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Masterchef Australia – The Pressure Test And Another Contestant Goes

When George told Sarah that he was “super surprised to see her standing here” up for elimination she should have retorted “Well you put me here!”. Sarah is  impressive and there is no bollocks about her. She just get on with the Alla Tasker Wolf pressure test last night on Masterchef Australia. She saw the complex River’s and Lake’s dish which involved many different elements and barely worked up a sweat.

Whereas Sean and Nick  also in the elimination were barely keeping it together.

In fact this year on Masterchef I am hard pressed to find a contestant I don’t like. Sure there is a few that I think who should not be there, but one went last night and I presume Stephen is not long in this competition but do I dislike them? No.

At the beginning of the episode we see Sarah talk to her partner Davinda and her son Phoenix via Skype, as they are in London. She must live there as well but came home for the show.

Nick must be a favourite as Laura, Georgia and Brent decided to make Nick pancakes for breakfast. I note they did not make any for Sean. If there is a Masterchef romance in  the house my bet it is between Laura and Brent as they looked pretty cosy on the balcony last night. You heard it here first!

Sean reveals he is a bartender and his dream is to have a place serving degustation menus with matching cocktails. He and Jamie have that cocktail chat in common.

It was good editing by Masterchef as they tried to put some tension into who was going but really once the fish dish was revealed you knew Nick was going to struggle. Savoury is not his forte let alone seafood, where he admits he does not cook or prep it.

It was a dish involved eel, trout, consomme, murray cod and they had two hours to make it. They were under the pump but they all plated up and they all have some highs and lows on their plates.

Sarah’s watercress had turned brown due to too much lemon, Sean’s consomme was cloudy and Nick’s trout skin had no crackle.

Alla Tasker Wolf showed she made a good judge she did not pull any punches with her criticisms. Bring her back.

Nick was flicked and he revealed he was starting a food blog and a catering business involving baked goods.

Masterchef Australia on TEN at 7.30pm tonight.


1 Phil { 05.20.14 at 10:31 am }

dont understand if you are starting to get auditions for masterchef, why contestants dont practice with things that they know will appear in the show sooner or later: seafood, lamb, chinese & italian styles, pizza, zumbo-style desserts, etc.

2 Shellbot { 05.20.14 at 10:49 am }

Read that Nick has already ditched the blog because Uni was taking up his time and that was more important… looking forward to seeing his market stall in Newy though.

3 Littlepetal { 05.20.14 at 10:52 am }

Sean is more then a bartender.

Studying a Bachelor of
Journalism and Communications, Sean now works as a Brand Manager and Ambassador for an alcohol company – planning events, hosting training seminars and tasting experiences. He also judges cocktail competitions. And, yes, he knows he has a dream job.

Yes, Nick is quite good with desserts but I don’t think I will be running to Newcastle to try. They were only so so, not amazing.

Also Nick was bagging MKR! He said he or any of the MasterChef competitors — could wipe the kitchen floor with the contestants on rival series My Kitchen Rules.

Really, Nick???

4 Sandii { 05.20.14 at 11:14 am }

I thought it was a really good pressure test. It was obviously quite technical for some. I thought the plate looked delicious but I must admit to never having heard of Alla before. I must have been living under a rock.

5 Joseph Skyrim { 05.20.14 at 11:22 am }

Nick was more than a little silly if he thought he could win MC. Sure people will say I’ve never cooked x type of fish before but to not have cooked any seafood ever… yeah, that’s a pretty big weakness.

Maybe Zumbo or Kahleesi (Julia Taylor) can employ him though.

@Sandii – you can purchase homes to literally live under rocks now. Look up “Earthship” on google. 😛

6 Littlepetal { 05.20.14 at 11:29 am }

But then it will be hard surviving on an apprentice’s wages. Nick is studying law and not hospitality.

Sometimes you really need to do the hard yards to realise your dreams and it nay take years to fulfill the dreams.

7 Sandii { 05.20.14 at 11:38 am }

Joseph @ 5 they are awesome. I want one. Haha

8 Littlepetal { 05.20.14 at 11:39 am }

Good to know that Julia Taylor is doing well. She has done her apprenticeship.

9 Smythe { 05.20.14 at 12:17 pm }

No surprise that Nick is gone. If baking is his thing he really needed to apply for the Bake Off rather than MC. On the other hand, since he did apply for MC he should have prepared and practiced for the program and expanded his skills beyond baking.

Still wish that they would duct tape the mouths of the members of the peanut gallery. They should NOT be helping the other contestants.

