Masterchef Australia – The Beef Challenge
Jules needs to reign her ego in, I like her moxy but when she decided to go on Emma’s team said to her ” You owe me one!”. It would have been a bit embarrassing if she had stuffed up.
The reason why she was so happy with the challenge of cooking on the outdoor campfires, is she had done a lot of camping.
The contestants were taken to a farm after an early morning work out in the gym, no shots of Rishi bench pressing unfortunately, but we did see Gary Mehigan doing a few minutes on a bicycle.
The challenge was to cook beef dishes for the farm’s workers. I am sure half of the people viewing were hanging for a steak after this.
Emma and Lynton were appointed captains as they both grew up on beef farms. Not sure why this would help with cooking. This meant Emma has been captain twice now, but this time she was far more confident. Jules was first to pick which team to go on it was interesting to see who went with whom. I suspect some steered clear of teams where they did not get on with people. Noelene even though she does not like Totem headed to the boys teams as did Lucy and Pip. Poor Neha was one of the last to get a choice so did not get one and had to go with the red team.
It was mainly ended up being a guys (blue) team and girls (red) team. Christina decided to ditch the sisterhood and went with the guys.
Each team were allowed 60 kgs of produce. Red team were 10 kilos over so they had ditched dessert. It also meant they were back later to the outdoor kitchen.
The red team’s menu was Middle Eastern Spiced Porthouse., Sticky Ribs, Tomalhawk’s, and an Italian stew. Along with roasted sweet potato and potato and salads.
The blue team was yoghurt marinaded sirloin, ribs, beef stew, and rib eyes with salsa verde.
Totem seems to be taking his mentoring from George seriously as he stuck his finger in the sauce and licked it. Probably even worse then usual as there did not appear to be a sink around.
Rishi and Totem were arguing over when to put the sauce on the ribs on but Totem ignored Rishi’s advice to put it on. Totem was then bitching about Rishi’s yoguhurt marinade on his steak. Christina was having difficulty with cooking her sweet potato it was going all mushy she had not taken Lynton’s advice to cook the sweet potatoes whole.
Samira towards the end decided to make a dessert out of one piece of rhubarb, a pomegranate, walnuts and sweet potato. It was a good effort however Emma burnt the crumble top. They decided to serve it anyway.
This challenge it was the judges deciding on a winner, not the farmers voting. The red team was first. Gary liked the stew and the roast sweet potato and potatoes. He liked the flavour of the ribs but thought they were a bit chewy. Daniel’s rib eye was cooked perfectly and their sirloin looked great. They did not like the crumble at all.
The blue team had a mixed reception Gary liked the Beef stew, but did not like Christina’s sweet potato. Rishi’s sirloin was over cooked. The farmer thought the herb yoghurt marinade was unnecessary. The Fruit Crunch/crumble was a really good dish.
To be fair both teams food looked great.
In the end it came down to how the beef was cooked and the red team won.
The kicker for the blue team was they had to pick three to go into the elimination challenge. It was made easy for them as the judges had highlighted Totem, Rishi and Christina as the ones that had let the team down. At one stage it looked like Lynton being noble and was going to step up but clearly he was told to get down off the plank.
It looks like a cracker challenge tonight with Rishi, Totem and Christina doing a service challenge to stay in the competition.