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.