Masterchef: The Professionals – Zumbo Stretches Their Coping Mechanisms
Not only was it Zumbo, but it was also a team challenge. Two things guaranteed to bring on stress and it did. There was teams fraying at the edges, ingredients looking like pus dripping from cakes, and people snarking at each other.
The challenge was to make a 12 layer Zumbo cake, which included hazelnut dacquoise, toffee, raspberry gel, coffee brulee and chuck in some salted caramel as well. All in all there were eleven layers. However there was no room for error as the teams were given the right amount of ingredients to complete it – no more, no less.
Michael was captain for the green team, Tracey for the red, and Luke for the brown.
The brown team got lucky as they had Nathan who had a lot of experience in tempering chocolate. Nathan needed to shine as so far he has been struggling in the competition.
Tracey as captain was not going to win a popularity contest with her team mates as she either lied or was incompetent as she used all the milk chocolate. She said she had measured it but Matt Preston and Zumbo put her on the spot and weighed her mixture and it was almost double what it should have been. Fear and loathing then permeated the team and she looked suitably embarrassed. Rhys then tried to make his own milk chocolate mixing white and dark. Her woes continued when she split her caramel anglais. Sarah who is super intense was not happy with her, even after Tracey had rectified her mistake.
Luke was having his own issues as captain. His spatula split whilst he was making the caramel, he just plucked it out but Matt and Marco asked whether it had melted into it. He said if there is plastic in it is on his head. What was he meant to do, he probably did not have any more ingredients to make more. Memo to the judges you can’t give chefs the exact ingredients and then expect them to be able to remake a component.
Tracey’s annus horriblus just kept on continuing and she was under seige from her own team. Cameron decided to put the boot in wondering whether she was working with them or against them. However the smirk was soon wiped from his face when his team had to deal with his badly tempered chocolate. Sarah told Cameron to put it in the fridge which he was reluctant to do, however when he saw Nathan was happy to put it in. Clearly he does not like being told what to do by a female.
However for the red team it was going to get worst when they did not take the acetate paper from one piece chocolate before placing it on the cake. Cameron was throwing the blame at Tracey, no one was taking responsibility for the stuff up but the other team members clearly thought the captain was the culprit.
The green team had caramel oozing out of their cake which was not a good look, particularly since it looked like pus. . Also Zumbo thought it was bland in flavour.
The brown team’s looked the best but the calmancy (sic) layer was a bit thin, however the judges knew there were issues with this so decided to pick on the lack of lime flavour. If it had been a blind tasting I wonder if they would have realised. Also there was no spatula in it either.
The red team were giving the thumbs up for getting all the flavours right, however Tracey’s section was criticised for putting in too much chocolate made that layer too thick.
It was no surprise that the brown team won in fact there was no way either of the other two teams were even close.
Tomorrow night the two losing team will have the same captains and they will be cooking for diners in the Masterchef restaurant. Expect fireworks and I’m not talking the celebratory Australia Day ones.
Masterchef: The Professionals on Sunday to Tuesday on TEN at 7.30pm.