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Masterchef: The Professionals – The Team Player Is The Fall Guy For The Losing Team

When Matt Preston was giving the contestants the run down on tonight’s restaurant challenge one of the aspects he said the chefs would be judged was team work. In the end this did not turn out to be true. Sure when you are in a team challenge  you want to win so the team is safe, however the contestant has to ensure their own dish does not become collateral damage under the disguise of teamwork.

This was the case in this episode.

The red and green team were battling it out in a service challenge in the Masterchef restaurant. They were under pressure because they only had two hours prep and two hours to serve 115 people, they also had to serve a la minute, that is, to order. It was the same captains as the Zumbo challenge which was not something that Tracey or her teams wanted. Cameron had clearly repressed his stuffed up tempered chocolate and was again slating the loss on the Zumbo challenge to her.

Cameron likes talking himself up and tonight we heard he had worked at some fancy three hat and Michelin Star restaurants, so clearly he thinks he is a culinary superstar in training. He talks the talk but yet to see him walk the walk.

Again in the Masterchef restaurant the contestants were given the dishes they would have to make. Each team had to cook an entree, main and dessert.

Red team had a Linguine With Seafood  for entree, Steak with a Broad bean Salad and Jus for main and Chocolate Fondant for dessert.

The alpha males Rhett and Cameron were working together on mains and you would think they would have it under control, but in the end they did not have enough time to make the broad bean salad. Rhett spent his two hours prepping the steak, and Cameron made the sauce which in the customers thought was too greasy.

Sarah who is also a confident cook, does not suffer fools, she said she took the fondants as she knew she could do it, hinting she was a bit underwhelmed with some of the others.

The green team had a Lamb Rump with Zucchini for entree, Roasted Mulloway for main, and Passionfruit Souffle for dessert.

Nick was on the main and was taking a lot of time to prep the fish. He hauled Kiah off desserts to help which meant he was unable to complete his prep the way he wanted to or be as organised going into dessert service.

Nick who kind of bumbles through was looking like he was in trouble with the fish still not prepped when service started however apart from a few bones and undercooking one lot it was called dish of the day. Considering he is a private chef he was not getting stressed from the “heat” he was getting from MPW during service so props to him for that. Deaf contestant Bonny should have received some kudos for her work on the main as well. Maybe being deaf means she can tune out of Marco’s repetitive orders easier.

Props should also go to Michael who was captain on green team. He is impressive and expect to see him in the show for some time.

The brown team got to sidestep this pressure and were able to eat with Matt Preston. Cassie who has had this pleasure twice now seemed to enjoy it more with her team mates and not having to critique by herself. Luke, who is one of my favourites, was not shy in holding back what he thought, but what he said seemed to make some good points.

Cameron and Rhett beef main was savaged with the sauce criticised and Matt Preston saying these two high end chefs had turned it into a banquet meal. Their egos must have deflated a tad from this comment.

Kiah who was on dessert and was only able to get back to his station in the middle of service had to line his ramekins with butter and sugar. He had been hoping to have them lined up in the fridge ready to go when the dessert orders were called. The souffle ended up being sent out under cooked, however if he had had more time during service he could have test cooked a souffle to see how long it would take in the ovens.

Sarah on the other team managed to get her fondants cooked to perfection however her hazelnut praline was too chewy according to Matt. At least she walks the walk as well as talks the talk. Hope she sticks around for awhile as well.

The red team ended up getting the win, which was a surprise considering the dish of the day the mullaway was on the green team. However the entree and dessert got the red team over the line.

In the end Kiah was the scapegoat for his teams loss as there really was no one else they could eliminate. He must have been frustrated by this as he had not been given the opportunity to do his dish properly by his other team mates. Would Nick’s mullaway made dish of the day if he had not prepped it all? Kiah was a team player but in the end it saw him excised from the show.

Masterchef: The Professionals on Network TEN from Sunday to Tuesday nights at 7.30pm.

33 comments

1 Daisy { 01.30.13 at 1:36 am }

Team effort??? Personally I don’t mind her choleric attitude, but Sarah did not display any team work. She guarded her dessert with her life from the rest of her team who she thought were idiots and not to be trusted. If I recall she said, ” I don’t trust anyone to do this properly so I am doing it myself”. Not that I blame her after Sunday night’s fiasco. It was just disappointing to see nice guy Kiah booted when he didn’t seem to be given a chance to do his dish, if we can believe the edited version.

