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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.


1 Littlepetal { 08.27.13 at 8:14 pm }

Emma’s boyfriend has spent 3 years with Heston. He has been head chef before.

2 Georgietake2 { 08.27.13 at 8:29 pm }

Samira is getting praised again & again – vomit. I wonder if Emma has s hearing problem? She sounds like a few people I know who have hearing difficulty.

3 Socs { 08.27.13 at 8:46 pm }

Samira’s attitude … ugh.

4 Littlepetal { 08.27.13 at 8:50 pm }

Emma and Lynton look a mess after the challenge.

Emma can’t even cook the scallops well and blame it on the cooker.

Tomorrow night Emma is like a headless chook again.

5 Bel { 08.27.13 at 9:16 pm }

Fingers crossed, Emma out tomorrow. Lynton, Rishi & MuslimChef for the final with Rishi to win.

Never thought much either way on Lynton but he does seem pretty good at cooking meat and fish well.

S’mira & Rishi are equally good marketing opportunities (lots Indians in Oz) so could go either way.

6 Reality Sucks { 08.27.13 at 9:41 pm }

Did anyone watched Samira’s face when judges announced Rishi won the advantage? She seemed very unimpressed.

7 Littlepetal { 08.27.13 at 9:45 pm }

I thought Emma was not impress as well when she was not in the running.

8 Helen { 08.27.13 at 10:01 pm }

Can’t believe Samira is still in it, what the hell is going on, I liked Christina, I think she is a better cook but the ultimate winner has got to be Rishi – he has a coolness about him and none of the others can handle the pressure. If he doesn’t win I will NEVER watch MCA again. And I agree with abc above the conversation is more interesting that the show.

9 lulu { 08.27.13 at 10:01 pm }

Lynton is surprisingly good for a sad 25 yr old. He definitely had the hardest prep., as in time-consuming. Emma should go tomorrow.

I wonder if Samira will insist on all the cooking benches facing Mecca.

10 Veronica { 08.27.13 at 11:11 pm }

Reality Sucks@54 Yes I saw the pout on Smearer’s face when Rishi won. It must have been very hard for the 3 stooges not to give the win to their favourite and for once reward the one who deserved it.

11 Smythe { 08.28.13 at 3:47 am }

Why does Matt P. look like he is going to vomit every time he is about to taste their cooking? He must know how bad most of it will probably be but has to do his job of tasting.

Emma’s carpaccio was perfectly balanced and seasoned. Surprised it wasn’t overly salty from the tears dripping on the fish. BUT then maybe she undersalted it in the first place and the tears made it just right.

Would like to see the judges do more blind tastings.

Glad Rishi won. Was concerned when they gave him the risotto and even he knew that this was a “dangerous” dish to be cooking.

12 Joseph Skyrim { 08.28.13 at 9:03 am }

Did anyone else watch Recipe to Riches last night? What a change of pace from MC, in a good way! Some good laughs in there too so I think I’ll be sticking with it. :3

13 Bolders { 08.28.13 at 9:18 am }

I didnt catch is Joseph but might give it a squiz next time.

I was drooling over the Bake Off finals.

14 brain dead dave { 08.28.13 at 9:27 am }

I you live in an AFL State ,a lot of last night’s viewing schedule was derailed by “breaking news” stuff about Essendon.

Not sure if I can stomach the peanut with the green and gold mohawk, Joseph.

15 Joseph Skyrim { 08.28.13 at 10:09 am }

BDD (#62) – He provided a good source of laughs though! Also, you don’t have to put up with the contestants very long due to how it is structured…

So yesterday was “Snack Food” category.
Stage 1 – Judges pick top 3 from the try outs
Stage 2 – Top 3 see if they can mass produce their item. Each are given 3 nameless helpers.
Stage 3 – Top 2 do a branding/product launch thingy
End of Episode – Winner is chosen. The end, you don’t see any of them anymore. Next episode will have different people, apart from the judges of course.

Really the only slightly annoying thing for me was the heavy handed Woolies promotion but after years of Coles ads they need to catch up. ;p

Oh, to inspire you to watch it BDD, Rainbow-hawk makes a chicken dish which involves very unhealthy processes – if you thought double dipping in MC was bad… nothing on this dude.

The chef guy and his second in command, mandatory black dude were just standing there with the omfg face as they watched him do this. Priceless.

16 dross { 08.28.13 at 10:19 am }

Samira will win.
She is a combination of season 1 Julie and Poh.
Poh – an eliminated contestant who returned
Julie – good at learning the lessons and advice of the judges.
Poh lost in the final because she did not follow the recipe.
Julie won because she followed the recipe and she $ucked up to the judges by using recipes and techniques from previous episodes and masterclasses.

17 brain dead dave { 08.28.13 at 10:20 am }

Okay, Joseph #63. Recipe To Riches is being encored today at 1.00pm on Ten.

18 Littlepetal { 08.28.13 at 10:34 am }

Viewers for the final week is about half of last year final week. What a shame. They got a great show and got destroyed by mediocre cooking.

Compared to MKR final week, they almost double the number of viewers.

19 crazyperson { 10.07.13 at 9:57 pm }

seriously why so much hype bout rishi, his face is worse than kelty, he also had flop dishes and he once wore the same shirt 2 times in mc.
why does he need to come to mchef, he is a public servant already has heaps of money

20 nel { 01.22.14 at 6:21 pm }

Was so disappointed that Christina left!! It happens everytime, Mindy,Kylie,Rishi,Christina…all left before the grand finale…..I admit Christina cried so much on MasterChef but we cant deny the fact that she was one of the very few good cooks right?