Something old, something new for MasterChef’s return

MasterChef Australia returns to our screens Easter Monday (yes, up against Lego Masters).

Channel 10 has played it safe by making it a Fans versus Favourites season, and most of the returnee faces are instantly recognisable.

Season one winner MasterChef Julie Goodwin, the OG, is the biggest name but she is not the only winner: Sashi and Billie are also back.

Tommy the kindy teacher is back.

Alvin and Tommy are two faves who cooked some spectacular Asian dishes on the show and were beloved by the audience.
Mel, Andy and Jock all return as judges.


Will a fave or a fan win the season?
MasterChef Australia starts Monday at 7.30pm on Ten.



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  1. Mmmm….offering my totally bias opinion….Fans vs Faves concept in MC is highly suggestive that the “new” judges haven’t quite worked out as hoped. They need past contestants to be the pull factor to get people to watch.

    We know that a new season of MC is afoot as there seems to be an interminable number of puff pieces featuring Melissa (it’s not working we don’t find her likable) and Jock’s agent not to be outdone likes to commission an occasional puff piece as well. Andy lacks the elusive x-factor and doesn’t generate interest.

    My guess is Julie will exit early. DM have already done their sob story piece on her.

    • I’m not convinced that Julie Goodwin was really crying. I think the Adrian Zumbo arrival is a dead set put on as well, He straddles thre fine line between cook and crook. Julie’s bveendone for DUI and Adrian has been busted for underpaying his workers. All you need is love, hmmm?

      You need a sob story and an army of meaningless cliches to play the Masterchef game. Sod the love.

      Andy’s braying like an old school football coach, It’s overkill,It’s boring and out of place in the culinary world.

  2. I didn’t last long.
    The first episode is to introduce the newbies and reintroduce the oldies.
    I agree with Maz on the lack of pulling power of the judges, although I don’t mind Melissa too much. Andy is as interesting as a wet sock and Jock says the right things at the right times but nothing registers with me. I don’t know what it is.
    I get that every one has to get their moment in the sun but there were too many people floating before me and not enough cooking.
    Nevertheless I was so looking forward to this and I will be back. There is still something charming about MC.

  3. The 20 minute love-fest has finally finished, so I’m waiting to see some cooking. I remember some of the so-called favourites, a few I have no idea about.

    I think I will have to barrack for John for a while, simply for the balls he had to come back on this show after that infamous change to a dish. The stigma never went away , and I hope he lasts long enough to get rid of the tag that always prefaces his name.

    Forty minutes in and still more yakking than cooking.

    • The first couple of episodes are usually full of introductions and background on the contestants. Maybe watch with the fast forward button close by. It is an enjoyable show, if you like cooking shows :).

  4. I have recorded it but will catch up later – LegoMasters is our must-watch at the moment. Thank goodness it is school hols so I can let him stay up late

    • I have switched to LegoMasters until MC gets rid of a few of the masses.
      I really enjoyed last nights episode. So much fun.

  5. Ooh, Mel’s dress looks like it is made from the same fabric that covered a Jason recliner I had in the ’80’s. Andy looks as though he dropped by after a sweaty round of golf. Jock looks tidy as always.

    It’s a service challenge. Choices for the three courses, Jerusalem artichoke, eggplant, and raspberries. That combination for a dinner doesn’t even sound appetizing to me. It will be interesting, probably amusing too, to see what the teams do.

    • I hate the service challenges.
      It’s a bit like speed dating: a whole lot of mess and a whole lot of luck.

  6. I tuned in just for a minute to see how everyone was going and stayed for the whole thing. Most enjoyable.
    It might have had something to do with the fact that half of those people were upstairs so I could ignore them.
    It felt like the focus was mainly on the cooking with only the odd bleat from Julie. I think she is the nonna in this scenario.

    • Julie does seem to be the nonna.. She doesn’t help that impression by the comments she makes about herself, although I think she is meaning to be funny. I like her, nonna-ness or not. She is only 51.

      They all pulled their ingredients directly off the display pyramid. How long had the meat and dairy been sitting at room temp? Aside from the food poisoning possibility, I am enjoyng this ep.

  7. Well that was another very enjoyable episode of MC. In a lot of aspects, it was reminiscent of the very first season.
    A huge emphasis on the actual cooking. I felt that, with a recipe at hand, I could at least attempt some of those dishes. MC had been neglecting that part of the show over the last couple of seasons: too much concentration on the backstories of contestants and not enough showcasing of skills.
    Again, it did help that there were only 4 contestants for my very short attention span, and good editing. I was tense. Beats me why, but I felt for once that it was a competition.
    I had forgotten what a seriously good cook Julie was. This was a good reminder.

