Masterchef Australia – Shucking Hell, Finally A Couple of Good Dishes
It appears to be obligatory in each of the Barossa Valley episodes that the viewers sees fresh meat like lamb, chicken and Daniel’s six pack.
Tonight was no exception with three seafood experts showing how quickly seafood can be prepped.
There was an oyster shucker, prawn peeler and flathead filleter who were impressively fast. Though it should be noted that the prawns were not de-veined try getting away with that if you are cooking for the judges.
It was then onto a boys versus girls challenge which was another relay team which involved shucking, peeling and filleting.
For the girls it was Pip, Emma and Jules. For the boys it was Kelty, Verne, and Totem. Totem was concerned about Kelty doing the oysters as he hinted he is a a bit of a catastrophe. He was the first to finish shucking but had to re-shuck two oysters and slow but steady Pip passed him and took out that leg. Pip is impressive and should make top ten.
The prawn peelers were next and they had to do it with no gloves unlike the professional prawn peeler. Verne won that leg. By the way does anyone else think Emma reminds them of Rebel Wilson?
Totem who put his hand up to do the fish leg was hacking his flatheads. Jules had the lead and then she let him off the hook and started on another fish when she found a few bones. Totem ran up and was told it was not good enough. He had no more fish to cut as he had butchered all his fish. The girls won.
The guys were not happy with Totem as he had talked himself up so much about his filleting skills.
The boys were then battling it out to stay out of the elimination challenge. They had 60 minutes to make a seafood dish.
Daniel was making a fish pie which was a good idea considering he was massacring his fish, though they were wondering whether he might have time issues.
Kelty was leaving his Irish roots behind and was making a prawn laksa. Kelty was not happy that he did not have coconut milk to work with and he was having to use coconut extract.
Lynton was struggling as he did not make seafood much due to the lack of getting the produce in the outback. For someone quite young he has been through a lot. His family lost the farm last year, plus his sister had an accident that put her in a wheelchair.
Xavier was making multiple dishes, the judges advised him to do one thing well. He promptly ignored what they said.
Daniel’s Potato Topped Flathead Fillet Pie was the first to be judged and it was not good. Gary said it was just potato and white sauce.
Rishi made Fisherman’s Curry served with Oysters. Matt Preston said he loved it.
Nicky’s Pan Fried Flathead with a consomme was far too salty.
Totem made a Prawn Chu Mai, and George thought it was delicious.
Kelty’s Laksa was far too thick but Matt said as a prawn curry it was great. Maybe Kelty needs to dump the Irish and embrace Malaysian cuisine.
Verne made Prawn Parcels and Flathead Fillets with crispy prawn heads. George liked the prawn parcels as well as the prawn heads. This guy looks like he can cook.
Xavier’s taste plate included an Oyster with sea salt. George said it was hard to criticise such a lovely person, but added it is not good cooking. The fish was overcooked and the salad was a disaster.
Lynton whose much hyped breakdown was barely a whimper occurred because he thought he had stuffed up his flathead and sauce, however he was told it was the best cooked fish of the day.
Bottom three were Nicky, Xavier and Daniel. Nicky who has been bottom three twice this week was lucky enough to be made safe again. The six people in the elimination challenge are Michael, Andrew, Clarissa, Noelene, Xavier and Daniel and two will be going home.
Masterchef Australian on TEN, Sunday to Thursday at 7.30pm.