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Masterchef Australia – Gary Was Wanting Perfection He Got…..

“The team that wins is the ones that re creates Maggies dishes perfectly” Gary tells the contestants of Masterchef after it is revealed the challenge was a cooking relay.

What he should have said the winner will be the team that stuffs up the least.

The teams were still in the Barossa Valley and it was no surprise that Maggie Beer was going to star in an episode, along with her products. I wonder if she pays to go on the show or they pay her? And if anyone is wondering if verjuice was in the recipe the answer is of course.

First Maggie gave a masterclass on how to remove chicken skin whole from a chicken, and then they had two hours to cook a Chicken Parcel and a Frangipane Tart. The twist was it was a relay with each contestant having twelve minutes before they had to hand over to the another contestant.

The girls had the advantage because Noelene and  Clarissa who are already in this week’s elimination challenge were sitting it out. This meant Lucy who was first up for the girls got double the time. However she spent half of it writing instructions in mustard on a bench and then bleeding because she cut both of her thumbs at once. This must be a Masterchef first.

Xavier put his hand up to be first on the guys team as he said he was comfortable breaking down chickens. Considering he mangled the lamb in the previous challenge this was a big call. It was obvious the teams knew they were cooking a tart with sour cream pastry,  because in prep time the guys were discussing who would do make it.

Xavier did not get off to a good start as George and Gary had to come over to tell him to read the recipe.

Daniel was next in and he had put his hand up to make the pastry but did not complete it. Totem who he handed the baton over to must have misheard Daniel and he put more sour cream in. He then put it in the freezer never really to be seen again.

Michael who was chopping like a mad man cut himself and said he did not notice the nick. He had bled into the chicken so had to ditch it. Considering it was going to be cooked I think that was the least of the judges worries. They all nosh down on blood sausage and think it is fine. As hygiene issues in the MC kitchen goes I have seen worse.

They did hint that he may have ignored it which would have been bad.

Rishi who looks like he can cook, was funny when he saw the debacle when it was his turn. He said it was like cricket – “the top order has collapsed and it was up to the middle order to save the match”. He managed to get the chicken dish back on track.

Kelty was left with the hot potato to catch as he had to deal with the boys really bad sour cream pastry. It was unworkable and when Nicky came out Kelty put the pastry in the bin as he did not want it to be a distraction for Nicky. Not that this would have been something that would have diverted him as he spent half his time reading the recipe.

Verne finished for the boys. This was the first time he has been spotted and he looks competent as he tried to razzle up a dessert out of almonds and apricots and he ended plating a deconstructed frangipane tart!

Maggie’s daughter Saskia Beer was a judge as well as her mother.  She must have been very nervous as her ears were bright red, but she seemed very nice and so good to see a fresh face on the judging panel.

Both the Beer’s were complimentary about the girl’s chicken dish, however Gary did not like the chicken skin.  Maggie also  told the girls they had done well with the tart.

The boys chicken parcel was given positive reviews and was thought to be the better then the girls. George was trying to argue that three of their four components were better than the girls. He said their chicken, chutney and salad were better. However with such a dodgy dessert they were always going to lose.

Then Gary announced the bottom three which were Michael for bleeding, Nicky for faffing, and Andrew for being confused and not giving direction to Lynton. Agree he should have just told him to take his top off. Actually it was a bit unfair Andrew because when he walked in it was all going pear shaped. In the end Nick was safe as he managed to pull the chicken out of the oven at the right time. Michael and Andrew are in this week’s elimination challenge.

Also clever advertising by Animals Australia to have their commercials in the ad breaks, made for uncomfortable viewing particularly seeing chicken in cages then followed by contestants hacking chicken apart!

Masterchef Australia on TEN Sun to Thursday at 7.30pm.



1 Rosie { 06.11.13 at 12:18 pm }

Getting a bit desperate there, George, trying to drum up suspense where absolutely none exists. I mean, did he really think anyone would care that the boys’ salad was a bit better when the boys couldn’t even manage to produce a tart? Bah.

