Masterchef All Stars – The CWA Challenge Suited Some Not Others
Seriously I don’t care about the camaraderie in the Masterchef Kitchen nor the pretence the All Stars are there to raise money for charity. The reason I am watching the show to see some good cooks, and interesting personalities battling it out for the All Star title.
These formats always have some charity related prize so it makes it look like that is why the person is appearing on the show. They also receive an appearance fee for the work they are doing, and so they should be. However the main motivator for the majority of the contestants is not giving some dollars to their favourite charity it is to increase or maintain their profile, flog their products, cookbooks or project. Hence Marion reading Callum’s cook book The Starter Kitchen at the beginning of the episode. I doubt she would be getting a recipe for a Masterchef challenge from it.
Why can’t they have a cracker prize for the contestants like $50,000 and a business mentor for six months, that would get them motivated to cook their heart outs and would end some of the jokey, jovial atmosphere.
It was the CWA challenge with eight cakes to be baked to their stringent rules. This was related to the debacle that was the CWA challenge in season two. However to be fair on the contestants in that challenge they were cooking outside in what looked liked ovens that were not great for baking.
Which cake the contestant had to cook was was determined by a random whisk draw. Merle Parrish was back as were two other CWA ladies to judge and they were the ones to decide the winner.
Kate Brack’s must have been thrilled that it was a cake challenge as again it was right in her skill specialty. She drew lamingtons. They had 100 minutes to cook which was fine for some but for others like Callum whose fruit cake needed an hour and twenty minutes to cook it was very tight indeed.
Chris was lucky and pulled Lemon Citrus Cake which required no decoration but he still burnt it around the edges and it was cracked. The judges were nice enough to say it was an even colour at the sides, and Chris showed a sense of humour by asking what his bottom was like. However just to ensure we got the joke the camera did a close up on his butt.
Callum’s fruit cake was under cooked as he spent extra time changing the baking paper in the cake tin to ensure there were no wrinkles at the sides as that would see him penalised under CWA rules, however in the end a sunken raw cake ensured he was never in the hunt for the $5000 first prize.
Marion drew the technically difficult chocolate honey rolled cake and did an OK job of it however even though the flavour was fabulous there was no shiny outside nor was it rolled perfectly so she had no hope of winning.
Justine was making lumberjack cake which looked lovely, and Dani made a madeira cake which required five more minutes in the oven.
Poh had to cook a passionfruit cake and she forgot to put in egg whites she had to take the batter out of the tin and add it in. It did not impact on the outcome, as she ended up coming second. Kate was third with her lamingtons and Julie Goodwin won with her Neopolitan Cake. She won $5000 for her charity Oxfam.