Masterchef Australia – Did The Right Person Get Eliminated?
Tonight the challenge was like a high end Ready Steady Cook where the cooks had to make a dish out of a bizarre set of ingredients. However the twist was they had to bid on the ingredients, not with money but with minutes taken from their cooking time.
It was Jules, Rishi and Samira up for elimination with Jules admitting that she had been too cocky the previous challenge, Samira admitting that it was her fault they were there and Rishi admitting he was not too happy about the situation.
If Daniel was up for elimination there would have been the obligatory six pack shot, however the same standard is not set for Rishi. When this series is shown in India, Rishi is going to be wildly popular. Who knows maybe he can be Australia’s second Bollywood star after Tania Zaetta.
Rishi also appeared to be playing tactics when it came to the bidding doing his best to burn up the other Samira and Jules time and it worked.
They were all wanting the lamb, in the end Samira won it after the bidding was pushed up to 35 minutes. Jules who must have been day dreaming at the time thought she had had it and had missed Samira’s last bid. This left the lobster and rabbit and Jules went hard for the shellfish and lost 50 minutes of her cooking time. Rishi did not appear to be too bothered he had rabbit and he had not cooked it before.
The next lost of ingredients was dairy they would be landed with either yoghurt, cream or goats cheese. Jules did not want yoghurt but thought Samira did and bid 10 minutes on it and none of the others came in, so she was stuck with it.
This left her with only 30 minutes to cook so she had no choice but take the vegetables that were left over and they were asian ones. However would any of the vegetables on offer really have gone with her protein? She was in a world of pain and was distressed before she even started cooking.
Rishi was in poll position with the rabbit, goat cheese and root vegetables. However he had never cooked rabbit before so he was looking at the peanut gallery for advice. For once this was a help not a hinderance. Though they were yelling at him to take it out of the frying pan and he kept on cooking it. Matt Preston thought it was a “wow of a dish”.
Samira was also looking highly strung in this challenge, however this was more from dodgy editing then what really happened out in the kitchen.
In fact the previews hinted Samira ran out of the kitchen when George told her to “calm down” however it turned out that she was running out to get ingredients from the garden. The “calm down” was when she was trying to whip cream and sprayed it everywhere. Samira was struggling and her tart cases were taking a long time to cook, and her lamb was raw in parts. In fact her dairy product was cream. Did it make it on the dish?
Jules also undercooked her lobster and had to pan fry it to cook it as did Samira. In the end the judges had to pick which was the best out of two bad dishes. In the end because Gary managed to fluke a cooked bit of lamb Samira was staying in the competition and Jules was eliminated.
It was a tad surprising as Jules had been sobbing and mentioned how her being on the show had been inspiring for her foster children. It was a pity as Jules has been one of the stronger cooks in the competition and one of the stronger personalities.
Masterchef Australia on TEN Sunday to Thursday night at 7.30pm.