Masterchef Australia – Ian Curley Was Heaven, Tasting That Tartare Must Have Been Hell
Ian Curley had a welcome return to Masterchef last night. He is a great TV presence and was harsh but fair with the contestants. Plus the fact he turned up in an unironed chef’s jacket was an added bonus.
Kelty, Daniel, Pip and Lucy were having to make his steak tartare. Just when you thought where is the cooking in that, it was revealed the twist was they would have to make it from taste alone. The only recipe they would have would be for the crackers accompanying it. They also only had 45 minutes to make the dish.
The girls tactic was to go straight to go pantry to grab the ingredients, and the boys went and made their crackers first.
Kelty was enjoying chipping the beef and was confident there was vinegar and caperberries in it. Something George and Ian were trying to mind twist him about when they came and talked to him. Props to Kelty for sticking to his guns as his dish looked and tasted the best and he was safe.
The rest of the dishes looked unappetising and for once I felt sorry for the judges having to taste a dish that was of raw meat done badly. Daniel’s looked like a hamburger patty, but apparently was OK. Lucy’s was already cooked as she put in her lemon juice far too early, but her cracker was good. Pip knew she was straight into the next round when Ian told her “it is almost a shame that a cow died for that”.
It was besties Pip and Lucy were now battling it out to stay in the competition and even before the Bombe Alaska challenge started there were tears from the two best mates and a sobbing Emma in the gallery. Jules was probably peeved she could not tear up to get the camera on her.
Pip does not like cooking desserts and seemed to lose confidence when she saw the complex dish, and with her red eyes when she was talking to camera it kind of gave it away that she might have been the one eliminated.
Also I think at one point I might have called her a contender so the dreaded Reality Ravings curse struck her. (Ed. note: for new readers, whenever RR states someone could win they generally are eliminated soon after!)
Pip’s meringue was her down fall and it was always going to be hard for her to beat Lucy who had done a great job. After Gary gently gave her the bad news, there was more tears including from Emma again who was sobbing. Pip has started her own catering business ‘Pip’s Pop Up Catering’.