10 Ali { 05.20.14 at 12:31 pm }

Culinary Boner, re your previous comment about Nick’s “manesia”, the antidote is inducing “nan-nesia” because too much time with his nanna (who seems lovely, by the way) is suppressing his testosterone levels. I know he was raised on his grannie’s knee, but if he doesn’t get off soon, he risks breaking both her hips.

Temperament and skillwise, Nick would be better suited to The Great Australian Back-off, but they refused to renew it for a second season. If he can sing and dance, he could get his own baking musical called “Hello Doily!”

There’s a saying “chew it up and spit it out”. Unfortunately, I think that’s how Nick prepared his watercress puree as it resembled the globs of masticated food my grandmother used to deposit all over her plate.

Since Sean and Jamie are both bearded barmen, are they actually the same person?

Last night, I thought Jamie was channelling his inner Jason Priestley from Beverly Hills 90210. No wonder he grew a beard. No self respecting hipster would be associated with that show.

Sean was competing against three people: Sarah, Nick and worst of all, himself. I think his defeatist “atti-dude” turned into a self-fulfilling prophesy which put him into the pressure test in the first place.

11 Culinary Boner { 05.20.14 at 12:34 pm }

Maybe Nick can go on The Block and specialise in Granny Chic design? –

12 daisy { 05.20.14 at 12:41 pm }

Nick could go on The Amazing (Gopher) Race.

13 daisy { 05.20.14 at 12:44 pm }

Or Please Marry My Grandson. Contestants must know how to make a toilet dolley and crotchet a button hook onto a teatowel.

14 Rosie { 05.20.14 at 1:06 pm }

I was relieved to see the end of Nick last night. What sort of dill comes onto a cooking show never having cooked fish before? And I frankly didn’t believe his impassioned statement that he had watched “every single episode” of Masterchef. Surely if he had, he’d have known about cleaning squid. And I don’t think he belonged in the competition at all. If you recall, he only made it by the skin of his grandma’s teeth.

Over all though, I am still enjoying the show this year. Apart from the tears. And the endless repeats of the fucking sob stories. At least most of them are reasonable cooks and seem to be nice people. And Byron is pretty, so there’s that. 😀

15 brain dead dave { 05.20.14 at 1:42 pm }

Sean, Nick, Jamie and Steven. All dead men walking.

Nick said something about reading about cleaning squid in a book. Wow. Sean had done no homework at all on Spanish dishes. Jamie’s not half as good as he thinks and says he is. Still plenty of culling to be done, yet.

The sobbing and regurgitation of back stories is killing the spectacle, as others bloggers are observing. George is still calling it an “ammunity ” pin.

Nanna’s letter to Nick was pretty lame. Bad Boy Bubby material.

16 Littlepetal { 05.20.14 at 1:45 pm }

Only 748,000 viewers last night.

Yes, George still say ammunity pin!!

17 Rosie { 05.20.14 at 1:51 pm }

Oh god. The fucking ammunity pin. It had completely slipped my mind. Thank you for reminding me about it. You bastards. 😉

18 Culinary Boner { 05.20.14 at 1:51 pm }

lol, bdd Bad Boy Bubby!!

Bring on the Salvos…Here kitty, kitty. (Sponsored by Glad Wrap).

19 daisy { 05.20.14 at 2:21 pm }

BDD, I failed to notice Nick’s skill with the glad wrap.

And that can be a difficult culinary skill to master.

Poor old Nick just needs to concentrate on standing up straight. It looks like he’s been using Nanna’s walking frame.

20 Littlepetal { 05.20.14 at 2:35 pm }

Please don’t make fun of my Nick!!!

He is one of the two best pastry cooks we’ve ever seen in the competition. That is according to Matt Preston!!!

But he couldn’t even put up a decent dessert at the audition!

21 daisy { 05.20.14 at 2:45 pm }

Hey Littlepetal, Nick is trending. Opera singing 19 yr old butcher boy on the Voice last night dazzled judges, not only with his amazing John Wayne sounding voice (if JW could sing) but also his ability to look and sound 40.
This could be the reverse thing of the other trend….the 30 yr old teenagers. I think it’s got ‘swagger’ as Joel might say.

22 daisy { 05.20.14 at 2:48 pm }

I’ve got one here…my young pest control boy is so lovely with his manners that I can visualise him offering to become my carer and pushing me in a wheel chair, then murdering me for the money stashed in my knicker drawer and putting my decapitated head in a hat box.

23 Smythe { 05.20.14 at 2:53 pm }

Bad Boy Bubby.
Please Marry My Grandson.

Ammunity pin. More LOL
Who will be bestowed w/ ammunity in the upcoming ammunity challenge? What ammunition will they bring to the table to win an ammunity pin?

