Kate is through to the finale – who will join her? We find out tonight!
The contestants enter the MasterChef kitchen and the challenge today is to cook with their favourite ingredients. Justine’s favourite ingredient is chestnuts, Chris obviously has beer while Callum’s is mushrooms.
Tonight there are three rounds and in each round they will cook with one of the ingredients. They have 45 minutes to cook and the best dish will get 3 points, second equals 2 points and one point for third. At the end of the third round, the two highest scorers will go through to Sunday night.
First up they will cook with Callum’s choice – mushrooms.
Justine – Pan fried blue eye trevalla with a mussel and mushroom saute and a cream sauce.
Chris – Mushroom 3 ways with crumbed sweetbreads and chargrilled calves liver.
Callum – Pan-roasted quail with mushroom duxelles and a truffle creme fraiche.
The cooking starts and Chris is being careful not to overcook the liver, Callum has underccoked his quail “a wee bit” (It’s raw) and Justine is worried about time. Now for jusdment.
Justine – The fish is perfection and the best plating that she has done but the mushroom flavour is very light.
Callum – The complexity of flavours and textures is wonderful. Matt loves it and says could be on any two hat menu.
Chris – Gary is nodding and Chris has cooked the liver perfectly, unfortunately it’s lacking acidity.
The best dish was Callum’s giving him 3 points and Justine comes second. So the leader board reads like this -
1 – Callum = 3 points
2 – Justine = 2 points
3 – Chris = 1 point
The next dish is Chris’ and the beer! Chris is peeved that he is coming last. With the beer they are making -
Justine – Fillet of beef with pommes Parisienne and a stout jus.
Chris – The mussels are fabulous but the fish is a little overcooked.
Callum – Caramelised stout panna cotta with chocolate mousse.
Gary is loving the idea of chris’ dish and excited by the fact that Callum is doing a dessert. Justine is using a lot of stout because her mushrooms didn’t shine through on the the first dish (oops her potatoes are a bit burnt) and Chris is self medicating with a atipple here and there. Time to see what the judges think. Chris is up first and pours a glass of beer with a large head and places the foam on his dish! What an idea – stealing that one. (Now I want a beer too!)
Justine – The beef is cooked beautifully and the jus is great but the pommes are a sad sight.
Chris – Pan fried blue eye trevalla with stout battered mussels – guess there was a Coles special on mussels and blue eye!
Callum – They adore it and devour it all. Matt says it’s almost the perfect dessert as it has crunch and texture, creaminess from the panna cotta and then the bitterness from the stout. Gary proclaims it’s the best dessert he has had all year from anywhere.
1 – Callum = 6 points
2 – Justine = 3 points
3 – Chris = 3 point
Callum is unbeatable. I knew this would bloody well end up being one from each season represented – oh Ten. You really are killing me! AAGH!!!!! Also they are
Now for Justine’s favourite ingredient – chestnuts. Oh my, we have a flash back to Chris’ audition, how funny to see them, Matt looks scruffier and fatter and George like a boy. Justine says she is the “chestnut chick” and is doing them 3 ways and Chris is doing the dish he did in his audition (mmm, doesn’t really show growth, but if it’s tried and tested it could also be a good move.) Chris has chestnuts two ways and Justine three – even though Matt suggested chris do a third, he thinks it’s not needed.
They both choose brioche and quail, intresting! They are making -
Justine – Grilled quail with chestnuts three ways. Chestnuts three ways are a confit, a puree and crumble.
Chris – De-boned chestnut quial with glazed chestnuts.
Ok, here we go to decide the final three. Will it be the girl from Canterbury, NSW or Chris from Fitzroy, VIC? Judgement day is here!
Justine – Gary loves everything – it’s delicious! Matt says she cooks like she has been in the kitchen 20 years.
Chris – lt looks great and has bags of flavour and perfect caramelisation. Matt thinks it’s amazing.
By the way – anyone else HATING the brown plates??
Now for the final reveal and the winner is, by the narrowest margins is Chris! Oh the poor Justine, well I guess she has her show and looks! Bye Justine! $5000 will go to the Chris Riley Foundation on her behalf.
Kate, Chris and Callum are through. In their series they have come 1,2 and 3.
Tomorrow there is a special MasterClass with the all stars (not to be blogged, sorry.) Join us for our live blog on Sunday night to see who the all star really is – live AEST at 6.30pm.