Masterchef All Stars – And The Finalist Are…
The majority of the challenges in Masterchef All Stars have been fantastic and this episode was no exception. Justine, Callum and Chris had a three round cook off with each round the main ingredient being their favourite with a points awarded at the end of each round. Hopefully we will see something similar next series.
It was no surprise that Chris chose beer, but apparently “dessert queen” Callum choosing mushrooms was. Justine was quite canny in choosing chestnuts even though in the end it did not give her any advantage.
I must say I am suffering a bit of Masterchef fatigue, and one of the issues is the judges. Even though we were wondering where Matt Preston was last week, when he returned it was great to see him and his particular type of judging style.
Maybe next year on Masterchef Series Five they rotate through the judges. Keep the three as staples but maybe just not on each episode every night. When Gary had two weeks off when he hurt his knee it was great to see him come back and in fact it helped the viewer realise what he brought to the show.
The same with George and his kind of zany intensity let us miss him a bit so we can enjoy it when he is on our screens. This would also allow for fresh faces and new personalities to be introduced.
The first round was Callum’s ingredients mushrooms. Callum won the three points, Justine scored the two points for her seafood and mushrooms and Chris came last in that round with his Calf Liver and Sweetbreads dish.
The second round was Chris’s ingredient beer. Callum decided to to Beer Pannacotta with a chocolate mousse, whereas Chris did a seafood tasting plate with fish, and stout battered mussels.
Justine made beef fillet, pomme parisian with a stout jus. She burnt the potatoes which meant she came last in that round. However Chris’s beer gastronomy title has now been taken by Callum who won the round and a place into the final. In fact he got the bench tap by Matt Preston, something which has not occurred since 2010. This says a lot about the last two seasons, however I would be curious to know which dish in 2010 received this accolade.
Gary also thought it was the best dessert he had eaten all year in either the Masterchef kitchen or at a restaurant.
Chris and Justine had to cook with chestnuts they both decided to cook quail. Chris was making a stuffed quail similar to his audition dish and Justine’s was pan fried with lentils. They both looked great but in the end Chris pipped her at the post to grab the last spot.
There is now one person from each season battling it out for the All Stars title, Gary took the time to say it was not rigged but it was the best cooks through.
Who do you want to win Masterchef All Stars? Will Chris find redemption in the taking out the title? Will Callum fulfill the promise he showed in season two or will Kate show the skeptics that she actually is an all round cook?