Masterchef Australia – Sarah Slips Up And Emelia Turns Smug
Steven decided why bother with even doing the mystery box and invention test last night as he was sick but maybe he thought “hell I will be bottom three anyway so why not take a rest”. He is now in the elimination pressure test.
There was a mystery box with choice of cooking with lamb chops and three vegetables or taking a punt on the unknown risky box. But first Gary needed to discuss strategy. After asking Ben he dryly said “Not get eliminated”.
If you took the risky box you got 60 minutes to cook your dish but if you took the meat and three vegetable you only had 30 minutes. Sam, Byron, Emelia and Ben were the only ones who took meat and vegetables.
The risky box was filled with Vegemite, choko, tofu, cardamon, pheasant, salsify, and paw paw.
Ben was having regrets that he had not taken the risky box, as he was not doing anything special with the lamb chops and was being criticised for it.
As usual five dishes were selected for tasting.
Georgia was making Pheasant with Stuffed Zucchini Flower, with Paw Paw, Cardamon and Vegemite Mayonnaise. The pheasant was under cooked. Gary said it works and surprisingly liked the Vegemite. Matt said the paw paw and Vegemite mix tasted a bit funky and likened it to blue cheese but liked it.
Amy smears with crumbs was selected Paw Paw Sorbet with Paw Paw and Caramel Custard. None of the judges seem to like paw paw but they liked what she did with it.
Jamie was also picked Roasted Pheasant with Salsify and Zucchini Flowers. It was undercooked but they liked his dish. He joked that at least he was consistent with undercooking his dishes.
Emelia made a beautiful Brussel Sprouts with Pumpkin and Potato. George said it was clever cooking and that it was sophisticated that could be put on a restaurant menu.
Emelia said “Being called a clever cook just really resonates with me and gives me confidence’. Is she becoming smug?
And of course Sarah was picked. Sarah has been getting a mound of screen time, which makes me think she is on the way out. She made it was Pheasant Tortellini with Vegemite Sauce. Matt Preston said it was a nice dish.
Sarah is the golden child and if I was Tash and Colin I would not be happy that she is getting so much air time and their dishes are not getting much. I think Sarah can cook but there are others there who are just as good but they are not models….Nor are they Gary’s favourite.
In the end Emelia won and she gave a smug satisfied smile, and she received the advantage of picking the invention test. And there were three decisions she had to make. She had the choice of lamb, pork and prawns, and the cuisine was either Greek, Mexican and Thai.
She she chose prawns and Thai with 45 minutes cooking time.
Sarah said she was worried as she did not cook nor really like Thai which of course this gave the judges more opportunity to talk about her.
Rachael was an emotional mess making steam boat as Thai and seafood is her “thing” and she wanted it to be her time to shine. She sobbed during and after the cook.
Ben was making prawn and noodle salad has a theory of staying in the middle of the pack. Unfortunately for him this year there is a lot more good cooks and his prawn and noodle salad looked dry. Did he not put dressing on it? Matt Preston said masterchef is about bring elegance and sophistication. Does that explain Matt’s wardrobe.
Brent’s Savoury Coconut and Lemongrass Pannacotta with charred mango and prawns was praised by the judges. They also told Brent to give Emelia aka the pannacotta queen a taste. He came over and she said piss off and she said it was was over set. Gary told her it was set enough for this type of dish. And then she and George stuck their tongues out at each other. What was that all about? Masterchef camaraderie?
Renae’s dish was Green Curry Broth with Poached scallops and Prawn Rice paper rolls. George said it was brilliant.
Byron finally got some air time after a few week’s hiatus and made Smoked Prawns with an aromatic broth. The prawns were raw which he did not notice that when he cut them open. The judges did not even taste it.
The judges loved Rachael’s Thai prawn broth dish. George said it was better then a Michelin star dish. She said “they are finally getting me”.
There was a montage of a few of the contestants including Jamie putting some foam on a plate.
Sarah made Prawn Curry with Crispy Sesame Stick. Gary said it was funky. Matt asked if she had tasted it and at least she admitted she had but it was too late by then.
Emelia’s Prawn Red Curry with rice noodles and a sesame crisp was criticised for being too bitter. She must have been one of the ones who was close to being bottom three as well.
And we did not see Colin or Tash’s dish.
Top three was Brent, Renae, and Rachael who will battle it out for a chance at an immunity pin.
Bottom three were Bryon, Ben, and Sarah. The judges said they had debated the third spot as there were a few who could have been there but they chose Sarah.
Sarah could go tonight as there has been a wave of male eliminations and she had been getting a lot of screen time and media attention. Apparently she has signed a modelling contract with Chadwick’s. I hope she stays as she can cook and does not crack under pressure.