Masterchef…Rick Stein elimination

I’m just putting it out there that I’ve been on holidays…well holidays at home, because of school holidays and I’ve been watching lots of tv shows on my hard drive and lots of movies, so haven’t watched Masterchef for a few days…so it is catch up time!!

So six of the remaining nine contestants are up for elimination.  They are Georgia, Ashleigh, Matthew, Amy, Jessie and Billie…and Georgia’s been in a black apron eight times now…gee girl, look at the positives, it is extra time in the kitchen.  Oh and Ashleigh has an immunity pin that she can choose to use…honestly with 9 left there shouldn’t be any decision, use it girl.  But no, she turns on the tears because her mum isn’t well, then use the pin already love.  Good, she decides to use it and we’re down to five up for elimination.

Matt tells them they’ll probably be happy to be in a black apron because of the chef that is coming into the kitchen…then they realise who it is.  Rick Stein is there and Georgia is all set to keel over in shock and excitement.

So there’s 5 types of seafood in basket and 5 types of cuisine in another container…the contestants have to pick one of each to decide what they’ll cook.  Billie gets red emperor and Spanish.  Amy gets squid and Malaysian and she’s excited.  Matthew gets John Dory and Indian.  Jessie gets Murray River Cod and British and she thinks it is her worst nightmare.  Georgia gets snow crab and French.  They have 75 minutes to cook.

Rick says that he is looking for someone who treats their seafood with respect and the seafood needs to be the main part of the dish and not smothered with flavours.

Billie fillets her fish perfectly.  Amy decides to make some of her squid into “noodles” and puts some into the freezer wrapped in glad wrap.  Poor Jessie is all stressed and lost and Rick tells her to think about English pubs and Gary says she’s got a lot of lovely flavours there and to get on with it.  Georgia’s doing a bisque and wants to make a beautiful dish.

Rick comments on how great Billie filleted the fish and she’s over the moon about it and is excited by the sound of her dish.  Matthew’s doing a curry and then races to get eggplant from the garden to use as a side dish.  Amy’s also doing a curry.  George and Rick go to Georgia and ask what she used in her broth and Georgie gets worried by Rick saying “gosh”…oh honey, too late now.

Jessie stressing with 20 minutes to go that he dish won’t be enough, but is committed to it and it’s a bit late now.  Matt and Rick go to her and ask how she’s going and she gets teary talking to them, oh honey, focus on the cooking.  Rick says to think about what you like…good advice I think.

Matt’s concerned about the texture of Amy’s dish…she’s realised that she’s been focusing on the flavour so far…oh dear, this could be a worry.  Now Matthew’s worried about cooking his fish, because he’s never cooked John Dory before…then it starts curling up and he’s even more worried.  Then he sees how it naturally breaks, so cuts the other fillet that way before cooking it.

Tasting time…Billie is up first with pan seared red emperor with a chorizo broth.  George says it is a beautiful dish and looks like a restaurant dish and when he cuts the fish he says it looks nice.  Rick absolutely loved it and was full of glowing adjectives.  Gary loved the sauce and couldn’t make it any better himself.  Rick wants to know where you get a dish like that.

Next is Amy with Malaysian curry with squid noodles but she’s all teary while she’s talking to the judges.  George likes the smell of the dish and Gary thinks it looks appetising.  Oh dear…Matt says “Houston we have a problem” and we go to an ad…oh Amy, Amy, Amy, what have you done???  The squid is undercooked and the curry sauce isn’t liquidy enough.  Oh honey, I’m worried for you.

Next is Matthew.  He made John Dory coconut curry with caramelised eggplant and rice…oh and he made flatbread as well, but the image and text on the tv didn’t mention that, Matthew mentioned it.  It looks great as he pours the curry sauce into the bowl around the rice.  Rick likes how he turned it around and made it look rather pretty.  George thinks it looks gorgeous, as does Gary.  Rick thinks the dish works really well and that it is a fabulous dish.

Georgia is next with snow crab bisque with fennel, tarragon and tomato.  George thinks it looks wonderful and Matt thinks it looks elegant and sophisticated.  Matt says that Georgia is back with that dish.

Last in is Jessie.  She made poached Murray River cod with peas, bacon and brussel sprouts.  Gary tells her that her own thoughts will be the thing that beats her in the competition.  Now she’s in with the other contestants still crying over how her dish wasn’t clear from the start…honey it is too late now!!  Then while George is cutting the fish Gary asks if it is cooked.  Rick thinks the fish is a bit under cooked, but George and Gary got well cooked fish.  They all think that she’s done well.

Matt thinks it is between Amy and Jessie for who will be eliminated.

Decision time…Rick was impressed with how great they all were.  Matt says that Billie is safe, along with Matthew and Georgia.  So it is between Amy and Jessie for who will be eliminated.  But first they need to pump up Billie, Matthew and Georgia with how great their dishes were.  Then George goes on to talk to Amy and Jessie about their good and not so good things in their dishes.  Oh dear, Amy is going home because her sauce is thick and claggy…oh honey, you’re such a sweetie and will be missed.

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