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.
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.
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?