Masterchef All Stars – The Finale – Was Callum Set Up For The Win?
Was that a Maggie Beer Masterclass or was it the Masterchef All Stars finale? Maggie basically told Kate how to cook a pheasant when she basically had no idea. She also told Callum that he needed a dish to centre his meal, and hinted to Chris to put in black pudding into his potatoes.
Also does Maggie Beer pay for that product placement that occurs of her products when she guest judges on Masterchef or are they their in lieu of an appearance fee? Not that there is a problem with that. However the stock used was hers this episode when previously it has been another brand.
Tonight was just a bit of a let down. Contestants were awarded 8 out of 10 for undercooked protein, and the final dish was one that Callum who made top two had cooked in his previous Masterchef final. More on that later.
This was a finale that did not feel like a finale. Traditionally in the other seasons they have had to cook a entree, main and dessert, but tonight it was two challenges.
The first challenge had Maggie Beer as guest judge. They had to cook a family meal for the four judges plus the other Masterchef contestants. This was keeping with the feel good factor of the series.
Interestingly in the best of the best final, two of the All Stars in the final served up under cooked protein in their meal. Poor Aaron Harvie would have had to go through drive through MacDonalds on his way home, as he was the one who got dished up the inedible part of the poultry both times.
Kate cooked a stuffed pheasant with sides of beetroot. Hers was under cooked and her sides were rushed as she ran out of time. Chris Badenoch made salt crusted chicken, even though Maggie gushed that it was cooked, it looked pretty red in the middle and on the bone joints. Aaron could not eat his. Also his carrots looked burnt as well.
Callum was putting together a vegetarian meal, which confused Dani as she must not have realised what vegetarian actually meant as she asked him what meat he was going to cook. However her bewilderment was probably correct. As Maggie Beer and Matt Preston queried what was the dish that was the centre of his meal. He then decided to cook a pheasant. His at least was cooked through.
Chris scored all eights for his meal, Callum scored all nines, and Kate scored all eights except for Gary who played bad cop and gave her a seven. She was eliminated.
Also lucky for Callum that Maggie was a judge as they are both from the Barossa Valley and she is a big fan of his.
Then it was Chris versus Callum for the title, and then Peter Gilmore revealed they would have to make the Snow Egg, the same dish Callum cooked in his season two final.
How was this fair? Why not just get Peter to present a different dessert. The judges and Peter Gilmore were a bit sheepish about it, saying that it was not the same as last time. This time it was with jackfruit instead of guava, and Chris was shown how to plate it up. However Callum was standing there as he was getting this tutorial.
By the way Peter Gilmore who is a great judge needs to lose some weight he looks like he could have a coronary at any moment, and he is quite young.
Props to Callum for pointing out to Chris that he was using too much Jackfruit. However both of them had issues but in the end after much coaching by Peter Gilmore and George at the plating up stage Callum won the title.
Callum being quite magnanimous gave Chris $10,000 of his $25,000 prize money to his charity, however it did not feel like we had seen the best of the best cooking tonight.