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Masterchef Australia – Marco Pierre Waves Off Another Contestant

Marco Pierre White continued to create fear and loathing in the Masterchef kitchen with him setting the elimination pressure test.

It was a recipe out of his iconic recipe book White Heat. Which all three judges went all fan boy on him about. I get that it is a classic but has he not written another one since then?

The dish set was Roast Pigeon with a Ravioli of Wild Mushrooms and of course there was only 90 minutes to make it with all the different elements.

Amy kept the tears at bay and just got on with the job.

It was Tash who is normally quite methodical who was having issues, both with her pasta and her lentil. And then right at the end she left off her turnips.

Byron managed to get everything on a plate even though it meant scolding his hand as picked up the turnips from the water.

However his was deemed the worst dish because of his sauce. You get the feeling it was line ball but they decided to keep Tash because she has only had one slip up whereas Byron has had many.

Props to Byron he is doing work experience in a restaurant and says he will start an apprenticeship later this year. It appears he really does want to be a chef.


1 Jay { 06.17.14 at 11:34 pm }

Simon @47 – I think thats kind of what I was trying to say – why would any of us be surprised that the producers would pull a stunt like giving away the ammunity pin by the celeb chef forfeiting.
Expecting the MC producers to play fair is kind of like expecting the Socceroos to win the World Cup. We really want it to happen but shouldnt be remotely surprised when it doesn’t.

2 Robin { 06.17.14 at 11:53 pm }

@BDD #48
I agree with you. I don’t think Laura was given the pin so she could win the competition they probably just want to manufacture more drama down the road.

3 Wild rice { 06.18.14 at 12:04 am }

Laura has lots of potential drama

Emelia vs Laura pannacotta showdown
Georgia vs Laura battle of the 18 year olds
Colin versus Laura oldie vs teenager

So they want her in the comp, okay I get that, but let her cooking keep her in, not some half-arsed contrived ammunity pin challenge

4 Simon { 06.18.14 at 12:07 am }

Jay, don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect the producers to be hands off with the flow of the show and its outcomes. When they setup challenges preying on the weakness of contestants they want to get rid of, that’s fair game to me. Not always fair, but fair game as the contestant at least has a chance; there’s some tension. You could excuse Marco’s input as fair game. At least he’s been consistent with the amount of help he’s given throughout the week.

However, the plodding of the chef at the end was when the shark was jumped. No way that that could be believable. Then to add to that 2 x 9/10 for fish that was almost overcooked was A-grade uncut BS that was entirely unnecessary.

There could have been more finessed ways of ending up with the same result. There’s Marco’s help and editing out the judges comments about the almost overcooking of the fish. You could argue it was unfair to other immunity pin challengers but you could at least buy that. The way it was shown tonight just seemed like contempt for the audience. It’s like they couldn’t be bothered faking it. At least the pro wrestling groups make their farces somewhat believable, if not entertaining.

5 Smythe { 06.18.14 at 12:09 am }

That was total BS. How could anyone find it believable? Shame shame! Nothing more to be said about this shameful sham of a show and this ammunity episode took it to new lows.

Bad acting by all w/ extreme overacting by the 3 stooges. Even an acting coach wouldn’t have helped this farce.

6 daisy { 06.18.14 at 12:19 am }

Speaking of bad acting Smythe, I can’t bear MPW’s overacting.

When he started on the story about when he was a boy chopping onions, he took so long to spit it out, I just went, “Oh blaah, blaah, blaah and switched over to Customs for awhile.

7 Smythe { 06.18.14 at 12:26 am }

Not surprising, though, as others have pointed out but the way it was done was just so blatant and obvious. There is no need for ammunity pins. It doesn’t make the show more exciting just less believable. Dump the pin and dump the stooges too. Maybe dump the producers along with the stooges.

AND they are back to the abbreviated intro again.

8 daisy { 06.18.14 at 12:40 am }

Hey Smythe, brilliant Helena tonight. And cool Gracie.

9 emp { 06.18.14 at 12:44 am }

The one night the dvr fails i miss the contrived mc drama. Damn yoy MPW and your food based gods

10 Ashley { 06.18.14 at 1:00 am }

Amatas always finish off the dish seconds after time’s up, why enforce the rule this time. Tash in her immunity dish made a chicken dish which was demolished by the judges and that got 24. Easy to cook fish overcooked by laura gets 26!! What a farce..

