Masterchef Australia – The Mystery Box And Invention Test And Byron Continues To Shine!
The mystery about the mystery box was why the judges when they were only going to taste three dishes had decided that Bryon’s Upside Down Cake was in contention to be the third dish to be tasted.
Thankfully they went with Renae’s very technical chicken dish over a cake where the pineapple could barely be seen on the top of the cake. The level of difficulty was low. Also Colin would have been choking on his chicken wing sausages as well if that had occurred.
It was like the old days the Sunday night mystery box and as usual it had a weird mix of ingredients. There was cinnamon, pistachios, beetroot, thyme, yoghurt, liquorice, pineapple, and chicken. They had to use at least one of the ingredients and had 60 minutes to do it in.
Renae continued the Masterchef tradition of doing things that she had not done before. But during a mystery box is the time to do it in as you are not at risk of elimination. She decided to sous vide her cinnamon chicken which she was serving with a beetroot salad and pistachio cream. However she could not even work out how to turn it on. She asked Jamie how to put it on he responded by saying “The start button”. The judges thought her dish was nice.
Kira was the health coach was finally getting some air time. She must be into paleo as she said she does not eat grains which makes you wonder how long that is going to be able to last on the show. She was making making a chicken terrine and serving it with a purple pineapple jam and pureed beetroot with liquorice. She was one of the three to get her plate tasted and the judges loved it.
Tash was the other person who got her dish tasted. She made a liquorice custard with pistachio and cinnamon cake and pineapple and thyme foam. Her dish looked like it was from a Michelin Star restaurant (that is how you do it Kelly) and Gary said it was smashing.
However it was Kira who was deemed the winner and got to pick the ingredient for the invention test. After five minutes of screen time she picked eggs to be the ingredient. As the challenge was to make a breakfast dish. She also could choose between bacon and mushrooms however the two ingredients not picked were not going to be in the pantry. Kira decided not to be tricky and went with eggs.
For once being the mystery box winner was not a poison chalice as she made Baked eggs with Black Beans Chipotle and served it with Coriander and Lime Smoothie. For the first time in a few years I will be looking at a recipe on the Masterchef website.
Nick again was making sweet and made a pistachio crumbed french toast with stewed peaches. However he could not get it together and did not take the skin of the peach nor remove stone. Gary said it looks bad and tastes worst.
Emilia was making sous vide scrambled eggs and have to agree with the judges and ask what was the point? She dished them up with normal sides and the eggs were not even as nice as just making them in five minutes on a fry pan. She was lucky she was not up for elimination.
Byron was making the judges swoon over his savoury churros to dunk into his Baked Eggs. His first go at the churros reveal the oil was not hot enough so his churros just sunk straight to the bottom. The judges liked the dish.
Jamie was also making an the Israeli version of Baked Eggs. However he made an error of transferring his tomatoes to a cold dish and his eggs were raw. Even though George said the stuff at the bottom was absolutely delicious the undercooked eggs saw him go into the elimination challenge.
Steven who served up poached eggs with a vegetable side was told there was nothing inventive there.
Sarah who the judges love, were impressed with her Scotch Quail Egg she even managed to keep it gooey inside. Gary was all “wow” and George thought it was “delicious, delicious, delicious.”
Tash told she made a top three dish again but then did not make it into the top three looks like she is going to go top ten.
Deepali who has not shown she can cook at all made a Crumpet Egg Hollandaise. George said the crumpets were oily and the eggs overcooked. I wonder why she did not make an Indian dish with eggs. She needs to stick with her strengths.
Top three were Sarah, Kira and Byron with Sarah winning but there is no prize just the accolade.
Bottom three were Nick and Deepali and Jamie. Also Scott was sick and missed the mystery box and invention test so will have to cook of as well. Jamie should be safe as he is against two cooks that are not that great and as it is a pressure test Scott might struggle as not sure he is fabulous at following a recipe.