Masterchef Recap 24 May: Menage a Trois

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Craig, Sun and Peter are getting ready to fight for immunity. They’ve got nothing to lose except their dignity, and clearly they left that behind a while ago.

Sun is geared up to cook against the other two. She’s disappointed, though – they’ll be working as a team again. All three of them will get an immunity pin if they win. Peter makes a joke about not being let back in the house if they win. Andrew’s murderous stare from above confirms this.

He wants to talk to you about Jesus

The message is clear: win an immunity pin, and Andrew will take it off your cold, dead body

This three-person immunity challenge would have the potential to be a real game-changer if the three contestants in question were vaguely competent. I hope they don’t win as all three are pretty annoying.

Mark Jensen from the Red Lantern is the guest judge. Dani nearly faints when he appears. She needs to settle down.

The team have an advantage – they’re only competing against one chef. It’s Adam D’Silva from Coda. He comes in and declares that winning is everything. Everyone laughs, but I’m not sure he’s joking.

Matt, George and Mark leave Gary to it. Everyone’s favourite villain smirks as they reveal the dish – dishes! The amateurs will be cooking Adam’s signature dishes with him. They’re cooking crispy noodle salad with pork, scallop with tapioca and seared ocean trout with green mango salad.  They are three tiny delicate piles that require skill and talent. Adam shouldn’t worry.

The contestants taste.  Sun identifies a flavour to everyone’s surprise. Craig talks about the ‘in the mouth feel’, which sounds weird. Peter doesn’t really contribute. How out of character for him.

Gary drops another bomb – they won’t even get a head start! Fair enough. Sun barely has time to start sulking before their 65 minutes begins.

Ad break! Tonight’s Bondi Vet looks excellent – there’s something wrong with a tiny kitten. I believe in you, Dr Chris. I bet he’s Hayden’s hero.

Sensibly, team idiot split the dishes up. Craig’s on the scallops, Sun’s on the thrice-cooked pork and Peter’s doing the ocean trout. Adam has the strength of three so just starts doing seventy things at once. He’s a machine!

Gary comes to annoy Adam. Adam thinks his competitors will fall over on presentation. From Peter’s deboning efforts, it looks like their problem will actually be from killing a judge with a fishbone.

Appetising

This was all that was left of the trout

Sun doesn’t know how long to fry the pork for and at what temperature. It’s a deep-fryer – surely just ‘quickly’ and ‘hot’. Gary flirts with Sun. It is not okay.

Adam is surprisingly relaxed. He starts playing to the crowd. Sun’s buddy comes to watch his noodle technique so he can tell her how to do it. This truly is the year of the cheat.

Peter hasn’t read the entire recipe and as a result has stuffed the timing. Nice work. His sauce is just not going to reduce down in time. He keeps stirring it, which is exactly the opposite of what he needs to do.

Quirky Danielle is reading out the recipe to Sun. Meanwhile, everyone else has gone to watch Adam. They’re applauding him wildly, cheering his every move. Good to see that the other contestants share my views on Sun, Craig and Peter.

Adam plates up with time to spare. He’s not even sweating. The crowd goes wild! He’s a nice man so he goes over to help his competition. Hang on, did he just give Peter his pepper sauce? Looks like he did. He justifies this by saying he wants it to be a fair competition. A fair competition would involve them admitting their incompetence.

Time’s up! Sun and Craig are amazed they’ve completed the dish. Well, you didn’t, really. They go first. The judges are impressed by the presentation. Mark likes the flavours because he knows them. Worst judge ever. The trout is basically raw.  On the other hand, the scallops are wildly overcooked. Sun’s salad is good though – it’s ‘palate forward’, whatever that means.

Adam’s up next. His dish looks considerably better. The judges know straight away – Mark is absolutely no good at hiding it. There’s also more food on the plate, so George immediately prefers it. Everything’s delicious, but Matt prefers dish one’s pork. Sounds like nitpicking to me!

George is on the left

The judging process is serious business

Decision time. Judges don’t even try a surprise face on finding that plate one was from Sun, Peter and Craig. Three sevens. Everyone loves Sun’s pork and slams the other two. She tries and fails not to look smug.

Plate two! Adam actually looks a little nervous. He cheers right up when he gets straight nines. Sun weirdly freaks out when Matt jokes that Adam should hire her. Do you want to be a chef or not? Adam hugs them and leaves. While everyone else is congratulating the contestants on not completely failing, Jay reminds us that it’s a competition. He’s so intense!

Tomorrow, everyone stuffs up a sausage sizzle and Hayden gets his kit off. No, really.

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