Masterchef All Stars – Kate Bracks Is Looking Like A Front Runner
Clearly there was not a dud dish on Masterchef Australia as every dish the judges tasted and feasted on they had nothing critical to say. Some would say they were enjoying the dishes, others might say they were indulging in one of the seven deadly sins – gluttony.
In fact on Top Chef there was a challenge once where the chefs had to cook a dish that reflected one of the seven deadly sins, it was a fun episode and maybe Masterchef should look at poaching the concept. The judges would be well equipped to judge the dishes. Oops in fact they have already done that challenge….
There is no doubt these All Stars can cook especially when they are are in their comfort zone and tonight all of them were.
The challenge was to recreate the dish they first did when they came into the Masterchef kitchen.
Some were luckier than others like Kate whose first dish was her coffee cake which won, however Poh had to make her cubic noodles with chicken dish one that was a huge disaster.
It did offer a chance for some of the contestants to redeem themselves. Marion was able to add prawns to her Green Papaya Salad, and Jonathan was going to make ice cream to go with the Rhubarb Crumble.
However what is it with Jonathan that he only fires up when he is up for elimination. He had 75 minutes and it appeared he did not get the vanilla ice cream on in time and had to turn it into custard. Seen that trick before on the show……
The judges were displeased when Jonathan did not admit there was a problem with his dish, and Gary growled “Where is the ice cream?”. However after criticising the custard as being too thin they did like the flavour.
Callum made a deconstructed Peaches and Ice Cream without the peaches but in that shape with a macadamia praline in the shape of a peach. He was smart and used a technique he had learnt in George’s restaurant, needless to say George loved it, and the judges cleaned the plate. I actually think Callum could win All Stars he is very focused and his techniques are good.
Justine was making a quick version of Coq Au Vin with Potato Dauphinoise the judges loved both but particularly the creamy potatoes.
Julia made a spicy roast chicken with corn and potatoes the type of stuff that is in “her cookbook”. I suspect the setting the corn husks on fire is not in the methodology part of her cookbook. Interesting editing issue early on there was a shot of her stuffing a chicken then later seeing her prepping the said chicken with no stuffing in it.
Chris was making Chicken Tagine this time with an actual Tagine pot. Scanpan would have been ecstatic to have their tagine again show cased on the series. It was interesting when Chris pointed out they had not had all the fancy equipment that the subsequent seasons had access to. The judges thought it was apricot chicken for the 21st century. Yes they loved it.
Poh’s chance of redemption looked like it was faltering when her first batch of her home made noodles were again a disaster, however she had better luck a second time and her Char Tway Keow looked delicious.
Dani made Bun Cha which is a vietnamese street food, I am not sure how that took her 75 minutes to cook, however george said that is my heaven. Clearly light on the chilli.
Hayden did Moules Marinieres with Pommes Frites and this was described as “gorgeous”.
Kate made a more upmarket Coffee Cake with Vincotto Poached Pear and we had to watch George and Gary hoe into it for about two minutes, yeah we got it after 30 seconds that they thought it was delicious. She also managed to get a plug in for her cookbook.
The top four were Callum, Justine, Chris and Kate.
It was no surprise that Kate won is safe from tonight’s elimination, it appeared she just knocked Callum out of first place.