Masterchef Australia

I thought the test with the bird's nest desert was more of a test of interpretation of what people read. How close do they read the detail? Some people read more in an overview way rather than pick up nuances. It was almost an intelligence kind of test.
No recipe, no tasting, smelling, no touching and no sighting meant those contestants who do well using sight, taste, touch, smell and good at following instructions had none of that to help them but contestants who can use imagination and visualise in the mind would do better.
Brent has been reading books and looking into plate presentation so it might be paying off for him.
I thought all the lads did well last night. I felt sorry for Jamie who missed that one second he needed to keep in his mind to plate the sauce.
I'd like to know how soon after they film the comments about what they were doing that they overlay with the actual cook-off showing.
Both Tracy and Amy seem to be showing the strain of their long commitment. From what I've read, they do have a very full-on cooking even when they are off-duty from the filming.

Chef_terraalba, Feb 1, 12:19 pm

Are you being complimentary rainrain1? I have had so many bashings on here for my observations I am not sure and I am sorry I have to ask

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 1, 1:00 pm

i think they could have marked Jamie on the sauce as he had made it i guess if it had been Laura that would have happened

Chef_flyingwitch, Feb 1, 1:10 pm

Jamie was not penalised for leaving the sauce off his dish as he was not in the bottom 2

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 1, 1:14 pm

You decide dearie

Chef_rainrain1, Feb 1, 1:17 pm

I will say thank you then

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 1, 1:19 pm

I thought he could have taken the sauce up with the plated fish, and poured it on the plate at the table

Chef_rainrain1, Feb 1, 1:21 pm

True he wasn't sent upstairs to watch the rest of the week but he missed his chance for special mention or being the winner.
He was fortunate that two others had flaws that were considered reasons for elimination.

Rainrain1, From what I've observed it's alright to but it in a sauce jug or bowl and pour it on in front of the judges but Jamie had it sitting in something that didn't look like a serving dish, rather a mixing bowl or similar.
I understand that the judges do go around looking and tasting some sauces while they are still hot. So of course they knew it was made at least. Blumenthal seemed to approve of the sauce when he saw Jamie at the work bench.
I wonder how much of the food they taste is cold before the judges get to sample when judging.

Chef_terraalba, Feb 1, 1:24 pm

I'm pretty sure all dishes are tasted and judged before the actual filmed "tasting".

Chef_kaddiew, Feb 1, 2:00 pm

Yes, he was. Others just happened to do worse than he did.

Chef_kaddiew, Feb 1, 2:02 pm

I was reading something where the food is ALL cold when it's sampled for judges

The judges wander round sampling this sauce, and that dish and have an idea of what it *should* taste like if it was hot(or preferred serving temperature)

Sorry, that's not quite correct. Here's a wee snippet of something I was reading

Australia Masterchef winner FAQ: "It wasn’t cold – but it was at room temperature. The re-setting of cameras and other behind-the-scenes things that need to happen meant that the food did have to cool off for a while before it was judged. Often the judges would come around as we cooked and taste things hot before time was up, but the food the viewers see them eating is at room temperature."

Chef_melp6, Feb 1, 2:06 pm

yeah it's good eh . I went hunting online which I don't recommend but I was curious to know if Renae felt cheated in her final challenge and I came across that instead and had to veto it to ensure there were NO SPOILERS for others .

She's got her head screwed on right , in something else I read she was only upset with herself , as she said all the clues were in the box in front of her but she gave up midway after burning 2 batches of choc and said to herself nah. I can't do it and that was the end of it for her

Chef_tanyash, Feb 1, 2:07 pm


Chef_tanyash, Feb 1, 2:14 pm

Yes I suppose we have to give them that there is a difference between room temperature as in no longer hot and cold as in straight from the fridge. It is Australia after all where temperatures are different from here. Studio temperatures may have some influence on food temperature.

I am sure you realised also that when I wrote "cold", I meant no longer at the hot temperature that it was intended to be eaten. I centainly did not mean cold as from the fridge or completely cooled down either.

Chef_terraalba, Feb 1, 3:25 pm


and so good

Chef_slimgym, Feb 2, 12:49 am

It was interesting to hear what she said abut Emelia, as she is probably the villain in this series, how she is lovely but gets to work in the kitchen and her race face is on.

I am going nowhere Google, I rather manage to keep the winner hidden, and that becomes my challenge for the series. I know with MKR near the end I was fed up with it, and decided I did not care who won, so searched for something and instantly came up with the winners lol :)

Chef_unknowndisorder, Feb 2, 7:57 am

Wonder how well Gary and George would've kept up. I think Gary would struggle to keep the speed up.

Chef_540trickzter, Feb 4, 10:42 am

I thought George was very rude last night diving in 1st before Heston to taste the contestants dish

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 4, 12:45 pm

Gosh they certainly worked their butts off last night. I felt tired watching them, and I thought they did really well! I love beetroot and I think it would have tasted great. Heston seems to be well liked by them all.

Chef_strebor1, Feb 4, 3:43 pm

Amy is irritating me at the moment, coming across as smug, with a very high opinion of her own abilities (and yes, doing well right now). It reminds me of how Emelia was perceived in the early stages of the game.

