Masterchef All Stars – Another Conspiracy Theory Bites The Dust
Well the Julie, Kate, and Callum finale conspiracy theory has fallen over with the elimination of Julie.
I wonder what percentage of the conspiracy theories on this site have had legs – less than 25 per cent? Oh well it is always fun discussing them.
It was the final five tonight and Matt Preston was back and he brought with him Curtis Stone who was the guest chef.
While he was there Curtis gave George, Gary and Matt a masterclass on how to be a reality TV cooking judge both in eating style and commentary. His time on Top Chef Masters and America’s Next Great Restaurant has certainly helped he was extremely articulate about the dishes he was tasting.
However first the remaining contestants had to cook his Lobster Raviolo in a Keep Up with Curtis Stone cooking challenge. The All Stars have to keep up with Curtis as he cooked this dish. These are great challenges and the first one we saw was in Series Four this year with Kylie Kwong. Hopefully they will continue to be in the Masterchef format. And yes there will be another Masterchef next year and applications are now open.
Chris Badenoch always looked comfortable in the challenge his tactic was not to think but just follow. Callum stuffed up his stock by making four litres of it, and Justine and Julie fell behind.
In the end Chris won and was safe from the elimination challenge.
The next challenge was to cook a dish from one of Curtis’s four favourite ingredients, pork, broccoli, artichokes and apples.
It was no surprise Kate Bracks made a dessert of Apple Sorbet and Macadamia Crumb, with a mini toffee apple. Curtis criticised the thickness of the caramel but otherwise thought the dish was delicious.
Julie was in all sorts of bother. She was unsure if she would have time to cook her dish she tied up her pork belly rashers and put them in a pressure cooker they then unravelled. With fifteen minutes to go she had to regroup and cook a pork medallion. Her dish looked a bit brown she had placed the meat on fennel. Curtis said the flavours were good, but said the dish looked messy on the plate. The pork looked undercooked, however Curtis was unfazed by that.
Callum selected artichokes to cook however he had never made them before. He crumbed and deep fried them and then put them in a salad. Is this a first? Crumbed, deep fried vegetables on a salad? Matt Preston was more critical about the sauce than the salad.
Justine made two artichoke dishes a modern one with calamari and an older style dish which the hero ingredient was served with Bearnaise Sauce. Curtis was a bit confused about the two dishes on the one plate.
In the end Callum was very lucky that Julie’s pork dish was under cooked, and not plated well as the Series One winner was eliminated.