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Master Chef 2017: Dumpling vs Lamb Showdown

Tamara won the cook off with the Mac and Cheese against the boys.

Tamara had one out of 4 choices of making a herb the star of the dish. From the song Rosemary and thyme. That’s right the star of the herbs, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

Firstly this needs to be be addressed, Shannon had white shoes on tonight not the cool fly net red ones that from a distance look like crocs but where really cool nikes.

Tamara on her way to making a dish she is very good at – dumplings with a rosemary and roast chicken broth. Shannon advised to work on the broth first to get more flavour but Tamara wanted to get the dough right for the dumplings or there is no dish – good move – who will know.

15 minutes later Clinton started as cool as Tom Cruise on Top Gun.
Explaining a part of his dish with an orange pit puree, picked mushroom, rosemary ash with lamb.

With so many elements to put on the plate with true experienced chef style he gets everything on the dish. 5 minutes to go and Clinton is so relaxed.

Shannon advised Tamara to make a crunchy piece from the wantons – great idea with two crunchy elements and a broth.

Scoring is so close and Tamara missed out by one point. She can hold her head up high with a fantastic dish.

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Master Chef 2017: Elimination of someone and time

Another elimination. Here we go!

Each start with 90 minutes to spend after you shop you the left over time to cook with

Three tables:
20 minute ingredients
10 minute ingredients
5 minutes

A normal pantry of staples without cream but yoghurt instead.

Nicole and Arum off first with the most time.

Peter off next.

Ben off with 55 minutes.

Benita – 45 minutes.

Unfortunately Benita was eliminated.

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Master Chef 2017: Pass the recipe on mr DJ

The classic relay dish is back. Where the first person has 15 minutes to create a dish the highlights maple syrup. Now Canadian bacon and maple syrup comes to mind as well as a 3:00am stack at the pancake manor….mmmm…ok back to the story

The 22 left are split up into 4 teams – Red, Green, Yellow and the Blue team. The first group are chosen. Benita, Tamara, Benjamin and Diana.

Two points for Ben’s start on ice-cream. Unlike Trent who put the jelly in the fridge.
45 second changeover the baton – practicing for the commonwealth games. Ben comes second for the green team, Trent for the red, Elouise for the yellow and Sarah for the blue.

They put up their hand on who wants to go next – they get chosen who is next and are given the apron just before they run in.

Next set 45 seconds  Sam hits the red team, Nicole green team,  Bryan on yellow and Michelle for the blue.

Bryan came in an added a pickled apple. Michelle could be steaming the a buns that will stick to the steamer.

Next changeover
Callan is red, Aurum now green, Eliza jumps into yellow and Karlie is blue.

Poor Karlie – buns are doughy and wet, coleslaw is wet – decides to make the classic Asian pancake – will she get the time. Gets the team back on track.

Next change over
Ray does red, Jeff goes for green,  Sam in yellow and Jess is on the blue team.

Ray wonders what plate to use – seriously get the stuff on the plate and he forgot the jelly.

Green team chili mud crab not so mapley – in the elimination round.

Green team that are going to elimination.

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Master Chef 2017: Andy Bowdy stacks an all mighty cake called Rita

Andy Bowdy the cake wizard names his cakes after special people in his life. Let me tell you his Grandmother must be a special lady with the sky scrapper of a cake he created. I can’t even tell you the amount of layers and ingredients as it was so fast. Looks like 8 – 9 layers with all different ingredients. The complexity in the cake masterpiece giving the elimination round with Pia, Pete and Ray a 4 and 1/2 hour window.

Some advice from Andy, don’t mess with the Bavaroise (prounced Babwa). Now don’t get this word wrong as a “Babwa” – Slang term used to communicate with an inferior primate. While  Bavaroise is French for Bavarian Cream. Don’t under cook it won’t hold in your cake, don’t over cook it as it will be too hard.

Don’t stuff up the meringue, too soft it will be look a soup. Too hard and the meringue in shapes will just break.

I can’t tell you if Pete has sugary nuts but if you don’t watch your nuts their going to get burnt.

Pia – gets a fast pass on the custard and using the mixer – could be a bad mistake. The chefs say you’ve made it before nothing different.

Ray seems to be in the A&I in the hospital just calm and moving through the cake pieces and in control.

Pia slightly behind, meringue was a bit deflated. Second batch coming up and looking great. Pia’s custard is starting to set and it doesn’t look as airy as the others.

Peter even with over cooked nuts seems to be on track.

Coming down to dressing the cake – great job. Pete’s cake was great, it turns out that Andy may try burnt nuts in a future version – LOL.

Ray next up – looks great with a slight bulge in the bottom of the cake.

Pia worried abut her passion fruit Bavaroise – as you would be!

Pete safe, and unfortunately Pia is going home.

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Master Chef 2017: Home Cooking Week

It’s home cooking week with the lock up of the Sous Vida machines, the blast chillers, the ice-cream makers, yoghurt makers are all gone.

In everyone’s mystery box the judges have chosen three ingredients each. Here is the list:

Red chillies
Green beans
Olive oil
Yoghurt style cream

The funny thing is, if I have these ingredients in the fridge I’m high fiving myself for having enough ingredients to get dinner ready.

The rules are 75 minutes using at least one of the ingredients and you have the use of staples. They are only tasting the 5 most appealing dishes with the winner getting the advantage for the invention test.

Prawns with a spicy salsa and vinaigrette

Ricotta doughnuts with a pineapple syrup.

Grilled prawns with Parmesan tuile and cream and anchovies sauce.

Roasted pineapple dish

Eliose cooked a Pineapple Tarte Tatin with Pumpkin Chilli Caramel and Toasty Bits.

5 great dishes. The choice was hard.

Callan was way out of his league, one thing about Master Chef if you are just great at molecular gastronomy it’s going to get harder for him as the weeks go on.

Eloise cam out on top!
The three ingredients were from George’s Mums pantry.
Fennel, mussels or Ceder Street haloumi made from buffalo – and she chose the haloumi.

Garden and pantry are in play.

Top 3 go into the first immunity challenge and the bottom three in tomorrows pressure test.

Pete was creating a Heston inspired lamb dish and apricot gel instead of a lime gel with Dukka – hey can can make this gel with out Agar Agar. It looked pretty awesome – plug product here LOL.

Top 3

Bottom 3

Can’t wait for tomorrow!