2 Joseph Skyrim { 06.11.13 at 12:42 pm }

Train-wreck for both teams, more so for the boys. I liked the posh pommy’s idea of writing in mustard, too bad none of her team deciphered it.

You would think that as a group before it starts they should agree to check what’s in the fridge FIRST. Also, you have sharp implements and recipes. Surprised no one thought of slashing the bits of the recipe that were already done (or making a small cut beside it – that’s what I do when I go grocery shopping to indicate I’ve got that item/completed that task).

On a positive note, at least this boys vs girls thing is about to end. Also MC is on tonight AND tomorrow night (and masterclass on Thurs I think).

3 brain dead dave { 06.11.13 at 12:53 pm }

Gary’s new word for 2013 is “burnished”.

Pretty average episode but Michael and Nicky are both deserving bottom feeders. Kelty must have the luck of the Irish not to be on death row, too. A tart without pastry…pretty edgy.

What a celebration of culinary incompetence the looming double alimination is promising to be.

4 LB { 06.11.13 at 1:12 pm }

Thank god Clarissa wasn’t involved in that “challenge” or the girls team would still be cooking. Given that she is allegedly a singer you would imagine that she would have some idea of timing. The relief that she wasn’t participating was evident throughout the team.

Maggie Beer seems to be a kindly person – she was certainly very gracious on camera.

Pleased that Kung Fu Panda made it through – I don’t think he has exhausted his potential for untapped comedy yet.

My dream double elimination? Michael & Clarissa. Both delusional, both can’t cook.

5 LB { 06.11.13 at 1:14 pm }

Ugh. Meant unintentional, not untapped, comedy.

For some reason can’t edit on iPad 

6 Carole { 06.11.13 at 1:42 pm }

I thought it was a brilliant idea too to write in the mustard, but she neglected to point it out to the next person, so none of them looked at it.

You would think each person when it was their turn would look in the fridge & oven to see where they were up to and what needed to be done. 1 min was not enough time to convey that.

When George was indicating that the boys had won because they had done 3 elements better than the girls, I was screaming at the TV that they didn’t do dessert!!!! But luckily the girls were declared the winners.

I’ve seen Maggie Beer’s ice creams in the supermarket, they are an absolute rip off. $9 for a tiny little container. I won’t be buying it.

7 Andrea { 06.11.13 at 1:54 pm }

It was a bit of a ridiculous challenge really.
This lot need more time in the MC kitchen cooking individually before attempting a tag team effort.
Anyone would get confused with trying to follow the directions from one team member to another.
Michael still didn’t want to admit that he might be partially to blame for the failure of his team.

8 Littlepetal { 06.11.13 at 2:42 pm }

Not a good challenge but RR picked up a good point. The boys already know they have to do pastry. Maybe both teams knew what they have to cooked. I don’t mind if all contestants have a look at the 2 dishes before cooking.

Its difficult to pass on all the information in a minute.

Did anyone notice that we haven’t seen any of the scenes on the promo on the actual episodes?

9 Anna { 06.11.13 at 3:59 pm }

Dave, I’ve seen a promo for one of the upcoming episodes… Clarissa was singing. (unless it was a teaser)

Depending on who lands in the bottom 2 today, my money is on grandma & Michael going. Michael can still provide some ‘comic’ relief

Chicken dish was going to be made of blood as well…. lol

The best cooks evah!!!

10 brain dead dave { 06.11.13 at 4:09 pm }

Yes, Clarissa’s an Opera singer. Handy skill to have in the Ma$terchef kitchen.

The promos today have mostly been (again) featuring “what makes the tough stockman break down?” They did that to death last week. He’ll be safe.

Even if the challenge tonight is to make a Vegemite sandwich, Kelty will panic and “struggle”. I expect him to be in the epic double alimination.

11 Daisy { 06.11.13 at 4:37 pm }

What a mob of ditherers not to check (the fridge to see) what had been done or as JS suggested mark the recipe for those who followed.
Dirty looking hair hanging over the food in the boys team.
And does anyone really cook like that so I agree with Andrea that it’s a stupid challenge, but then it’s RTV.
Viwers might not be impressed if they had good strategies and all went smoothly.