    • I thought MKR was dead and buried. Seems not so. Can’t keep a cooking show down.
      I am assuming that MKR are paying her a motza load more money than MC.
      I’ve never been a fan of Nigella. The things she cooks are not what I put on the table and her pretence that she is not using sex to sell her tv show is just disingenuous, if not just plain nauseating, but then I’m not a guy.
      I don’t think her style translates as a host so this will be interesting, particularly as a lot of the editing of MKR highlights the conflicts.
      I might pop in to have a look.
      Probably not.

      • I haven’t tuned in to The Julie Goodwin Show yet, but I might give My Cleavage Rules a look.

        On the upside, Nigella doesn’t cry on cue, dresses well, speaks well and wouldn’t cop the ageist sledges from the likes of Assclown Andy like JG does.

        One is a bogan. Betcha can’t guess which one.

  8. I like Manu and Matt. Colin is okay as long as he keeps his hair clean. Nigella’s often-used description of her slurpy, wet dishes as unctuous annoys the hell out of me. If I never again see Curtis Stone’s face on my tv screen, that would be fine.

    I’ll probably watch a couple of episodes. When the nastiness, frigging strategic voting, and threats of violence starts from the contestants, that will be me out. When, not if – so I don’t expect to last long.

  9. I haven’t tuned into MC yet.
    I have been watching The Voice, First Dates and a few shows on ABViview, SBS etc.

    • Pasta with tomato sauce. I made that tonight. The dog licked the bowl. He gave me an ammunity pin.

      I didn’t want to lunge at the lemon sponge. Diabetes City.

      One person’s curd is another person’s turd.

  10. I caught a bit up as I have vacation now. Well, I suppose they are currently throwing good ol’ Julie a few bones so she doesn’t look completely hopeless. But I do not think she will advance further than becoming 20th or 18th, and that is simply because of who she is. At least she is better than that horrid season 3 winner whose name I forgot.
    The Vegetable Girl is peaking to early as well, she won’t win the whole thing. Plus she annoys me. I get it, she has no money. So do tons of people.

    • 3rd season…that would be Kate Bracks. Nothing much about her any more as far as I know.
      Agree that Harry aka Vegetable Girl will probably not make it much further. They spent too much time featuring her repeatedly during the first week.
      Mystery boxes need to be more challenging. Make contestants use all of the ingredients or at least more than half of them.

  11. Hi Zhee, I hope everything is going well for you.
    I agree that Julie is definitely getting the going-home-soon edit, along with a couple of others. I couldn’t pick a winner at this stage.
    Sashi seems to be the only standout. Early days.
    Nevertheless, I enjoy most of Julie’s screen presence. I think it’s her hair. It has a life of its own.

    • How are you? 🙂

      I have been a bit out of the loop. Work, I decided to pick up studies again and ooohhh, I found a cute boyfriend, not much time for much else. Which I enjoy though.^^

      Julie is fun, I never disliked her, even though she can annoy me a lot. But she’s perfectly harmless and I think she’s a draw for nostalgic viewers.
      I hope Billie wins, I loved her in her original season. She’s pretty much no bs, aware of what she has to improve etc. I think there were a lot of 2 Stooges favourites on her season so she flew under the radar like Glowing Elena in her season.

  12. I like Julie more now that she has stopped crying so often and relaxed somewhat. I was relieved last night not to have Harry in every scene. She is irritating with her constant repetition of what her financial situation was or is. Last time I had a very tight food budget, admittedly a fair while ago, I found fresh vegetables out of reach most of the time. Store-brand pasta, tinned tomatoes, tinned beans, and tinned tuna occasionally. Maybe she was a smarter shopper than I, but she’s still a pain in the butt for rabbiting on about her talent with vegetables, as though that makes her superior. I reckon the woman with coeliac has a harder row to hoe.

    One of the promos shows Mel comforting someone who looks like John, presumably after he is eliminated. I really hope he doesn’t go before he makes at least one dish that impresses the judges. It would be good if he could lose that tag that’s followed him around since his infamous relay cook.

  13. I didn’t expect to, but I liked Julie on IAC. It might have been that she hit it off so well with the very funny Freddie Flintoff and that interaction gave her a good opportunity to show her own wit and easy going nature.
    I also loved how she turned out to be quite the McGyver. I believe, at one stage she knitted two tarantulas into a neck scarf, and made fire rubbing her thighs together.
    I made those bits up, but she was fun in the jungle.

