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Masterchef Australia – Cooking Off A Matt Preston Review Fair or Unfair?

Did you think  it was a fair elimination challenge on Masterchef Australia tonight? OK so it is getting to the pointy end of Masterchef Australia, but really cooking a dish just off a review of Matt Preston is just ridiculous. Sure he made it sound like Shakespeare when he read it out but it makes it all pretty random. It did test the contestants as they had to show good cooking techniques but to have your position in the competition  based  on an unseen dessert was pretty unfair in my opinion.

Yes it was entertaining but have a test like this in an episode where the winner gets an advantage for doing the best.

Renae will be in therapy for years after this. Ben, Tracy, Brent and Renae who were all up for elimination did not get to see or taste the dish nor a recipe but had to recreate it from the description of a Matt Preston restaurant review. At least they got a copy of that review to refer to and a box of ingredients that were in it.

The dish was Buttermilk Poached Pear with Pear Sorbet which sat on a spaghetti of a caramel ganache with a crumble as well. There was no official name but here is Dave Verhuel’s version.

Weird dessert

On the plus side the eye candy on this season of Masterchef has been good. It would have been good if we had heard more at judging time from the man who had made the dessert Dave Verhuel from The Town Mouse, but George, Gary and Matt were barely allowing him to get a word in.

Dave Verheul

Brent and Ben had the best of the completed dish and Brent was told he had done a wonderful job even though the sorbet was a bit sweet.

The judges thought Ben was the best at picking up on the clues in the review. However his spaghetti ganache was barely there and the ganache had stuck to the plate. He was the only one who got the walnut powder. He realised it was walnut oil with maltodextrin, which was pretty clever of him. However they were given ingredients so he must have twigged that this was the “alament” he was to use it in.  Matt said his sorbet was the best but the lack of white chocolate ganache was criticised.

Renae’s ganache was a fail, the caramel was too sweet and should have been more bitter. Her sorbet was good but she was missing the crumble.

Tracy’s the judges loved the saltiness of the crumb and the ganache was good.The poached pear was over cooked. Also not enough crumble on the plate.

In the end Renae’s dish was too sweet and she was sent home. She is now teaching cooking to underprivileged kids and also consulting to a few restaurants. News.com.au say she has done some work with Vicinity in Alexandria and Mantra in Wooloomooloo.

What did you think about the elimination challenge?

124 comments

1 Bolders { 07.14.14 at 1:57 pm }

Laura’s most overused phrase: OMG.

Insipid and mindless – just to make noise. The girl is starting to grate.

2 daisy { 07.14.14 at 2:06 pm }

RR, your IT Crowd aren’t named Jen, Roy and Moss are they?

3 Riggedreality { 07.14.14 at 2:07 pm }

RR: None of my complete comments get posted in one go…..have_stopped posting…really put off
RR: None of my complete comments get posted in one go…..have_stopped posting…really put off
#98 Bdd: LMAO

4 Sandii { 07.14.14 at 2:10 pm }

Bolders, Laura is starting to get on my nerves a bit. She can cook well but the fan-gasm every time someone remotely famous sets foot in the building is starting to get to me. I am all for enthusiasm but enough is enough

5 daisy { 07.14.14 at 2:10 pm }

Jen is working on that Riggety, when she gets back from having a ciggie break.

6 Tick Tock { 07.14.14 at 3:54 pm }

Beetroot risotto, surely Laura’s nonna has cooked it?

7 Ali { 07.14.14 at 3:57 pm }

New phrase in my culinary vocabulary: Method Cooking. When bereft of ideas, try inhabiting the spirit of the animal you wish to cook. So previously Amy’s king sized lobster tail remained motionless on the ocean floor in a torpid state of rigor mortis and last night Tracy ran hither and thither like a headless chook, before plonking a lack lustre one onto the plate.

On movie nights in the MC House when they have a “Horror” theme, I bet Brent wears that alluring drop-crotch onesie with the low neckline which reveals coarse chest hairs sprouting like ambitious pubes. He snuggles under the strait jacket of a furry synthetic Snuggie, in between clomping about in neon plastic Crocs with socks.

8 Riggedreality { 07.14.14 at 6:32 pm }

#105 Daisy, sure brought a smile to my lips!Funny.Quite a drag must say since I’m facing that problem since Mexican mess challenge.Ha ha or shall I say puff puff?!

#98 Bdd: You should have your own comedy show.I’ll be there everyday,to get my daily dose.Anyone who makes me laugh so long & so hard has my blessing & vote!
PS:& This is from someone who likes Tash for the “Tash coffin chasing” comment.This has not got posted since then!!
Have you considered doing stand up in SA?!?

