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Masterchef Australia – Lygon St Cook Off Saw Casualties Before The Challenge Started

There was plenty of drama even before the Lygon St challenge started on Masterchef last night. Andrew retired hurt out of the competition due to stress fractures which is unfortunate as he was entertaining. If there is a Masterchef series six it would be great if they let him back in. However he never did look like he was a contender.

He also said he wanted to open a bistro and told the judges there would always be a table for them. Neither Gary and George looked too enthusiastic about that gesture.

Jules was also having to sit out the challenge due to a injured hip. She apparently bumped it in a door.  There was no details on how this incident occurred.  Good buddy Emma was helping her hobble around. This pair are getting a lot of camera time and I suspect they are polarising the audience. You are either going to love or hate them, and in a way that is what makes a good reality TV contestant.

It is Italian week on Masterchef and it was interesting to see Italian chef Antonio Carluccio as guest judge. Due to the decrease in numbers the contestants were now split into four teams rather than five. Kelty was grumbling that he was not picked last and he was stuck with the boys on the blue team. You have to wonder if his grumbling only occurred with hindsight of what panned out.

The teams did not have to decide what to cook this was provided for them and they had a Nonna to assist. The team that made the most money in four hours would be the winner the the team that made the least would be in the elimination challenge.

It was unclear what the Nonna’s actually did, and hopefully they did not have to stand in the stall for the whole four hours.

Grey team had a delicious looking veal and mushroom bruschetta, green team had to make Fritto Misto (fried seafood), red team made Arancini and the blue team a seafood pasta.

The blue team consisting of Vern, Kelty, Totem and Nicky were disorganised from the start and it took them two and half hours to actually start serving up. Considering they did not have to make their own pasta what was the problem? Kelty said the tomato sugo took 45 minutes it was only the prepping of the seafood that was taking the time. The clams only had to be poured into a pot. Though this part of the recipe was forgotten until the last minute.

Then they  did not realise they were running low on pasta until it had run out. So they had to stop serving. Kelty was backing away from the disaster that it all was. The problem was Antonio criticised the oiliness of the sauce which was Kelty’s responsibility. To be fair he would have been following a recipe given to him.

The red team were also slow with their arancini balls but the problem for them was they could not fit more than four in a deep fryer so their through put was poor. Also they decided to only charge six dollars for a plate whereas the other teams were selling their plates for ten dollars. The grey team also had some of the better and more organised cooks. Rishi cooked the veal perfectly and Lucy was taking control of the hot plate.

The same with the green team once they were prepped all they had to do was keep frying the seafood, and they were able to keep on getting the food to customers.

Gary, George and Antonio did taste the food. They liked the fritto misto including the aioli which Emma had been struggling with. Gary also thought there was good flavour on the bruschetta and George thought it was well seasoned. 

Antonio said there was too much oil in the pasta, however George said seafood cooked perfectly.

Antonio said the arancini was not bad however later they said it was bland.

It was no surprise the grey and the green were duking it out for first place with the grey team making the most money with over $2000 with the green team making $1851.

The blue team was put into elimination much to Liliana’s relief as she did not want the embarrassment of being eliminated in Italian week.

Tonight Vern, Totem, Nicky, Kelty and Jules are up for elimination.

 

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