Masterchef: The Professionals – The Re-Invention Test
Is this Masterchef: Professional show on amphetamines compared to the original version as again tonight there was an another elimination. Very different from the amateur version of the show where two people were eliminated a week. However tonight it looked like the chefs were realising that being on a reality TV show was not just going to be a walk in the park cooking dishes from their repertoire to take home the $200,000 prize, but they would have to cook like they have not done in years.
The traditional invention test now has a twist it is now the re-invention test. The chefs had to make the dish new again. The dish they had to re- invent was decided by knife draw with Matt Preston saying it was about taste, technical ability, daring and creativity that would be evaluated. The chef with the worst dish will be eliminated.
Akuc was not happy when she pulled out fish and chips as she said she had neither cooked or eaten it. She has worked in Neil Perry’s Spice Temple but at this point she was probably wishing it had been Rockpool, which has a seafood based menu.
Nineteen year old Cassie seems to have found a fair bit of confidence from her win last week and was talking herself up but unlike Anthony she was actually creating some very good dishes. Even putting her money where her mouth is by putting foam on the plate. Matt said she was a serious threat in the competiton. Her career will have no harm done by being on this show and she will be able to work in any kitchen in Australia after this.
Rhett who works in a seafood menu cockiness started fading this episode as he knew if he was eliminated it would be humiliating as he is head chef in a seafood restaurant. He was going to make fish tacos but after a chat with Matt Preston (I suspect we did not see it all in the edit) he realised this dish was not going to cut it. He changed his dish to Crispy Coral Trout Wings. He thought he might put it on the menu when he got back. Hopefully he would do something with the rest of the fish.
However the judges loved his dish with Marco saying he could go right to the top of the profession.
Rhys was feeling confident as he liked working with seafood, he also revealed his past history with drugs and cooking saved him. Interesting profession as it is chicken or the egg when it comes to illicit substances. Yes I am looking at you Anthony Bourdain. However he was freewheeling making a beer and coconut batter, something he had not made before. He dished up a sashimi and another seafood bite a bit like what Anthony had tried to do in the previous episode but he managed to pull it off and Marco thought he had a flair for flavours.
Chrissie the single mum who has been out of the kitchen for awhile appears to be keeping it simple. In fact her Snapper En Papillote was something we would see on the amateur version of the show. From the start she was having some technical issues with it that Marco pointed out. He told her the salsa verde was not good and the dill overpowered the snapper.
Akuc’s too literal take of the dish was Chick Pea Battered Fish and Chips with an eggplant and peanut butter sauce was never going to cut it. Matt Preston said there was failing in technique but he said her creativity might save her. This was code for she was going to have to hope someone dished up something worst than hers.
Chrissie managed to do this with her snapper. After her harsh criticism she burst into tears but the upside for her sobbing got Marco whispering in her ear. This cannot be a negative thing.
It was no surprise the top three were Cassie, Rhett, and Rhys as they were the only three good dishes the viewer saw this episode with Rhett winning the dish of the day.
The bottom two were Akuc, and Chrissie with Chrissie eliminated and it was the correct decision. Tomorrow night all the chefs will be out of their comfort zone with a mega comfort challenge. Most of these contestants will have barely baked a cake or dessert so it should be very interesting indeed.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN, Sunday to Tuesday night at 7.30pm.