Previous Episode: MasterChef Australia Season Four – The First Battle For Immunity!
It’s the first challenge of the season and red team vs. blue team are back! Who will win and avoid elimination?
They head to Kings Cross in Sydney for their challenge.
Challenge Brief: They will be taking over two of Kings Cross’ best restaurants TONIGHT! The two restaurants are opposite to each other- so they have the same customer base. The restaurant who makes the most money wins. The losing team will face elimination. They have access to the restaurant from 1pm for prep time until 6pm when doors open. The tills will close at 9pm- 3 hours of work.
Emma’s Team (Red with Gary as mentor): Ben, Kylie, Mindy, TK, Kevin, Matt, Wade, Jules, Beau, Dalvinder & Filippo.
Andy’s Team (Blue with George as mentor): Sam, Amina, Audra, Julia, Tregan, Kath, Lydia, Mario, Andrew, Alice & Debra.
Lydia, for being picked last, will get to decide which restaurant her team will cook at. Either Ortolan on Bayswater or Concrete Blonde. Lydia chooses Concrete Blonde.
They then walk in to plan their stuff. The red team meet Paul McGrath, owner of their restaurant. He gives them advice. Blue team meet Ian, the owner of Concrete Blonde who does the same. They then sit down and discuss what dishes they will do. Andy is using people’s strengths in this and it seems to be a cohesive team. Emma doesn’t do half as well with people throwing ideas around everywhere.
They then begin cooking their elements. Some contestants are used to brainstorm ideas for the night. Still, blue are doing much better than red in terms of communication. We see some dishes as they cook them.
Alice and Andrew go out to spruik their restaurant! The blue team are taken aback by the power of the grill at their restaurant.
Kevin needs to write up the menu for team red and he is still going with 2 hours to go. They need to set tables as well while Wade, Dalvinder and TK are our spruiking. Kevin also goes out. Too many people?
Meanwhile, team blue reach their first dilemma- there are no prawns for their prawn pasta. They change it to scallop pasta. George calls them away from work to discuss this issue. George shows them where the prawns are but Lydia was looking for the wrong prawns. She doesn’t understand that they are now going back to prawns.
The crowd then begins to form. There’s a bit of accusation flying around that Kevin is stealing customers from team blue. The mood in the kitchen however is intense. Too many jobs, so little time.
After the break, Gary gets the spruikers to come inside to help in the red team kitchen. Kevin and Emma get into a bit of a spat when Kevin suggests making bread and Emma doesn’t think it’s necessary.
Finally, doors open. They better hustle. Orders come in flying. Andy thinks that they can’t worry about anything anymore. The red team can’t open straight away and delay quite a bit. Soon though, they finally open.
The team then can’t get their waiter-ing together. These guys are definitely the underdogs. It’s painful to watch them.
The judges then taste some of the blue dishes (Pork Belly with herb salad). They are pleased with what they taste. Still, they do run into problems with their dessert. They then go to taste the red’s dishes (Pan-fried Scallops, Beaufort Cheese Croquettes). Matt is still happy with the delicate dish despite the chaos in the kitchen.
Halfway through, the judges try the red’s Steak and Chips (which is cooked rare and not medium-rare) and ocean trout. Gary likes the steak despite the mistake and Matt is also impressed. The customers are quite impressed.
With an hour to go, miscommunication plagues the blue team. The judges taste their Pan-Fried Tiger Prawns Pasta and it isn’t too much of a hit as the other dishes have been. The red team actually seem much more together now. To dessert and the blue team are crumbling. The judges tell Andy to watch himself.
They taste the Chocolate Fondant which hasn’t had enough time in the oven. To the blue team and they try the Crème Brule and Paris Mess. They love the look of the desserts and believe these will stand out.
Matt calls it spectacular, as do the customers. It is then time to close shop for the results of the challenge.
Results: Red team made $2,232. Blue team made $2,748. Blue team wins. Red team will be going into elimination.
The contestants received criticism before the results were read.
MasterChef Australia next airs May 17 at 7PM on TEN.