Masterchef Australia – Exit Interview With Scott
Scott was befuddled from the start of the pressure test where he had to cook Christine Tanner’s Mango Alfonso and even though the judges praised his sorbet but it was all about the pastry and he was gone.
We talk about whether he should have been in the elimination challenge, what he is doing next and what it is like to live in the Masterchef house.
Reality Ravings: Going back to the invention test where you cooked the vegetable pie. There has been a bit of debate about it on Reality Ravings where you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The judges sometimes say stick with what you know and keep it simple then you were criticised for that and you were put into the bottom three. Do you think you should have been there or do you think there were others that plated up some worse dishes?
Scott: It was a pretty close call. You don’t know how the judges are really going to judge you. I was going over and over in my head how I could have done things different. I was not intending to cook that in the first place but I completely changed my mind at last second. I think it threw me a little bit about how I was coming to cook it. What you don’t see is numerous times through the challenge the judges come over and say “Are you sure you should be doing that? Is it refined enough?”. Sometimes it is hard to take their advice as you are really busy and you just want to get it done. Then you start doubting yourself. By that time I was so invested in it I had to go with my gut. They felt it wasn’t good enough, it tasted really good.
Reality Ravings: The edit of the show did not actually show what they thought about the flavour of the pie?
Scott: Nothing. Matt said “You’ve got good flavours, and there is a lot of vegetables.” It was a vegetable challenge but was it inventive enough? Probably not. In hindsight I could have done things a little bit different but I have no regrets and I am looking forward to the future in food.
Reality Ravings: To the pressure test, and you struggled from the beginning. When you get those recipes do they give a guide on what order you should do each element in or do you have to work that out yourself?
Scott: The night before I had a “fruitmare”. I had a dream that it was a 25 page fruit challenge with all these different elements and my dad was in the dream and he was like “just read the recipe through mate”, and it just threw me when she took that cloche off and I was just on the back foot. I was my own worse enemy in that elimination test and I only just missed out. With the recipe it is up to us to interpret how it should be done in the order but it is a world class dish and it is hard to break it down.
Reality Ravings: Do you think you should have been the one to go home or do you think Jamie gone?
Scott: It was a pastry challenge and his choux pastry was better then mine. I would have loved to have stayed there longer as I don’t think I cooked that well in the competition. I did have some good moments but I don’t feel I was the relaxed cook that I am at home and I would have loved to have got to the next level and step it up a notch.
Reality Ravings: What made you apply to go on the show?
Scott: I had a friend staying with me from Finland and I have watched every season of Masterchef and I was watching it with him and I was cooking dishes for him. He said “You’re a really good cook and you should apply”. At that time I was not ready. When I saw the auditions for last year I thought I am not ready so I left it a year. I learnt a lot about myself in the application process in what I have achieved in my life and what I have been through. I turned a bit of corner personally. I learnt a lot about myself in the house as well.
Reality Ravings: After the episode it said you are helping build a restaurant in South Australia and then you will be cooking in the kitchen. Tell me what is next for you.
Scott: Yes that is correct. The kitchen is in the final stages of completion and hopefully they will be open in the first couple of weeks in June. I will be doing some part time work there, but the big thing that I am looking at doing is a food truck tour around Australia.
Reality Ravings: Tell me more about that.
Scott: My idea is to utilise my friendships and the people that I have met in Masterchef and head around to their home towns and utilise local communities and get the people involved. Not everyone is lucky like me to be on Masterchef, so my idea is to use local radio and run a competition and get someone to come on the food truck for a week. We design a menu together. We go around the local community and help out some local charities. They will get a percentage of the profits, the charity will and the rest of it will help me along to my next destination
Reality Ravings: Was there anything on the show that shocked you when filming started?
Scott: Even at the auditions in Adelaide they had cameras in your face and you just ignore them. I found that part of it pretty easy I was not daunted by the cameras but just the pressure of cooking in that kitchen with the 23 other cooks and they have an incredible amount of food knowledge and attention to detail.
Reality Ravings: What was it like living in the Masterchef house. Did you all get along or were there some cliques forming?
Scott: With 24 people living in a house there is going to be some personality clashes, but as far as myself goes I got along with everyone. I really enjoyed my time in the house. We were a big family and we looked out for each other.
Reality RAvings: Who are you going to keep in contact with?
Scott: I will keep in contact with a few of the people. I can’t wait to see Byron again and I hope he goes all of the way, and Rachael, Sarah, Sam, Brendan and Brent.