The only chemistry is between the 2 cats(Bob & Cheshire)….has anyone noticed they always end up sharing their work bench?Also,since I don’t care for either,hence didn’t bring it up earlier (& my posts not comin’ up)…I heard Cheshire ask Bob at the reinvention challenge”Honey,can I have your oysters?”.Lol….for all the Bremelia fans out there….couldn’t check at rewind ep,so I’m not sure!Will leave that for someone more Net savvy(to take it from the MC site..n exact min;ep 44 I reckon)…Simon,maybe?

In loving memory of Kira,Wonder if quinoa can pass off as risotto now that Heston’s in the house? Or maybe quinoa stock mixed w/ Vegemite can qualify?!?

9 Riggedreality { 07.14.14 at 8:15 pm }

Wow,that actually went in one shot! Hallelujah☺

Keeping up w/ Heston.Seriously?Shine had to go the low brow Rtv way A LA Kardashians!Never cease to amaze me.
Corny promos & even cornier challenges.But,then again these are the best EVER cooks,so easy least.After the usual fumblings garnered for ratings,the best ever gang will come through with flying colors,ice cream makers(not working) notwithstanding.YAY!

10 Riggedreality { 07.14.14 at 8:21 pm }

Correction: easy peasy

11 daisy { 07.14.14 at 9:38 pm }

The die hards can’t quit even though it’s crashing around our ears like the London blitz.

Littlepetal, are you there? I had my first fresh durien. It didn’t stink and tasted nice.

Also speaking Malay is getting me god prices.

12 daisy { 07.14.14 at 9:41 pm }

Good prices. Not sure I can get God prices.

13 Littlepetal { 07.14.14 at 9:42 pm }

I am glad you were game to try the durians. It doesn’t stink!!!! Just like cheese. I said cheese stink but cheese lover will say it has a lovely smell!!

Now toy know why we can suffer from durians withdrawal symptoms.

14 daisy { 07.14.14 at 9:54 pm }

Littlepetal, it didn’t even smell like cheese. Just a sweet smell.

All this while I had thought it was supposed to smell but it was like a nice custard.

15 Littlepetal { 07.14.14 at 10:04 pm }

No daisy. I am not saying durian smell like cheese. I am using cheese as an example. People who love cheese will say cheese smell lovely. But to me cheese stink.

Just Luke people who don’t like durians will say durians stink! You can’t convince them to try.

16 daisy { 07.14.14 at 10:23 pm }

Oh, sorry. I get it, Littlepetal.

Blue vein cheese smells like sick but tastes nice.

17 Socs { 07.14.14 at 11:21 pm }

Love durians Daisy! So glad you liked them; it’s defo and acquired taste I think! Make sure you try the musang king variety if you see them as they’re the best. My brother’s having a durian wedding cake, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes down.

Haven’t been following the series 8 MC too closely, but the comments here are always insightful, funny and keeps me up to date, apart from the below the belt stuff that was posted a couple of days ago.

18 Mayu { 07.14.14 at 11:32 pm }

Littlepetal: even i dont like the smell of cheese! Nor the taste! i eat it very rarely!!! :)

19 daisy { 07.14.14 at 11:52 pm }

Socs, pertama kali. First time. I was expecting a bad smell because of durien reptation.
Enak dan manis. Tasty and sweet.

20 daisy { 07.14.14 at 11:53 pm }

Socs, pertama kali. First time. I was expecting a bad smell because of durien reptation.
Enak dan manis. Tasty and sweet.

Mayu. I like cheese and I love tikka paneer.

21 Eliza { 07.14.14 at 11:58 pm }

Ewww blue cheese. I am really odd.. I can’t handle cheeses with strong flavour.. not even strong cheddar cheese.

22 Simon { 07.15.14 at 4:10 am }

RiggedReality 108, I’m not going to go through the episodes hunting for it but it’s happened on a number of occasions.

23 Carole { 07.15.14 at 3:13 pm }

I like most cheese, and only find parmesan stinks. I wouldn’t try it for years because of the smell, then someone put it on my pasta and I didn’t mind it and now I love it, can’t have pasta without it.

I’m like that with bananas, I hate them & hate the smell. I hate it when someone eats a banana near me.

I hate the smell of seafood but I like eating it.

24 Riggedreality { 07.17.14 at 1:40 pm }

#122 Simon: seriously?You mean calling him “Honey?”(1st time I picked it up)…… I know about sharing the work bench…thanks for getting back anyway!
Also,glad you wrote the long post & reverted to Simon….it was a treat & again echo everything you wrote.
Off topic: Would like your Instagram handle too or link ?!…too dense to figure out your link to blog & anyway you mentioned your more on insta,so do I need to go & create an account there or can I just view other people’s profiles without creating one?!gee, I’m sounding liked laura & the beetroot/salmon bit of yesterday.Help!