The elimination challenge will determine who will go into the semifinal. The bottom three contestants will fight it out for their place in the competition. Plus, a final MasterClass of the season.
Masterclass on a Sunday? That’s two hours of MC tonight.
— #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) 27 July 2018
Over to Amanda for her recap (thanks!):
Yes folks … Tonight is the big night. Tonight is the start of “GRAND FINAL WEEK!!!”
How do we know that? Well that would be from the ads showing every 2 minutes during every show on the network.
There have been movies and TV shows that had a twist that set the world ablaze. Well this evening’s show put them all to shame, … but I digress.
Tonight is the elimination where the judges find excuses to get rid of Ben or Sashi. We first have to pay our dues in the form of about a million speeches and monologues by everyone wanting to once again state… THIS IS GRAND FINAL WEEK!!
I just have to say it right now: If I see ONE more granita, crumb, tuile or mousse this season I am going to unleash unholy vengeance on the universe!
And we have the scenic shot as Ben, Jess and Sashi board a speedboat that looks as if they stole it from a 1970-80s cop show. And even more monologues – apparently because Jess made a savoury dish she suddenly feels like she can smash it – clearly not that much since she does yet another dessert.
Sashi recites from the script he received 6 minutes prior and eventually they arrive on a harbour boat that looks suspiciously like the one I got drunk on during a new year’s party once.
And more monologues – they introduce guest “chefs” whose names I didn’t get or bother to listen for right up until the last one – holy moly who is that specimen of perfection? I will just refer to him as “my future husband”! (Note from Juz – I believe you are referring to Adelaide’s own Jock Zonfrillo and, yes, he is fine, umm, a fine chef. And now we all know, Amanda, that you did not watch Restaurant Revolution – but you and millions.)
As mention before as they decide on the courses they will serve, Jess decides on dessert. Frankly, if I was Ben and Sashi I would have volunteered for dessert just to screw her over, but whatever. Staggering their starts, Ben is first. He decides to do trout and another seafood with … crab bisque. BISQUE AGAIN!!! FFS what is it with these contestants that they have to do the same dish a million times over. Gary and George decide he is looking too comfortable and give a passive aggressive swipe at his idea to do bisque. Ben just gives them the look of death and resists the urge to attack them both with a fishtail.
Meanwhile, as Sashi and Jess wait – she gives an unconvincing “good luck” to Sashi who decides to be a total boss (or is just over it) and stares her down. I realise at that point that I love him.
Sashi is next to cook and decides to make … Singapore Chicken Rice and gives the sous vide machine a go. Umm, Sashi honey, you seemed confused about working your timer, maybe a sous vide is a little outside your thing?? Just sayin’.
Over at planet seafood Ben is working away while one of the unknown “experts” decides to give him a hard time again.
Finally it is Jess’s turn to start and she decides on some weird black sesame ice cream with yuzu and peanut – while complaining non-stop about the rocking boat. Weird that she is the only one to have an issue. George realises he hasn’t yet sold Jess to the other judges so approaches her with my future husband to discuss (by discuss I mean talk her up and basically threaten war if they don’t love her) her dish.
Back to Sashi and I wish I could just tell him that he is leaving anyway, so may as well grab a beer, sit back and take a load off – but bless him, he is cooking anyway. He is adding a lot of ingredients – none of which involves a granita or a crumb, so I am a happy redhead. It is Ben’s turn to plate up and I have to say it is a nice-looking dish – cue Gary to turn up to once again try to give him a hard time. Regardless of that he presents the dish and they all like it.
While we wait for Sashi to plate his fried ri – err – Singapore Chicken Rice – I am pondering just what has happened with Khanh – poor dove must be feeling a bit lost at having *no* camera time so far. Nor have the judges given long-drawn out speeches about Jess’s age. Jess realises she has burnt her sugar (for a so called “dessert queen” isn’t this a bit of a rookie move?).
Gary decides to drop the pretence of this being fair and all but tells her she needs another idea because she is about to fail. However, Jess is still trying to figure out the difference between feta and parmesan and misses the hint.
Finally, Sashi presents his dish and starts laughing like some weird drunk person. The judges look at it with a bit of disdain and spend a moment trying to figure out how to pick faults in it. One of the random judges calls it “homey” (translation – the rice we order from home). Future husband says something – honestly, I was so distracted by the sheer aura of his perfection to listen to what he says. George is elated as it is pretty obvious Sashi is as burnt as Jess’s sugar. Next is the turn of Jess who seems to be blitzing some cocaine – that’s new. Jess’s disc thing has pretty much disintegrated and then she sets her paper on fire. (Juz’s note: She leant everything she knows about kitchen arson from Sashi.)
Frantically she tries to figure out what to do and decides … Holy sweet mother of all the is good and pure … a frickin’ TUILE! Finally, she plates up and it looks … horrible. Basically crumb and ice cream with a bunch of dots around it. The guest judges all pretty much hate it – cue George to tell them to basically shut the hell up and she is… Only 19!
Finally, we get to the judges’ verdict and Sashi is out – oh, wait a minute.
What the hell is going on? Was the lunar eclipse a sign of the apocalypse? Jess is out of here! Honestly, didn’t see that one coming and, frankly, Sashi needs to go and get a lotto ticket immediately.
We get through the speeches and the replays of all her dishes basically being the same and George telling her she is the next Reynold.
Next up is the masterclass and in a direct copy of season 1, they decide
to get George and Gary to do a mystery box, which I can’t be bothered covering as now I need a big glass of wine and maybe a tuile. Ciao!