\Previous Episode: MasterChef Australia Season Four – Mystery Box of Champions
Emma, Wade and Filippo’s lives in this game are on the line and one of them will lose it for good. Who will leave in ungraceful seventeenth place?
The contestants grab their chef ‘blacks’ and head to the elimination after a few reminiscing moments.
Challenge Brief: Today, they must perfectly recreate a quiche Lorraine (Wade’s happy). They must also create an accompanying salad which will act as the perfect supporting act to the quiche.
Conditions: A bench of ingredients. No recipe will be given. 75 Minutes cooking time.
Progress: The first port of call is that bench of items, some of which Matt teased would be a disaster to use. Of course the contestants begin work on the quiche first. Wade thinks 75 minutes is a short time to do this quiche. Emma is motivating herself by telling herself she will claw her way back into the competition. Filippo seems confident, hoping for no disasters today.
They quickly finish their base pastry before moving onto the filling. Filippo begins on the custard and the eggs. He is heating it before putting it in the oven which the contestants are a bit confused about. Emma will be using cheese and bacon for her quiche, as is Wade. Filippo is working on his custard when the judges come past. Filippo is confident but the judges seem a bit off by his ideas.
These contestants have no time to slow down and Emma is showing signs of panic. Gary gives her advice but says her pastry was a bit thin in some spots. Wade is moulding his pastry, but it gets too warm and he needs to put it back in the fridge, wasting time. 40 minutes to go and the judges don’t think the contestants are doing well with time. Filippo is told by Gary that his pastry is also quite thin and he should be scared about removing it from the mould. His strategy is now out to the dogs- will he have it done on time?
Wade cooks his base and he hopes it is cooked. He begins to assemble some of it. He puts it back in with 21 minutes to go (it needs 20 minutes to cook), so it better be good. Filippo also puts his in and something is worrying him. The quiche is thin and so is the filling. He’s cutting it fine. He hopes to get more ingredients into it to make it larger.
They begin to work on their salads. Emma is doing a simple fennel salad with Wade doing a leaf and walnut salad. Filippo also works on his fennel and tomato salad. His looks the nicest. Time is running out and they have to plate up. Emma almost destroys her quiche by knocking it off the stand. Thank god it didn’t.
Time is up and it’s time to taste.
Tasting & Results
Emma: George calls it a delicious quiche and Emma seemed to like the look of it. George would have liked to see more brown on the top. Matt likes the fresh, light, crisp, elegant salad. Gary says it is a good result for Emma.
Filippo: The judges note a large amount of cheese however Matt says he’s done a good job. The outsides of the quiche are not well received. Matt says it needs more bacon, as Gary agrees with. They like the salad, but Gary says it is old fashioned. George says there are problems with the pastry.
Wade: The judges notice some raw pastry. Gary likes the rest of the quiche. He does say he needs more filling. George isn’t sold on the salad. Matt loves the custard in the quiche.
Result: Emma is first safe. The person leaving MasterChef Australia 2012 in Seventeenth Place is…Filippo.
I personally think the right person went tonight. Emma’s quiche was brilliant, and she held her own in that kitchen. Wade is a master at that quiche, and despite its issues, where he excelled he excelled immensely. Filippo had flaws and they weren’t matched with outstanding features. What do you think?
MasterChef Australia next airs Jun 19 at 7PM on TEN.