Masterchef: The Professionals – Reinventing The Pavlova Judging Was A Bit Arbitrary
It was a bit rough that Akuc was the one eliminated from Masterchef: The Professionals last night because her pavlova was not deemed to have been re-invented enough. Coop should have been gone the moment the words Pavlova Pizza were uttered from his mouth.
Also Bonny reinvented the pavlova with very little meringue as she had burnt her first batch to a crisp. Interesting that this blog was highlighting the sexism in the Masterchef kitchen, but sexism was alive and well last night. If one of the boys had mangled those meringues like Bonny did there would have been quite a scathing critique of their skills. But for Bonny there was sympathy and in the end she was safe mainly because her flavour combination of lychee and coconut was good. Or maybe the tears did work.
Akuc has re-invented the pavlova with cardamon and kaffir, so it looked like a traditional roulade but maybe the flavours did not work together. It looked nicer on the plate then some of the other dishes. Considering Coop’s pizza base did not work and Matt Preston said kids would only eat the top bit of the meringue and the fruit I would not thought there was much re-invention going on there. Also it was bizarre he had cooked neither pavlova or pizza before. Also what was with the tea ice cream to go with it. Who drinks tea with pavlova? There is a difference between re-inventing a dish and bastardising it completely.
However Coop mentioned in the episode that his daughter was just coming out of recovery of her operation so maybe they did not want to kick a man while he was stressed. To be fair his daughter is extremely ill and has been for some time.
Also some of the other pavlovas did not look like huge reinventions. Luke and Nick added biscuits to theirs. In fact Luke reinvented his without fruit!
The winners of the challenge were Sarah, Cassie and Cameron all of whom had deconstructed the dessert. Cameron looked like a five year old boy who had pleased his father, when Marco told him it was the best dish he had presented him. He had made a yoghurt foam and his plate did look good. Matt Preston told him he did not know if he was a contender or a pretender in the competition, but tonight his dish made him a contender.
Cassie continued to use gastronomy, giving a little gloat that she was the only one using those techniques, but again it landed her in the top of the pack. Sarah also deconstructed the traditional pavlova recipe of her grandmothers but adding a lemon twist.
Again this challenge did show that these chefs have some serious technique, if this had been the amateur version a pavlova roulade would have won!
Who do you think should have been eliminated?
Also last Friday I did a podcast for Media Week Australia with Nathan Brindle, the hipster with a beard contestant from Masterchef: The Professionals. If you want to hear me have a classic case of foot in mouth disease with the poor guy listen to it. I also managed to insult Dawn Fraser. Nathan is interesting to listen to about the show and about working in a professional kitchen.