Previous Episode: MasterChef Australia Season Four – Shangri-La 24-Hour Challenge
Emma, Filippo, Kylie, Tregan, Julia, Sam, Mario, Debra and Amina. Another lot of contestants bitten by the curse of the red team. However, the curse will only prove fatal to one- but whom?
It’s a solemn day; no one wants to leave. Too bad! The three main judges wait for them in the kitchen.
Challenge Brief: Today’s challenge consists of three rounds. The first round, they will have unlimited pantry time, unlimited ingredients and unlimited options of things to cook. The top four dish-cookers will be saved.
Conditions: 20 minutes cooking time! Yep, that’s the catch!
Progress: We here some dish ideas in the pantry, including a Carbonara from Mario. Hopefully no one bites off too much. Amina is doing a Korean salad and she is confident it is a quick and tasty dish. Emma is doing some sort of soup. She seems extremely stressed. Kylie is channelling her inner Italian here.
Filippo is working on some calamari but he has only 4 minutes to go and so much to do. Can he get it done in time? Debra is someone who also seems behind time. Soon, time is all up.
Tasting & Results
Cooking: Salt & Pepper Squid.
Comments: There is a beak in his dish. George likes the flavours.
Cooking: Chicken Saltimbocca
Comments: Gary loves the dish and wants to eat the rest of it.
Cooking: Korean Noodle Salad.
Comments: It’s well received and Gary calls it gorgeous.
Cooking: Baked flathead.
Comments: George calls it yum.
Cooking: Vegetarian Yum Kha.
Comments: Matt doesn’t seem to get the flavours.
Cooking: Pappardelle Carbonara.
Comments: George would have loved more care in the dish.
Cooking: Maltese Froga
Comments: Gary is not a fan of the presentation.
Cooking: White fish tasting plate.
Comments: Matt likes everything except the sashimi.
Cooking: Cucumber Gazpacho
Comments: Matt absolutely loves it, except for one thing. A hair. Emma breaks down. Of course this would happen!
Results: The best four dishes belong to Kylie, Filippo, Amina and Debra.
Emma, Sam, Tregan, Mario and Julia head to round two.
Challenge 2: Same deal as challenge 1. The three best dishes will be safe.
Conditions: 10 Minutes cooking time (Yeah, that’s what I thought!!)
Progress: The judges give out one hint- stay away from the oven! Not long however Sam seems to want to do lamb cutlets. George is concerned and tells him he wouldn’t do it. Tregan is doing some sautéed mushrooms. Julia is making some breakfast- French toast! Time is soon up and tasting begins.
Tasting & Results
Comments: George calls it delicious and yum.
Cooking: Grilled Lamb cutlets.
Comments: Matt says he pushed himself too far.
Cooking: Thai Salad
Comments: He has a go at Filippo’s beak-laden dish before tasting. Gary loves the freshness but says it is missing something textural.
Comments: Matt says it is good.
Cooking: Honey Caramelised figs with French Toast.
Comments: George loves the combination but says it isn’t Julia great.
Results: The people who are saved are Tregan, Emma and Sam. Mario and Julia are battling it out in elimination!
Challenge Brief: Same deal again.
Conditions: 5 minutes cooking time!
Progress: They seem to take their time in the pantry! Oh, and ‘the ring’! is back. Mario is going for a prosciutto salad. Julia seems to be going for a dessert. This seems like it is in real time. I wouldn’t be surprised. Somehow, they both manage to plate up in time!
Tasting & Results
Cooking: Peach & Prosciutto salad
Comments: Matt loves the salad, saying it is simple.
Cooking: Misses what it was called- some sort of panna cotta.
Comments: George calls it clever and smart, calling it a great dish.
Results: The contestant leaving MasterChef Australia 2012 in Eighteenth Place is Mario!
In my opinion, Julia’s last dish was amazing, so this is no surprise. I don’t think Mario had a good week this week, so I’m not too surprised by this. What do you think?
MasterChef Australia next airs Jun 15 at 7PM on TEN.