Masterchef Australia – The Way Gary Talked You Would Have Thought It Was Marion Eliminated Again.
Gary Mehigan told Sarah, Colin and Tracy who were in the elimination cook off “This was certainly not the outcome we expected, three of the best cooks in the competition.” Memo to Gary it was not cooking that put them there it was quiz on identifying classic food dishes which was the first challenge in the elimination episode.
It was disappointing that the contestants only got five dishes into sixteen as it was fun playing along at home. The contestants got to look at the dish then they had to write it down then show the judges the first three to get a dish wrong were in the cook off.
Colin was first one in when he identified Pad Thai as Thai Fried Rice. He needs to get glasses as there was no rice on that plate. Tracey and Sarah were the next ones to go to the cook off thinking Coq Au Vin was Cacciatore.
Matt was shocked, as Sarah said she knew French.
The elimination cook off was to make a dish with the ingredients that were in the five dishes identified. There was no access to the pantry or to the Masterchef garden. It gave them a lot to work with but they all went for chicken.
Colin decided to make a Pithivier with a chicken filling. At least the Larousse Gastronomique at my home was touched for the first time in 20 years to get the correct spelling of this dish. Colin was all about it had to be egg wash three times. Interestingly the Larousse recipe only has one layer of egg wash. Maybe he should have focused more on getting it cooked. Also he could have worked more on some side dishes. the four mushrooms and the bit of parsley did not look that appetising.
The judges like the pastry but thought the filling lacked flavour.
Also Colin was being melodramatic about if he was eliminated from the competition at this stage he would not be able to achieve his food dream of opening a restaurant at his winery. Really? Just open one.
Tracy made Chicken Ballotine with Onion Butter Puree with Mushrooms. Perfect combinations of flavours said George so it was obvious she was going to be safe.
Sarah made Chicken Roulade with Chicken Popcorn with Chicken Jus. Gary is smitten and told Sarah he did not want to see her there and that when she is in form she gives dishes that are some of the best they have seen in six years. What??? She is good but she is not that good.
After she left Gary said there is something very wrong with this dish and the chicken was raw. They decided to taste nothing of the dish. I am not sure why they did not try the popcorn chicken or the other elements but that would not have been as dramatic.
Nor would have eliminating them in the judges room as they normally do brought the tears as it did last night as they told Sarah she was going in front of the other contestants. It was overdone, sure Sarah was a good contestant but one of the iconic Masterchef contestants? I am not so sure.
Sarah is back in the UK and her aim is to return to Melbourne to open a Modern Indian restaurant. We will see more of her here in Australia as she has a modelling contract with Chadwicks.