Masterchef: The Profesionals – Matt Embraced The Theme, But Marco Did Not
Matt Preston busted out his cowboy outift for the challenge at Mansfield in the Snowy Mountains, but thankfully he left the horse at home, anyway it probably would have messed up his new crisp white jeans.
The challenge was to cook a banquet over campfires for fifty people. They had four hours to prep and cook it. Ater a random draw, there was the green team led by Rhys, with Michael, Cassie, Nick and Rhett, though they appeared to defer to Rhett on direction. The other team aka the red team was captained by Sarah included Bonny, Luke, Coop, and Nathan.
It was a race for the protiens which the red team won by grabbing pork and trout, while the green team took different cuts of beef and venison. However they won the race back to the campsite so this meant the green team got to serve their banquet first. It was seen to be an advantage filling up the diners/voters first as they would have lost their appetite by the time the red team served up.
Sarah when talking about the menu stated the obvious when she said “Whatever we do it needs to be full of flavour.”
The biggest drama in prep for the red was whether to fillet their trout. The fish was small and it was going to be time consuming. Sarah was phaffing trying to make a decision about to bone or not to bone, then finally she decided to go with Luke’s view that it needed to be done.
He was hacking into the fish and Marco came over and said it was very messy. Sarah then tried to flick the blame of deciding to fillet the fish onto Luke.
Rhett was worried about the red team’s menu as he thought it was the perfect protein mix, particularly when both teams had been gifted a lamb, which they both put in an Argentinian grill.
Unsurprisingly Cassie was making dessert on the green team and she was making a crumble. She said to Rhys she was having trouble taking the full frontal heat from the campfire when she was cooking her crumble, and he said to her ” you have been there for three minutes, try two hours like I have.”
She should have quipped back “well there has to be some advantage to being stuck on doing dessert…. AGAIN”. Bonny was cooking a crumble for her team as well.
However in the crumble cook off Bonny’s won. Considering they were all out of the cooking comfort zone things were pretty calm.
The green team presented grilled venison, lamb with lemon and parsley, beef brisket with onion jam, and osso buco, the sides were roast vegetables. Neither team cooked the iconic drovers dish of damper. Dessert was apple, berry and rhubarb crumble.
Red team reinvented the cassoulet making it with cider, they presented their lamb with tomato and capers and they also had a trout salad, and a few other side salads to go with it.
If Marco had been voting he would have voted for the green team, he thought there was too much going on in the red teams dishes and he could not pick out the individual flavours.
Of course it was Matt Preston who managed to find a fish bone. However this did not hinder them as the red team were voted the winners. It was close as it was 31 votes to 27, which means there were more than 50 guests there obviously, unless a couple voted twice!
Cassie was immediatley concened she was going to be in eliminated in the service challenge on Tuesday as the other four chefs were so strong.
She will be hoping a weak player is in the tasting challenge tomorrow night stuffs up as one person from the winning red team will be joining the green team in the elimination challenge. This is a bit unfair as they all thought they had cooked themselves to safety, but they must need it to balance out the teams.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN – Sunday to Tuesday at 7,30pm