MasterChef – pairs challenge – Wed, Jun 28

Split into pairs, each team must make two plates of the same dish and they must be identical, but they will not be able to see or taste what their team mate is cooking.

Any Offspring fans should stick around after MasterChef; the season returns straight after (athough, yes, they should have quite a couple of years ago).

The pairs will cook with a giant divider between them. They are:
Tamara and Sarah
Karlie and Ben (that’s a strong team but Karlie may have trouble yelling).
Arum and Eliza
Eloise and Callan (could struggle)
Diana and Sam (if Diana takes charge of communication they should be ok).
They have 60 mins but only one pantry visit.

Eliza and Arum go steak (he has done a lot of steak in this comp).
Diana and Sam will do a cheesecake – they seem to be having a good planning session.
I am surprised Callan and Eloise are not doing dessert – it’s his strength and she’s a relative all-rounder.
Sarah and Tamara are pan-roasting quail.
Ben and Karlie are doing snapper fillets with asparagus.
There is a lot of shouting going on.
Is it Callan who quips “There’s bad reception in here.”
Eliza smartly tells Arum (who seems a little deaf) to cut his onion rings using the lid of a vinegar bottle they both have.
Poor Sam has added his creme fraiche too early so has to remake his cheesecake.
Callan and Eloise are trying to create identical dressings – that’s tricky. As the judges say, scallops should be a no brainer.
Sarah and Tamara are microplaning their aromats so they will look the same.
Uh oh – Eliza had her steak cling wrapped round the edge while Arum’s is loosey goosey.
Uh oh – Eloise is a much better scallop cook than Callan.


MasterChef fun fact: the blast chiller is a “blastie”, according to Sam.
Tamara and Sarah have a definite advantage being at the end of the row, so they don’t have to yell so much.
“Arum! Arum! Arum!” … can Matt Preston please come and be Eliza’s megaphone?
Sam’s praline isn’t setting – they can’t do their tuille.

THE JUDGES TASTE
* The cloches are lifted and Sarah and Tamara’s quail looks similar. The judges like the taste and say there is only a slight difference in saltiness and sauce colour.

* Sam and Diana’s cheesecake dessert looks different mainly due to Diana having heaps of praline dust – which looks great – and Sam hardly any. Gary says it tastes good but they aren’t identical.

* Karlie and Ben’s snapper has been plated slightly different – they missed out on having a yelling match about vertical and horizontal plating. Matt says Karlie’s brown butter sauce is tastier while Ben’s fish is better cooked. But the judges like it.

* Eloise and Callan’s scallops. The obvious difference is the lack of dressing on Callan’s because he didn’t measure as Eloise instructed. Gary says Callan’s scallops are “bullety” – “a terrible thing to do to a scallop”. Eloise’s dish was, however, delicious.

* Arum and Eliza’s steaks aren’t plated identically but the elements look the same. The steaks are cooked to the same doneness, which is tricky to achieve. Gary says the purees are slightly different but nothing to worry about.

THE VERDICT
The bottom two teams will go into tomorrow’s elimination.
Callan and Eloise and Diana and Sam. Elise and Diana got the raw end of that deal. Interesting the two youngest cooks fared the poorest.
George says there was a split decision over the winner. Gaz voted Tamara (surprise!) and Sarah. Matt voted Arum and Eliza. George swings it to Team Tamara. Facebook will be going nuts over that.

TOMORROW
The four contestants have to choose from four pantries, but they will be revealed at different times, so waiting for the last pantry means you have the least time to cook. It looks like a herb pantry is the first one. The loser is a “shock” and we see Diana with a tear in her eye and Eloise and Callan bawling. Does that mean it’s Sam?



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Jayblossom

Yet another silly, pointless challenge that tests their use of language rather than their cooking skills.

Liberty

Business Class to Japan for the winning team, I assume?

Littlepetal

SPOT ON

Brussellsprout

Well if isn’t it will be a genuine surprise to me. Can someone just let me know so that I can skip the episode and I don’t have to see Gary’s lust-filled yet creepily paternally-proud announcement – accompanied by Tamara’s squeals excitement and feigned astonishment?

