Masterchef Australia – Maggie Beer And There Will Be Verjuice
It is a truth universally acknowledge that if Maggie Beer is a guest judge on Masterchef Australia there will be verjuice.
Last night Maggie set the mystery box and in there with the octopus, chocolate and Japanese plums and there was her verjuice. Also in the pantry staples there was Vino Cotto which won’t be a pantry staple next week. It is clever of Maggie to ensure she does get product placement when she is a guest and even cleverer if she does not have to pay.
The cooks had 60 minutes to cook a dish from the mystery box and most used the octopus to showcase their skill. But any contestant who was smart realised by using Maggie’s products would give them a better chance to be one of the five to get their dishes tasted.
Scott at first said he was making Chocolate Ganache Tart which he served with a Japanese Plum Sauce. The whole dish was praised from the pastry to the sauce. This guy could be a contender.
There was a lot of pummelling the octopus to try and soften it. To be honest I had not realised that needed to be done so who said Masterchef was not educational.
However for all that pummelling only two of the octopus dishes were tasted probably because the judges knew they were going to be rubbery. As Maggie said as she surveyed the room “Some of it just won’t work”.
As soon as Emily mentioned she was going to make a traditional Malaysian Egg Yolk Sponge with verjuice you knew she was going to be picked. The judges told her there was too much cream but Maggie did praise her saying ” What you did with Verjuice, umeboshi and Vinocotto was great.”
Sam aborted her octopus dish and made chocolate fondant. What was the point of that? Chocolate Fondant are to cooking shows to what tantrums are to a toddler. All too common. Her fondant collapsed but doubt they would have tasted it.
Sarah showed she has some serious cooking skills by extracting the chlorophyll from the parsley and turning it into Farfalle. She served it with pan seared octopus. Unfortunately for her the octopus was not quite there as it was undercooked.
Kira was making a was balsamic but then changed Vino Cotto Poached Pear with a chocolate ganache. To be fair the ingredients are very similar. The pear looked a bit tough but Maggie said it was tough to spoon but fine once in the mouth.
Rachael who made Octopus on Pear was told her octopus was not cooked so the seafood queens crown just went a bit askew.
It was not surprise that Scott’s stand out dish was the winner. He then chose chorizo to cook in the Spanish theme invention test. His other choices were rabbit and citrus fruit. And it was hello Frank Camorra as a judge.
This time there was an incentive to be in the top three as they would get a chance at an immunity pin. It was Amy with her Potato Bravas that Frank thought were as good as he had ever had, Tracey’s Chorizo’s Stuffed Squid and Laura’s Paella that got them into the top three.
Jamie can be thanking the Masterchef God’s that he was not in the bottom three as he dished up Paella with flowers on it, but they were poisonous ones at that. Also his rice was undercooked.
Renae after cutting herself badly managed to plate up her mix of dishes of Potato and Chorizo, lamb and seared squid proving you don’t have to be the best you just don’t have to be the worst. She was safe.
The three that were not were Nick, Sean and Sarah as all of them undercooked their squid, apparently there is no great sin.
Nick proved he will have difficulties with savoury as he could not gut the squid properly and it was yucky and under cooked in side. Sean who admitted Spanish was not his thing squid was raw and Sarah’s squid with pumpkin and chorizo crumb was raw. It was interesting that they did not criticise her for the burnt pumpkin that was also on her dish.
Did you agree with the top and bottom three?