Masterchef Australia – The Blind Leading The Blind
Since I missed the first five minutes of the show I am just going to presume I missed the obligatory shot of Daniel shirtless. So after missing out on that look see, I have to confess I hoped to see some covert groping in the pitch black pantry.
Unfortunately only Kelty copped a feel of Lynton, and there were no “Carry On” jokes of something trying to put Emma’s melons in their basket.
The rationale for the pitch black pantry was it was based on the children’s game of blind’s man bluff as it was kids week. Weird as they did not have to cook a dish that would appeal to kids.
After two week’s of watching the show I have to say this season is entertaining me. Not for the cooking but the fact we are seeing a spread of contestants that are likeable and dislikable, and we are getting to see most of the dishes both good and bad. However regular readers will know I do have a preference for cooking reality TV shows.
The five contestants Emma, Rishi, Lynton, Neha and Kelty were duking it out for an immunity pin, and it was a guaranteed one something not usually obtained so early in the series. At least this year they were winning it from their own cooking not from anyone elses. Last year Mindy achieved one on the back of Amina and Audra.
Rishi was confident as he reckons he is the “flavour elevator” and he had managed to grab the whole spice rack. Since he had concentrated all his efforts on getting spices the only protein he seemed to get was mince. The same for Neha though not sure what she thought she was picking up when she selected the mince and fish as she had wanted to cook a dessert. With her mish mash of ingredients she was never in the hunt for the immunity pin.
Kelty was in similar bother not because he did not have ingredients he is just Kelty. He was desperate to do well to show the other contestants that he is someone who could be a force in the competition. Because clearly they don’t think of him as a contender. All he knew was that he wanted to make his seafood sing.
Lynton grabbed a crab even though he had never cooked with it before but maybe he should cook with seafood more often as again he presented the most appetising dish.
Emma presented Cos Lettuce with Scallops, Balmain Bugs with a Orange Dressing. Matt said it was perfectly cooked and juicy.
Rishi who thinks he has a good palate cooked Asian-Style Stuffed Vegetables with Rice Noodles and Prawn Crackers. He was going to do a soup or a stir fry but Matt Preston had hinted that this would be boring. Maybe he should have ignored Matt’s advice. His dish did not look good on the plate and Matt did not think it was as good as his grandmother used to make.
Neha was not confident with her dish. She had Grilled Chicken Skewers with stuffed peppers. Hers looked nice but as she said not a Masterchef dish. George loved the flavours but would have liked the pepper to be cooked more. Gary thought she could have done more.
Kelty made Tomato Pilaf with Pipis, Bugs and Sardines. Gary thought it looked a bit mucky on the plate. Kelty had not gutted the sardines and George spat it out as he must not seen the innards in there. Clearly that is not the type of offal the judges like to eat. Matt thought the bug was overcooked.
Lynton’s Tropical Crab looked delicious and Gary said he had cooked it perfectly.
Top two were Emma and Lynton and it was Emma who won the pin. Her best buddy Jules squealed so loudly you would have thought she had won it.
Tonight looks like a fun challenge in a school canteen with tempers flaring and guest chefs Shannon Bennett and Curtis Stone appearing. Hopefully Clarissa and Kelty won’t be on the same team.
Masterchef Australia on TEN Sunday to Thursday at 7.30pm.