Masterchef: The Professionals – Rabbit Stew
Just as well George Calombaris was not a judge on Masterchef: The Professionals tonight as it was rabbit, rabbit and more rabbit. George recently has taken rabbit off his menu after he met with protest group Freedom for Farmed Rabbits. Maybe he would have had to not tasted the dishes in solidarity with this fringe group.
Shannon Bennett was the guest chef and judge tonight for the re-invention test. The dish was one that inspired him when he was younger. Sarah who decided not to play her immunity pin pulled out a “random” knife and the chefs had to re-invent rabbit stew.
By the way does anyone else think that Shannon Bennett could play Willy Wonka in the next re-make of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory?
The definition of reinvention is a tad arbitrary, Sarah just turned it into another dish completely and did a crepinette. Also Rhett turned his into rabbit stew gyozas, don’t expect to see that on a menu anytime soon.
Shannon had asked him “What are you doing? and Rhett had retorted “well some sort of stew obviously” as he was rapidly boiling the rabbit away in a pot. Which was amusing as it WAS an obvious question. At that stage Rhett thought everything was going perfectly but he ended up stuffing up the pastry for the gyozas because he over worked it. Matt Preston said they were terrible. Rhett said he didn’t want to go home on this dish. Is there any dish he would want to go on?
Nick made Rabbit Terrine with a Bone Broth he served it with carrots. Shannon liked the simplicity of the presentation. Matt thought it needed something else to make it a complete dish.
Rhys made Asian style Rabbit Stew with Potato Dauphine. Potato Dauphine is a mix of potato and choux pastry deep fried. Matt loved it and the rabbit, as did Marco who said took him down memory lane to 1978.
Michael was making crepinette, and twice to camera he talked about about ensuring there was no bones in the dish. Regular viewers will know this is the sign that there will be bones in the dish, and there was two in fact in Marco’s. However it did not effect the positive reviews he received. Matt Preston said it does not look like a rabbit stew but it eats like a rabbit stew.
Bonnie made Carrot Tortellini with Rabbit Broth. It was clever putting jelly cubes in ravioli, but Matt said it does not work in terms of flavour. Marco liked she like the risk she took but he wanted more on the plate and told her it was not her greatest dish.
Rabbit Two ways with coffee and date jus was cooked by Nathan. Marco thought the coffee was a little too strong for the rabbit. Though Shannon thought the dish had promise in the future. The presentation did look nice.
Luke made Rabbit Braised in Red Wine and it was like there were two croquettes on a plate. “I’ve got to say Luke, it is not looking good” said Marco. Luke’s problem was that he did not really reinvent the dish, even though he did serve it with a hazelnut and liver paste. It must have tasted fine as Marco said he would have been happy with the dish if it had been served to him in Northern Spain.
Sarah’s Rabbit Crepinette with Liver and Kidneys was a hit with the judges. Matt thought it was wow and Marco said it was a fabulous dish. Smart move in holding onto her immunity pin.
Top three were Michael, Sarah, and Rhys and then it went all cheesy with Marco declaring Sarah had his dish of the day, then Shannon said he thought dish of the day was Michael and Matt said his dish of the day was Rhys’s.
The bottom three were Rhett, Bonnie and Luke and it was no surprise that Luke went home. As he said “shoulda, woulda, coulda doesn’t win challenges’’. It was sad to see him go as he is one of the more interesting personalities on the show.
Masterchef: The Professionals on Sunday to Tuesday on TEN at 7.30pm.