Previous Episode: MasterChef Australia Season Four – Death Dish Challenge
Alice, Andy, Ben, Julia and Debra face elimination tonight…in Italy! For one person, their MasterChef journey will end here- but will Alice’s immunity pin be left here?
Today, we’re at Monticello, Tuscany for today’s challenge. But will Alice use her pin?
Alice’s Choice: Alice chooses not to use her immunity pin.
Challenge Brief: Prepare a 5-course feast for 50 people from Monticello. They will be responsible for one course each. The contestants have to make Pici. The first person to make the perfect batch of Pici (100g) will get first pick of what to cook and so on.
Result: The winners, in order, are: Ben, Alice, Julia, Andy & Debra.
Here are the courses and who is responsible for them:
Pici (Handmade Pasta): Ben
Spit-Roast Pig: Debra
Dessert (Up to them): Julia
Conditions: 4 hours preparation and cooking time. The contestant to get the MOST votes out of 50 will be automatically safe with the least impressive dish to be decided from the bottom four by the judges.
Progress: Everyone is in elimination mode as they begin prepping. Alice is VERY confident. Ben has a lot of sautéing to do for his Pici dish. He seems quite calm. Debra, who used to be a long-term vegetarian, is not happy with her choice of meal. Who am I kidding, she HAD no choice. It’s quite horrible watching her struggle impaling the pig with the stake.
She then marinades the pig despite George’s advice not to. She wants to trust herself. Oh, god! Honestly, after four seasons, you’d think they’d learn! LISTEN TO GEORGE! We want you to stay, Debra!
Julia is doing a tart and hopes people will be happy with it. Meanwhile, Ben begins on his Pici after finishing his sauce. 2 hours remain! Where did that time go?
Alice’s eggplant stew is going well but is still developing flavour. She begins cooking her chicken livers.
Debra is happy with how her pigs are going right now, so she goes inside to make her sides. She doesn’t know how to cut a pig down, but she hopes she will have enough time to do it. She seems too calm. But, after the break, everyone just seems to be rushing around.
Alice is the first cab off and she doesn’t have much time left before the guests arrive. Julia finds out that she’s baked her pastry too dark and it still needs to bake more when she puts the lattice on the top of the tart. She has to rethink. To make matters worse, Alice has cut her prosciutto too thick and she has to individually remove the rind from each piece. She is not happy with her plating, but she has a minute before service.
When she serves it, many people seem happy. I think she’ll be OK. The judges don’t know if it will be enough and Gary says she should have done more.
Meanwhile, Debra now has to carve up her pig. It’s a 45 minute challenge in its own right.
Ben is up for service next with his Pici. The judges seem to like it a lot and Ben says he is proud of it. Some people think the Pici is too large and that the sauce doesn’t taste Italian. Hmm, it’s not a big hit.
Ben is next for the grilling. George is most excited about this course. It gets good reviews from the locals. George loves it, as does Gary who is impressed by the flavours.
Debra has four minutes left, and she’s only really starting on the first pig! She is panicking and gets the boys to help her out. When she hands the food out, the pork is cold and isn’t well received by the people. George would love more seasoning. Now, only the dessert remains.
The judges call the pastry a bit dark and expected more from the dessert queen. Gary likes the dessert though. The visitors think she used too much sugar.
Well, after all that, it seems pretty obvious who will be going.
Result: The town’s favourite course was…antipasti. Alice is therefore safe. The person finishing MasterChef Australia 2012 in Tenth Place is… Debra!
Again, quite obvious, unfortunate it came down to the lack of choice of dishes to prepare.
Oh, a note, Debra WILL be in attendance in tomorrow’s MasterClass.
MasterChef Australia next airs Jul 13 at 7PM on TEN.