I could go through these websites for days… speechless..
I just finished watching the Monday episode( gotta love Australia being a day ahead of us) of Masterchef Australia. The ingredients for the mystery box challenge are usually under the cloches on Monday’s, but to their surprise( and mine), they placed iconic British monuments, black cabs and the like underneath. The top 8 chefs were going to London for the week of their lifetime! I’ve been to London a few times myself, not for long, but long enough to leave a pleasurable impression. Their challenge was to make a pastry/dessert fit for royalty, inspired by the crown jewels. They had three hours to prepare this dessert in the 5-star Langham hotel, under the supervision of the Langham’s lead pastry chef. Everyone loves a good tea, and these contestants had to prepare 9 identical portions of their desserts to accompany tea.
I’m quickly becoming sweet on Matt Preston(centre of photo), a man of Yeti-like proportions, but dangerously witty and surprises me every episode with something from left field. These judges tasted all eight desserts, oo-ing and ah-ing whilst licking their lips. I was impressed with a few of the contestants, particularly Callum, who has been known to be a bit of an emotional loose cannon in the kitchen. He made violet macaroons( who knows, they might be good?) with fresh berries and buttercream. The judges showered him with affectionate words, and he narrowly beat out Jonathan( who tempered chocolate into casings, filled them with a rich mousse topped with a red currant). In the end Callum got to choose one of his colleagues to join him on the massive reward, and he chose Jonathan eventually. The prize was a ripper(you know this phrase if you watch the show), meeting Jamie Oliver for a private Master Class, and later on, attending the top 50 restaurants in the World gala, where Jonathan was pining anxiously to meet his idol, Heston Blumenthal, owner of ‘The Fat Duck’, and author of many cookbooks which flirt with design perfection. This episode was gripping to watch, and I’ve really been enjoying the series. It’s great to see shows that nourish creative beings and encourage rapid growth in something they all love to do, which is to create and share their food with others.The show promises great things for the week in Europe, so stay tuned on http://realitytvfan.org/
Happy viewing and Happy Father’s Day( if you’re reading this Dad)
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