Masterchef: The Professionals – Re-Invention Test The Fusion Challenge
If they are going to fake scenes on Masterchef they should at least make it realistic. Tonight there was the hanging out in a fake alleyway scene, to make it look like they are having a break from the kitchen, but if this was real life half of them would have been smoking.
It was also the first time I can recall where Matt Preston has looked reluctant to put a dish in his mouth. He nor Marco Pierre White were enthusiastic about eating camel liver that Rhett was cooking.
Tonight the remaining contestants had a re-invention test where two knives were “randomly” pulled out to show two cuisines of Moroccan and Mexican which they had to fuse.
Rhys said he was in mass confusion but hoped it would get to fusion. He had not eaten any Moroccan and not much Mexican either. He is clearly not from Sydney where a Mexican restaurant opens up daily.
Luke and Rhett were being the alpha chefs and went for the camel meat. This was a high risk strategy. Luke had not cooked it before and Rhett had cooked camel but went for the camel liver.
Marco told Luke his camel was cooked perfectly, and Matt Preston said it was the best thing he had cooked in the competition. The same cannot be said for Rhett’s. The judges did not like the taste of the liver and even the harissa could not disguise the flavour. They were lucky Rhett had not turned it into ceviche.
Marco was critical about the amount of jars and cans Nick was using with his quail and chicken tagine, but this faded away once they tasted it and they told him it fulfilled the brief.
However Coop who did not like the reinvention tests was cooking quail stuffed with cous cous. There was not much else on the plate just a smear of corn puree. The quail was not cooked to crispy brown and he tried to rectify it by blow torching it. He really looked like he had lost his confidence or that the competition had gotten to much for him. He was told it had not fulfilled the Mexican part of the brief.
Matt Preston got a bit hard arsed with Rhys when he brought in a beer as a sweetner to the judges. Rhys knew he had not done anything fabulous with his Mexican Spiced Goat with Cous Cous. Matt Preston ticked him off saying “We have a rule on Masterchef: The Professionals that you don’t bring anything in that you have not made yourself.”. Now if that had been Top Chef, judge Tom Colicchio, would happily had a few swigs. [Editor’s note: Tom C hides a drink, under the judges table when he is filming]
Sarah’s Morrocan Pork Fillet looked pretty pink and Marco told her I don’t think you are good at cooking either of those cuisines, however the viewer knew she was safe as we had seen nothing of her this episode, the same can be said of Nathan as well.
Michael made Chermoula with Morwong and it was plating 80’s style. Marco was was not happy about the fish and prawns being chopped up he thought it was like baby food.
Bonny did not have any issues with her Fish dish and she had also made tortilla cous cous, which is probably a world first. Apparently the balance of flavours was mind blowing. It was not surprise that she won the dish of the day. The other chefs in the top three were Nick and Luke.
Bottom three were Coop, Rhett, and Michael. Rhys could not believe that he avoided bottom three. Rhett who was chewing gum during the filming of this scene was made safe because he was brave and had fulfilled the brief, and Coop was sent home.
Coop must have been popular with the other contestants as there were lots of tears. He is currently trying to get his catering business Evoke Private Dining up and running.
Masterchef: The Professionals on Sunday to Tuesday on TEN at 7.30pm.