Masterchef Australia – Love Week – With A Love Bites Mystery Box
The theme is LOVE on Masterchef this week, but last night it more more like love bites. The contestants thought they were feeling the love from the judges when they saw an empty mystery box. They were able to choose six ingredients, with one having to be from a “difficult” section which included some unusual tropical fruits, sea urchins and offal.
However once they had selected they were then told that love was all about giving and sequentially they had to give their box to someone else.
Noelene was first, and I have to say I love her dry sense of humour and straight talking persona. She said she was thinking of giving it to Lucy but did not want to do that to her and decided as she had to pick brains it had to go to Kelty. He was not real happy, however Christina was not rapt when she received his salmon and custard apple combination and he thought he was doing her a favour!
However she did end up doing a great job with it. After she made crispy skin salmon with custard apple puree. The judges told her it was the prettiest dish of the night. George told her it was “Genius”. Even after being told all that she still did not make top four.
Rishi was lucky as he got to cook his own box as Lucy decided to give Neha her box after she had given hers to Lucy. This meant Rishi had no one to give his to. He blew his advantage plating up a very ordinary Herb Pasta with Chicken Hearts dish. Gary declared “It was the most pedestrian dish he had cooked on Masterchef”. Has Rishi peaked too early?
Samira who was freaking out about getting sea urchin played around with how to serve it and decided it tasted best raw. She made Sea Urchin and Tuna in a broth – Gary said it is the first beautiful restaurant style dish she had put up in the competition and he loved it.
Noelene also had sea urchin. But as usual Noelene did too many things. She pan seared tuna with sesame seeds and served the sea urchin raw in a vinegar marinade alongside sea urchin pastries. Gary liked the sea urchin in the vinegar, but he thought the tuna was a bit clunky on the plate.
Kelty made Crumbed Lamb Brains and was smart and made a mushroom and chorizo chutney to go with it. Gary said the chutney was absolutely gorgeous and Matt said it was the best dish he has cooked.
Daniel we did not see much of this episode, however his pan seared sweet breads dish was one of the top four dishes of the day which was a bit bizarre as the judges feedback was he had done a “good job”, which is not as complimentary as “genius” as Christina received.
Emma’s mushroom rosti was judged to be middle of the road but she knew it.
Lynton now back making savoury shined with his quail with carrots dish. He was told it was delicious. I doubt Lynton can win as he is too much like Andy the winner of last year. Lovely but bland.
Neha proved that her time in the competition is ticking away when she did pavlova with mint cream serving it with some lemongrass tea. She added in too much cornflour as anyone who has ever made pavlova could see when she made it.
Lucy was also making a meringue but she did an italian meringue pouring hot sugar syrup into egg whites. The judgs said her deconstructed pavlova with dragonfruit cream was better than Neha’s but they were not in raptures about it.
Vern was having a disaster. He decided not to do a cheesecake as he thought it was playing it too safe. But his ice cream did not set and he served up a dish of “custard” in a lemon skin, alongside some poached rambutans. If desserts are your week point why wouldn’t you play it safe?
Bottom four were Rishi, Neha, Vern and Noelene. With Noelene being told she was safe for the moment, but if Rishi plays his immunity pin she will have to step into the elimination challenge. She seemed unfazed by that and thought he should play it as she certainly would.
Which dish did you like the best?
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