Masterchef Australia – Is Amy Peaking At The Right Time And Will Jamie Ever Peak?
After not seeing the show for two weeks it was interesting to see who is peaking during the final weeks. OK I am only going off one episode but Amy, Brent and Ben seemed to be doing well. Sarah looks like she is struggling and Jamie seems to still be trying to do to much on the plate and not in a good way. Has he done one stand out dish this series?
Tonight it was a mystery box with a difference. The was given only one ingredient and then bartering their one ingredient with the other contestants. Suddenly all of Laura’s lemons put her in the power position.
Renae was in a world of pain as she had a basket of sage. She ended up with blue cheese and beetroot and props to her managed to make a nice looking Sage, Beetroot and Blue Cheese Tart which ended up being selected by the judges to taste.
Laura who was refusing to hand over any of her lemons to anyone except Brent decided she was making a lemon curd. And in Masterchef speak after she had made it she was saying it was “textured” when in fact it was lumpy. She was have a disaster over cooking her meringues as well for her Eton Mess. Her dish did not get tasted.
Unfortunately Jamie’s Pear With Walnuts and Bruleed Blue Cheese did not get a tasting. As it would have been interesting to know if his “poached” pear that he roasted, actually cooked in the oven. He had covered it in walnuts and then had put sugar on the cheese and put a blow torch on it. It was one of those that screamed far too much. Gary who was roaming around the benches liked the sugar and cheese combo.
Sarah was told her salad was not going to be adventurous enough so she decided to make a blue cheese tart, it did not get tasted. Amy’s Radicchio, Fennel and Walnut Tortellini with Blue Cheese Cream Sauce looked delicious and restaurant quality. Matt Preston everything that she had done was perfect.
Brent who made his own cheese served it with beetroot, honey and pear. Matt said there were some great flavours in this dish, but the flaw was the texture of the paneer. It was no surprise Amy won.
She then had to choose between modernising either the prawn cocktail, apricot chicken or nouvelle cuisine for the invention test. It would have been interesting to see what they would have done to modernise novelle cuisine – just serve bigger portions? Amy picked Apricot Chicken with Emelia not happy at all as she did not like meat and fruit together. So she ended up barely putting any apricots in her Chicken Oysters with Apricot Dish. The judges said the dish was good but did not fit the brief. Her parsley and garlic mash looked great though.
Ben was trying to deep fry rice balls and the judges were a tad scathing about whether it would work, clearly they had never cooked Arancini. Lucky for Ben it did and it looked delicious. Laura as having an issue with her Apricot Chicken and she was told it looked just like the original version. After going into the pantry with George and getting a pep talk about doing what you know she came out with pancetta, orange and bread to Italianise it. Her dish ended being much praised.
Props to Sarah for trying something different with her Tamarind Squid Ink marinade. She put it in a soda bottle to infuse the marinade quicker. It did not look good on the plate as it looked like a black lump on some parsley flecked rice. The judges did not like it and said it was a stodgy mess. She walked back to the bench with tears in her eyes but she did not lose her composure.
Tracy was having another is the chicken cooked issue, in fact she burnt it on one side so no surprise when the judges cut into her apricot stuffed chicken it was overcooked. Amy stumped up another delicious dish making Chicken and Apricot Curry with Crispy Chicken Skin. In fact as someone who is a fan of the original ’70’s version I might have a crack at cooking her version. In fact George was “speechless” for that reason alone she should win. Sarah’s dish was panned by George and Matt Preston said it was stodgy mess.
Renae was making Apricot Chicken Curry as a salad. Not sure what she was thinking and it did not look great. Brent also did something similar but made an apricot jelly but he missed the mark. Again he should get bonus points for doing something original.
It was no surprise Amy was top three as was Ben and Laura. Clearly prosciutto can help any dish. The bottom three were Tracy, Sarah and Emelia. However the twist is if Tracy uses her immunity pin tonight then Renae has to take her place. This will mean Tracy will be unlikely to play it.