Masterchef Australia – Did Donovan Cooke Throw The Challenge?
Donovan Cooke threw the immunity pin challenge. Well that is my opinion. He threw the challenge but in a way that would allow him to keep his cooking integrity in tact. As who wants to be beaten by a Masterchef contestant?
Donovan was making a Barramundi with Seafood with a Broth . He plated it up five seconds late saying he would not put undercooked fish on the plate.
Would five seconds really have affected the fish that much? Considering it sits there for a while before it is tasted? Hell Laura’s fish was apparently five seconds over and she got two nine out of tens for her dish. This was interesting in itself as Matt had basically poked and prodded his over cooked portion of his fillet.
So the pantomime/farce continued with instead of the waiter taking the dish into the judges it was Donovan who went and saw them telling them what he had done and saying they would be unable to taste the fish or broth. Why the waiter could not tell the judges this was unclear. Or were they ensuring that the judges knew he had thrown the challenge?
The judges gasps and hands over their faces in shock was over the top.
In the end the judges decided they could not taste anything of it because the broth covered everything. This was bollocks as well but it allowed Laura to win with no impact or humiliation for the professional chef.
To try and ensure that it did not look like Laura won on a sub-standard dish the judges were talking her pan fried Snapper with Fennel and Orange Salad up saying how fabulous it was. Let’s face it both George and Matt were poking around the fish fillet. And even though she scored two nine’s this simple dish but even the most deluded viewer would be hard pressed to believe it would beat Donovan’s more complex dish. .
Three positives from the episode for me was that I thought Marco’s mentoring was good and Kylie Kwong should provide more advice and support when she is in this role. I think Laura is a very talented cook and out of a lot of the contestant’s left standing she is one person I am not unhappy about seeing the immunity pin on worthwhile just to see the looks on the other contestant’s faces when they realised she had won. This was priceless. Emelia looked like she was sucking on a lemon. Put it this way not even bestie Georgia was jumping up and down with joy.
Also could Amy stop yelling out advice to the chefs from the peanut gallery I think Donovan knew he only had to cook one serve of the dish.
Were the producer’s involved in this fix? Who knows? Does it make Marco look like a super mentor by his charge beating a former employee? Or are Donovan and Marco just too old softies who like Laura and think she has some talent that should be nurtured.
What did you think of the episode? Should they get rid of the immunity pin episode all together?