2 Littlepetal { 01.30.13 at 6:02 am }

Agree with you RR that Kiah was the sacrificial lamb. He has to help the others and didn’t have quality time on the souffle.

Sarah was smart. Rheet and Cameron didn’t do well with the mains. Maybe they were used to doing the cooking but not the prep work. They have forgotten their roots.

3 Maz { 01.30.13 at 8:43 am }

Kiah got screwed over. If I was Sarah, I wouldn’t trust any of the amigoes on my team either.

Cassie shouldn’t be so confident as avoiding elimination rounds has always hurt otherwise strong contestants in MC when it comes to finals week.

4 Carole { 01.30.13 at 8:48 am }

Yeah I felt sorry for Kiah as well, and he took it graciously too. It was a shame as he said he had experience with souffles, but they are a bastard to make. So many things can go wrong with them and unfortunately you can’t stick a skewer in them to check if they are cooked as they will deflate. That’s the difference between this one and the regular one. Usually the whole team will then go into a challenge to decide who goes home. Haven’t watched Monday nights show yet so don’t know what went wrong there. But from the ads, it looked like a disaster for some. Caramel leaking among other things.

5 Joseph Skyrim { 01.30.13 at 9:04 am }

Kiah didn’t seem as organized as the red team’s dessert girl Sarah. She was bossing Cameron and the little general around expertly and had a flow to her station that was easily followed. Makes me think if she had been captain in the Zumbo challenge they would have fared much better.

Also, team player or not – if it is YOUR dish that makes your team fail over all, well… see you later alligator. He should have grabbed the entree people to help out immediately after they finished. From the looks of it, they had to volunteer (he didn’t ask).

6 Picnic { 01.30.13 at 10:27 am }

I was thinking the same think Maz, for Cassie it doesnt help to miss too many challenges.
Felt for Kiah, loved his back story of being a food forager.
Isnt Nick just like Vince Colossimo?

7 Danielle { 01.30.13 at 11:27 am }

Watching these these episodes are intense! It’s like watching Hell’s Kitchen without the swearing and less stuffing up! I’ve only watched the American version and Americans are much more voical.
Kiah was cute he was the only contestant to look at the camera and the crew. Good to see the contestants really like each other.

8 Anna { 01.30.13 at 12:03 pm }

Calling first BS of the MC season

Both teams had one bad dish… stuffing up quality meat is far worse then stuffing up a souffle…

Would rather see Cameron / Tracy go then Kiah…. Seems as if Marco wasn’t too happy to let Kiah go

Luke / Akuc / Cassie shouldn’t act so high and mighty.. the door might slam on their butts next week…

Have to admit that I’m enjoying seeing/hearing Marco in their faces, constantly pushing them to a breaking point.

9 Daisy { 01.30.13 at 12:19 pm }

I have noticed how right you guys are in that they give away who’s going. First time Kiah ever really got much camera time.
It seems the judges/producers are working out in advance who they want to keep for the long run. Love the intensity with which Ratatouille stares at the camera.

10 Littlepetal { 01.30.13 at 12:23 pm }

Daisy, who is Ratatouille?

11 brain dead dave { 01.30.13 at 12:26 pm }

Littlepetal, I think she means Luke-aka the pirate captain.

12 Anna { 01.30.13 at 12:26 pm }

Cameron is getting wayway to much camera time as does Tracy who’s never happy. Ratatouille, Akuc, Ned Kelly and Cassie aren’t shy in front of the camera either

13 Daisy { 01.30.13 at 12:38 pm }

Yes, For some reason Luke reminds me of thelittle ratchef in Ratatouille. He has that startled look like when the rat got caught raiding the pantry, or when a rat or mouse has been trapped and their eyes bug out. But I do like him so far. So I say Ratatouille affectionately.

14 Daisy { 01.30.13 at 12:41 pm }

Anna who is Ned Kelly?

15 Anna { 01.30.13 at 12:48 pm }

Daisy, Nathan is Ned Kelly (due to his beard)

Cameron reminds me of Curtis

16 Littlepetal { 01.30.13 at 1:03 pm }

I love all of you. If you don’t follow this blog from the beginning, you will have no idea who we are talking about.

17 Daisy { 01.30.13 at 1:07 pm }

We love you too.

