Masterchef Australia –
The silver fox Colin finally got some air time with both the mystery box and the invention test. It was a superfood mystery box with sardines, yoghurt, goji berries, lentils, kale. walnuts and sweet potato. His dish was tasted which was a Crumbed Sardines but it was Ben who won with Sardines with a Kale and Sweet Potato.
However the highlight of the tastings was when after they had finished tasting five dishes as they usually do the judges decided to pay Byron some respect by tasting his dish. His dish had been cobbled together in ten minutes after he had stuffed up his Goji Berry Creme Caramel. He had not been expecting to be chosen and had eaten most of it.
Ben did not get to pick the ingredient for the invention test as it was all about chocolate but it was a team challenge and he got to select his team of three as well as the others.
He picked Emelia and Jamie as he thinks they are the strongest cooks in the house. Not that we have seen any sign of that from Jamie.
Kira, Tash, and Tracy were put together as he did not think they would work together as their personalities will clash. Clearly these girls are not friendly in the house.
He went with Laura, Byron and Sam, Brent Renae and Sarah and the final team was Colin Georgia and Amy.
Ben left dessert to Emelia whilst he and Jamie bumbled around trying to find venison. They could not work it out and ended up taste testing some red meat but thought it was not the game meat so decided to go for quail.
Kira’s team did manage to find venison and then the boys were embarrassed when it was pointed out by the judges that the meat in front of them was venison.
For dessert Kira, Tracy and Tash had made a Deconstructed Hazelnut Mocha which looked very nouveau on the plate. Matt thought it looked modern and said it was delicious and for main it was Thyme infused Venison with Chocolate Chutney. Matt said they did not get any chocolate. Gary said the brief has been missed.
Renae, Sarah and Brent made Jerk Chicken with Cocoa Chips. Gary loved the chocolate jerk spice, so take a bow Renae. Dessert was Bitter Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Dacquoise and again they loved it but did not like the terrine on the dish. This had been Brent’s doing.
Colin, Amy and Georgia made Chocolate Fettucine with Lamb. Gary told Colin that he did not like chocolate pasta but he loved this one. Dessert was Chocolate Fondant but it did not look that much ooze in the middle.
Ben and Jamie had overcooked their quail and the weeping Emelia with her curd filled tuille was weeping as she had not done as well as she thought did get praised for her inventive dessert.
Laura’s Basil Pannacotta with Lemon Curd Domes and white chocolate noodles was told by the judges it was the best pannacotta yet. Emelia was not happy to have lost her crown. However their savoury dish of Chocolate Roulade with Peach, Beetroot and chocolate was not good even though Sam kept on saying she was happy with it. She finally twigged that it was a disaster when Gary said that he did not like anything on the dish.
It was then an interesting dilemma on Masterchef Australia. Should the dish that showcased chocolate but was horrible be in the bottom or the dish that was nice but did not showcase the invention test ingredient chocolate be the one to take the team to the elimination challenge.
The judges decided to penalise the former which was Sam, Byron and Laura’s Chicken Chocolate Roulade. This meant they were were duking it out in the elimination pressure test. No surprise Laura was in tears considering her dish had been good.
Did the right team get selected?