Previous Episode: MasterChef Australia Season Four – Italian Elimination
Sorry guys for the delay! Better late than never. In this MasterClass, we actually get to see some REAL Italian cooking set amongst the beautiful Italian scenery. This should be fun.
The MasterClass is set at Antica Corte Pallavicina, a 700 year old Italian castle on 75 ha of farmland. With so much produce, there’s no place better to have a MasterClass. Helping out Gary & George today are the owners of the land- chef Massimo Spigaroli; his brother, Luciano Spigaroli and his daughter, Benedetta.
Wade, Beau, Mindy, Kylie and Audra will go with George, Massimo and Benedetta to do their thing while the rest will go with Gary and Luciano for ‘something special’.
The latter group go to a cellar to collect a culatello for a dish. Meanwhile, the others have gone to collect clay for the MasterClass’ clay-baked guinea fowl, which they will be cooking later. It’s now time to get to the actual cooking component of this MasterClass.
Lesson 1: Clay-Baked Guinea Fowl.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I vaguely remember them doing this one of last year’s MasterClasses. They stuff the guinea fowl with Strolghino, a type of salami. They then slice the culatello and wrap it around the guinea fowl. Then, it is time for the main technical part- the clay mould! We learn how they prepare it and get it so plastic.
George creates a quick salad with some of the local produce. Everyone is allowed to taste the meal.
After the break, it is lesson two time and we’re inside the castle in an old-fashioned kitchen. For this lesson, Gary welcomes guest Neil Perry.
Lesson 2: Ricotta Vegetable Lasagne with Roasted Tomato Sauce
They begin by chopping veggies and then seasoning them. They also chop up some eggplant which seems to be acting as the ‘lasagne sheets’ of the dish. They then work on the ricotta.
Audra, Andy and Wade are asked to taste.
After the break, we’re back to our outside spot for round three.
Lesson 3: Parmesan Risotto
Now George attempts the death dish. He shows them how to cook the rice properly and tells them how important the stock is to the dish. He leaves them with three tips to a great risotto.
Julia, Beau and Alice are asked to sample.
The episode ends with a lovely Italian feast! And that concludes Italy Week on MasterChef.
MasterChef Australia next airs Jul 15 at 7.30PM on TEN.