MasterChef Australia Elimination Recap: Fast Food, Fine Dining, and Desperate Farewell Before Finals Week | MasterChef Australia
So The sands of jet lag and Sunday brings us the last all-in elimination Sunday before the week of the finals. We said goodbye to Depinder and welcomed Linda to the gantry after securing the coveted first place in the final.
The other six walk through the garden as the music supervisor composes the eerie synth chords. “Seven was never my lucky number,” Sabina said with a strained smile. “Number one has.”
Tonight, they’ll pick a single “hero” ingredient, which they’ll use in a fast food challenge in round one, and the bottom three then have to create a gourmet dish that they’ll meet around in round two. .
Competitors head to the pantry to find their heroes. Elise chooses the sardines because it is a Sicilian version of fast food. Pete seems to take me back to when I was a stoner because “all I can think of is hot chips.”
Tommy is convinced that he is “not” a type of fine cuisine, so he goes for leather on Vietnamese street food. Justin makes Indian-inspired chicken tacos, putting the tip of a ghost pepper in his chicken marinade because he clearly wants to murder Andy.
The judges have a one-on-one fast food strategy that goes in one ear and goes out the other, largely because Andy apparently came in dressed as “Shades” from That Thing You Do!
Although he thrills on hot fries, Pete makes the fast food patatas bravas, probably because he was the kind of kid who had carrot sticks at his childhood birthday parties. Jock asks him to close his eyes and think about what the hero of the patatas bravas is: the tomato sauce and chorizo, not the potatoes. “I’ll leave you with that,” Jock said as he walked away, Pete’s potato dreams suddenly feeling a lot less brave.
The judges are concerned about Tommy’s corned beef and Elise’s sardines, because as Andy notes, “they can look a bit like a dog’s breakfast.” As if by magic, Elise’s sardines start sticking to their skewers and the hibachi.
Kishwar’s khao soi chicken is “so luxurious” (© Andy) that Jock gives 11 out of 10.
Sabina’s Sour Kingfisher Curry is also stunning. Justin’s Indian Chicken Tacos reduce Jock’s vocabulary to the word “yes”.
Andy asks Pete why he chose to make patatas bravas for a fast food challenge, and Pete says he couldn’t make hot fries, to which Jock replies “Mate!” You could have made me some hot chips ”and Pete’s face looks like mine when the hot chips are all gone.
The judges praise Elise’s potato salad, which is another way of telling her her sardines weren’t caramelized enough. Tommy presents his bowl lá lốt with typical joy and enthusiasm, but the judges find the ground beef to be overworked.
The votes are in: Kishwar, Justin and Sabina are in the final for the week! That means Tommy, Elise, and Pete have 75 minutes to bring their hero ingredients to Food Town. Remembering perhaps last season’s colonial disaster “there is no fine dining in Vietnamese cuisine”, Jock struggles to note that they expect gourmet dishes you could eat “n ‘anywhere in the world’.
Tommy is going to showcase his beef (which is fine with you, sir) by having a beautifully cooked steak on the plate, then garnishing it with a bún bò Huế consomme.
“I’ve never been on a second round of cooking before,” said Elise, in the vocal tone of a student who just reminded the teacher that they said there was going to be a test.
Pete prepares his version of a dish from Christian Puglisi, which he feels delighted with until Jock tells him that he ate this dish and that he will find out if Pete didn’t make it. Pete once again looks like he’s reached the bottom of the hot potato chip box as he suddenly realizes he’s got a hibachi covered in potato peels.
Elise cooks her pasta with five to go, and so traumatized by her lack of caramelization of sardines in the first round that she decides to burn the unfortunate fish with a blowtorch this time.
Tommy loves his sick drink: “Damn, son! But her beef is pretty scarce, which led Linda to stock up on Munch’s The Scream on the porch. Time is up!
Pete’s fancy mashed potato looks a bit like muesli with yogurt, which obviously means ‘fancy dinner’.
Elise toppings her pappardelles with sardines and the music threatens to turn into Four Seasons, 1 Spring by Max Richter, which at least means it sounds good.
The judges love it, but Jock would have liked to see finer pasta. Would that be enough to send Elise home?
Tommy presents the fanciest bún bò huế the judges have ever seen, but Andy worries about the scarcity of the beef.
“She’s blue,” Jock says as he cuts the beef, and when it comes time to break the bad news, despite the fact that his BBH broth was one of the best things the judges ever ate, the undercooked steak sends Tommy home. .
I do not wanna talk about it!!!! ; _;
What made me cry: “Don’t neglect what you’ve been doing here and what it means to people,” Mel cries, bidding Tommy goodbye, which then makes Elise scream “Oh, Mel!” and then everyone cries.