Masterchef Australia – Liliana Must Be Pissed
The concept of this week’s challenges and format on paper probably looked good, but in practice it has seen two people who have cooked dish of the day be eliminated.
Pip earlier in the week was kicked off due to Daniel, who is still in the show, bad cooking, and last night Liliana who showed a lot of technique with her Butternut Pumpkin Tortoloni and Poached Butter Prawns was eliminated.
The challenge was an invention test that was to showcase butter, and it was a good way of integrating one of the show’s sponsors. Each team had to cook a main and dessert. On the line was the position to get back into the competition and also an immunity pin for the existing player.
It is fair to say the getting back into the show was the more important.
Liliana took main and Lynton did dessert. Her dish was amazing and the judges told her it was dish of the day. However Lynton’s Banana Cream Tart was a disaster. The pastry was raw, the banana’s tasted funny and there was too much cream. They were eliminated.
By the way Faiza made a comment about the pastry saying the more butter it has in it the longer it will take to cook. Not sure she is an expert in that area.
Vern who cooked had the other great dish of the day with his duck breast with fondant potatoes. But he was paired with Nicky who decided to make a Pannacotta without gelatine. It was a stupid gamble as the ginger did not set the buttermilk and he served up what looked like baby sick on a plate. Why would he do this and be relying on a chemical reaction that was beyond his control was just bad strategy. They also were eliminated. At least Nicky did not get back in on the strength of Vern’s dish as that would have been unfair as well.
So it was the two teams with the two average dishes that were about to get the big wins.
At one stage it looked like Xavier was going to get back in with a steak with hollandaise sauce and mash potato. None of the elements really cooked to perfection, as Gary described it as an average dish. Neha’s flourless chocolate tart looked delicious, but poached quinces were Lucy’s idea that she shouted down from the balcony.
Rishi had made a delicious Butter Quail, but the naan bread was flat as he did not have yeast, and Samira’s Baklawa with Mahlabnia was said to be too sweet. In the end Samira was back in as their dishes were seen to be more inventive.
What this week has meant was the three stronger eliminated contestants Jules, Pip and Liliana have been shown the door again through no fault of their own. Leaving a situation where a contestant has returned who at times as cooked well but really in her own cuisine. Will she be a contender I very much doubt it.