Masterchef: The Professionals – The Mystery Box or Was It A Compost Box?
It would be interesting to see of the behind the scenes interactions between the cheftestants as it was hinted last night that some of the more experienced chefs are not enamoured by the younger ones. I suspect it is Cassie they are saying this about as she has been showered with praise and has had a “podium” finish quite a few times.
The mystery box challenge was certainly a good one, as it was more like a compost box with what looked like leftovers, like prawn and fish head, and vegetable scrapings.
Sarah said the difficulty of the box meant you had to use your brain and then hinted that is one thing which is lacking in some contestants.
Rhett also hinted where he thought he was on the contestant’s food chain when he said “I am hoping some of the younger guys and girls get a hiding on this one. This is a real chefs challenge”. Ironically it was two of the “real chefs” that ended up being bottom two.
It certainly challenged their talents and creativity and they had to produce an edible dish in 60 minutes. Clearly there were basic pantry items they could use quite a few contestants made pasta. In fact it was a clever thing to do as most who did pasta produced a good dish like Nathan, Rhys and Bonnie.
Unfortunately for Cameron this was not the case. He even said he had worked in a restaurant where the head chef did not toss out anything and staff meals were made out of the scraps. However his ravioli with prawn bisque was not liked by the judges. Marco said the pasta was undercooked and the filling overcooked. It looked pretty ordinary on the plate as well.
Cassie had no idea what to do and did little bits and pieces on the plate in her high end dining presentation style. Matt Preston said there was no heart in the plate. Marco said it was the worse dish she had presented to them. She wept.
Michael who had been confident about his dish was savaged about the texture and taste of his sausage.
Whereas Rhett was told he had produced a Michelin star dish, with his fish soup and it did look good. Coop also redeemed himself from the previous challenge where he had plated up pizza pavlova he served a soup with parmesan balls, he was told it was the best dish he had served up.
Marco also confirmed that a dish can be more about the back story than the actual cooking when he critiqued Luke’s dish. He made Pil Pil which was a spanish dish and Luke told his back story of how they had moved to Spain for six years when he was eleven and they were broke and had to get the scraps at the back of restaurants. It was interesting and I would like to know more about why they moved there, he had mentioned a step father, and how this impacted on his life. Hopefully this backstory will continue to be told in future episodes.
Sarah, who is doing her cooking reputation no harm by being on the the show, did a twist of pie and sauce which the judges thought was genius.
The top three were Sarah, Rhett and Nathan, who had his first time on the podium, with Rhett winning his second challenge again showing he is a front runner.
He was chuffed about the win not that he showed it as he deadpanned “I feel a million bucks”.
This time there was a bottom four of Cassie, Michael, Nick and Cameron. Nick was told the banana aioli was in the top 10 of worst things Marco had ever tasted. However the rest of his dish was fine so he was safe, as was Cassie. I suspect Cassie was safe because she has the runs on the board and because they don’t want another girl going home at this stage.
This leaves two of the alpha males, Michael and Cameron, fighting it out for survival tonight. Cameron is not happy he said “clearly we are not the two bottom chefs”. He did not point out who he thought were. What will be interesting is they will be running a service all by themselves.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN, Sunday to Tuesday at 7.30pm.