11 Smythe { 06.18.14 at 1:01 am }

Helena has grown on me. Mark surprised me as did Gracie.

MPW is trying to be a Jedi Master and a Master Terrorist at the same time. :-)

12 lulu { 06.18.14 at 1:08 am }

If it wasn’t bad enough to hear that Laura vs Goliath stuff in the promos, which sort of gave away who was going for ammunity uh…
Then to have them chopping onions … maybe because that’s one thing Marco remembers how to do?

We know that this is reality TV, and the cooking is secondary to the contrivance … but they’re not even pretending it’s real anymore, if tonight’s farce is any indication.

No pro chef ever loses an ammunity challenge for obvious reasons; so they orchestrated the ‘out of time’ thing for Donovan to save face.
And what a champ he was to admit to it! Hehe not planned at all.

Nice, talented girl, Laura, but limited – and enough of the nonna stuff, we’ve heard it all before. Pureed carrots and cancerous black ash? Lucky Nonno Marco was there.
I know they want to say ‘youngest evahh MC finalist’ etc., just prefer it to be Georgia.

Btw no such thing as blind tastings, as if.
This was the worst ep.ever.

13 lulu { 06.18.14 at 1:11 am }

@ Daisy
I love OB too, and Al and Helena are my faves. Gotta love a serial killer with a ‘heart of gold.’

14 daisy { 06.18.14 at 1:15 am }

Lulu, and it was Donny’s turn to shine too. :)

15 Eliza { 06.18.14 at 1:37 am }

What the heck happened in this ammunity challenge.. if that wasn’t a major ploy to give Laura a pin, I don’t know what is?!

16 Smythe { 06.18.14 at 3:37 am }

Daisy & Lulu…Donny was very cheeky, wasn’t he? He revealed his better side during that episode. :-)

17 Smythe { 06.18.14 at 3:43 am }

Eliza, Nothing happened in the ammunity challenge. It just followed the script. Act II Scene 4: Directions to Donovan: move ultra slow and make sure you don’t get some of the elements on the plate before the time is up. Directions to Stooges: Open your eyes wide in amazement when Donovan walks in with his dish as if you are surprised. Hit your heads in shock. Keep your mouths agape. :-)

18 Eliza { 06.18.14 at 3:49 am }

Haha, good play by play, Smythe. Sounds about right.. I haven’t been watching much of this season due to MC burn out but caught bits tonight. The end was just ridiculous.

19 Sandii { 06.18.14 at 6:54 am }

Agree with everyone! What annoyed me was that Laura was given two 9s and they said it was the best immunity dish of the season. Weren’t they whinging about how the fish was ” over” and gary’s was ok but matt’s was overdone. P.s different seating by the judges.

20 Littlepetal { 06.18.14 at 7:37 am }

This year they couldn’t even get the critiques and the score consistent.

Like Gary with the wedding cake, one moment the sponge was light, next moment it was tough.

With the ammunity pin challenge they already know Laura going to get it. They keep saying it will make history.

Even chopping the onions was manipulated.

21 Smythe { 06.18.14 at 8:06 am }

I thought it was hilarious when Laura’s dish was brought out and they said they had no idea who cooked it or something like that. Then they made a big deal about how perfect the orange wedges were. They were ooooing and aaaahing so much over that dish you would have thought it was a million dollar work of art. BUT then they did find the fish to be slightly overcooked and started to make their “ugly” faces….still it gets two 9s….LOL….LMAO.

22 Littlepetal { 06.18.14 at 8:33 am }

This is how simple Laura’s dish is:

To make the vinaigrette, place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frypan and set over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and fry until fragrant. Add anchovy fillets, capers and tomatoes and fry a further few minutes. Add olives, parsley, dill and coriander and stir to combine. Remove from heat, season and set aside.
Place fennel, orange and remaining tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss to combine.
Place grape seed oil in a frypan and set over medium heat. Add seasoned snapper fillets, skin side down and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook a further 2 minutes.
To serve, place fillet on a plate. Top with vinaigrette, sprinkle with pine nuts and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with fennel and orange salad.

Usually the judges want to see a full use of the 60 mins. Not this time. They didn’t complain. Producing this dish in 20 mins may be good but not 60 mins.

23 Juz { 06.18.14 at 10:26 am }

Thanks, Littlepetal, for the recipe rundown. But I haven’t had brekkie yet and you just made me even hungrier!

24 Simon { 06.18.14 at 10:27 am }