Masterchef: The Professionals – Cassie Got Shoved Onto Dessert Again
Big fan of Michael and Rhett, however Cassie should have told them to get stuffed when she was shunted onto dessert again. This was the second challenge in a row where she had to cook dessert. Also in a lot of the service challenges the girls have been put on desserts. It is is quite sexist. She said desserts were not her thing. As Michael said “even though she does not like desserts she is going to take one for the team”. Clearly Rhett and Michael were not prepared to make that sacrifice.
Rhett said he had been in every service elimination challenge which is not quite correct as he was not in last Tuesday’s one which was between Cameron and Michael. What he meant was he had been in the team that has lost every team challenge. He believes the green apron was cursed ala the blue apron on the amateur version of the show. Maybe they need to do an exorcism over them at the beginning of the season.
Rhys, Coop and Nick were in the red team. The theme tonight was perfection, with Marco saying “everything must be perfect”. They had to make dishes that had been prepared for them. For the red team it was Sixty Three Degree Egg with smoked potato puree, main was Confit of Ocean Trout, and dessert was a fancy Cheesecake.
Coop made the entree, Nick the main and Rhys did the dessert. If Cassie is a team player, Nick is not. For a second service challenge he has taken a long time on the fish and not had it prepped by main. At one point he was sniffing around Coop to see if he could help.
Also when service for the entree was occurring he was still doing his own main whilst Rhys and Coop had to serve up, whereas on the other team it was all hands on deck even though the other courses were not prepped. Needless to say he got great reviews for his dish, as he did in the other challenge where Kiah was eliminated because he had been helping him rather then prepping his dessert.
The green team had to make Seared Scallops with Celeriac, main was duck with sweet potato mash, and dessert was Black Forest Mousse.
Michael who is amazingly fast in prep, was told to take it a bit slower and to cut everything the same size as they will then cook all the same.
However it was Cassie that was struggling burning the caramel and having to redo it, and when Marco was giving his perfection mantra, the chocolate mousse boiled over and burnt.
Marco told Rhett off for not julieanning the celeriac properly. Rhett said to camera he did not believe in that cut. He did not elaborate why. Maybe because it is precise?
During service it was Michael cooking the scallops for entree, with Rhett and Cassie plating, and for main it was Cassie cooking the duck. Maybe they thought presentation was more important then how it was cooked. Whereas on the other team Nick cooked the fish and the others plated.
Matt Preston’s egg was overcooked for his entree, also Michael who thought his duck was perfectly cooked was not done to Sarah and Bonny’s liking, however the big disaster dish was the burnt taste of the mousse.
What was interesting was that Matt Preston said they had to wait a long time on their mains. It would have been interesting to know how long. The editing is trying to suggest the kitchen is a well oiled machine.
In the wrap up Marco told the chefs he thought it was the best food they had put out in the restaurant so far. Really over cooked egg, imperfect duck and burnt chocolate? Rhys’s cheesecake was the dish of the day.
It was no surprise that Cassie was flicked, Marco said he would write her a letter of recommendation and told her to find a chef to guide her and teach her philosophy. Who would that be? What frigging chefs in town are philosophy experts and how does it help your cooking skills? These are things we will never find out.
Anyway bad luck for Cassie as she did deserve to go for what she plated up tonight, but was it really fair to be dumped on desserts again?