critisises physical attributes … you disparage bdd’s character and psyche. What’s the difference? What takes precedence? Smacks of hypocrisy to me.

Anyway, AP, I’m enjoying MC-lite/all-stars … no sweating pressure.

9 brain dead donkey { 08.04.12 at 3:17 pm }

Unfortunately Reality Eraser wiped out a pretty good discussion.
Let’s hope that Paul and the Pussycat will be back soon!

10 lulu { 08.04.12 at 3:31 pm }

I know! Just saw … did my ‘weighing in’ at the end of about 80 comments and a pretty decent stoush. Now it’s out of context, and I look like an idiot (don’t say the obvious … er, thanks).

11 A.P { 08.04.12 at 4:13 pm }

Thanks Lulu, I might give MC another go now that the Olympics have gotten pretty boring. I must have missed a lot of the recent comments but yours doesn’t seem out of context considering what was going on.
PS, I just realised my earlier comment looks out of context too!

12 lulu { 08.04.12 at 6:45 pm }

Yeah AP, I reckon the Olympics, these days, have just about the same veracity of MC, except with more dummy-spits and self-absorption. Actually, I’m surprised they don’t have onion-chopping as an Olympic event … they have everything else.
Still, it’s fun to watch some of it.

bdd; collective noun for your detractors: The Pussycat Trolls ( ….. titters to self)

13 Reality Raver { 08.05.12 at 10:41 am }

OK from now on I would ask that Paul and BDD don’t interact with each other and if you do the comment will be deleted even if it says “I Love You and I think you are great.”
The arguments are starting to get repetitive and dull for other readers on this blog.

14 Foodiefan { 08.05.12 at 5:12 pm }

Thanks for the correction, Moonstruck. You’re quite right – Poh was the one eliminated and brought back, not Julie. I must have got that wrong because it didn’t make sense that Poh was eliminated over Julie. I’m still surprised that Julie won. She is sooo messy and frazzled in the kitchen and not creative at all! If she wins All-Stars, I’ll have to enter – I’m sure I’m better than her!

15 Moonstruck { 08.05.12 at 5:39 pm }

Foodiefan I think Justine was also brought back after being eliminated. I think Poh did not win because she did not follow the recipe and her chocolate was not tempered. That’s why she got to do it over. Also bringing back eliminated contestants became very controversial and Poh was called the Impohster. So that might have also been a factor in her not winning.
Yes Julie is messy and Justine went into a daze so perhaps being under time pressures is something they are not used to. Perhaps that’s why they had them do a week without eliminations so they can get into the rhythm of being in the masterchef kitchen. As has already been commented on, it’s not their best hour. I wonder if they are regretting appearing on the show.

16 Foodiefan { 08.05.12 at 10:50 pm }

Yes, you’re correct on all points, Moonstruck. I remember all of those issues now (Poh not following the recipe etc). I just hope Julie gets eliminated soon – she’s an embarrassment! If she somehow goes on to win All-Stars, I won’t know what to make of it. She definitely doesn’t cut it against the likes of Adam Liaw or recent winner Andy.

17 Moonstruck { 08.05.12 at 10:56 pm }

At least Julie did not win tonight. Not sure about Dani’s win though. However, the judges should have been impartial. If I were one of the chef’s not shown I would be pi$$ed off. It was very obvious who would come out a winner. While Kumar is cute, he is out of his depth. He should be the first to go.

18 Foodiefan { 08.06.12 at 2:59 pm }

Yeah, glad she didn’t win! I agree that Kumar is out of his depth (and cute) and that he, Dani and Julie should be in the early eliminations. Hoping Marion takes out the title.