Masterchef Australia – The Pressure Test Claims Another Scalp
Christie Tanner from Om Nom in the Adelphi Hotel set the pressure test and she told the Masterchef contestants she was similar to them. What she meant was she had another career, as a project manager, before becoming a chef. However that is where the similarity ends instead of going on a reality show to follow her food dream she flew to France and worked her way from the bottom up.
The dish tonight was Mango Alfonso it was a profiterole with mango mousse, a fondant, tempered white chocolate, shiso, poached, sorbet and foam, and some spheres. Renae said Christine was the female Zumbo. Helloooo I think she is good enough and does not have to be compared to anyone.
Scott looked pale when he saw that the dish was a dessert and that it was a three page recipe. Christine told them that if you are a chef you need to know how to do choux pastry. But even before he got to the choux pastry he was having issues. He forgot to put the lemongrass in the coconut milk. He strained the gelatine with Christine asking him “Why would you do that?”. And then he forgot to put the stabiliser in the sorbet. Christine suggested he do it again. He did and was way behind
Jamie was sailing through it and even took the time to talk himself up about his choux pastry skills. He told the judges after he got into the top 50 he went home and made it seven times until he got it perfect. He might be cocky but at least he came in prepped for the competition. However his did not look great when he put his first batch in the oven as they were too flat. He had to make two more batches before he had a decent mix. This put him way behind and it meant after he plated up there were missing elements like the mango/shiso ball and also the white chocolate.
Both Steven and Scott also had to do their choux twice.
Steven’s was the best looking dish and he managed to get all the elements on the plate. So he was safe. In fact George called it exceptional.
Scott’s was tasted next, there were missing elements but the sorbet was good but the choux pastry was bad.
Jamie’s plate looked a bit under done not helped that a few of his profiteroles toppled off. However as they fell after time had been called the judges were able to taste them. This was a fair call.
He had filled some of the profiteroles with shiso cream going off the recipe. His rationale was to showcase his making of the shiso cream. There were other missing elements as well. Matt was pontificating about how it tasted good but as it was a pressure test and it was about replicating a dish whether he should be penalised for free-styling. It was just there way of were trying to ramp up the tension but it was clear Scott was the one who was going home, the reason was the challenge was all about the choux pastry.
He is currently working as a carpenter building a restaurant in Adelaide and he will be working in the kitchen, clearly his back must be getting a bit better.
Masterchef Australia on Sunday to Thursday night at 7.30pm on TEN.