Masterchef Australia – The Protein Challenge
Let’s talk about the positive of this year’s Masterchef. First there is the diversity of the cast which does reflect the Australian community both in ethnicity, age, and sexuality. Secondly they showed all the dishes which is unusual with this many contestants still on the show. So big thumbs up. Also finally the scenes set in the house were good, and as the show continues hopefully the viewer will see more of this and then some real drama could emerge not this faux gender wars stuff.
Also add in some alcohol and Michael will unleash his not so hidden inner prick after two beers.
Also the home shots allowed for some gratuitous shots of the male contestants chests. Daniel’s six pack was indeed a highlight and rewind buttons must have been being pressed throughout Australia, and Lynton was not too shabby either.
The downside is about 50 per cent of the contestants don’t look like very good cooks but then they have not been put in scenarios where they can really show this.
The challenge tonight was to cook a dish with an allocated protein. The girls had the advantage of being able to select one of the eleven proteins and the guys who were cooking opposite them had to cook with that one as well. A clever challenge for later in the series but at this stage of the competition there were some unusual proteins there like eel, and goat ribs. Why not just give them goat meat? And did I miss the lamb, pork or chicken?
Some of these cooks are struggling with a proper piece of meat/fish let alone getting some tricky twist. Case in point Michael who had the mince and ended up making an ordinary Shepherd’s Pie. Is this guy stuck in the ’80’s. Last night pumpkin soup, tonight this?
He also did not cook his potatoes enough. It was funny when he was trying to be “I know how to use this miele” and his potato was flying out everywhere. In the Masterchef kitchen don’t they just have a normal potato masher?
Michael at the start said “I have cooked this dish so many times and I have never got it wrong.” Savvy viewers always know this means disaster.
Noelene was happy with getting offal, her opposite man Kelty was not. Considering his schtick is Irish cooking would have thought he would have been more confident with it. However he served up nearly raw sinewy liver. This was the dish where George gagged on. Matt Preston also said it was in the five worst dishes ever on Masterchef.
I presume Kate’s Microwaved Chicken was another one but what were the other three that were as bad as this? It is a pity Matt Preston did not list them.
Noelene’s offal platter was given good reviews but it just looked like she had crumbed and fried everything and it was all brown on a plate with not even a parsley garnish.
Samira who actually looked like she can cook in the first episode had a meltdown once she realised the fish picked was not Snapper but Barramundi. Apparently snapper is the only fish she eats. She cooked it the same way as she doe the snapper but doubt she cooks it an hour before she is going to eat it. Also it was like she was nearly deep frying the uncoated piece of fish. George said the trick to making a better dish was to love the ingredients. Oh please you have to know how to cook it.
Totem who looks like he could be an interesting contestant clearly won that round.
Nicky cooked for the first time and he fiddled around with his Rainbow Trout Croquettes. Firstly deep frying them, then pan frying them in a bit of butter, until finally settling on shallow frying them. He decided that mozzarella foam would go well with this dish. For the first time ever Matt Preston did not even pause when he said this is bad.
Clarissa who may turn out to be a tad irritating was smart and cooked her Trout in paper to eliminate room for error. The judges liked it but I would have been interested in hearing what they had to say about the carrot and mint salad on her plate as that did not look very appetising.
Neha who must have been the last of the girls to grab a protein plate was stuck with eel. She had no idea and was pan frying it in turmeric. In the end she made eel balls and curry but the judges said some good flavours but too much turmeric. Andrew who had had the sour cream disaster last night made some well received eel and potato cakes.
However he won’t be happy that Lucy has been given the title dessert queen after she made a set souffle.
Rishi, Liliana, Pip, Christina and Jules dishes all looked good however there was no dish of the day only a bottom six.
The girls were told they had won again but this did not make them safe from the elimination challenge. Neha and Samira joined Nicky, Michael, Dan and Kelty in the bottom six. One will be going home tonight.