And we’re back for Jay’s second crack at immunity. He is naked under a bathrobe again. Finally the producers convince him to put some pants on, and he stares commandingly out over the lawn.
He’ll be cooking at the end of Australia’s longest jetty. They’re 2km out to sea. George reminds Jay what he’s fighting for and waves the immunity pin around precariously. What happens if he drops it? Does the episode transition into MasterDiver?
As usual there’s a guest judge. It’s Hadleigh Troy, who is totally unremarkable and says nothing of interest. Matt Preston, looking uncannily like Brian Burke, announces that Jay will be competing against Tony Somethingorother. Tony roars up in a speedboat, eclipsing Matt Moran in the ‘chef most desperate to impersonate James Bond’ stakes. Jay, who had to walk out here, is jealous.
Tony’s cooking for WA! Tourism WA must have dropped a packet on getting Masterchef out here for the week. For some reason Tony is carrying two giant fish. Presumably this is the dish.
No. The dish is WA Seafood stew – it includes marron. Jay reckons he can give it a good go. Gary reminds him that he’s outdoors, like yesterday. Helpful! Jay gets a 10 minute head start and a recipe.
Apparently the winds are high, 2km out to sea. Of course they are. That is how sailing works. Jay starts doing everything totally wrong. Tony helps him. Don’t do that, Tony! Jay decides to use his food brain rather than his recipe brain. Wasn’t aware he had either.
Tony’s off! He is not familiar with cooking in high wind. Amazing. They have a fake state rivalry. I’m from Sydney and I could not care less. They declare that they like each other. It is the romance of the century here.
So many jokes between the new BFFs. Gary tries to participate but is tragically unfunny. Tony tells that if your base is no good you’re going backward the whole way. That doesn’t really make sense. Like Jay, he loves to smash. Apparently smashing seafood brings out the flavour.
They’re neck and neck! They’ve already made a hot date to go fishing. This is insufferable. We do learn that if you need to slowly add something while stirring, balancing your bowl on a rolled up teatowel will stop it moving around. That is actually really useful.
Tony’s on the seafood, well on track. Meanwhile, Jay has lost five bay leaves to the cruel, cruel sea. Gary comes and tells Jay that he’s behind. It turns out that Jay has decided to do his broth in a different way, to minimise the flavours. Gary thinks it’s stupid. Probably means this will go well.
Nearly over! Gary starts talking about the weather. At the last moment Tony realises he’s failed to remove the abductor muscle from his scallops. I blame the wind.
Both plate up. Tony tells Jay about his scallop problem. Turns out Jay did the same thing. I don’t like either of these people. Jay thinks he’s got this in the bag, as he usually does. Hopefully, as usual, he is wrong.
Jay’s dish is first up. Matt and George, unsurprising, like the oversupply of seafood. Hadleigh fails to contribute. The broth is delicious – Jay’s effort in making it bland may have paid off. On the other hand, the scallop is overcooked and not properly cleaned. It’s a good dish overall. Trouble!
Tony’s next. He’s contemplating throwing himself off the pier. Matt Preston is clearly just hungry. The judges are surprised by the presence of dodgy scallops and wanted more aioli. The scallops are perfectly cooked. Surely this will stop Jay.
Decision time! The blue team from Sunday are hanging around. What has happened to the red team? Are they dead? Before this can be resolved, Jay gets 8 from Matt, 7 from the more reasonable George and Hadleigh. He makes that half-constipated face that is his usual expression of delight.
Tony, who appears to be five feet tall, gets eight from Hadleigh, seven from George who is suddenly less reasonable. Matt reveals that he got a dodgy scallop and…FLAMEBALL.
Dr Chris is seeing to a tiny horse tonight. It’s about the size of a Labrador. That is not okay.
We’re back and Preston comes through with an eight! Tony wins because he could cook properly. Gary waves his T-Rex arms in the air and mentions WA again. Tony confirms their man-date and offers Jay a job. Apparently Jay’s character is perfectly suited for kitchen work. I’ve never been more pleased not to work in a kitchen.
See you tomorrow for the return of the red team from their underground prison.