18 Dr T { 01.30.13 at 1:09 pm }

I am a huge fan of Nathan… he just seems to get in there and do his best without making a huge fuss about everything.

I think MPW is coming across really well. I get that people don’t like the repetition repetition repetition repetition and carrying on, but he seems very genuine in talking to the contestants.

As I’ve said in previous posts, and I think what comes through here, is that MCP is more about the cooking ability and MKR seems more about the personalities (at least in the early stages).

I agree that Kiah got robbed. I think the difference is easy to see with the main courses. Kiah helped and got punked, so the main turned out great and the dessert was a disaster. On the other side Rhett and Cam didn’t get the extra help (and it showed), and the dessert turned out great.

19 Dunbi { 01.30.13 at 1:13 pm }

I think the red team won as they had decided Kiah had to be the one to go. Shame they spoil our wondering who will go by showing a promo for the next episode which clearly showed that Nick and some others didn’t get the boot.

20 tvaddict { 01.30.13 at 2:38 pm }

green team was consistently getting better feedback in regards to presentation and flavour. Kiah was completely screwed over by his team mates. Should have been Cam going home last night.

21 Reality Raver { 01.30.13 at 3:00 pm }

tvaddict – agree if Kiah had not helped out Nick he would not have got dish of the day.

Dunbi – I think you are right.

22 Anna { 01.30.13 at 3:02 pm }

Re-invention test might send Akuc home if she’s never tasted the dish… sob story is getting BORING…

Hope Bonny stays on longer .. saw her cooking yesterday at Rockpool and she seems sweet, the staff love her as well, it’s obvious…

23 Daisy { 01.30.13 at 3:17 pm }

One sweets where the cook was able to give her undivided attention against another where the poor cook had planned well but wasn’t given a chance to do his job.

24 Dunbi { 01.30.13 at 3:45 pm }

Think there would have been fireworks had Sarah been pulled off the fondants to help elsewhere!

25 Anna { 01.30.13 at 3:51 pm }

Wonder if the show wasn’t MCP but Hells Kitchen, if Ramsay wouldn’t have kicked out Rhett or Cameron even if the team did well…

Originally it was said that pasta was bleah, and so was the main course… the other team had a few bones in the main (NEWSFLASH – fish has bones, tiny bones sometimes end up in a dish), only the dessert got stuffed up…
So during the final minutes the story has changed and their pasta was great towards the end… who cares!! Always thought it was consistency.. then again all the complaining about the fish that came from the dining room seemed a bit practiced

SO how the hell did the team lose and send a strong person home…. He’ll not have problems getting a job in Melb as a lot of chefs are going towards foraging, eating of the land and nose to tail eating

26 A.P { 01.30.13 at 6:45 pm }

Really trying to get into this show but it was too predictable as in we knew Kiah would be going the minute his background story was told and camera time was on him more than the others.
It was just like a repeat from the night before.
For entertainment value MKR wins hands down, the “amatas” are just more interesting.

27 Anna { 01.30.13 at 6:59 pm }

On Sunday they are re- inventing Sunday Roast.. camera is on Nick and Tracy… Is Tracy going home?

28 essenzzaa { 01.30.13 at 10:33 pm }

Certainly sad that Kiah got dumped early. Back stories belong in New Idea. It’s the personalities & interactions with each other that I find intriguing. Trying to “curry flavour” with a hard luck back story, so early in the piece, is hard to swallow & disrespectful of the other contestants abilities.

29 Izobel2 { 02.01.13 at 11:08 pm }

We use ned kelly and the pirate in our household as descriptions too. Great minds and RR Fans…

I liked Kiah.. What a shame. My fave is The Pirate.

30 Sandii { 02.02.13 at 7:14 am }

Does anyone know if there are any encore presentations this weekend

31 brain dead dave { 02.02.13 at 9:55 am }

Yes, Sandii. There are three hours of Ma$terchef Professionals tonight on Eleven, starting at 7.30 pm. I’ll be there watching the Jowl$athon myself.

$pecial Encore Presentations, no less.

You asked for it, so don’t blame me.

32 Daisy { 02.02.13 at 11:25 am }

Dunby@24 She would have killed them with her glare. In fact they will be able to use that icy look when freezing ice-cream in a hurry.

I do enjoy her but I wouldn’t want to trifle with her.

33 Anna { 02.02.13 at 4:09 pm }

I think we’ve all been encored out.. encore every day with encore marathon on weekends…