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Masterchef Australia – The Asian Night Market And One Team Gave The Others A Flogging

It was a team challenge where the final eight were split randomly into pairs  to each cook a different type of asian cuisine. They were mentored by a chef and they had to feed two hundred diners who would be voting to decide their fate.

Laura and Jamie were Team Thai and they decided to make two dishes, which Gary was dubious about. To be honest so was I as we know how that usually turns out.  They made Seared Tuna with Papaya Salad and a Chicken in a Coconut Broth. Both looked delicious. Kylie said that it was sophisticated street food, and gushed that this was the dish she was waiting for.

Team Green aka Tracy and Brent were in a world of pain literally with Tracey badly burning her hand. However their  Vietnamese Taco looked a bit unusual but the level of difficulty did not look that hard, so it was weird that they were not ready when diners arrived. However Tracy could have been out longer then it was suggested. During the episode I could not work out if he was soaking the rice paper wrappers before dumping it on the grill. They didn’t. It is a wonder they were not chewy. They did have complaints that it was messy to eat but it was very tasty. Gary loved it and Kylie loved the generous use of herb.

Team Yellow aka Amy and Emelia were cooking Chinese which neither were too enthusiastic about. And you knew they were neither top nor bottom due to the lack of screen time they were getting. Their Chinese Mushroom and Pork Soup looked great but they ended up running out. Kylie Kwong said it was the type of soup she would have at her grandmother’s. Gary thought it was smashing.

Ironically Team Red aka Renae and Ben were very confident about their chances as they had Shaun Presland as their mentor. Their Udon Soup with  Chicken Balls and Tempura Prawns did not hit the spot with the voters. The flavours were a tad bland said one diner and Kylie Kwong thought it was too subtle for a market dish. They were running out of food and it was a long wait which did not help with them gain votes either.

The blue team with their two dishes managed to flog everyone winning convincingly with 79 votes and it would appear the judges would agree they were the right winners. The other team that was safe was Amy and Emelia aka team yellow. This meant red team were last getting only 11 votes and they probably guilted a few into voting that way. Unlucky for the green team they were only eight points behind yellow (59 to 51) but it meant Brent and Tracy were still in the elimination.



1 Mayu { 07.10.14 at 9:39 pm }

Zaz: there is an open discussion? I didn’t know that!!

2 Faye { 07.10.14 at 9:49 pm }

Re Carole from the previous thread. I think the Meryl Streep movie you were thinking of is Julie & Julia, about the life of the chef Julia Child, made in 2009. I’ve been thinking about it all day, sorry if someone else has already supplied the info :-).

3 Simon { 07.10.14 at 10:04 pm }

Who went home tonight? Was the challenge as convoluted as it appeared to be in the promo?

4 Littlepetal { 07.10.14 at 10:08 pm }

Renae went home. Difficult challenge but right person got eliminated.

5 brain dead dave { 07.10.14 at 10:10 pm }

Renae went home. Lots of alaments poaching pears ,ganache, sorbet.

Ben, Bobcat, Tracey were rated best in that order.

6 Juz { 07.10.14 at 10:43 pm }

I wonder how much of that oil was still clinging to Brent’s spaghetti? Made me shudder when he was piping it but looked ok on plate.

7 Sandii { 07.10.14 at 10:53 pm }

Littlepetal at 49, I heard Amy tell Renae that Brent was piping in oil. She should have kept quiet it’s not in the spirit of the competition

8 Simon { 07.10.14 at 11:09 pm }

Thanks guys. Shame Renae couldn’t come out on top with another cracker of a dessert but I guess it was her time. Good on Ben for coming out on top. I don’t particularly like him but I figured out of the four of them, he would be the most savvy with working out the technical details just based on a review.

9 Benji { 07.10.14 at 11:46 pm }

Why didn’t Tracy’s sorbet come together? Is it because their ice cream makers just. don’t. work. They really should address that problem. People have been eliminated because of it.

When putting his white chocolate in the oven, Ben didn’t line his tray with baking paper. When he took it out, tada, baking paper. That’s a weird inconsistency.

10 Reality Ravings { 07.11.14 at 12:11 am }

You would have thought the peanut gallery would not have been allowed to yell out in this challenge as they had the advantage of seeing what all four were doing.

11 Littlepetal { 07.11.14 at 7:31 am }

Agree with Benji regarding the ice cream machines. How many times have they failed. Did anyone know the brand of it? Don’t ever buy this brand.

Good spotting Benji with the with chocolate. This mean Ben must have done it at least twice.

12 Carole { 07.11.14 at 6:40 pm }

I was thinking the exact same thing about the ice cream machine when they were using it. Why haven’t they told the judges or producers that it doesn’t work? It’s not fair to provide faulty equipment & have contestants eliminated because of it.