Masterchef Australia – Donovan Cooke Kicks Butt
Masterchef turned into Hell’s Kitchen, without the prolific cursing, when the final four contestants hit Donovan Cooke’s restaurant The Atlantic.
Rishi, Samira, Emma and Lynton had to make an entree and main. It was 60 dishes each in total and with only three hours prep time.
Emma had caparccio of Kingfish to prep and because it was taking her so long she had a break down and sobbed. Donovan Cooke was no Gordon Ramsay and did not say “This is final’s week toughen the f**k up” but said they would get through it together.
In a Masterchef first crying was penalised and Emma was told at the end of the episode that she was not going to get the advantage in tonight’s elimination challenge because of her breakdown. Pity it is not a standard rule.
Rishi who had a tuna entree was getting the shits that he could not get into the fish room because Lynton and Emma were taking so long to prep. Once in he quickly prepped his tuna and was out of there. Unfortunately for him he was given Masterchef’s death dish risotto for main course.
Lynton had the made to order entree of bugs pasta with a grilled bug and it did not go well, nor was is Confit of salmon with the judges saying the sauce had not been fixed.
Emma in service had a fairly easy entree to serve and then for main had to cook scallops. She was having issues with them as they were cooke over and under, and unlucky for her Gary got a raw one.
Samira who did not get flustered the whole challenge served the best main of Snapper. However her entree of prawns were a different colour to Donovan’s as she had not infused the saffron properly. She had realised there was a problem but decided to ignore it. The judges that the flavour was not as robust as Donovan’s.
It is a pity when the judges were tasting that they were told who had cooked what dishes as this was an opportunity to taste them blind. This may have advantaged Samira as Rishi’s risotte was not good. However in the end Rishi won the advantage as he was a machine in prep and service and Donovan said he would be happy to have him back in his kitchen.