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Masterchef Australia – Heaven And Hell All In A Box

It was an interesting choice whether to go for heaven or hell for the contestants, as it was about whether they wanted to create a dish or to replicate one.  It was telling that four of the seven teams decided they wanted to cook to a recipe.

Heaven was about cooking a dish from ingredients the judges had chosen with a 90 minute time limit, and hell was about following a recipe and finishing it in three hours.

After lifting their burning boxes, hell was a Zumbo macaron tower with two different flavours. One being beetroot the other olive.  Heaven was high end products like wagyu beef, scampi, jamon, raspberries, and figs.

The contestants had been split into teams of two and most were in consensus on what they chose except for Jules and Noelene. Noelene wanted hell, whilst Jules wanted heaven “as it was the closest she was going to get”. After seeing the box open on heaven Noelene was relieved with what they had chosen.

Noelene finds Jules a tad irritating she said ” she is so child like sometimes”. Though you get the feeling Noelene is probably irritated by all of them, well maybe not Lynton and Rishi as you suspect thrice married Noelene likes a bit of eye candy.

Lynton was paired with Neha doing the macaroon tower, but he stuffed up the beetroot ones by adding the food colouring at the wrong time and it meant the batter was too thick. It was a tad ironic that this occurred after Lynton was bossing Neha around. To try and make up for it Lynton was all touchy feely with Neha for the rest of the episode as he knew that there was a high chance that he would have put her in the bottom two teams going to elimination.  However their olive macarons ended up being judged the best olive one of the day. Lucky for them as they were the only ones they had served up.

Liliana and Samira did well and presented the best looking tower, and were told they were the best macarons baked on Masterchef ever. Liliana had baked a tower for her 15 year old son last year and this practice clearly paid off.

Vern and Rishi’s tower looked like a disaster but apparently they tasted good.

Christina and Emma only got the thumbs up for one of their biscuits as they had ignored the recipe to their own peril and put the olive macaron into the oven too early. Big mistake and they had an ugly looking biscuit.

There was not a lot of praise for the heaven dishes where all teams had cooked the wagyu.

Jules and Noelene made wagyu beef with a fig chili jam as well as scampi wrapped in jamon. Gary said the sauce overpowered the wagyu but it was a good dish.

Kelty and Daniel had gotten off to a very slow start as the could not decide what to make . Why did they not confer whilst they were up on the balcony? They ended up making Wagyu with jamon, garlic tomatoes. Lucky they decided to ditch the 80’s inspired raspberry sauce and went with aioli. Gary liked that they respected the wagyu but thought the rest of the dish would have only taken them 15 minutes. I actually thought their plate looked the most appetising also the judging should be on flavour not how much time it took for them to make it.


Pip and Lucy did not attract the same criticism for their dish of wagyu with a simple salad of figs and pistachios. However they were told off for serving tarragon butter with the fatty beef.

The three teams in the bottom were Pip and Lucy, Kelty and Daniel, and Neha and Lynton. In the end Lynton and Neha were declared safe due to the flavour of their macaroons and Kelty and Daniel and Lucy and Pip were in the elimination challenge. If I was Kelty and Daniel I would be feeling a bit hard done by.

Who do you think had the worse dishes of the day?

Masterchef Australia on TEN Sunday to Thursday at 7.30pm.



1 brain dead dave { 07.08.13 at 6:44 pm }

No, I didn’t Littlepetal. My jowls were salivating like Cerberus over the Turkish Delight macarons, not to mention the Blackcurrant ones.. Have had coffee flavoured macs before, too.

But for the $ of one little macaron , you can get a whole packet of Tim Tams.

2 Littlepetal { 07.08.13 at 7:00 pm }

LOL about the Tim Tams.

Here are the current flavours from Nic and Rocco!/macarons

3 Littlepetal { 07.08.13 at 7:08 pm }

More macarons to salivate.

These have more Asian flavours

4 Georgie { 07.08.13 at 7:20 pm }

bdd, you really shouldn’t have mentioned turkish delight and Tim Tams together – now I’m bound to go and get some!

5 nibehlung { 07.08.13 at 7:30 pm }

The contestants for this season are so disappointing, especially coming off the back of season 4, where almost everyone had at least some kind of talent for a specific type of dishes.

6 Anna { 07.08.13 at 7:44 pm }

nibehlung , is your handle part of the Ring? :-)

7 Morgan { 07.08.13 at 7:55 pm }

Not looking good for Pip and Lucy.

8 Dr T { 07.08.13 at 7:56 pm }

Nibehlung – we have had a few specialists this year… Noelene and offal… Kelty and irsih both come to mind

9 Dr T { 07.08.13 at 8:00 pm }

Thank god Curley is calling it as it is

10 Littlepetal { 07.08.13 at 8:18 pm }

Dave, now George is on the Krill Oil.

11 Dr T { 07.08.13 at 8:20 pm }

Read the bloody recipe

12 Anna { 07.08.13 at 8:23 pm }

Dr T, you know it’s a prerequisite to entering the show.. not being able to read the recipe :-)

13 Dr T { 07.08.13 at 8:25 pm }

“Can you spell your name?”

God Frontline was a great TV show

14 scrimshaw { 07.08.13 at 9:12 pm }

Macarons are so 2010. I want to play Zumbos head like a bongo everytime I see one.

15 Ashley { 07.08.13 at 9:13 pm }

I told ya pip was gonna be eliminated. Kind of fitting for her to stuff up her dish taking advice from the peanut gallery after she did the same to Nicky.

16 Daisy { 07.08.13 at 10:49 pm }

I actually enjoyed watching tonight.
Low lights : seeing the judges eat
seeing Daniel put his fingers into his mouth and back into the beef
seeing food in Daniels grimey hair.

highlights : Curly didn’t behave like an arrogant dick
Good or bad, at least there was a focus on cooking
I like both Lucy and Pip and enjoyed watching them have a go.

17 Dr T { 07.08.13 at 10:57 pm }

Low light – faux drama over who was going home…

18 Daisy { 07.08.13 at 11:01 pm }

Yes, it was faux. I missed some of it watching a guy trying to worm his way into Canada on BS. And came back in time to see the obvious; Pip’s elimination.
But I think Curly had a bit of a crush on Pip.

19 Daisy { 07.08.13 at 11:07 pm }

I wouldn’t eat raw meat or raw egg.

Anyone see America’s Animal Hoarder on ABC2? Andrea you would have hated it.

20 Carole { 07.09.13 at 9:05 am }

Thanks Joseph, but I think I will give them a miss. So I was exaggerating, there are worse things to eat.

Yeah, Veronica, that does sound revolting. I don’t like pate, but in a sweet madaron. Yuk!!! I don’t like those weird sweet instead of savoury and savoury instead of sweet like that Heston Blumenthal makes.

21 Andrea { 07.09.13 at 9:24 am }

Ashley, you were right about Pip going, I was surprised as I hoped it would be Kelty.
No way would I eat raw meat Daisy, wish I would have known about the animal hoarding story.
Once again the peanut gallery try to get in on the action and annoy everyone.

22 Ryan { 07.09.13 at 9:59 am }

@Socs- I had no idea fish-slapping was such a popular spectator sport. Maybe I should sell tickets…

23 Daisy { 07.09.13 at 11:02 am }

No Andrea, this was definitely NOT a story for your eyes.
It was very interesting. Crazy that the Americans allow the keeping of exotic animals.