Masterchef Australia – First Elimination In Finals Week
Clearly Christina did not listen to the judges advice in the previous episode when they judged her Chocolate Chilli Tart and told her it was too simple. Last night she dished up a Cauliflower Soup with Scallops which was a fairly simple dish. In a sense she was at a slight disadvantage being paired with Matt Stone as he was the only cafe chef (yes high end) out of the five mentoring chefs.
Sure if he had made the dish, it would have been perfect but as all the elements did not hit it then she was always going to go. She had to hope that someone else stuffed up. Would like to see Matt Stone again guest judging as he was not backward in saying what he thought and did not sugar coat it. I actually thought Matt Preston was quite dismissive of his views and then paraphrased them in Preston-speak.
The judges paired Adam D’Sylva from Tonka with Rishi , Matt Stone with Christina, Matt Germanchis from Pei Modern was paired with Emma, Jason Jones from Bstilla for Samira, Lynton was with Ryan Flaherty of Estelle.
They had 90 mins to cook and 15 mins for mentors to discuss dishes they would make. Also Samira’s advantage was to be able to bring her chef down for advice once in the challenge.
Samira looked like she was about to have a disaster when she cut into her spatchcock and it was raw, but a quick pan fry and she rectified it to present what looked like the most appetising dish of the day. It was stuffed Spatchcock with Carrot Puree.
Emma also was in the top two with a dish described by Matt Preston as a three hatted one. She made a John Dory with brine cooked leek and fennel. Seriously over the edible flowers sprinkled over the top of dishes and I blame George Calombaris for that Masterchef trend. Her dish did have a lot of technique in it and she is peaking at the right time.
When she was filleting the Dory the chefs on the balcony thought they were going to see a bit of blood sport quipping “this is going to be interesting” but she ended up doing it perfectly.
Lynton made lamb rack with celeriac puree and goat cheese whip, he did not rest the meat long enough and it bled all over his plate.
Rishi made a Mulghabi Spatchcock with Cauliflower and potato side and a chutney. It looked like a mess on a plate and he was bottom two with Christina.
However his flavours were far more sophisticated and Christina, quite rightly, was eliminated.
Just to make sure we knew how sad it was for her to be eliminated we had a five minute good bye scene with tears, speeches and Matt giving her his cravat. Seriously it was too much. Christina wants to open a 1950’s style cafe calling it “Rumour Has It”. Great concept if she gets it open it should do well.