Tregan Borg is fighting it out for immunity against celebrated “dude food’ chef, Daniel Wilson and his team. Does Tregan have what it takes to lead her team to victory and win the coveted Immunity pin?
At her arrival at the MasterChef kitchen to many cheers, Tregan explains how much she has learnt and knows she is only one step away from that elusive pin. Head chef of “Huxtable” restaurant Daniel Wilson enters with his Sous Chef Jenny and another chef Matt to try and beat Tregan.
There are two barrels and tregan must beat them with an axe to find out what the ingredients are – one barrell contains rum and the second is raisins. Tregan has the choice of either one and will get 90 minutes to cook, while Daniel gets an hour. Unless she lets Daniel choose. If he chooses he will get 15 minutes less – so he will get half the time of 45 minutes to her 90 minutes. Tregan chooses and her choice is – raisins.
Tregan now has to choose her two team mates and she first chooses Jules and her second selection is Julia – Jules and Julia (haha)
Cooking time starts NOW!
Entree – Goat cheese tortellini with baked prawns and burnt butter
Sultanas will be in the filling of the tortellini, with more in the burnt butter. Matt moran thinks will be perfect.
(Cooked by Tregan)
Main – Chicken Maryland stuffed with raisins, baby carrots and a raisin puree.
Matt M says a raisin puree with anchovies is a classic (while Daniel eavesdrops). He also suggests poaching it instead of pan frying, so they do that instead, but Jules is scared.
(Cooked by Jules)
Dessert – Frangipane Tart with chocolate ice cream
(Cooked by Julia)
Jules is worried her dish will be to simple and her stuffing is to wet so they have to start again. Tregan doean’t seem to have control of her team or kitchen and she seems flustered – Now it’s time for Daniel to start
Entree – Roasted cauliflower salad with roasted almonds and slow cooked salmon with saffron yoghurt and preserved lemon.
(Cooked by Jenny)
Main – Roasted duck breast with cous cous with a raisin and verjuice puree
(Cooked by Daniel)
Dessert – Ricotta with figs, raisins and crisp filo.
(Cooked by Matt)
Matt Moran is explaining to Tregan how to make her tortellini’s when he notices the chicken that has been poaching has split and burst and it’s ruined. Tregan wants to do lamb, but Jules says she will do the other chicken breast in the pan. Why did they listen to Matt in the first place? Jules feels guilty, Matt should though.
Tregan has never made tortellini before (so of course you would do it for an immunity challenge!) and is having ALOT of trouble, so she decides to go with ravioli. Matt compares the composure of the Huxtable team compared to the chaos of Tregan’s team – well you do have professional staff vs contestants!
With 15 minutes to go Daniel is very confident he will win. I don’t like the plating up they do of the salmon though, just plopped in 2 different dishes and the salmon on a tray.
George – The pasta is rolled out to perfection, prawns cooked beautifully.
Gary – The pasta has been put together perfectly, raisins inside? Not necessary.
Matt – (disagreeing with Gary) I love the fact they have used two different raisins. Love the contrast.
George – I don’t really want the salmon or yoghurt dressing – I love that salad. That’s sensational.
Gary – I like the salmon, I think it’s one of my favourite dishes on the show this year,
Matt – Don’t like it. I don’t like that dish at all. I love the salad but it’s calling out for lamb or quail I think it’s a mess. I don’t get the salmon.
Matt loves the ravioli, Gary the salmon – but what will George choose.
Matt guesses correctly that this is Jules dish.
Gary – Is raisin overkill – there are raisins on everything. It’s just raisins, raisins, raisins. It’s cooked really well though.
Matt – We shouldn’t criticize for too many raisins as is a raisin challenge.
George – The dressing is delicious.
Gary – Duck cooked perfectly, love the verjuice. Not a fan of the cous cous. Great duck, great sauce but a question remains over the cous cous.
Matt – Love the duck and how it mixes with the puree.
George – The chocolate ice cream is to die for, but an average tart.
Gary – It tastes good, but it’s not a great almond tart. It’s ok.
Matt – The flavour is beautiful.
Gary – A good dish but it isn’t going to blow you away.
Matt – I really love the filo triangles, spectacular.
Now it’s time to judge and Matt moran throws Tregan under a bus – he says she could have done more and needed more leadership.
The winners are:
Entree – Tregan
Main – Daniel
Dessert – Daniel
So Tregan DOES NOT get immunity. Oh well.
Tomorrow night the contestants will be divided into three teams and take over three very different kitchens, to make a three course menu. Welcome back Courtney!