12 Daisy { 06.11.13 at 4:39 pm }

Lala on another thread remided me that we had a casualty of war and lost Layla in the MKR warzone that was. Come back Layla (the scribe).
I have been thinking of you for awhile.

13 Anna { 06.11.13 at 4:54 pm }

Clarissa will be around for a while

14 Georgie { 06.11.13 at 4:58 pm }

There’s something very wrong with MC this year. I can’t quite put my finger on it but for some reason I haven’t connected with this lot. Last year I had singled out Filippo and Julia to follow by the time the final group hit the MC kitchen. This year I couldn’t care who goes and who stays.

Sad really – first my favourite MKR trashed themselves and now MC has gone ‘off’ like a bucket of prawns in the hit sun.

15 Techhater { 06.11.13 at 5:03 pm }

Yes Layla I miss you too.

Georgie2 welcome and I look forward to your comments.

16 Georgie { 06.11.13 at 5:06 pm }

Hot sun dumb shit iPhone – hot sun!

17 Andrea { 06.11.13 at 5:19 pm }

I miss Layla too, Stacey and Nanaliz as well.

18 Daisy { 06.11.13 at 5:20 pm }

How do we know which Georgie is which. There is Hot Georgie and New Georgie. Sorry New Georgie but Hot Georgie is taken. :)

19 Morgan { 06.11.13 at 7:32 pm }

Agree with you guys, Michael and Clarissa need to go, Kelty too. Although it dosen’t really matter since this cast is pretty untalented all around.

Seems that they’re building up Totem as a potential villain as well, he seems very cocky and ready to throw someone under the bus, even Daniel who he seems to be friends with.

20 Littlepetal { 06.11.13 at 8:05 pm }

Kealty is so irritating.

21 Morgan { 06.11.13 at 8:09 pm }

I found it quite amusing that Kelty was saying that Totem needs to put his money where his mouth is, when he dosen’t have any room to talk.

22 Anna { 06.11.13 at 8:14 pm }

Can someone shut George up??? His monologue is annoying, I’m sure that Lynton understood that overcooked fish is not nice after the first time George said it… no need to repeat half a dozen times

23 Littlepetal { 06.11.13 at 8:16 pm }

Why is Kealty so dumb. Can’t he read the label to see what is in the Coconut Extract and he can has a taste to see whether it taste like coconut milk.

24 Littlepetal { 06.11.13 at 8:26 pm }

Another Kealty moment. When he knows the laksa is too thick, why didn’t he add in some water! Who is all talk and can’t cook?

25 Veronica { 06.11.13 at 8:30 pm }

What is coconut extract Littlepetal?

26 Littlepetal { 06.11.13 at 8:44 pm }

Veronica, I have never seen coconut extract from this brand. I have always use their coconut cream and milk.

But here is their label.

From the label, coconut extract is just pure coconut cream.

27 Daisy { 06.11.13 at 10:11 pm }

Watching the guys battle it out and there is a LOT of sweat and hair going into that seafood.

28 Littlepetal { 06.11.13 at 10:14 pm }

Daisy, the dishes tonight are extra salty.

29 Daisy { 06.11.13 at 10:18 pm }

I had a similar thought Littlepetal, ie they shouldn’t need to put salt or oil.

BDD will be spewing at the sight of that sweat gooshing down their oily faces.

30 Veronica { 06.11.13 at 10:20 pm }

Thanks LP. So as you said, Kelty could have just watered it down. Dear oh dear, what’s happened to our favourite shows this year?

31 Daisy { 06.11.13 at 10:23 pm }

I think I could happily eat some of those seafood dishes if I hadn’t seen all the body discharge that went into them.

32 Daisy { 06.11.13 at 10:26 pm }

Littlepetal Woolif is putting Sunday’s Malay dinner on the flickr link.

