Masterchef All Stars – The Beef Wellington Pressure Test
The positive aspect of the pressure test episode was the viewer got to see all of the contestant’s Beef Wellingtons, however the negative side was the judging was so drawn out.
The judging scenes went like this chat to All Star, forensically examine outside of dish, cut Wellington, forensic analysis of said piece, cut up into bite size pieces, watch judges eat, then listen to their opinion.
Tonight the nine Masterchef All Stars had to cook Gary Mehigan’s Beef Wellington with the contestants who have cooked the two worst dishes going home. Dani, Kate and Justine were safe as they had beaten their chef’s in the challenge the night before.
Jonathan had made the dish before in the 2010 and this appear to have helped. Gary’s signature part of the dish appears to be the crepe and the prosciutto as you don’t see that in the one that Gordon gets his charges to make in Hell’s Kitchen.
To be fair the amateurs here are better than the line cooks, and burger flippers they tend to get on Hell’s Kitchen.
I note Gary also doesn’t mind ready made stock in his red wine sauce, but I suspect that only goes for sponsored stock. It truly was appalling that he bawled Matt the 19 year old about using stock found in the pantry early in Season Four this year.
Chris Badenoch was happy that it was meat and not something that involved flour and sugar. However his twist of adding too much port into his Red Wine Jus may have put him at risk if the judging had been tight.
The three contestants that were struggling were Kumar, Aaron and Poh. Aaron thought he was at a BBQ as he flambed the expensive fillet of beef, and he also could not work out how to get the prosciutto and duxelle fully around the fillet. In the end his dish was only in the oven for 25 minutes, and Poh and Kumar’s were not in for much longer than that.
There was still love in the Masterchef kitchen with Jonathan assisting Kumar after he realised he had left out his crepe. Also Chris helped Aaron “his mate” to decorate his Wellington. Chris was probably seeing his Masterchef house drinking buddy disappear.
Hayden’s Wellington did not have the mushrooms all the way around, but his sauce was fantastic. Considering Gary told him how to cook it even thought it was on the way to being a disaster. Otherwise he might have been at risk of going home.
I would really like it if the dishes were judged blind and the George and Gary were not running around the kitchen helping them, after all they are All Stars.
Jonathan was finally finding his cooking legs as his dish was described as exceptional. George finally got to say “Well made (maid) Marion” something he must have been dying to say all series.
Aaron was eliminated as his pastry was undercooked and Kumar also was gone because his sauce was too salty.
As Aaron said “it was not his finest outing” cut finger and all. His one cooking highlight in the last week was toasting the burger buns at the fireman’s sausage sizzle, whilst Kumar made a cracker custard for the croquembouche and received a top three for his weird asparagus ice cream.
However Aaron said he is off to the US to film a rock and roll food show, with Hayden looking on enviously, thinking he would swap his spot with Aaron if he could just make a show like that.
Kumar is releasing a cook book with Sri Lankan recipes which has his own illustrations in them. Bless him.