Liberty

Two teams to the bottom? I didn’t hear at the beginning. Diana/Sam and….

Littlepetal

I think Arum and Eliza will do well

Littlepetal

Ha ha ha. Eloise and Callan wont win the top prize.

I think the inexperience Callan is showing all his flaws now

Littlepetal

Gee, that is a lot of butter to cook one quail. (I miss Marco)

brain dead dave

“I want my quail!”

“Where’s my quail?” “Where’s my quail?” “Where’s my quail?”

“Service!!!!”

“Simplicity, Flavour, Dreams”

“Yes, Marco!”

Sara

Pigs

Jayblossom

What BULLSHIT! They actually said in the comments while tasting that Eliza and Arum had the two closest dishes. As if we needed any proof that Gary and George are the judges that need to go.

Littlepetal

Snap, JB

Jayblossom

My theory is it was the consolation prize for Sarah (because from what i’ve read she should have won the pin) and the prize for Tamara because of the part of their anatomy George and Gary think with.

Brussellsprout

Totally. Absolutely confirmed that Matt is the only judge who can stay. I HATE that Gary has delegated all major decisions to his penis. George just as bad.
I feel v bad for Eliza and Arum who were clearly robbed.

Littlepetal

What BS. Of course Gary and George will give it to the the Blondie

Littlepetal

All the cry babies will be safe from elimination

Jayblossom

If the judges are unable to be fair, and clearly they can’t be, all aliminations should be blind tastings.

Stacey

This was the best “team” challenge they’ve done in ages. Eloise grinding my gears more than ever though. Judging by the promo it gives the impression of Callan going, but could be Sam. I don’t really care who goes so long as it’s not Diana!

brain dead dave

I just watched the last 15 minutes.

Moe, Larry and $hemp were truly pitiful. Who’d want to go anywhere, let alone Japan with those Tamara~struck dickheads?

Brussellsprout

I hate myself every time I watch it nowadays – and every episode is just as bad as I feared.

I used to love challenges, but now it’s unabashedly rigged they aren’t the teensiest bit enjoyable.

lulu

So typical. Eliza and the hearing impaired Arum were robbed, and Tamara gets the golden goose again (Sarah was almost irrelevant). Can this series be any more unbearable?
I feel for the good people of Japan.

Brussellsprout

Oh no! I hadn’t thought of that – a poor unsuspecting nation about to be drowned in Tamara.

Liberty

You are correct.

Great recap, thanks Juz! Really enjoyed Offspring too.

Brussellsprout

Yes! Not golden days standard Offspring but certainly heaps good enough to wash out the nasty taste of Masterchef.

Carole Morrissey

Yeah I’m still enjoying Offspring. Pity Darcy was killed off. I assume John Waters didn’t want to come back.

brussellsprout

But he is still in the opening credits. Kind of odd to see him there.

Carole Morrissey

Thanks Juz. Was hilarious everyone yelling to each other & not being able to hear.
Poor Callan didn’t have his pan hot enough so his scallops didn’t cook properly. Then he didn’t measure his sauce.
Surprise surprise Tamara got the top dish.

Smythe

Arum and Eliza should be flying business class not Sarah and Tamara.
AE’s were the closest matches and they were delicious but the team with faux blondie on it gets the win.

Littlepetal

I have noticed so far they have not done a 3 course service challenge in a proper restaurant.

Maybe contestants are not up to it and they will stuff up.

brain dead dave

Abalone and Coles .Won’t happen.

Liberty

sigh…. I recall seeing it for $90 a can in a Chinese grocers.

Littlepetal

We only have abalone once a year for Chinese New Year. Now I dont bother to buy because they are so expensive

brain dead dave

Hope I’m not counting under cooked chickens here , but Diana looks safe from the promos.

Yeah, Enemadol$hine.

I’d say Sam’s head is in a culinary noose. Sayonara Sam.

Liberty

Sam and Callan have both overstayed, IMO but Callan will be the one squeezing in to an economy seat for Japan trip.

brain dead dave

Just over cooked the chicken. …nevermind , the dog gave it 10/10. No tears.