Masterchef: The Professionals – The Canape Challenge
It is always interesting when people get to pick their teams to see who has been selected first and last. Tonight Bonny and Nathan were team captains and Bonny picked Rhett first, with Nathan going for his mates Sarah and Rhys. Luke was left standing there on his own last, which makes you wonder if this is because of his personality or cooking skills.
There appears to be no love lost between Rhett and Luke but why is it taking this long in the series to find this out and it might even explain why they both cooked camel on Sunday nights episode.
Rhett’s ego is huge but then he backs it up most of the time, but at this stage of the competition he has decided not to be as much of a team player. Probably because he saw the ones that were, like Kiah and Cassie, be eliminated because of it. Rhett also thinks Nathan is his biggest competition for the title. Nathan has been flying under the radar with limited amount of screen time, maybe he will bust out in the finals week.
The two teams had to produce four canapes each but with produce obtained from the houses surrounding the Botanic Gardens. Coincidence the food they took from the houses were the ones that were going to attend the night? Not sure how random it was but who cares it was entertaining. If they came to my house they would have had to razzle something up from Baked Beans, eggs and coffee.
The green team were politely bitching about their captain Bonny but was it really her fault that three of their four canapes had pork in them? No one else spoke up or maybe that was the only protein they had found except for some prawns.
The red teams canapes on paper did look much better with Rhys making Prawn with Salmon Tartare, Sarah a Pulled Pork “sandwich”, Nathan a deconstructed Burger, and Nick made a Cheesecake as a sweet.
The green team was all pork, Rhett made Prawn and Pork Mar Hor, Bonny made Meatballs, Luke Made a pork neck roulade, and Michael a Chocolate Profiterole with Raspberry Sauce.
Both Bonny’s and Luke’s dishes were a disaster, however they were the pair that volunteered to go and get further ingredients which ate into their prep time. This particularly effected Luke because his meat was pork neck which can take some time to cook and is fatty. He also did not have time to sear it. It appears being a team player in this show is a disadvantage.
Bonny’s Pork Meatballs were more like Bolognaise and between her and Luke there was only one vote. I suspect she was the person that obtained it. Luke’s dish was a disaster and it looked inedible. Why didn’t he quickly chop it all up and drizzle a sauce on it? It would have made it easier to eat. It was describe as tough and bland.
The voting was interesting as the diners did not have to vote for best team their vote was cast for the best dish. This meant if you were on a dud team like the green one and they had put out one sensational dish they could have obtain the majority of the points.
However it was Nathan’s deconstructed burger that attracted the most votes and brought his team over the line with the red team scoring 29 points to 21. Not that it really mattered as it appears they are all up for elimination except for the person getting the immunity pin which I had thought was going to be handed out after the challenge.
If so Nathan must be the one to get it, as he captained the team with no dramas, presented a well balanced menu, and cooked dish of the day.
Rhett said that Luke was trying to blame the weather and the pork for his bad dish, but Rhett basically pointed the finger at him. Or maybe the green apron curse had struck again.
Masterchef: The Professionals – Sunday to Tuesday nights on TEN.