Having lost the team challenge, Laura, Brent, Amy, Renae and Soul Patch are fighting to stay alive tonight. But not without Tracy’s Power Apron intervening. She has the power to save one of them from elimination and it’s fellow Adelaide girl and baby of the competition, Laura that gets the lifeline. The first round will see the remaining contestants cook a savoury Mexican dish in 45 minutes. They pair up to cook the dish and the bottom pair will go into Round 2. Continue reading
The Team Challenge today has the contestants travelling to the beautiful Great Ocean Road. They will be cooking a banquet for food producers in the region.
As Power Apron goddess, Tracy gets to pick her team first. It’s an all-star team with Emelia, Sarah, Jamie and Ben are her teammates. Ben makes the observation that the best team usually doesn’t win these things and if that happens to them today, he’s in trouble.
Laura’s the other team captain; Amy, Soul Patch, Brent and Renae are her crack squad.
In tonight’s episode, Tracy’s Power Apron means that she goes straight into Immunity. This is huge enough but it gets even bigger. She can pick the other two contestants to join her. It’s the three South Australians, Tracy, Laura and Soul Patch going at it.
The core ingredient for the first round is beer and they need to make a bar snack incorporating it. Laura does what any other 19 year old in the situation would do, she gets hold of as much alcohol as she can. Her dish is chicken skewers and polenta chips.
Tracy’s beer candied bacon and popcorn chicken sliders sound amazing. SP’s also making sliders and capsicum coated in squid ink. Problem is that he’s braising eye fillet and that’s the wrong cut for braising. He only comes to this realisation with 10 minutes left. He ends up frying battered eye fillet instead.
Tracy’s sliders look a mess but eat like a dream. They all empty their plates. SP’s sliders look really bare and his squid ink capsicum looks like a black, charry disaster. He’s not going to move forward. Laura’s chicken skewers are great but it’s Tracy’s fantastic sliders that win.
It’s a big Pressure Test today as Kira, Soul Patch and Jamie must make a croquembouche without a full recipe. Matt tears the recipe into three and Tracy can choose who gets what bit. Jamie’s been practicing choux pastry in the house and to shake things up, Tracy give him the choux recipe and Kira the creme patissier. Kira’s eyes tear up as she knows she’s in major trouble.
The episode begins with the Kira and Sarah in the house discussing what Tracy’s “power” might be, whilst loading the dishwasher. There’s a packet of Finish dishwasher tablets on the counter and we get a shot of a tablet getting loaded in the compartment. You’ve fulfilled your product placement quota there, MasterChef.
The judges meet Tracy in the back room of the MasterChef kitchen. It’s a massive storage facility filled with all manner of pots, pans and kitchen gadgets, providing a brief behind the scenes glimpse of the enormity of the set.
It’s all about the “Power” today. The winners of the team challenge as well as Tracy will vie for a gold apron, dubbed The Power Apron. The wearer will make decisions and influence next week’s challenges. The challenge will see the six contestants go through entree, main and dessert rounds to cull the field.
The contestants arrive to find way more Mystery Boxes than usual. In classic MasterChef Australia form, all the eliminated contestants have returned to fight it out for a chance to return to the competition. There’s only room for one so it’s a tough fight. The Top 10 will have to wait a little while longer.