Paul again has kindly sent in this week’s odds. I think the big question has to be who thinks Marion won’t win?
Below is his odds and his comments:
$1.90 : Marion
$8.00 : Jonothan
$10.00 : Adam
$11.00 : Claire, Alvin
$14.00 : Peter
$18.00 : Courtney
$21.00 : Callum
$34.00 : Aaron
$41.00 : Jimmy
Marion remains a short priced favourite and in reality she is miles ahead of the rest of the competitors all of whom have some serious flaws. Jono slips back this week as he is just too unpredictable and anyone who hasn’t cooked a risotto before could be in trouble when we get to the last week. Adam is making steady progress whilst Peter and Courtnet did okay on their first week back in the competition. Unless they cook either pasta or Indian for the rest of the comp then Aaron and Jimmy are no hope.
July 2, 2010 10 Comments
There is all sorts of fuckery going on in Masterchef Australia this week? Last night we had to watch the contestants butcher some basic recipes, and tonight two people are still in the competition that won’t be there in the final week.
Seriously they BOTH should have been eliminated as soon as they couldn’t identify what the frigging dish was. Chicken swimming in red wine, and they were still looking at it clueless. It was some sort of reality TV version of dumb and dumber.
I was thinking today about whether last night challenge, where throughout the various forms of media people have been uniformly scathing, has diminished some of the post masterchef career prospects for some of them.
It will be interesting to see. Though supposedly they are all meant to be living the dream of opening their own eating establishments. None of them will be opening a tea room anytime soon.
Tonight the elimination challenge was to rectify a bad Coq Au Vin. Both Aaron and Jimmy looked at it like startled bunnies in headlights. It was the same rules as last time where they had ten ingredients to be used and once one was used you could not use it again.
There are some flaws in the challenge the competitors can see what ingredients the other is using. Now it did not matter in the Jonathan V Adele spag bol challenge, as Jono walks his own path, and Adele thought she could cook Italian.
But tonight where both of them had never cooked this dish before I think they did take note of what the other person was doing. There should be a screen in the middle like the celebrity chef challenge so they are not to know what the other person picked.
I did like the way the judges were trying to rattle them throughout? Are you two copying each other? Shouldn’t you be putting the parsley in last? Is pancetta french? You could see it was freaking both of them out.
The judges tasted both dishes then went off to “discuss” who was to be eliminated. Obviously they have a few extra episodes to fill and it was decree that neither of these culinary lightweights were to go home. Even though Aaron had put rosemary in his, and Jimmy had left mushrooms out.
It makes me wonder if Aaron dodged a bullet because of his giant suck to Handee by soaking up fat with one of their towels. Ok I know he would have been told to do it so the company could then turn it into an ad for the episode, clearly they think the viewers are as dumb as the contestants.
Won’t it be ironic if next week if one of the better cooks like Marion is eliminated and they cannot give another non-elimination round.
July 1, 2010 64 Comments
This is not a political blog, and I avoid it except when Anna Bligh goes on Masterchef Australia or when a former pollie might turn up on Dancing With The Stars. I am still upset that Belinda Neal is not on this season, as I reckon she would scare the crap out of Todd McKenny.
However I was bemused by the tweets of Ruby Rose host of the Ultimate High School Musical (if that gets a second season I will be surprised ). She was tweeting her frustration with Julia Gillard and that at this stage she has ruled out legalising gay marriage.
The Daily Telegraph said:
An angry Rose ranted: “This morning Julia Gillard said there will be no changes to the marriage act as it is only appropriate a man and woman get married. When asked her personal opinion she stated yes, she also believes this and it reflects community views.. she has not asked the community for their views _ we didn’t even elect her!
Ruby is engaged to model Catherine McNeil, so if they get married they will need to wed overseas. I would love to know her views on Tony Abbott as I don’t think she is going to get any joy from him either on this issue.
July 1, 2010 8 Comments
With Masterchef Australia hitting the 2 million viewer mark last night it is not wonder other TV networks want a piece of the action.
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that Channel Seven are very interested.
The article states:
Rival networks are chasing Australia’s most popular program, with Seven boss David Leckie said to be eyeing one or more of the show’s judges for a rival hit.
Industry sources yesterday claimed Leckie wanted either Matt Preston, George Calombaris or Gary Mehigan, with a plan to lure one from Ten in a bid to throw a spanner in the ratings juggernaut, which is attracting almost two million viewers every night.
It followed earlier speculation that Seven was looking to poach MasterChef, bringing it to the network once Freman- tleMedia loses the production rights to the show at the end of 2011.
But Leckie, who has form, having previously snaffled Thank God You’re Here out from under Ten’s nose, yesterday rejected claims he recently met with MasterChef’s three key stars.
