Masterchef: The Professionals – The Ultimate Mystery Box
Rhett declared the only obstacle to getting the the Masterchef: The Professionals title was himself. Well his ego is, or maybe the fact he did not cook in the ultimate mystery box and served a raw dish was a hinderance as well.
The mystery box went from the ridiculous (food scraps) to the sublime with final week contestants cooking anything they liked as long as they showcased one of the high end ingredients in the mystery box. The ingredients were abalone, caviar, chocolate, champagne, and white truffles.
They had 60 minutes to cook the dish or in Rhett’s case assemble it.
The problem with Rhett is you get the feeling he is a little bit lazy or burnt out and does not want to really push out of his comfort zone.
Compare that to energiser bunny Michael who put about seven elements on the plate tonight with his Chocolate Biscuit and Mulberry Sorbet.
Rhett was making Scallop Tartare with White Truffles and his theory was you did not want to over use the ingredients. Judges Matt Preston and Marco did query whether the truffles would taste better with cooked ingredients.
They were quite stern with him. In contrast they were kind to Bonny when they queried whether it was a good idea to make her own ricotta for her Egg, Truffle and Ricotta Raviolo. Interestingly there was no ricotta in the pantry but there was mulberries quite a rare ingredient in shops for Michael’s dessert.
She was in all sorts of bother as it was very thin, and she then added whipped cream to try and thickened it. Again the judges queried whether this was a good idea. Her dish was a disaster the ricotta was seeping out from it as it cooked.
Maybe it would have been smarter to leave it out and just go with the egg and truffle.
Sarah was showing she was the one to beat again with Truffle three ways with Scallops. Marco and Matt were happy that one of those three ways was just truffle shaved over the dish. Matt Preston called it “Spectacular”. You did wonder whether there was too much truffle in there.
Nathan took a risk putting truffle in dessert in what was a fantastic looking dish. He made Truffle and Pear Cake, with a Truffle Custard and Champagne Sabayon.
Personally I think it is a bit of a waste using a 2000 Krug Champagne in a dessert. However the challenge was all about deluxe ingredients.
The judges were a bit unsure about the use of white truffle in dessert, but it ended up being a hit with the judges.
Rhys who told the judges he was cooking to win for his mother as a thank you. He revealed he had been a troubled teen very much into the drug scene but she found him an apprenticeship and “food saved him”. He made Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with seared abalone and scallops. It was a nice enough dish but it could not get him into the top three.
The top three were Sarah, Nathan and Michael, with Michael winning the dish of the day. It was interesting that Marco basically told him even though it was hard not seeing his kids, but because he had so much talent he had to push it as far as he could.
It was no surprise that Bonny was the person to be eliminated. It will be an interesting week, as there are four good chefs but only three spots for the final. If Rhett does not start pushing some boundaries the chef with the biggest tickets on himself could be eliminated.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN Sunday to Tuesday at 7.30pm.