Chef_kaddiew, Feb 4, 9:11 pm

I'm constantly amazed that so many of these clever cooks have such major issues with time! They either run out of it; do dumb stuff like trying heat up 4 litres of liquid for four table spoons of sauce; choose dishes that need cooking for ages; choose dishes that are impossible to plate quickly; spend forever on prep; expect stuff to cook/freeze/chill in no time at all - then they get super stressed.

They produce some amazing last minute stuff at times, but rarely do they get things done early.

Chef_socram, Feb 4, 9:32 pm

Oh I don't agree kaddiew - she can't possibly get Emilia's supercilious sneer emulated to perfection. Not at all the right curl of the lip!

Seriously though - I don't find her smug at all I think she's quite a humble woman just slightly intoxicated with her own success at the moment.

Chef_esther-anne, Feb 4, 9:32 pm

Amy just comes across as a typical South Afrikaans - arrogant. I have met very few I have got on with (only one and he came here as a kid, others I have had varying degrees of dislike).

Irene Van Dyk is similar in how she comes across, and I have revised my opinion of her over the years (netball/rugby all the same to me, but probably think more of the netball players) lol

Chef_unknowndisorder, Feb 4, 10:17 pm

I actually think Emelia has lost her smugness, and appears to be as unsure of herself as any of them now.

Chef_kaddiew, Feb 4, 10:56 pm

I really felt for Brent I could see the sting in his eyes when he lost tonight he is Heston's biggest fan out of all in the top 7 and he was really hurting knowing that he is not going to be cooking for Heston Blumenthal anymore

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 4, 11:39 pm

Yes you're right of course - and she is much more likeable for it. Hence the tongue-in-cheek!

Chef_esther-anne, Feb 5, 12:14 pm

I don't find her arrogant at all. Just the opposite really, I feel that she lacks confidence and gets a bit overwhelmed by the task. She appears to be genuinely delighted when she is praised for a great dish.

Chef_biggles45, Feb 5, 12:23 pm

The one that cries the most obviously wins.

Chef_lodgelocum, Feb 5, 8:41 pm

I agree. It's more a mannerism than arrogance.

Chef_deanna14, Feb 5, 8:46 pm

Oh bless Emelia and what a genuine heart felt episode that was last night my tears flowed with her during her Grandmas apple tree recreation I could not help it and I am sure her Grandma was watching over her being the 2nd Anniversary of her passing. And after listening to that podcast she is the darling of the house too always helping out others. Something else I was pleased to hear in that podcast because it confirmed what I had observed from that night market challenge onwards was that there was certainly controversy surrounding Tash who spoke out after being eliminated saying she was alienated by all the other contestants and I don't know if anyone else on here has noticed but the in the Masterchef promo they have cut and edited it and have culled all contestants after Georgia down and guess who the next contestant after Georgia was, none other than Tash. I am sure in all the previous 5 series they have always promoted all contestants right until the very last show whether they were eliminated or not.

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 6, 10:58 am

I don't think any guest chef has inspired the contestants more than Heston. He really made them think outside the square, even if what they produced didn't win, they must be all the richer for the experience.

Chef_socram, Feb 6, 1:52 pm

What a load of rubbish, honestly!

Chef_rebecca18, Feb 6, 2:59 pm

Absolutely, what an amazing opportunity.

Chef_deanna14, Feb 6, 3:18 pm

Yeah it's a real cry fest on there. Excellent for the ratings. You know the dude on the adds that cooks pasta. I WEEP when I cook!. LOL

Chef_fruitbat, Feb 6, 3:20 pm

I think Marco was every bit as good as Heston he is a greatt character.

Chef_boop2, Feb 6, 5:49 pm

We haven't seen Adriano Zumbo with one of his scary constructions so far on this series - but please don't say if it's coming up in case it's a spoiler.

Just watched a rerun of one of his programmes in which he made 23- carat gold macarons, hamburger macarons - and pig's blood and chocolate macarons with a blood jelly filling. ?

Chef_kaddiew, Feb 6, 6:04 pm

Brent doesn't cry a lot does he?

Chef_paora-tm, Feb 6, 6:16 pm

What's a South Afrikaans? Afrikaans is a language

Chef_waswoods, Feb 6, 9:18 pm

Heck where is tonights episode?

Chef_matakatia, Feb 6, 9:25 pm

It's been postponed to start again next Weds night 11th Feb

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 6, 9:31 pm

Cheers thanks. is that our end or their end?

Chef_matakatia, Feb 6, 9:36 pm


Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 6, 9:40 pm

Has TV NZ postponed it for the rugby or has it been postponed in Australia? I can't seem to find any information anywhere.

Chef_matakatia, Feb 6, 9:43 pm

Oh no! I have just seen this.
roup-2926351 That's crazy we will be SO behind!

Chef_matakatia, Feb 6, 9:48 pm

Just postponed here in NZ I personally don't know why but am guessing for the Rugby or maybe even final of The Block on TV3 but it will resume again on Weds night don't worry

Chef_r_o_s_i_t_a, Feb 6, 9:50 pm

Good heavens. you must live not far from me - and my name is also Renée.
One of those coincidences that pop up occasionally!

I presume you mean Australia when you say 'their end'? The series has been over in Australia - for quite some time I think. We are just getting it second-hand so to speak!

It's not on these two nights because of the Rugby Sevens taking precedence.

Chef_esther-anne, Mar 24, 10:15 pm

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