Masterchef Australia – So The Team With The Best Food Lost?
It was the first team challenge of the series and they usually bring drama and sometime inequity in this case it was both. There is no doubt the team with the best food lost the challenge tonight. How does pizza beat lamb cutlets or a thrown together Prawn Bruschetta beat Beef Carpaccio? But it did. The viewer at home could see the quality was better without even having to see Matt Preston gushing over the blue teams menu. But it was not about taste, the winner was the team that made the most money.
The brief was each team had to create a menu and the team that made the most money from their restaurants is the winner.
Sarah who won the breakfast challenge won the advantage of selecting her own team. She picked Kira first and Gary Mehigan put his foot in it and said it is the hot team then when he realised what he said he tried to recover and say he would be grabbing the hottest cooks meaning the best cooks.
Sarah selection included Sam, Jamie, Ben, Sean, Colin, Renae, Emelia and surprisingly Nick and Georgia. She selected the latter two for their dessert prowess but it was weird how she picked them over Tash who has been a stand out performer so far.
The other team were the leftovers and Tracey was a captain of the blue team. This is the first major screen time Tracey has received it looks like she came into the Masterchef house for a break, as she owns her own spa and hairdresser plus has three kids.
Red team were a debacle from the beginning. They took 30 minutes to figure out a menu and they decided on two fish dishes, tacos and croquettes, but they had barely any fish so they had to change it to prawns tacos. Then the prawn tacos were taking too long so they had to change it to prawn bruschetta. They had selected to go in the more casual downstairs cafe then the more upmarket restaurant upstairs.
Tracey took control of the blue team early basically dictating what they could make and then they just put their head down and prepped.
Well there was some issues. Emily on the blue team had never filleted Salmon and was hacking it to bits. George Calombaris asked if anyone knew how to fillet the fish. Byron stepped in and he absolutely destroyed it as well. George told them to do something else with it. They did the MKR solution and confit it.
Steven on the blue team finally shined in a challenge but it was because he was front of house which was his day job before Masterchef.
At the start of service the red team was a mess, there was hardly anyone there and Sarah was too quiet at the pass. They had not changed the menu so diners who thought they were getting prawn tacos received the prawn on bread. It looked like it was going horribly wrong. They even had salmon sent back because it was raw.
After a strong start the blue team faltered running out of food and they had to go and tell diners they were out of lamb and pasta, which led to their diners going downstairs.
The blue teams menu was:
Confit of Salmon – Matt thought it was one of the best things he had seen all season.
Beef Carpaccio – Matt said “delicious”.
Sous Vide Lamb – Matt said “delicious”.
Taglitelle with Prawns – Matt said “Creamy with nice big nuggets of prawn flesh”.
Chocolate Fondant with Walnut Crumb – the judges gushed over the ooze in the middle but there was not much in there.
Tiramisu with a coffee granita looked amazing.
The judges were in raptures.
The red team menu made:
Flat head croquettes – Matt said “Happy with that”.
Prawn Brushetta – Gary said “it was just a jumble of stuff”.
Lightly seared Salmon with Pickled Vegetables- The judges fish as over but they liked the combinations of flavours.
Pizza with Blue Cheese and Pear the judges said they liked the flavours.
Chocolate Mousse Tart and Lemon Panacotta – Matt said the panacotta was sexiness all in one. The judges were unconvinced about Georgia and Nick’s cooking talents as they praised Emilia for the desserts.
Back in the Masterchef kitchen it was announced that one team raised $1952.00 and the other team $2477. The winning team was surprisingly the red team. Yes I was shocked that the blue team is up for elimination.
Masterchef Australia on TEN tonight at 7.30pm.