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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

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.


1 Joseph Skyrim { 06.19.13 at 10:53 am }

Good ep last night, better than the fumbling in the dark previously. I feel sorry for Kelty though, he’s just not doing himself any favours. Apart from the pumpkin salad I probably would have tried all the other dishes – seafood or not. 😀

2 Ryan { 06.19.13 at 10:59 am }

Kelty seems awfully delusional. I get the feeling that being a stay-at-home dad has somehow dented his pride and made him defensive, because he carries on like a sook. It was a team challenge for cryin’ out loud.

3 Aaron { 06.19.13 at 11:00 am }

Impressive looking (private) school – I wonder if the kids were missing their usual caviar sandwiches and roast lobster!

4 Jas { 06.19.13 at 11:08 am }

Agree Ryan he did carry on a bit like a child. But Emma was a bit patronising when she told him to go on a break, telling him how good he was and what a great job he was doing.
And I think Daniel loved being thrust front and centre. He probably wanted to take his shirt off.

5 Littlepetal { 06.19.13 at 11:10 am }

I am not sure how long Kelty has been a stay at home dad. On his bio on Linkedin, he is listed as still working for Brown Forman. The stay at home dad could be coined just for this show.

All he owned was the deep frying of the fritters. The recipe came from Shannon. Also the boys also need the deep fryers to deep fry the barramundi burgers but Kelty don’t care if they can’t get the burgers out as long as he has his beautifully fried chickpea fritters.

I thought Emma handled the situation beautifully by asking Kelty to go and have a break.

6 Daisy { 06.19.13 at 11:14 am }

Oh and OK since Jas@4 says Daniel likes to be thrust front and centre;
you can thrust him front and centre.

7 Daze { 06.19.13 at 11:28 am }

Curtis – drooooool. Drop dead gorgeous. Love him, he’s a good sport as well, even though I thought the Blue team would win.

The crew don’t like Clarissa much – she hardly gets any air time and none in fact at Masterclass. It’s always dreadful to be the last one standing too. But I wonder if Kelty, with his pedanticness, found that got in his way at work? He was painful and childish when all Lynton and Daniel wanted to do was help. No no, go away, this is my challenge? Doesn’t he realise this alienates other team members?

8 dowecare { 06.19.13 at 11:41 am }

another MC.. master crap stupid challenge… the majority of these contestants should have stayed at home or auditioned for the show WIPEOUT…. emma was a useless captain and vern is so full off himself and was trying so hard to be like Curtis it was laughable… thankk god for that FAST forward button…..keilty has small man syndrome i think and feels he has to prove himself …tonight chanllenge looks way beyond these wannabes skill so that should be a good laugh and lots of fast forwarding

9 Daisy { 06.19.13 at 11:45 am }

Ooops@6 re Daniel goes with @74re: the pin-up calendar on the Blind Leading the Blind thread.

10 Morgan { 06.19.13 at 12:06 pm }

Last night’s episode was probably the best so far, which isn’t saying a lot.

Kelty gets more irritating with every episode. Vern’s commentary sounded very rehearsed. With Daniel managing to sell the jaffles, I guess it’s true that sex sells. I thought Curtis’ team should have won as I liked their menu better but oh well.

11 LB { 06.19.13 at 12:15 pm }

By far the best ep of MC so far due to Shannon & Curtis. Great repartee & loads of charisma and they were both so kind to the contestants when they must have wanted to kick them hard. Can only imagine the professional chefs frustration with the komedy kapers kontestants.

Seeing as how delusional Kelty is getting a fair bit of (annoying) airtime currently, does that mean he is being set up for the next fall and producers are keeping Clarissa in the back pocket to be wheeled out as the next annoying person to go?

12 Techhater { 06.19.13 at 1:14 pm }

Littlepetal thanks for the link on the other thread. It was a really great read. Especially the behind the scenes info.

13 Littlepetal { 06.19.13 at 1:18 pm }

Thanks, TH. I stumbled on that story and found it interesting. I am always curious to the behind the scenes info.

14 Anna { 06.19.13 at 1:52 pm }

LB, you could be right. We don’t know what crap producers are asking contestants to spew during private air time. For all we know they might be reading their lines

Emma was a shocking team Captain. We get it she loves Shannon, OK Who doesn’t, but going to pieces in front of him during a challenge is not smart LOL

I’ve met Shannon and he is a lovely guy, his food is amazing.

