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.