Kate wins Masterchef Australia 2011. Here’s the run down on how it all went.
Here is how the first hour panned out.
This is the moment you’ll treasure. We picked you because we saw potential. You will have to earn your right to cook in this kitchen and earn it you will, say the judges.
Achieving this they never thought possible… the world’s toughest cullinary competition.
Only the best survived…
Tonight it is down to just two battle-hardened amatuer cooks. Kate and Michael.
This is the big challenge – please make it count.
Katy Perry starts …You’re hot and you’re cold…!!
Kate – woke up half an hour before I needed to.
Michael – been the hardest three and a half months of my life. Part of me is freaking out.
Kate – remembers – places she’s been, people she’s met. Shares news with family – cheering heard on phone from family.
Michael speaks to his mum. She means the world to him, the most important person in his world.
The two finalists hug – ready for the last day?
I want to enjoy it and do the best I can – these minutes will go very quickly. Before I know it, it will all be just a dream – Kate
The usual Harbour bridge scene as the contestants are driven from the house to the Masterchef Kitchen… They arrive at the Masterchef kitchen. Cheers from the gallery. Not all former competitors are there.
Kate – there are some pretty fine cooks up there (numerous members of the top 24).
Gary – Michael, Kate, welcome to the Masterchef Grand Finale!
Michael – one more good day in the kitchen I could be Australia’s next Masterchef! That’s ridiculous!
Gary – you two absolutely deserve to be here.
Matt Moran: Michael – more savoury, Kate – more dessert.
Matt Preston: Kate – you here to win? Yes! Michael yes.
George: Three rounds.
Each round awared points. Whoever has most points after round three takes out the titles of Masterchef.
Time to light up the stove.
It’s a Mystery box challenge/race.
Each box is jammed pack with the best produce our country has to offer.
You have 45 minutes to create a dish. You must use one item from each dish. But can’t move onto next box until preperation finished for first one. So – you prepare ingredient, then move to next box, but you don’t know what is in box 2.
20 points up for grabs. Gary and George will taste and award 10 points each.
Michael: seafood and beef – beef and oysters comes to mind
Kate: looking at Michael’s number 2 mystery box she still on first. She has crab from her first box!
Michael – it’s three mystery boxes in one. All over 45 minutes.
Alane – Kate wasted so much time getting crab meat out of shell. She will also pan fry some Balmain bugs.
Michael now up to bench three. Kate falling behind.
Kate – next mystery box – takes lemon for acidity as goes so well with seafood.
Michael – my spin on steak and oyster pie. Over 45 minutes? – Gary. Yes, but my version. Michael still has alot to do.
15 minutes to go – lets move it – get the points on the board for psychological advantage.
Sometimes simplest dishes are the best, George says to Kate.
Gary – no time to waste now – 10 minutes to go – every thing has to be perfect.
Michael – all coming together well.
Kate – balance of flavour crucial. She has left lemon on last banch – rules are she cannot go back to grab the lemon from previous bench. She has a little bit of acidity – hopefully enough.
Finally last bench for Kate – pan fries bugs, must be perfect.
George – time to hustle hustle – final two minutes.
Michael – plating – slices beef and makes it look pretty like a restaurent dish.
Kumar – Kate’s looks fresh. Michael’s has all these flavours…
Round one done!
Michael all went to plan but very hard.
Kate – hoping for blind eye towards chaos.
Kate – Bug and Crab Remoulade Salad.
Teasted first. George… Gary… poker faces!
Tension in the room – you could hear a pin drop.
George praises condiment and veges.
Gary – subtlety and clean flavours. But is it cooked enough?
Michael – deconstructed beef and Oyster pie.
tasted… Gary, then George
George – steak cooked beautifully – but the carrots are hard and don’t need to be there. Gary – don’t buy into idea of a pie.
You have just completed first of three challenges in the finale today.
George – Kate I scored your dish a 7/10
loved the clarity
Gary – Kate, I scored your dish 8/10
Kate, you recovered really well from your mess at the beginning.