Curtis menu was on a boring side, then again Jowlsy loved his salad and couldn’t get enough of his dessert.

then again there is a better recipe

15 Carole { 06.19.13 at 1:59 pm }

Was great seeing Curtis & Shannon back at their old school. Didn’t realise they were there at the same time either, I thought Curtis was older. Loved them bringing out their report cards.

Not surprised Clarissa & Kelty were picked last. Was surprised Nolene was picked earlier.

I preferred Shannon’s menu, except for the pumpkin & feta salad. Hate feta cheese. What is their obsession with feta & goats cheese on this show. They put it in everything. Why don’t they use normal cheese. One problem with the banoffee pie, it has banana in it.

I agree Kelty was a bit silly when they tried to help him and then got sent on a break. Why can’t people just appreciate when someone tries to help you and graciously say thank you. Like most people have said, it is a team challenge. Then when the burger got praised, said it was because of his fritters.

How about the judges, they tried every dish, then they go back for seconds of the pie. What pigs!!!!!!

16 Anna { 06.19.13 at 2:11 pm }

Carole, omit the nana from pie. I don’t like it since it’s way to rich. I don’t want to eat sugar on top of sugar etc

Love goats cheese, sadly it’s a tad expensive to eat all the time.

Matt, and Gary do that every time there is a challenge, go back for seconds & camera crew show us every bite. Not enjoyable!!!

Kelty and Clarisa are being set up to fail soon, but not yet. They are going to drag it out, get people talking about the show and then more then likely get rid of them in one double elimination

Vern is not a leader, better then Nicky was on day one, still not a leader. Surprised Daniel didn’t put his hand up.

17 brain dead dave { 06.19.13 at 2:17 pm }

Kelty’s out of his mind to suggest that his chick pea fries were the hero of the Barra burger dish.

Viewers are being cruelly denied the comedy of Kelty attempting the seven layered Lolly Bag Cake for tonight’s alimination. Someone “nails ” it,unbelievably. (“Big reactions,everyone!” drooled the producer”)

I hope Verne goes home. He tends to pull his pork a little too much, imo.

I see those huge mouthfuls Gazza the glutton takes, Anna. He needs a shovel to eat with. Jowl$y looks more refined in comparison.

18 Anna { 06.19.13 at 2:33 pm }

Dave, this season every single contestant is delusional. Guessing they were selected by producers for ‘tv gold’.

This season will turn into the most ridiculed ever.

Judges table manners have deteriorated this season. Sadly it’s dinner time in most households. Eating while watching them eat, makes me sick.
Eating after the show… well, I’m no longer hungry!!

19 Morgan { 06.19.13 at 2:57 pm }

Just realised this is the first pressure test of the season, it makes me laugh thinking about how the contestants are going to tackle the dishes they are expected to make for those.

20 Yoo { 06.19.13 at 4:09 pm }

That gay Indian is getting on my nerves!

21 Littlepetal { 06.19.13 at 4:51 pm }

Yoo, how do you know he is gay??

22 Daze { 06.19.13 at 5:33 pm }

Littlepetal, Yoo probably knows him personally (not)

23 Littlepetal { 06.19.13 at 5:54 pm }

He he, Daze. I don’t. Just curious how he or she knows he is gay. Not according to his profile

24 Reality Raver { 06.19.13 at 6:06 pm }

Daze and Little Petal – Maybe he thinks his gay because he has a buff body.

25 Eliza { 06.19.13 at 6:08 pm }

Agree with a number of comments already that this was probably the best ep yet. Kelty’s temper tantrum was the highlight for me. I get it, he wants to prove himself to the other contestants but being so childish about it isn’t going to help. It was a team challenge! I thought it was crazy how he was talking to Lynton and Daniel – it was their challenge too and wanted to win!

I liked elements of both menus. Personally, I eat pumpkin and goats cheese together in salads often and love it, but wasn’t sure that would be the best choice for teenagers. The cold chicken salad looked yummo and I could tell by the way they were talking up the barramundi burger that it was the dish that was going to get red over the line. The girls were going ga ga over Daniel and those jaffles!!!

Looks like I will still be watching for another week yet with Lynton and Daniel being safe.. need a nickname for them.. anyone got one? I am not very good at these things..

