Masterchef Australia – Where Was The Equity And Fairness?
Since when did a cooking show eliminate contestant’s who have cooked “one of the best dishes of the day”? Well apparently Masterchef does.
Where was the fairness and equity in the decision that saw Pip, who is one of the more talented contestants, eliminated for a second time? Because quite frankly there was none.
A quick summary for those who have not been watching this week. Nine of the already eliminated contestants have an opportunity to get back into the competition. They have been paired with a top ten contestant who has the opportunity to win an immunity pin.
The challenge tonight was to cook any dish they wanted but each person in each team had to cook the same dish and it had to have the same flavour and look. The twist was they could not see each other cook and they were separated by a wall. They could talk or in this case yell at each other during the hour cooking time.
Pip who was paired with Daniel made stuffed squid with corn puree and chorizo. Their communication was not good as Pip is softly spoken and Daniel was not communicating much. Pip’s dish was great, Daniel’s was a disaster. Speaking of Daniel tonight really showed he is not a great cook and he has lucked it to get to the top ten. It happens each year if you are in the winning team challenges you get through. Hopefully he will go soon. It looks like the weather is getting colder at the time they were filming so there will be limited opportunities for ‘six pack’ shots. So he is dispensable now.
The kicker was because Daniel stuffed up his dish so much Pip was eliminated because they did not look the same.
Noelene and Dan the other team up for elimination should have been the ones given the flick. They made a Vietnamese Fish Curry. Noelene who was filling his food basket in the pantry did not put in sumac and cumin in his so their flavours were out. Which raises the question when did Vietnamese cuisine use sumac?
The judges liked Noelene’s dish but were not so enamoured by Dan’s. He had fallen apart fish, non-crispy skin and his was hotter in flavour. You would have thought the judges might have kept in a contestant who has the most potential considering there were discrepancies between their dishes as well. Was the main judging criteria not on it being “delicious” but being the closest in flavour to their partners dish?
On the plus side when the contestants are cooking their own dishes a higher standard of cooking is seen. There were some good dishes tonight.
Kelty and Jules were both having power struggles within their partnership. Kelty wanted to make Jules’s won ton soup but with his chicken broth. Jules looked like she was a bit perplexed and was wondering where the logic was in that. But Kelty wanted to put a bit of his razzle into the dish. He ended up cooking his stock with the lid on but the judges told them it was hard to distinguish between the two.
Samira and Rishi made the middle eastern dish kebbe and passed with flying colours.
As did Nicky and Vern whose scampi with egg noodles and a broth was named dish of the day. They were talking to each other the whole way through and doing the same steps at the same time. Clearly this tactic worked.
I would laugh if Neha won the immunity pin and Xavier was the returning player but to be fair they have not put a foot wrong and were told they nailed it with their stuffed chicken on asparagus.
Lynton and Lilian were safe after cooking rib eye steak with an egg plant side. It was a bold move considering it would be very easy to cook their steaks different just due to different heats, size of steaks etc.
However it was Pip who quite rightly was a bit weepy after she was told she was eliminated after cooking one of the best dishes of the day. In fact it is amazing she did not scream out “WTF? You cannot be serious!”. Tonight the Masterchef judges or producers cannot tell the viewer that it is all about the cooking.
Masterchef Australia on TEN, Sunday to Thursday at 7.30pm.