George – Michael, I scored your dish 8/10
Would have been the one I would have spoken about the next day if it was in a degustation menu.
Gary – Michael, I scored your dish 9/10.
Perfectly cooked steak, beautifully fresh oysters.
Michael on 17, Kate on 15 out of 20.
A warm up for the next two rounds.
Michael leads on 17
It’s the Invention test.
MMoran – can be nothing but the best dish of your life.
We want to see how much technique you have learned.
MattP push your self harder than ever before.
Two hours and 15 minutes.
Each judge will give score out of 10.
This round is out of 40.
Michael grabs lobster, fennel, leaks, anything to make the lobster really shine.
Kate – goes through pantry systematically.
Kate – Quail dish including garlic castard. Asparagus, Duxelle. Ballottine.
We are going to see how much Kate has absorbed over last few months.
Vanilla butter poached lobster, fennel, champaigne sauce.
NOTE – full details of recipes, what they cooked, and with what ingredients, will be posted later. Also most likely to be available on MasterChef website from tomorrow. Also Courtney
Kate – two sauces with similar process – a jus and a glaze. She goes through the method.
George – loving the sound of both dishes. Michael – is he doing enough in two hous 15 minutes.
Kate showing alot of technique and versatility.
George – you are cooking the dish of you life at the end of the ride of your life… one hour to go.
By the way – this was recorded TODAY – where there were significant storms in Sydney! Hence the thunder they showed, and then the rain…
Kate – Quail Ballottine trickiest part of the dish.
Rain pouring down. Anyone in Sydney and Central coast will have known what it was like today!!
Cooking in the rain – Kate says cooking best thing to do when raining is cooking!!!
Half an hour to go.
Kate gets her custards on. Wants options when plating.
Michael trying his first lobster to see what it is like. Happy with result.
Jay – if main element, dish will be a knock out.
Kate worried about time as she does her asparagus component.
15 minutes to go…
The best two amateur cooks in the country.
Kate: Bamboo smell – she forgot the water in steam bath.
Custard into fridge to cool
Michael – needs to make sure just enough champagne to bring the source back, not to overpower it.
George – we want to see your personal best.
Kate plating up: First the custard – just flops apart. Get second one and try again.
Michael – leaving leak tail on. Added cool look to dish. Hoping judges like that.
Gary – ONE MINUTE – LET’s GO
Kate nothing on plate … go – go plate up.. cover it up
Michael’s coming together
10,9,hang on – says Kate, 8,7,6,5,4,3,2, ONE, THAT’S IT, your time’s up.
Michael praises Kate’s dish – you did alot more than me he says.
Kate – Michael’s dish is alot simpler.
Michael – If great dish I’ll have great lead and win this competition. If not, it will turn around.
Michael’s dish – Butter-poached lobster with Fennel, leeks and Champagne Sauce.
MMoran: Is this dish enough? Micheal: It’s what I wanted to do.
Michael plates up for judges.
George – comments about root of baby leak. Matt Moran said he pulled his out of his mouth. Michael embarrassed. They are looking for the best dish I have ever cooked, but this isn’t it…
George – roots quite tough. Michael – tried to get too fancy – but not the time to be too fancy.
MMoran – lobster is perfect. MattP – lost the sweetness in the sauce.
George – nice clean fresh flavours.
Michael thinks he has dropped dish on round two. Judges write down their scores.
Kate – so happy with so many parts of her dish, even though she thinks it is not perfect.
Her dish: Sherry-Glazed Quail with Roast Garlic Custard, Asparagus Duxelle and Hazelnuts.
Kate’s dish tasting…
MMaron – What on this palte could you have never cooked before this competition?
Kate never cooked quail before – never contemplated doing savoury custard on a dish.
MMoran – I take my hat off to you. You took it one step further, tweo different techniques, that is someone who wants to go one step further.
George to Kate - you listened and applied where it counts.