33 Maz { 06.11.13 at 10:54 pm }

Rishi totally had comment of the night. Judging from interviews with Gary, we assume he shall be around for a while. Rishi MC5 winner???

Why do they insist upon the tag team challenge? It was a cheap gimmick when they pulled in Season 3(?) Nigella Lawson and the devil cakes and in this episode it bordered upon disaster.

We checked out the recipe for the tart and seriously, George should not have proffered such a straw-man argument.

The general vibe seems to be that there is no connection with individual contestants. In part this may be attributable to the lack of the Top 50 whereby the audience could be slowly introduced to the contestants and form their own internal benchmark of what constitutes Top 22 material and ‘share’ in the heartbreak of those who just missed out (and should have been selected!). In other words the absence of the Top 50 was to firewall any criticism of the judges booting contestants who had gain traction in the community (Irmgard, anyone?).

Also the launch ad for the season did no-one any favours and only served to engender audience cynicism . Everyone was given a label -‘Tough Cookie’ ‘The Rancher cum Stockman’ and depicted a stereotype (or key market) not an individual thereby severing any emotional connection. That and for fifth season we are not seeing a cooking standard of people who should have been studying the previous nine incarnations in detail!

Is it just me or does Emma remind anyone of Rebel Wilson?

34 Reality Raver { 06.11.13 at 11:01 pm }

Maz – I just wrote about Emma and Rebel Wilson in tonight’s recap! Great minds and all that.

35 Dr T { 06.11.13 at 11:07 pm }

For once a contestant with a decent reason for not feeling confident with something. Lynton’s fear about fish was completely reasonable given it’s not easy to come by… when the river runs dry, salvation! (sorry, was singing that at karaoke on Friday night – I can confirm the standard of singing is as good as Dan/Steph’s early round performances in MKR)

36 daisy { 06.11.13 at 11:16 pm }

Was that the hospital end of week doctors’ and nurses’ knees up?
Other popular numbers,
Don’t go breakin’ my heart.
I’ve got a bad case of lovin’you.
Love potion number 9.
Carry on Doctor :)

37 Carole { 06.12.13 at 10:09 am }

George tweeted it was 40 degrees that day, so it must have been during that terrible heatwave that SA had earlier in the year. That would explain the excessive sweating. That would have been hideous conditions to be cooking in.

38 tracie { 06.12.13 at 12:25 pm }

Agree with Andrea, the challenge from Monday was silly. I mean a few minutes to pass on info about a dish and if you don’t you’re up for elimination. I couldn’t work out what Andrew did to get in the list. Wasn’t the boy’s problem that there was no tart. looked like Kelty was to blame for that

39 Anna { 06.12.13 at 12:49 pm }

People who have a thing against Kelty should re watch Monday night’s episode. It was Daniel who messed up the pastry

So far Kelty hasn’t offended anyone… he might be not as good in the kitchen as some of the previous contestants were, but the venom that’s directed at him in the first few weeks surprises me.

40 Littlepetal { 06.12.13 at 2:13 pm }

I think Kealty copped as much as Michael and Andrew. It has to do with the way he talk and how he think he is a very good cook .

The tart was not Kealty’s fault. Daniel and Totem stuffed up the pastry.

41 Anna { 06.12.13 at 2:19 pm }

Everyone this season think they are amazing and none have shown any fantastic skills yet.. unless it’s talking themselves up

Michael is good for comedy… how the hell can you not feel when you cut yourself with a very sharp knife???

42 Izobel2 { 06.12.13 at 2:33 pm }

I like Kelty, Anna. If his meal was thinned out a bit more I’d like to try it.
Still enjoying the season :)

43 Anna { 06.12.13 at 2:40 pm }

Izobel2 , if judges are to be believed, Kelty created a curry instead of a laksa.

They aren’t professional nor good home cooks. They cannot think on their feet and change the dish when main ingredient is missing. They cross everything and hope for the best LOL

44 Littlepetal { 06.12.13 at 2:52 pm }

Isobel2, I would like to try that Laksa too but MC dare not put the recipe up. Why, I wonder?