  14. On the OMG, I was so poor vibe, I went shopping yesterday and I have never paid so much for my small bundle of goodies, and I’m not talking about a doable 10% inflation increase but a whopping nearly double.
    I have been bleating to friends and family whose response is to complain that pasatta and olive oil are in short supply.
    It’s not as issue for me, maybe because I live in an olive growing area and I make my own pasatta, but it is interesting to hear what is horrifying others.
    I know. Grocery shopping focuses the mind.
    I am reminded that, at times like these, I have a tendency to go vegetarian. Still, isn’t it odd that I don’t feel like victim because of it? Harry says I should be. I must have missed her memo.
    I eat vegetarian because it’s good for me, it’s good for the planet, most recipes are as tasty as, and I have a preference for them. Long bow here but I’m guessing Harry is using “poor” as an excuse for not having variety or subtlety in her cooking. She doesn’t have a passion for it. I’d like her to go before Julie.

    • We have quite a shortage for sunflower seed oil here and flour. But yeah, not a surprise as a lot of it came from Ukraine and Russia. The war is fucking up a lot, and while we might have some shortages, I fear hunger in Africa and other areas will increase and cost many more innocent lives, because this crazy ass Putin Guy wanted to play war.
      Inflation is horrible as well here, I am so sorry for already poor people who barely can afford their groceries and have to scale back. And yeah, little Harry saying she could only afford veggies because she is poor, she is not THAT poor if she can buy veggies as they are always the most expensive items apart from maybe onions, carrots, potatoes and at times tomatoes. When I was in my 20s and a student and then intern who was criminally underpaid, all I could afford was tinned stuff and carrots and apples.

  15. I was so poor growing up, we only had a calendar to use as toilet paper…

    Now those days are behind me…

    I saw a poor old woman slip over on some ice the other day…… at least I think she was poor; she only had $3 in her purse.

    My cousin is so poor….that when she couldn’t afford pay the Catholic church for her exorcism, they repossessed her.

    • 🤣🤣
      All jokes aside, everyone was poor when I was growing up. It was no big deal. Yards were big enough to have chooks and grow corn.
      Comfort food was delicious. I still love golden syrup dumplings. I tried to feed them to the grandchildren the other day. You should have seen their tiny horrified faces.
      It’s just that some of us were poorer than others.
      My Dad used string for his shoe laces. Rich was being able colour the shoe laces so they matched the shoes.

  16. I see Harry is going to be in our faces again tonight. Bleh.

    I don’t like relays. They often end up as a debacle because people don’t know how to listen during the handover. Quite a lot can be said in 45 seconds, but the ones handing over talk at speed as though the time is 15 seconds. Look around, Minoli. There are heaps of chillis all over, why decide to hero the chicken? (I know hero is not a verb, wish MC did.)

    I do like Master Class, so will mostly watch that part.

    I don’t like whoever is dressing Mel and Andy this season. Mel keeps wearing dresses made of curtain fabric, and Andy looks like illustrations of dad jokes. Makes no difference to the show, of course, but it’s jarring.

    • I dislike relays as well.
      And I am ignoring the judges because most of the dishes looked absolutely delicious to me, except for that strange burrito 🤷‍♀️.
      There seems to be a desperate attempt to make Andy more credible to the audience. Waist coats and Master class ffs. Even the contestants couldn’t keep a straight face.
      Harry doesn’t bother me anymore because I think she is getting the going-home-next edit and I couldn’t be more delighted.

  17. How much did Billie want to tell Andy to piss off, in last night’s immunity challenge when he was rabbiting on at her about what she was making? She doesn’t have a good poker face :).

    • I was happy Billie got a pin, and that other guy who is turning out to be surprisingly delightful to watch.
      I suppose it was too much to ask for more than two pins to be given. I can’t help feeling that whatshisname was penalised for Brussels sprouts. I thought it was very brave of him. Some of the others could have taken more of a chance, after all, that’s what was asked of them.
      Julie came last for the sin of undercooked, as she should have been.

  18. I found last night’s service challenge boring and barely watched it. Shannon did seem to be trying to be helpful with his comments during the preps.

    Tonight was different. Andy and Shannon walked around pulling faces and hanging shit on the contestants’ ideas they didn’t like. John’s dish they didn’t like the planning of and that was it for them. Andy gave his critique before he even tasted it. Jerk No, John is not one of the better or more innovative cooks, but they should have shown him, or anyone, the courtesy of tasting his dish before giving it thumbs down. He’s had barely any screen time. Did they only ask him back so they could humiliate him at the first opportunity? Meanness and disrespect is not entertaining.

  19. The pressure test elimination was a dessert from Reynold Poernomo. It looked quite difficult, and lovely, but was not appealing to me because the cubes were black. I always think a black component in a dish will stain my teeth.

    I am surprised at the outcome. Usually when a contestant hopes that flavour will get them through over poor presentation, that is the one who goes home. However, the flavours in Alvin’s dish were enough to put him above Max, who was eliminated.

