Masterchef Australia – George Admits Feeding His Staff Scraps
So not only does George Calombaris not like paying penalty rates but he also gives his staff scraps for dinner. The mystery box was from the Press Club and it was the food scraps he normally gives his junior chef to make up staff dinner with. There were chicken necks, beef chain, potato and carrot peel, mussel broth and the end of a parmesan cheese.
They had 60 minutes to cook and only five would be selected.
Sarah who is clearly the golden child as her dish of Steak and Frites was selected, and there were a lot of better looking dishes being made. George said it was acceptable. Ironically Gary thought the steak was a bit under for medium rare, which was bizarre as it looked good, however in other challenges beef with blood still dripping out of it has been deemed to be fine.
Colin finally got some screen time plating up an appetising burger with flatbread, chutney and chips. Gary liked it as it means if it had been his staff meal they would be able to eat it with one hand whilst continuing to work.
Ben was struggling with rolling out his pasta for his ravioli and he asked Sam for help and she could barely contain her eye roll when telling him to add more flour. His dish was not picked.
Kira made a Parmesan and Mussel Broth with fried egg. She finally plated up carbs with some flat bread. It is unclear whether her lack of carbs is related to an intolerance or her food philosophy.
Renae who started off the challenge saying she had 80 bad ideas in her head plated up a nice looking pappadelle and she made a nice looking pasta for someone who does not like it. Matt loved it.
Emelia who is turning into the series whiner said that she had not been chosen yet to have her food tasted in a mystery box challenge. She served “Messed Up” Avelgomo with Lamb Meatballs. There was no lemon so she used vinegar. George thought it was the best thing she had cooked thus far.
Emelia won and she said “About time”. She had to decide what to remove from the pantry either proteins or fruit and vegetables for the invention test. She chose to remove the protein. Ironically the dessert queen was hoisted on her own petard as gelatine had also been removed. She was making a white wine mousse with fruit and would now be using agar agar. Why she did not change her dish was interesting and keep that up her sleeve for another time when she had the correct ingredients.
Tash was making Curry Puffs but decided to take the french cheese so she could eat it. This was almost as good as when Chris Badenoch used to take a beer from the pantry to drink whilst cooking. Tash at one stage looked like her puffs were going to puff when she stacked it on the floor losing most of her filling. However she was top three and Gary wanted to be taught by her how to make the pastry.
Jamie again was failing in his attempt to make Dhal with flatbread. It was undercooked and gluggy. He spent six months in India so seemed to think this would help in his making of it. Steve was also stuffing up with his vegetable masala as he did not dry roast the spices off first which the judges could tell. His looked like glug as well.
Scott decided just to make a vegetable pie with a bread topping. The judges were scathing saying that it was unimaginative for an invention test. Scott probably decided that with 20 contestants left at least three would stuff up. However Scott got dumped into the bottom three ahead of some other not so great dishes.
Lucky for Renae’s as her Chai Pumpkin Ice Cream was described as one dimensional, and Byron’s dish was described as a jumble on a plate.
On the other hand Colin whose Carrot Broth was described as spectacular must be wondering what he has to do to get into the top three. However he was bumped out by Tash, Sarah who made Aloo Gabi and Gary was also impressed she made her own Paneer. To be honest there was not much on her plate. Also Brent will have a chance to crack it out for an immunity pin with an original and nice looking Strawberries and Cream with Rose Jelly.
Bottom three was unsurprisingly Jamie and Steven along with Scott. As Gary said there were quite a few that could have gone into the elimination challenge.
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