Masterchef…Heston week…sensory cooking

Now we’re ramping up the Heston style cooking…each of the four will get a sense (other than taste of course) that will be used in their cooking…30 minutes planning time and 90 minutes cooking time, with open pantry, speciality equipment and speciality equipment.

Amy’s advantage is that she is picking the sense first…and she picks sound.  The other three get to choose from the knife pull…first up is Jamie and he chooses smell, then Laura who chooses sight and finally Emilia who gets touch.

Oh dear…cooking starts and Amy manages to cut her thumb quite badly…such a great start…not!!

No good talking on the phone and then seeing Emilia have a teary as I go back to fully focusing on Masterchef…oh gee girl, suck it up.

Jamie making liquid nitrogen snow is a tad exciting though…

Tasting time…

Jamie is up first with the sense of smell and he’s made green tea cured salmon with compressed apples and green strawberries with a yoghurt snow and he’s got the smoke and the fire crackling and I’m impressed by the show he’s put on regardless of the food.  Gary loves the cleanliness of the dish and the theatrics.  George thinks the curing is dull.  Matt says the theatre took him there, but the food didn’t.  Heston says the dish is flat which is a shame as the story and smell are there and the food doesn’t do the talking.

Amy is next with her sense of sound.  She’s made seafood stew with fresh oyster and has made bread as well.  She’s given them the sounds of the ocean and they’ll have the oyster and then get the sounds of the ocean and the fire and that will be enjoyed with the seafood stew.  Matt loved the oyster with the sounds of the ocean.  George would have like the seafood more carefully prepared.  Heston said the fish is overcooked and agrees with Matt about wanting smoked paprika with it.

Laura’s up next with the sense of sight.  She’s made a beautiful plate and George says she’s been different this week.  She’s made citrus-cured salmon with beetroot jelly and coriander oil.  They all love the jelly as it looks like a beetroot but it isn’t and the curing of the salmon and Heston loves the layers in the dish.

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Lastly it is Emilia’s turn with her sense of touch.  She’s made lemon verbena jelly with pickled apples and confit lemon segments with mascarpone ice-cream and she’s serving it with cold spoons to amplify the sense of crisp apples.  Heston loves the dish.  He loves the texture of the jelly that Emilia thought wasn’t set and Heston’s been taken back to his childhood through the thinly sliced apple and it reminds them of apple pie or of apple and ice-cream.  They’re full of compliments.

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Decision time…the first one into finals week is Laura…who is in complete shock.  The second person through is Emilia.  Jamie is also through to finals week.

Amy is in the elimination challenge alongside Ben, Brent and Tracey.


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