Masterchef Australia – Curtis Stone and Shannon Bennett Give Good TV
Earlier this week I had wondered how they managed to get both Curtis Stone and Shannon Bennett to participate in an off-site challenge on Masterchef at a school. However it was quickly revealed that both of them had been students at Penleigh and Essendon High School and even better they had been students there together.
The chemistry between the two chefs made it an entertaining episode. The repartee between them was just gold, and they were both genuinely enthusiastic about the challenge of making four dishes each for 450 students. They also designed the menus with Curtis going for dude food, and Shannon’s was a bit more bold and sophisticated. The brief had been one hot, one cold, one dessert and one wild card dish.
Curtis’s menu was Pulled Pork with Coleslaw, Chicken Napa Asian Style Salad, Banoffee Pie and Greek Donuts. Shannon made Barramundi Burgers with Chick Pea Fritters, Pumpkin and Feta Salad, Warm Chocolate Mousse, and Duck Cassoulet Jaffle.
However with two good looking chefs in the house the girls were starting to meltdown.
Faiza who surely must get an promotion on her return to Coles gushed at the Supermarket’s ambassador Curtis. She proclaimed “My heart stopped beating, oh my God, it is Curtis Stone”.
They asked for volunteers to be captain with Emma wanting to go with her “idol” Shannon even though she had not planned to be a captain at this stage. Either she was having some sort of fandom moment or she was going through early menopause, because she looked like she was hot flushing standing next to him.
Vern was captain for Curtis’s team. They had to pick who they wanted on the teams which is always a tad cruel but also interesting to see who they think are the strong and weak cooks.
Verne picked Nicky first, then Rishi, Totem, Faiza, Andrew, Samira, Christina, Liliana and Clarissa was last.
Emma picked Jules, Lucy, Neha, Daniel, Noelene, Pip, Lynton and Kelty was the last man standing. Basically all her friends.
Vern who is a bar manager started off strongly with his team, conversely it took Emma awhile to get into the swing of things. Apparently she represented Australia in cycling.
Kelty who was trying to prove he could cook so took ownership over the chickpea fritters.
Curtis was mucking in and was hinting at Shannon that he needed to get his hands dirty. The repartee between Shannon and Curtis was just gold and made the episode, that and the delicious looking food.
Shannon also called Daniel a boy band star and showed the top chef has a cheeky sense of humour, something we have not seen on his previous appearances on the show.
Kelty, whose self esteem was taking a hammering on this show, wanted ownership over the chickpea fritters and he was not happy with Lynton and Daniel trying to muscle in but all they wanted to do is help. The boys realised he would not be able ot make 1000 fritters in this time frame. Lynton called over Emma to sort it out. She told Kelty to go on a break and he was not happy about it.
Vern was starting to get uptight when he realised the pulled pork might not be ready and he kept on asking Curtis whether he could turn up the ovens. But he was told no as it would make the pork too tough. Then Vern just stood there watching it cook.
Well he did not have to worry about the Greek Doughnuts as Clarissa told him “I’m doing a great job Verne, just ask Andrew”. Later they were described as a bit heavy but that might have been the recipe not her.
Verne’s team also forgot to cook a whole bowl of chicken which was an issue when they started running out of the salad and had to start cooking it in the middle of service.
The duck jaffles were not the most popular so Daniel was used as bait for the young girls to get them moving.
The judges Gary and Matt were the ones tasting the food. Gary thought the pumpkin salad needed more in it. They preferred Curtis’s Chicken salad out of the cold dishes.
Matt thought the pulled pork roll was not an easy dish to eat and Gary thought the Barra Burger was “yum”.
Gary said the mousse was a great restaurant dish but was it good for kids? However both judges thought Banoffee Pie was smashing. Hopefully all the recipes are now up on www.masterchef.com.au.
The judges thought Greek Donuts were too heavy and they really liked the toasted sandwiches. It would have been interesting to know what the kids thought of the jaffles as it was a bold dish to present to them.
The judges tied the teams with two dishes each and they decided the winner by going off the school yard chatter and apparently it was the Barramundi Burger that they were raving about. So Shannon’s team took the win with Curtis’s team up for elimination. It was one of the few times I did not want either chef to lose.