Masterchef: The Professionals – Someone Got Roasted
Sunday night is re-invention night on Masterchef: The Professional’s and tonight they had to razzle up a family classic. The dish they have to cook was decided by a random knife draw. Not sure why the chef contestants were reluctant to volunteer to pull a knife out. I would have thought that by going on a reality show the point was to get as much attention as possible. In the end Rhys pulled it out and surprise it was Sunday Roast. Do all the knives have the same thing written on them? Well if I was a betting person…..
Also lucky all those lovely pieces of meat were there in the pantry as well. What was also interesting was all the contestants, or the ones we saw which were quite a few, roasted meat. It was surprising not one of them reinvented it by roasting a fish or some seafood.
There appeared to be two different judging criterias happening. Firstly the dish has to reinvented into something different, but also it was meant to also have some connection with your families roast.
Matt Preston when speaking to Akuc told her “We want to get a sense of what Sunday Roast meant for you” which may have been confusing for her as she was ready to cook pork as she wanted to try something different. However she ended up changing to chicken as that was more what her family ate.
Whereas the judges asked other chef’s whether they had reinvented it enough and one chef thought they should be pushing boundaries.
One person struggling was former vegetarian Kylie who looked very unsure on how to roast pork. Her first mistake was taking the loin off the bone and cooking her crackling attached to the meat. Marco came around and gave her some advice. Maybe Marco is being too soft as he could have given her a tickle up about being a chef, and that being a former vegetarian is no excuse for not knowing how to do a basic method of cooking meat.
You knew Kylie was vulnerable when we saw her back story of her boyfriend being killed in a car accident. It was unclear how long it ago it occurred.
Tracey was also struggling, bombing out on her yorkshire puddings and having to remake them. Marco was a tad scathing about her recipe. Also have to confess not sure stuffing the yorkshire pudding with pork is actually a re-invention of the dish.
Nick on the other had was on fire for once. He was being innovative and turned turnip into horseradish sauce and even tried, albeit failed, to reinvent the yorkshire pudding. Is he finally finding his feet in the competition after what can only be described as a rollercoaster beginning. Marco called his turnip sauce “genius”.
Rhett the burnt out chef from Brisbane admits he is on the show to rediscover his love of cooking and it appears he can cook and is creative when pushed. Though he may need to find some mojo for his relationship as he said the last time he was romantic with his girlfriend was when he “asked her to go fishing with him”. Quite the catch there.
Rhys who is more used to seafood was told his reinvention was actually a french dish so was told he needed to add a twist or he could be in trouble. In the end they said the flavours were good.
Coop admitted his wife was more the roast cook in their house ended up making a rolled and pan roasted chicken breast with a mousse and a caper jus. Matt loved it as he likes crispy aka fatty fried stuff. Marco loved the new twist of the caper jus. He must have been unlucky to not make top three.
Tracey’s Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding with Pork looked like something seen in the top 50 of the amateur version of the show. As Matt pointed the puddings she used were starting to burn whereas the ones on the side plate were not. She said she used the burnt ones as they were deeper. Marco did not pass comment, and advised her to put her energies into less components. Basically he thought there was too much going on. You get the feeling the clock is ticking on how long she can stay in the competition.
Sarah’s who must be marked as a serious contender in the competition made a Chicken Pithivier. Is this just a fancy way of saying pie? It received rave reviews from Marco and thought it was the best plated dish that she had served up.
Akuc’s chicken in a salad and spices looked nice but she was criticised for no juice which meant her chicken was dry. Maybe she should have stuck with the pork.
Kylie’s pork when served up did look pretty bad it was like a hunk of meat on a plate like you would get at one of those medieval theme dinners. She was told there was no re-invention, though she had done some good vegetables. Marco told her there was no re-invention in her dish.
Top three were Sarah, Nick and Rhett, with Nick winning for best dish. Does this give him an advantage in the Quickfire challenge tomorrow night?
Bottom three was Akuc, Kylie and Tracey. Akuc was safe as she cooked her meat on the bone, and Tracey’s crackling was crunchy so that made her safe . In the end Kylie’s vegetables could not save her and she was eliminated.
Marco kindly gave her a farewell speech saying the salad of Rabbit she had brought to him gave him great insight into what she was like. However he did not elaborate on what exactly that insight was. At least with Kylie gone it will be easier to identify who Sarah is as those two did look alike.
Masterchef: The Professionals on Sunday to Tuesday nights on TEN.