I have never met this mob. They’re too cool for school and it’ll be interesting to see what they’ll be doing in a year’s time,” Leckie told The Daily Telegraph.
“MasterChef is not available to poach. We are busy with the next series of My Kitchen Rules, making it bigger and better,” head of programming Tim Worner said.
My Kitchen Rules Season 2 will be shown this year. So it will be a big end to the year for Seven with MKR and The $20 million The X Factor.
July 1, 2010 15 Comments
Seriously just as well they didn’t include an Amazing Race twist on this challenge like having to milk a cow to get a bucket of it to put in their cakes otherwise they would still be there.
This is the first time we have seen that they got an extra 15 minutes to complete a challenge. Clearly the whole challenge was a semi-disaster. The only person who fitted the challenge well was Squire Matt Preston whose look is that of landed Gentry. If they could have got him a double barrel shot gun slung over his shoulder and a few pigeons (clay ones, I don’t want PETA hacking in to my blog) it would have been perfect.
Also there is no one in the top ten of the top amateur cooks that did bake. Very disappointing. Poh, and Julie would have rocked this challenge. If they freaked out at this challenge which was all Commonsense Cookery Book. They will immediately get into the foetal position if Adrian Zumbo walks through those doors.
But first they had to pick the teams which always indicates who is “in or out” to quote Kate Perry.
Courtney picked Marion, Alvin, Jonathan and Callum. Whereas Peter picked Adam, Claire, Aaron and Jimmy. I thought it interesting that Jonathan was picked middle of the pack and obviously Callum is out of favour.
The challenge was to cook for 100 members of the Country Women’s Association. Each person of had to take responsibility for an iconic Australian recipe. Thankfully chiko rolls were not on the menu again.
I though it interesting who got which recipe. Peter thinking the scones were the easiest and gave them to Aaron. Also the fruit cake was thought to be one of the harder ones so Claire and Jonathan did it. Marion who has never baked before took the neopolitan cake.
It was ugly from the start, but at least they were not fighting over ovens like at the kids birthday challenge. The first batches of scones were thrown out by both teams. Aaron was kneading the dough like it was bread. By the way what does Aaron actually cook. I have been back from my holiday for five weeks and I have yet to see him produce a good dish.
Claire was the only one in her comfort zone and even declared “I’m happy”. For the record this euphoric state did not last long.
What was the point of the CWA ladies eating it if they did not get to vote on the dishes, this could have counted as a percentage of the votes.
The special guest judge was Alison Mutton a long time member of the CWA. I liked her and if Donna Hay breaks an ankle because of those stilettos she wears, bring her in again.
First for judging were the scones. Aaron’s scone crunched like a biscuit. “It’s wrong,” said George. Courtney’s was better. Alison said “Not as buttery as I like it to be, but not a bad”.
Claire good mood had dissipated by the time she stood before the judges and she had adopted normal stance where her shoulders were hunched and head bent forward. Claire’s cake burnt on the bottom, whereas Jonathan’s was undercooked though not as bad as one of his cakes which was raw.
However the judges did like the flavour.
Of course Claire immediately admits defeat saying to camera ”I think they would have thought Jono’s was better”.
Adam’s lamingtons are quite a good size. Callum’s were uneven. Even though George thought Callum’s were moist, presentation was more important.
Peter went head to head with Marion. Peter’s icing was running down the side and the batter was uneven. Marion’s layers were much more even but Alison thought the flavour was disappointing.
Matt Preston immediately appeased her. He said to bake in the conditions you have been baking in is very hard so I am impressed you have go anything up at all. I wonder if he said it to the other contestants.
The last to be judged was Jimmy whose jam was a disaster with water seeping out. Ironic considering he is a food scientist that he turned out this disaster. Alvin’s jam got a very positive response.
Back in the Masterchef kitchen to hear the result Courtney was wearing some sort of snuff necklace. Maybe it was how she was feeling as Gary gave them a lecture on how crap they performed.
He said ”close to a disaster” and Matt chimed in with “Today we were looking at whose is actually the worse not the best.”
Also I thought it ironic that Gary said “These dishes are all part of our Australian identity.” I bet he had to google neopolitan cake.
Aaron who in recent weeks has been crying a river again welled up again as he was told his scones were worse then Courtneys. ”I tried and I tried” he wailed.
Adam took out the lamingtons over Callum.
Neither side won the fruit cake or the Neapolitan cake. Therefore it was down to the jam and Alvin’s won. Therefore the red team won the lunch at Bilsons.
Aaron and Jimmy were deemed to have had the two worse dishes and will be up for elimination tomorrow night in a save the dish challenge.
And to end I will let readers ponder Aaron’s last comment “I really think I have something to offer the food industry, and I really think I have something to offer that people would like.”
June 30, 2010 66 Comments