Masterchef Australia – Tash Gone And Claims She Was Isolated In The Masterchef House
The elimination challenge was all about risotto but carb averse Kira decided to show herself on a plate and make a quinoa risotto. She also put in the other buzz food kale. At one stage she thought she was in trouble because she used stock rather then just steaming the quinoa. Well if she had steamed it, it would not be risotto but a quinoa salad. Her gamble paid off and her Pumpkin and Kale Risotto was named dish of the day.
As she was being judged she revealed the recipe would be in her cook book. So another Paleo cookbook will be hitting the market, however I doubt Pete Evans is worried and he will be happy he has another member of his cult.
At the other end of the spectrum Tash was struggling. She put her risotto rice on too early and then she doused it in wine. Even though her rice was the best cooked the flavours of Mint and Asparagus risotto were not. The asparagus was brown. She was eliminated just ahead of Brent who had made a Hazelnut and Mushroom Risotto which did not have enough salt in it.
Emelia was in tears when she thought her best buddy Brent was going and note there was none for Tash. Tash has now come out and said she was isolated in the house in a News Limited interview. It is no surprise to the casual observer that she was ostracised in the house as we could see bits of that on screen. Tash stops short at calling it racism but I suspect there was an element of covert racism there. This year the house is not as multi cultural as it has previously been and it is unusual that it is going to be an all white top ten.
Laura ended up playing her immunity pin and was not happy when she saw the after the knife pull that the contestants had to make risotto as she said she made it once a week. I am sure everyone else was relieved. Now about the knife pull, how random is it? Sure Matt pulled out two knives saying eclairs and souffle, but did the rest only have risotto on them. This was the same theory Reality Ravings readers had last year in a similar challenge.
The other dishes made was Dill Risotto with Prawns by Colin, where the rice was too al dente and Emelia made Fennel and Prawn Risotto. Before the judges tasted her dish was in tears and showed some insight into the way she was coming across on screen saying “I put on a really cocky and arrogant front but it is because I am really sensitive.” She also said “I have never had to question myself”. This was the cue for Marco to do the humble brag saying how questioning himself made him a three Michelin cook.
Tash is serious about her food dream and doing work experience at Ezard and plans to do an online video series.
What did you think of the episode? Is Quinoa actually risotto? Who do you think should have gone home?