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.