Masterchef: The Professionals – Another Chef Gone And It Was A Surprise.
It was a pressure test for the final five set by Peter Gilmore and for once it was a savoury not a sweet. It was a Poached Chicken with Scallops and a few hundred other tricky elements to make in 2 and 1/2 hours.
Nathan was looking worried as he said he was rubbish following recipes and Rhys was just generally freaking out and was taking the turtle and the hare approach making sure he was all organised before he started. He used nearly half an hour of prep time just to read the recipe.
The chicken looked delicious and not that hard to make, just putting it in master stock if you don’t do all the other tricky elements on the dish. The recipe is on the official Masterchef site here.
It was great seeing the professional chefs cooking the dish but there was not a lot of tension in the episode. Rhett was not impressed with the fiddly plating up and said he was a chef not a florist.
Also Rhys revealed that he had never picked up a syringe in his life and hated needles so his drug use was not as hard core as the viewer thought.
It was Nathan who was in the most trouble he did not read the recipe properly and pulled out the smoked oil and eel from the cooker 20 minutes early and added in a the juice of a whole lemon rather than a half into the eggplant.
At this stage he must have been hoping someone was not going to plate up. At one stage it looked like no one was going to as at the two minute mark the chefs were still pulling chicken from the bone but after prep time had finished the chefs had 15 minutes to plate up.
Sarah was the first to plate and she was told to get cracking on it as she continued to fiddle with the radish element. Her ginger curd dripped something that most of them had an issue with.
Peter said her presentation was not perfect.
Michael who thinks plating up is his strong point also had issues with his ginger curd. The judges thought the chicken pieces were too small and the scallop too thick. Marco licked his knife again.
Rhett stuffed up his curd as well however it was Matt’s favourite dish out of the first three.
Nathan was the only one who managed to plate the curd up properly but his issue was with the two elements he had stuffed up.
Rhys looked upset with is plating up and thought he was the one to walk the plank but in fact he got dish of the day.Even though his was the last dish to be tasted Matt Preston cleaned his plate so it must have been good.
Nathan was eliminated as it lacked the subtlety and balance. This was a bit of a shock as he was a front runner. Sarah who is good buddies with him looked upset.
What is interesting in the preview of tonight’s episode is Sarah does not want to be stuck with Rhett on her team. Clearly she thinks he is not a team player. The four will become the three finalists. The $200,000 is becoming very close to a reality for the chefs indeed.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN at 7.30pm Tuesday and the final is this Sunday.