Gary – only negative in an absolutely delicious and perfect dish is the custartd has a glaze on it and had a smoky or something taste in there… Kate – steamer ran out of water.
MattP – all the other flavours are delicious, you kinda get away with it.
Kate – if Michael wins this round, I am not sure if I could bring that back in the third round.
By the way, the winner will be appearing on the 7PM Project tomorrow night, at 7pm on Ten, amongst MANY other media commitments.
Geroge – we asked for the best dish of your life.
We have tasted and scored.
MMoran – Michael 8/10 – lobster perfectly cooked
MattP – Michael 8/10 – makes no comment
Gary – Michael 8/10 – makes no comment
George – Michael 7/10 – furry leaks and acidic sauce not liked.
Michael total for round two 31/40.
Michael – not the score I wanted to see, but nothing I can do about it.
MMoran – Kate 9/10
MattP – Kate 9/10 – may not be best dish you ever cooked, but best svaoury dish cooked in competition.
Gary – Kate 9/10 – where do I start – tender quail, technically perfect and so perfect.
George – you need 7 or more from me to pull ahead from Michael.
Question is did I like yor dish better than Michaels? You bet I did.
George scores 9/10.
Kate round two total 36.
AT END OF ROUND TWO
KATE 51 / MICHAEL 48.
Ellie – That is incredible that she has been able to turn aorund and come back.
Kate – I might be 3 points ahead, but I know I will have to work my guts off in the third round.
Michael – Now Kate’s to lose, mine to win. Note Michael was visibly annoyed as Kate’s scores were announced.
PROMO FOR ROUND THREE.
MattP – this is the biggest challenge.
You are at last about to discover that cooking doesn’t get tougher than this…
Final challenge will be set by the best of the best, set by the number one restaurent in the world. Will it be the recently closed El Bulli in Spain that sets the standard or this years S.Pellegrino number one restaurant Noma in Denmark?
We are told not to go away, and come back after The Renovators.
Masterchef finale round three continues just after 8.30pm.
8.36pm – The second hour.
Narrator: Everything you have done, comes down to this one dish…
One more time for Katy Perry and the very familliar Hot & Cold theme song.
Gary – this is it the final and deciding round that will deliver the Masterchef title for 2011.
Kate – I can’t belive there is one round between me and the title.
Gary – you were two entirley different people. You have changed.
Kate – never in a million years dreamt of being in finale. Being a mum has been one of her greatest achievements in life. My food was simple at the start – home cooking through and through.
Kate has come being a mum from Orange to a great restaurant cook.
She felt temptation to give up feeling guilty how much husband LUke was doing at home. He told her not to give up!
MAsterchef has taught her so much about food. Opportunities she thought she would never have.
Rachel – always know Kate would be in the final. Absorbing everything from everything she has leanrt.
Michael – Film projectionist – a job, not a future or career he does not want to go back to. Michael, from SA, has cooked well and made it to top 24.
Jay – I know he will progress in the food industry. Heston Blumenfield burger and chips was highlight of his time of Masterchef.
Michael remembered his late dad during the show. Doing it all for him.
One moment when he tought he could actually win it – was first day of New York.
Hayden – whatever he ends up doing, he will be amazing.
Michael didn’t think he would be there after top 24.
MattP – time to get down to business.
The final deciding challenge will be a pressure test.
Michael – the old enemy back again.
Kate leads by 3 points.
The final set by the best CHEF in the world…
Kate – I know we are in big trouble.
For the last two years – the number one restuarent in the world
From Noma in Copenhagen – Rene Redzepy
At Noma, guests constantly have feeling of time and place – the way it is presented, there is an environment there on the plate.
MattP – how hard for amateur chef to reproduce the dishes?
Rene – some are hard, some easy. This is THE HARD NOMA DISH! That is the best way I can put it!
Rene exposes the dish, lifts the cloche…
The last dish you will cook on this Masterchef final is…
Both Michael and Kate smile… usual ad break on dish reveal!