Bendy for Ben and Andy last year was just so convenient. I keep wanting to call Lynton Pete because I can’t stop thinking how much he looks like Pete Murray the singer!

26 Eliza { 06.19.13 at 6:13 pm }

I think someone else posted a comment previously about Rishi being gay..? I seemed to be thinking he was.

27 brain dead dave { 06.19.13 at 6:51 pm }

I’ve just been salivating over a multi coloured Croquembouche in the window of Nic and Rocco’s shop. It brought back memories of contestants who could actually cook a bit.

Bring on tonight’s chumpfest, then.

28 Daze { 06.19.13 at 6:52 pm }

Eliza, it didn’t take long for some posters to come up with some excellent nicknames for House Rules’ teams so won’t be long until some good ones show up on here.
RR, is it too soon to put up polls for HR or MC? I’m sure we have our favourites already –

29 Daze { 06.19.13 at 6:54 pm }

BDD, love those boys, so jealous you are so close to their shop!

30 brain dead dave { 06.19.13 at 7:04 pm }

We are the chumpions , my friend
And we’ll keep on failing ’til the end
We are the chumpions, we are the chumpions
No chance of improving , cos we are the chumpions
Of the world.

31 brain dead dave { 06.19.13 at 7:11 pm }

Yes, Daze. Nic and Rocco have at least three shops here now. I don’t see them at this one very much.

32 Littlepetal { 06.19.13 at 7:31 pm }

From the promo, look like there will be a macaron challenge later in the season.

33 Reality Raver { 06.19.13 at 7:41 pm }

Daze – Good idea will put a House Rules up now.

34 Dr T { 06.19.13 at 7:46 pm }

It’s kids week… here’s a multi choice to take you back to school!

Pick the correct answer for the statement: Fact A happens because of Fact B

Dr T is straight because he is not buff

A) Statement A is true and Statement B is true, and the two statements are related
B) Statement A is true and Statement B is true, but they are not directly related
C) Statement A is true but Statement B is false
D) Statement A is false but Statement B is true
E) Both statements are false

I’m off to play with my lolly bags

35 brain dead dave { 06.19.13 at 7:48 pm }

Dr T is straight because he’s not a hairdresser.

36 Dr T { 06.19.13 at 7:52 pm }

BDD – is your real name Howard?

Clarrissa can’t work because her jaw hurts when she sings… Works Comp should launch a fraud investigation – she talks so f***ing much that she must be making it up

37 Littlepetal { 06.19.13 at 7:58 pm }

BDD, you will love this episode. Clarissa must ask the rest about everything.

38 brain dead dave { 06.19.13 at 8:01 pm }

Thanks, Littlepetal. I’m gonna watch House Rules and then Ma$terchump

39 Littlepetal { 06.19.13 at 8:07 pm }

We know how slow Clarissa works. This kind of challenge is not for her.

40 Reality Raver { 06.19.13 at 9:13 pm }

DR T – LOL re: Worker’s Comp. Am sad to see her go two annoying ones gone in a week. Bummer. Oh and the answer to the multiple choice is F) all of the above

41 Alec C { 06.19.13 at 10:21 pm }

Leaving 1/2 the chicken in the fridge, not keeping the grill hot – Vern showed the poorest leadership to date.

Hey Curtis how about the pork will there be enough time, can we turn up the temp in the oven – ignores everything else might have cost his team the challenge.

Daniel uses his ass-sets well in this ep – other team couldn’t compete in drawing votes through their servers.

Greek doughnuts – didn’t know georgie was on this ep – whats wrong with doughnuts with a hole in the center?

Needs quad elimination for the cake – no need to draw out this season a few weeks by single eliminations.

42 Daisy { 06.19.13 at 10:43 pm }

Littlepetal you made a timely prediction that a mother would play the kids’ back story tonight.

43 Maz { 06.20.13 at 9:23 am }

You know things are bad when they are referencing previous contestants’ ability to cook…

Anyway, here is an article about Marion

44 Ands { 06.20.13 at 2:00 pm }

I thought the teams were very lopsided based on ethnicity. It was an ok episode. This series has not given me anyone to cheer for. I don’t understand how these people can be the ‘Top 22″. Of home cooks.

45 helanja { 08.31.13 at 1:49 am }

So searching for THE banoffee pie recipe TheyMade At THE school Challenger,can’t Find it