24 Littlepetal { 05.20.14 at 2:59 pm }

Tears and more tears will be a good ammunition

25 techhater { 05.20.14 at 3:43 pm }

Desi has been singing this all afternoon…

On top of old horror hill in a secret laboratory,
Professor Weirdo and Count Kook were in their monstrous glory.

Six drops of the essence of terror, Five drops of sinister sauce,
When the stirring’s done may I lick the spoon?
Of course ha ha of course.
Now for the tincture of tenderness, But I must use only a touch,
For without a touch of tenderness, He might destroy me!
Whoops too much.
“Better hold your breath it’s starting to tick:
Better hold my hand I’m feeling sick –
Hello Dad!
What have I done?
I’m Milton, Your brand new son!

……but he changed it from Milton to Nick 😆

Could that be George and Garry escorting him out of the MC kitchin????

26 daisy { 05.20.14 at 3:53 pm }

If Milton is the one at the back, he has the stoop.

27 techhater { 05.20.14 at 3:54 pm }

Yes Daisy, that’s Milton, George in the middle and Garry in front heehee.

Did you never watch Milton the Monster as a kid?

28 Culinary Boner { 05.20.14 at 4:14 pm }

Good find techhater.
Used to love watching Milton the Monster when I was a kid.

29 Techhater { 05.20.14 at 4:35 pm }

Cheers CB But it took me ages to figure out how to put the link up…

Heehee 😉 have I mentioned how much i hate technology.

30 MCFanForeva { 05.20.14 at 4:45 pm }

Sarah all the way…. so I have my top 3 …
Tash Laura & Sarah….
especially Tashy & Laura are consistent enough & could be this years Marion or Mindy….
looking forward to see them compete face to face for their spot in MCAu someday….& I am sure it will be somewhere near the finals week….
#teamTash #teamLaura …
#team18yrs vs #teamFoodBlogger .. XD

31 Andrea { 05.20.14 at 5:13 pm }

Techhater, thanks for the memories, I fondly remember “Its Milton the Monster Show”.
I still like Nick though, he has a kind heart and gave it a go I suppose.

32 Carole { 05.20.14 at 5:53 pm }

Was not surprised to see Nick go, but would have liked to see him tackle one of Zumbo’s fancy complicated desserts.

I did wonder if they were tricking us when Sarah was so calm & collected compared to the others and didn’t seem to be struggling at all. Usually that means that they will stuff up majorly. Though she did stuff up the watercress, the looks on their faces when they tasted it was funny. But it wasn’t bad enough to eliminate her.

Agree with the others saying if you are going on MasterChef you should practice all the finicky complicated dishes you think you may be required to make. Practice making pasta, pastry and all types of meat & seafood.

That degustation restaurant with the matching cocktails, I want to eat there. It sounds great, I hope he gets it off the ground.

33 Sandii { 05.20.14 at 6:02 pm }

I am with you Andrea I have a soft spot for nick too.

34 Techhater { 05.20.14 at 6:08 pm }

Andrea We have called him Milton since the auditions because he IS that tender, lovable person.

I haven’t decided yet who i like this series yet as there’s still contestants that we haven’t seen enough of.

35 Andrea { 05.20.14 at 7:10 pm }

Yes, Milton was a loveable monster wasn’t he, gentle like Casper the Friendly Ghost?
I would like to see some of the less known contestants too, not just Sarah and company.

36 Gabby { 05.20.14 at 9:21 pm }

I am or was another fan of Nick’s, what a pity he couldn’t cook any thing other than desserts, I hope he does well.
Carole, I bet Nick would have loved to have been on a show with Zumbo.
Sorry don’t remember Milton but loved Casper.
I think Amy is her name, red head South African? I think she is going to do quite well.

37 Izobel2 { 05.20.14 at 10:28 pm }

I thought Nick was sweet though, but pity he didn’t do his homework.
Am thoroughly enjoying MC this year.
What’s with the raving on of the consommé, is it reeeaally that good?

38 daisy { 05.20.14 at 10:30 pm }

You wanted to pinch his rosy cheeks, didn’t you Bella.

39 DC { 05.20.14 at 11:34 pm }

Nick is obviously an awesome fella as evidenced by the amount of people willing to give him help from the balcony and at least 3 of the contestants crying after he got the boot. But you really do need to be versed in all sorts of dishes in this competition. Nick’s specialization in desserts would have been fine if he can also cook savory like Julia in S4. Unfortunately that’s not the case for Nick as shown in this episode.

40 daisy on WLCTT? { 05.21.14 at 12:59 am }

Did anyone see the end. My rec cut out before the last girl’s reply.
Was it yes or no?

41 Elizabeth { 05.21.14 at 2:55 pm }

Daisy @ 40, she said yes