There is one more elimination until we get to the semi finals. It’s a pressure test where Emelia, Jamie and Brent will need to compete. Brent has all the advantage as he knows and hopefully has completed the recipes a lot of times the night before. It’s a dessert challenge from Sepia’s Martin Benn.
Emelia is good at dessert (show your skills!). Jamie however has done a hell of a good job in pressure tests so far surviving 5 of them. The dessert is ‘forest floor’. There’s a sorbet, some brown chocolate sticks, jelly, cream, cookie dough and a lot of other elements. They have 3 hours. Can you imagine cooking at full pressure for 3 hours? Darn.
Sorbet should be simple, according to Brent. You just have to hope that the ice cream machine works. It seems he has gone through the entire recipe once the night before and focussed on some elements that are harder. Brent put 4 grams of agar in his brandy jelly. I swear I heard it was suppose to be 3 grams. His jelly doesn’t turn out well as it’s all frozen wrong and cloudy, I bet it’s the agar! George even brings over Emelia’s jelly and says, look at what a terrible job you did compared to her! Brent has problems with his cream.
Emelia is hilarious. She has read the recipe and then said she’ll copy Brent’s order of things. What a sneak. Smart though. Martin is being awesome and helping. Her crumb is a little too high so she gets told to flatten it. Martin is so soft spoken and helpful. I like him. She’s pretty much on par with Brent. So apparently she’s an expert at tempering chocolate and has taught Brent and Jamie in the past. It’s nice but if you think about it, it’s silly since $250000 is on the line. Her chocolate skills are showing in recreating the sticks. Hers look a lot more controlled and less wobbly than Brent’s. She has even overtaken Brent just a tad! Her praline cream is not working though. First problem she had!
Jamie has not read the whole recipe! But hey, he has been in a lot of pressure tests so he knows what to do. He thinks he knows what to do. Dessert is really getting on his nerves though. Jamie’s cream is a little too liquidy. Martin comes over and tells him that his lavender cream should be thick before he gets to beating it. Martin is awesome in that he gives him tips to fix that. Not reading ahead has cost him. Gary talks Jamie through the tempering of the chocolate with the temperature. Tempering chocolate seems like such a huge PAIN. I don’t think I’ll ever do it. Jamie has problems with his lavender cream.
Everyone has problems with the cream. It just depends on who has the best quick fix for it. Brent adds gelatine and it stabilises! Emelia does the same and also whisks it over an ice bath. Success! Jamie however keeps whisking and whisking until he decides to give up and go on to plating.
The advantage really helped Brent. Without it he would’ve definitely had a lot more problems. Emelia was gun though. I am so impressed! There were no mishaps and she had fixed the one problem she did have. I won’t be surprised if her dish is better than Brent’s. The plating looks better than the others. Did Jamie seem extremely deflated to anyone else?
- Emelia: Everything is good except for the sorbet which is a little too aerated. The chocolate is tad too thick too, but sweet Martin said he was just nick-picking.
- Jamie: The sorbet looks and taste amazing. No tempered chocolate snap. The cream looks split.
- Brent: The presentation is not so good. Good sorbet and best mousse. The jelly is cloudy and mushy.
Emelia is definitely safe and I am happy. Go Emelia! For his bad chocolate and cream, Jamie is eliminated. Brent didn’t really take much advantage of his win yesterday but it has managed to save him. Jamie wants to open a cocktail restaurant. It sounds like a good idea because who doesn’t like cocktails! I think he’s going to open one in Sydney soon with himself as head chef. Good for him I say. I’m also stoked that it’s in Sydney.
It’s the top 3 I wanted! Yay! Emelia for the win! But I would be happy with any of them. What do you guys think of the top 3? Happy?