Looks like a snow man!
The dish is called the snow man – a dessert of carrots.
Kate – it’s gorgeous.
Michael – Frosty.
Kate – alot of technique here.
Rene – everything frozen, ice is frozen. Inspiration. Let’s recreate a snow man. Snow became inspiration.
Kate – look at the colour. There is crunch in there. This is a really unusual combination of flavours.
Rene – body hardest bit. Nitrogen used, sprayed in yogurt. Bottom piece meringue made with vinegar.
Then a granita of carrot.
Mouse of passionfruit on top.
Nothing easy about it.
George – you can do this – you can achieve this!
Michael – there is alot to do in this dish.
Hayden – who ever can do this should be the next Masterchef.
MMoran – you have three hours to do this. You have to produce FOUR snow men. One for each judge, all perfect.
Gary – 40 points up for grabs.
The person with the most points out of 100 at the end of this round WINS.
George – for the final time, your three hours starts now.
Kate – starts with meringue, which has to get in the oven quickly. I love cooking desserts and have a recipe from the top chef in the world.
Micahel also starts with meringue.
Kate – getting a nice gloss on meringue. Then doing sorbet next.
Michael – most worried about the flavour. Want to make sure the flavours are there.
Kate – thankful for people on balcony watching her (although I seriously disagree with help from the balcony at this stage of the competition).
Michael onto carrot sorbet.
Again – for details on recipes, and their dishes, check the Masterchef web site tomorrow.
Gary – this is the final assault on the mountain, which is the Masterchef title. TWO hours to go.
Kate – starting again on one of her components. Consistancy all wrong with gelaton.
Kate – not enough puree – no time to make sure, what willl she do? Ads..
Kate has lost alot of volume for sorbet. No time to cook more. She will have to adjust quantities of everything else.
Kate. This is the last time I cook in the Masterchef kitchen and I want to enjoy it.
Rene – offers help and mentoring.
To me, there seems to be more time spent on Kate than Michael in terms of the recaps and dialogue.
Rene discussed the two finalist’s progress.
George – your sorbet needs to set.
Danielle- Michael has lost half of his sorbet mix and will have to halve all other ingredients now. So both in similar situation.
Kate gets sorbet into blast freezer, then talks about making the yogurt snow.
Michael has his sorbet in blast chiller. Has to be in now to set.
Gary – ONE hour to go…
Both making mistakes but recovering well.
Kate – talks about making the spary.
Michael talks about the passionfruit component.
Kate then does as well. Says it is an unusual combination of flavours.
MMoran – 45 minutes to go.
Alana – Michaels snow scraping down perfectly. Kates not going so well. Got to keep it really cold.
Gary to George discusses precedure.
30 minutes to go.
Michael – hopefully can get four out, plus a few back ups.
Kate – never worked with liquid nitrogen before. Needs to get components into freezer so they don’t melt.
Michael – this is my moment – enjoying using the nitrogen. Wrapping up – ready to plate up.
George to Kate – pick the right one… breathe.
Kate – definelitely a challenge ahead in plating up.
George – we will find out Australia’s Masterchef for 2011 in five minutes.
Rene praises Kate for seperating her sorbet balls.
Michael – mousse is a little flatter than expected. Ready to finish his snow men.
Ad break, then 30 seconds to go.
One of Michael’s snow man heads fall.
Gary – 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 – gallery joined in for count down.
TIME’S UP – and we are done.
Michael – glad to have had a fun time cooking – going to go out with a bang hopefuly in a big way.
Kate to Rene – thank you so much for all your help.
Kate – definitely a huge sense of satisfaction seeing how far she has come.
MattP – the pinacle – a challenge freom the number one chef from the number one restaurent in the world.
Kate – I have gone out cooking well. Whether I am mumber one or two is irrelavent – I have gone out cooking the best I can.
Kate’s is tasted first.
MMoran – are you happy with what you have out in front of us?
