Masterchef Australia – Nobu’s Sees Why Japanese Are Better At Sushi
The pressure test was out of the Masterchef kitchen and in the Nobu kitchen for Byron, Sam and Laura. They had to replicate a plate of sushi nigiri by Nobu himself and make four of them to present to the judges and himself.
It was more a lesson about fish filleting and finesse. Byron missed that memo as he was hacking at his fish and Sam was doing slow and steady but still not making delicate pieces. Laura was the only one that was showing skills and organising herself. She was way ahead of the others. In fact she was so relaxed and comfortable she forgot to put the gurnard on the plate. Cue many tears and thinking this would see her eliminated.
She need not have worried as Byron was burning his prawn heads and Sam was completely freaking out and burnt her rice.
Sam who allegedly had an advantage as she had eaten more Japanese then the others was slathering on the wasabi like it was butter and the judges were getting what is known as a wasabi bomb.
Byron’s sushi plate looked a bit rough and Gary was not happy that his vegetable roll only contained avocado.
George Calombaris turned to ask Nobu “Can you believe it was an amateur cook who did this”. “Yes” responded Nobu before he realised he had to be polite about it.
Nobu main complaint was that sushi should be able to be eaten in one bite. To be fair very few Japanese restaurants serve it that way. I note Matt Preston had no problems with this. Matt’s criticism about Byron’s was about the amount of the sushi and that he squeezed the rice too much.
However Sam did the greatest sin by leaving a bone in the snapper and Nobu got it. She was eliminated.
Sam wants to open a providore but is operating a pop up catering company.