Masterchef Australia – A Fast Paced Elimination Challenge
Totem said he was regretting putting himself forward, clearly forgetting that he had served up one of the worse dishes of the day with his ribs cooked without sauce. He thought Noelene and Lucy should have been up for elimination as they did not contribute as much by making dessert as it was “a beef challenge”. He forgot to add their dish had been praised.
Noelene managed to give him a back hander later in the episode saying “Totem does not have a great attention span and that will be his downfall.”
It was an entertaining episode seeing Christina, Totem, and Rishi doing a service challenge to try and stay in the competition. They were cooking for 80 people at Matt Stone’s Greenhouse Restaurant. Matt Stone has a Jamie Oliver vibe about him and is a natural on camera as well. He has is own cooking show Recipes That Rock on 7Two starting Sunday 14 July at 1.45pm. Former rock star Blur’s Alex James is on the show with him. Could be worth a look.
“Just look around and you can see the sustainability of this restaurant” said Matt Preston as the camera pans to the picture of straw behind him.
There were six dishes on the menu. It was ox heart with mustard greens, mussels with cider, marron, wood roasted carrots, emu, and mushrooms.
Rishi was making the emu and mushroom dishes, Totem ox heart and mussels, and Christina making the marron and carrot dishes. They only had two hours to prep.
Rishi was like a machine and looked comfortable behind the burners. Christina was freaking out about dealing with the live marron, and Totem was struggling as well.
It was revealed that Totem was born in a refugee camp and that he has a brother with down syndrome. I am loving the multiculturalism of Masterchef this year. Particularly Shamira who is ballsy and not shy in saying what she thinks, Rishi’s story of his mother inspiring him and Lucy’s britishness. I am hoping one of the weeks there is an Indian theme or asian theme to make it a level playing field.
Service starts and of course all the customers arrive at once, which adds to the pressure. Totem kept on shaking the mussels when he was being told just to leave it on the heat. Of course this meant they did not open. Matt cracked it at him by saying don’t embarrass me by serving up a raw mussel again. Of course he did.
The judges thought the mussels were well cooked and they thought the ox heart dish needed some more sweetness and salt. Christina’s marron dish for the judges had a piece that was too underdone. Gary thought there was too much oily aioli and marron was under seasoned. Her carrot dish was better and Gary said “Everything I have picked up out of the bowl is perfect.”
Gary thought Rishi’s mushroom dish the cooking was variable and like most of the dishes they thought it needed more salt. However they thought he nailed the emu dish.
They must of taken the prep and how they performed in the kitchen in service, as it was no surprise that Totem was the one eliminated. Totem is currently working on his first cookbook based on traditional Laotian dishes that are from his family’s recipes.