Masterchef Australia – A Contender Gone
It just goes to show you are only as good as the last dish you cooked on Masterchef. One of the more talented contestants was eliminated last night, but he did himself no favours by serving up a breakfast pizza. This must rank with that other culinary creation the dessert pizza. However he also wanted to make it a Japanese style pizza with smoked rainbow trout, asparagus, miso paste, sesame seeds and rocket.
Gary looked dubious when Vern was telling him but he went ahead with it. Not only was it kooky in flavours, since it was breakfast service challenge he was slow as he had to cook the base, then put on the topping and whack it back in the pizza oven. The breakfast service challenge was at Gary’s restaurant, The Boathouse with Christina, Vern, Lynton, Lucy and Daniel had to make a breakfast dish to serve to customers.
Daniel showed you only have to make a good dishes towards the competition to be viewed as a contender. His dish was smart it was a sweet potato and feta croquette, with baked mushroom, a tomato sauce and jamon. It was sophisticated plus easy to serve when the order came in no surprise that it was dish of the day.
Lynton was having some issues related to what he was going to serve. It went from a sophisiticated dish which had relish and chutney and five million other elements to tricked up bacon and eggs. Though to be fair he rocked those poached eggs. He revealed he won’t be doing ads for the upcoming election campaign saying uncertain economic times and the ban on the live cattle trade ran their farm into bankruptcy.
Lucy played it very safe making a posh museli, with yoghurt and berries served with brioche with honey and ricotta. She barely looked stressed.
Christina was making baked eggs and as she did not do a test run and did not realise how long they took to cook. She was inconsistent pumping out over done eggs and most of her dishes looked burnt around the edges. She was in the bottom two but it was Vern with his pizza who was eliminated.
It was a pity as he has been one of the more talented cooks and is prepared to be inventive Also he was not shy about taking the lead on challenges. OK there were some hits and misses.
Christina and Emma got teary at his leaving, but Noelene kept her steely glaze knowing this is a competition and with one of the stronger cooks out she has a better chance of winning.
Vern will be working on the Umami Project a project to explore new foods and flavours. Let’s hope the pizza is not one of them.