Previous Episode: MasterChef Australia Season Four – Pop-Up Restaurant Challenge
Tonight, TWO contestants will be leaving in undoubtedly one of MasterChef’s biggest EVER eliminations! So who will leave?
Contestants up for elimination tonight are those of last night’s blue team- Audra, Debra, Amina, Wade, Andy and Jules.
They all head to the kitchen for tonight’s elimination that will feature a special guest…Marco Pierre-White!
Elimination Challenge Brief: Today, they will be cooking a three-course meal. There will be two rounds. The three least impressive dishes head into round two. Only one will be saved from round 2.
Conditions: Open pantry. 20 minutes to cook an entrée in round one. One hour to cook main and dessert in round 2.
Round 1 Progress: The contestants get stuck into it. Jules is doing pan-seared prawns butterflied with lemon and tarragon butter. Marco acts as their mentor. Amina is doing a Middle Eastern Salmon Carpaccio. Wade is doing a fresh salad, but it seems more complex than just your run-of-the-mill salad. Andy is doing roast blue-eye and Marco offers him a lot of advice while towering over him. He seems to smell Andy’s fear!
They didn’t have much time, and soon, time is up!
Tasting & Results
Comments: Marco doesn’t call it the prettiest of food. Marco likes the big flavours and the generosity. Gary calls it good and honest cooking, but fears it may be a bit simple.
Cooking: Pan-Seared Prawns
Comments: Marco calls it risky. Gary criticises the tight prawns, but likes the dish.
Cooking: Ocean Trout Carpaccio.
Comments: Marco notices the big flavours but wants bigger salmon.
Cooking: Blue Eyed Trevalla.
Comments: The crispy skin is criticised.
Cooking: Brussels Sprout Salad.
Comments: Marco calls the dish pretty and the judges love it!
Cooking: Ocean Trout Sashimi.
Comments: Marco has one criticism- it wasn’t big enough! Gary calls it absolutely delicious.
Result: Wade is put through on the spot. The other contestants through are… Audra and Debra.
Andy, Amina and Jules progress to the next round.
Round 2 Progress: See above for conditions. The Round is back and here, they have to cook the main and dessert. They have to have the main done in 45 minutes. Marco acts as chief mentor and bottle opener by the look of things! Amina is doing a blue-eyed tagine. She will be doing an Egyptian Rice Pudding for dessert. Jules will be doing a fennel, mint and grape fruit salad with trout. Marco gives her a hand chopping grape fruit.
Andy will be doing duck breast and braised red cabbage for main, but doesn’t know what he will be doing for dessert. Andy isn’t sure about the things he is cooking but Marco gives him invaluable advice. Jules is doing a vanilla mascarpone cream and macadamia crumble for dessert while Andy is doing grilled…something!
With ten minutes to go before mains should be up, Jules begins on a vinaigrette and it turns out a bit thin to begin with. Andy’s duck breast hasn’t finished cooking yet either. Plating up, Andy calls his main a disaster as he leaves no time.
Time is up for the main and Andy’s dish is quite the disaster indeed!
The funny thing is contestants stop cooking. YOU STILL HAVE DESSERT TO DO…IN FIFTEEN F***ING MINUTES!!! Anyway, excuse my French! The judges taste some mains in the meantime.
Mains Tasting & Results
Cooking: Pan-Roasted Duck Breast.
Comments: Marco calls it a big plate for such a small portion. Gary calls the plate mucky, but calls it a good dish. George says the dish makes him happy.
Cooking: Blue Eyed Trevalla Tagine.
Comments: Marco calls it a nicely cooked dish. Gary calls the fish perfection but thinks there should be more flavour. George agrees.
Cooking: Seared Ocean Trout
Comments: The fish is perfectly cooked, as Marco says. George wants more seasoning but loves the flavour and healthiness of the dish. Gary wants more from the vinaigrette.
Soon, the desserts are up and the final tastings proceed.
Desserts Tasting & Results
Cooking: Egyptian Rice Pudding.
Comments: Gary calls it delicious and loves the texture but says it is not quite cooked.
Cooking: Mascarpone Trifle
Comments: They love it however Gary is disappointed by the cream. He does love the textures and visuals of the plate.
Cooking: Grilled Figs
Comments: Gary likes that he gets what they see. George is happy with the grilling of the figs and the kernelling but wants more layers.
Results: The contestants leaving in Twelfth and Eleventh Place on MasterChef Australia 2012 are…AMINA & JULES!
What is going on?! None of the dishes today were perfect, but saving Andy?! That’s ridiculous. Andy got criticism for an extremely messy main and a dessert with no layers. Jules’ dessert had layers and textures and her main had many more positives around it than Andy’s with only slight problems with the vinaigrette. Amina’s dishes also showed more professionalism. Though without being able to taste, I can’t really say much. I just think it was another case of a poorly picked bottom three- however as much as he is a good cook, the saving of Andy was probably the most surprising outcome here.
Maybe now that two popular contestants have gone, Andy can come to the forefront, but his cooking skills, when compared to these two, leaves a lot to be desired.
And now for something else- the contestants are going to ITALY!
MasterChef Australia next airs Jul 6 at 7PM on TEN.