Masterchef: The Professionals – An Alpha Male Goes Do You Agree With Who It Was?
Four season of Masterchef Australia, two of Junior Masterchef and one season of Celebrity Masterchef and finally someone has told the peanut gallery to shut up. For that reason alone Cameron should have been safe last night.
It was the two alpha males Michael and Cameron fighting it out for survival with a service challenge where they have to serve 120 diners a three course meal.
What was interesting was the decision was not decided by the vote as it has been previously when it has been a team challenge, this time it was decided by Marco Pierre White and Matt Preston who would be going home. Did they take diners views into account?
Marco when he told them the challenge said it would be all about strategy as he was wanting three plates each minute whilst service was on. As Cameron quipped “Faster than MacDonalds”.
Cameron’s strategy was about keeping it simple so it would be easy and quick to serve. He did a crab salad, followed by roast sirloin steak, and a pannacotta for dessert. Whilst Michael went for more sophisticated dishes and plating. He made a prawn thai salad, followed by lamb rump with celeriac puree and pickled beetroot, and dessert was deconstructed lemon meringue pie.
Michael is a machine, he was chopping serving and moving so fast by the end of service he must have felt like he had run a marathon. His skills were phenomenal.
In the end Michael’s strategy was the stronger as he was not penalised for not getting his plates up as quickly as Cameron’s, nor that he was assisted getting his desserts out. His food was deemed to be better.
The food critics tasting with Matt Preston were Dani Valent who writes reviews for The Age, and Natalie O’Brien the head of the Melbourne Food and Wine Show.
Matt liked the freshness of the prawns in the entree, Dani thought there needed to be more beetroot with the main. In fact there needed to be more vegetables with both mains.
There was some discussion from the judges about how it would not go down well with all the diners that it was served medium rare. Matt Preston must have forgotten that the previous week Jacque Reymond had served rare wallaby and the diners comprehensively voted it a winner.
As Cameron was getting cocky about waiting around for Michael to get his desserts out, the smile was wiped from his face as a steak was sent back from a diner because it was too rare. There was more care going into Michael’s food, whereas Cameron was treating it as a banquet/wedding meal just banging it out to get it over and done with.
Cameron did kindly end up giving Michael assistance with his deconstructed Lemon Meringue. Seriously what is deconstructed? Just the ingredients of a dish laid out individually on a dish, this fad needs to die and fast.
In the end Cameron was eliminated to head off to New York to try and obtain work in a Michelin starred restaurant with his dream of having his own fine dining restaurant still alive. Cameron talked a big game but unfortunately was not consistent in his delivery.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN on Sunday to Tuesday nights at 7.30pm