Kate – yes I am.
MattP discusses how the snow looks – like a Victorian dress.
Judges have poker faces again of course!
Kate – I hate the waiting – is it good, is it bad – I JUST want to know! Suggests judges enojoy this moment of turture.
Gary – sort of hard to stop isn’t it. Such a lovely balance of flavours.
MMoran – I have stopped – I finished – but could eat yours!
MattP – what a dish to have in your repitour – from the number one restaurant in the world.
George – what you have put up is absolutely spectacular.
Gary – a special dessert
MMoran – a beautiful balance.
Kate – such a lovely way to end my time in the Masterchef kitchen.
Gary admires how she took herself away from her kids for so long. She thanks Luke for all his help and support pushing on. The snow man would probably work in Oragne.
MattP – whether you win or lose, you leave here with great honour.
Micheal – today has been a massive day of challenges. There have been highs and lows. This is it – the most important day of my life, and that makes me very nervous.
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Michael – proud as punch about his dishes – I’ve cooked a cracker – I’ve done the best I can.
MMoran – are you confident about getting the extra points?
Michael – I had so much fun cooking, and hopefully it gets me there.
Poker faces again, as Michael points out.
Best way to tell if they like what they are eating is if they finish the plate.
Gary – very good, Michael.
MattP – enjoyed the dish for a moment – you’ve made it. You have done the recipe absolute justice. Sorbet is perfect. A Beautiful dish.
George – best bit was the meringe.
MMoran – love the yogurt granita. To me, the dish had perfect balance.
Gary – lovely textures, lovely balance. Well done.
MattP – to watch you gorw over the 14 weeks, has been fantastic. I think your dad will be very proud of you.
Micheal – where ever dad is, he will be smiling now. Might have to make for his mum an interpretation without all the gadgets!
George – we have written down our final scores. We have decided who takes out the tilte for 2011.
Gary – Michael, Kate – did you ever dream you’d be here stranding here dreaming of beaing the one?
One of you is ready to launch yourself into a brand new life…
MattP – Let’s welcome back to the Masterchef Kitchen, the chefs who have made this year possible. Includes Maggie Beer, past contestants, Callum, Julie Goodwin, and more.
Win today and you get cullinary traing from the best chefs in the world. $100,000 cash. A cook book deal.
Win or lose, you have a future in food. Up to you to step through it.
George – never forget this moment.
Michael – Have had such a brilliant day, and happy no matter what happens.
Kate – my kids will say “my mum was crazy”!
George – one more thing to do before we reveal our scores.
Families are there for the moment of truth.
George – to Kate’s kids “Do you think your Mum is the next Masterchef?” They answer “yes”!
Luke – very exciting to see Kate here. But didn’t expect her to make it that far!
Michael’s Mum – now has a path in life he never had before.
Gary – wonderful for the families to be there.
Time to find out the winner.
Gary – all comes down to this.
Michael’s scores for round three.
MMoran – 9/10 – the whole lot was the perfect balance
MattP – 8/10 – no comments
George – 9/10 – you did yourself proud
Gary – 8/10 – then sums up the position as it now stands.
Michael 34/40, overall 82/100.
Michael – not bad, is it.
Kate – looking nervous, going to be tough to beat scores. Only needs 32/40. Tell me, have I done it? Put me out of my misery.
MMoran – 9/10
MattP – 9/10
George – a few issues in terms of presentation – but when I tasted it – I had to give it 9/10
Gary – 9/10
Kate Wins by 5 points.
Kate Bracks IS the winner of MasterChef Australia 2011.
Gary offers runner-up Michael a cullinary scholarship in his restaurent. A wage, and $10,000 towards expense. Gary and his chefs will teach him everything he needs to know to make it in this business.
Gary says Kate’s life will change forever and she will be able to paint Orange any colour she wants.
Congratulations, Kate, well done!!!
Masterchef returns in 2012 for its fourth season, and the first produced by Shine Australia, after Easter.