    MC seems to have decided to pretend that the pandemic is over. There are no gloves used, no physical distancing or masks, many hugs when someone leaves, no precautions used at all. It looks weird to me to see a group of people, even reality tv people, acting as though everything is pre-2020.

    And I am glad that John did so well in this challenge.

    • I think that even before Covid, hygiene was never a priorty on Ma$terchef. So a world wide deadly pandemic is just water off an undercooked Peking Duck’s back.

      Ma$terchef are Covid deniers. Just think of the germs being aerosoled by arsehead Andy into the contagious kitchen when he yells. Fully sick, eh? In Shanghai , they’re puttting people into body bags …..before they’re brown bread. Eliminated, like.

      It’s been a Mecca for microbes, a sanctuary for spoon lickers and sweaters and a heaven for hair shedders for years.

      I’m wearing my mask everywhere still. Sometimes over my eyes when Ma$terchef is on.

    • All jokes aside, I worry that the message being sent is that the pandemic is all over.
      I have to constantly remind my family that things are getting worse. It’s just that it’s not headline news anymore.
      And don’t get me started on the flu. How many times do I have to tell them that a cold is not the flu.
      They have always been in denial. I remember when this all started, they were annoyed at all the “inconveniences”, so I don’t know what I have been expecting. Some care for my welfare, perhaps? /s
      Anyway. I admire Reynolds skills. I just don’t enjoy the episodes where duplication is required rather than cooking.

      • Coincidentally, I listened to Coronacast (May the 4th be with you) on my early morning walk with doggo.
        Dr Swan say 5,000 people have died this year from Covid (that’s 30 a day) and 1,000 people have died this year for the flu.
        Remember the days when we were talking single digits and 10 was too many?
        Sigh.

  20. Tonight’s service challenge will be amusing. It’s for eighty diners, who don’t get to comment on the food. Fans vs Favourites, each group split into two sub-groups, who will cook for forty diners each, half fast food and half fine dining. Understand? Me neither.

    Curtis Stone is there to mention Coles as often as possible.

    Sarah, busily flirting with Curtis, tells him and Mel she is using whole spices, but not toasting them. Even after they look at her as though she is a two-headed duck, she remains clueless. Another team is cooking pork in beef broth. The other team cooking pork belly hasn’t scored the fat, but decides to after Curtis tells them their dish will be shit with no crackling.

    They are all floundering around as though they’ve never seen a kitchen before, much less cooked in one. This is a real comedy of errors. Hilarious.

    • You’ve hooked me for the encore tomorrow, Von. Pork in beef broth sounds like a marriage made in hell’s kitchen.

  21. I didn’t pay much attention to last night’s episode. They had to cook using one egg, with the winner saving their team. Fans won that bit. Then Favs had to make something featuring the other 11 eggs from the dozen, loser being eliminated. That’s where I zoned out. Bottom two were Julie and John. John was eliminated because his meringue didn’t whip…or something. He had a fair chance this season, so I’m okay with him leaving.

    Still hoping for better-than-everybody vegetable cook Harry to go. Even just the sight of her face annoys me now.

  22. Have I missed some news? Is Mel pregnant under her Little House On The Prairie high-waisted dresses? There hasn’t been a full length camera shot of her recently.

    • I thought the same thing and then the orange and white short dress she wore last night sort of confirmed it for me. It sure looked like a maternity dress.

      • Yeah, but in the dressing gown she is wearing tonight, she looks very much not-pregnant. Now I’m watching Mel’s silhouette more than I’m watching the show :).

        And that pie/tart looks really good.

        • I agree with you. She didn’t look pregnant in that dress. Was more fitting and looked better than the other dresses she has been wearing.

          Still don’t understand why the diners are not judging the food. There are 40 diners and 3 judges and, IMHO, the diners should have a say regarding which team wins.

  23. In case anyone has missed the occasional promo, one of the Favourites is eliminated tonight. Unless MC is planning on multiple winners, it won’t be the last time. I bet it won’t be one of the four shown in the ads.

    I’ve missed a couple of episodes, because they had way too much of Harry in them.

    • Yeah, I saw those sucker punch promos. I don’t even believe there are any favourites.

  24. Surprise. It was one of the more well-known favs who was eliminated. Sashi burned his curry while concentrating on his dosa. Or so the judges said. They described the curry as having caught on the bottom of the pot. I’ve had that happen with a wet dish and it didn’t taste burnt all the way through. But I’m not a MC judge, am I. So bye bye Sashi.

    Unless this series is going to run until August, they better step up the eliminations. Starting with Harry.

    Tonight’s challenge is cooking with coffee. Yawn. They appear to be running out of ideas.

    • I like Sashi. Sad to see him go but “burnt” is a similar sin to uncooked chicken. No way back from either of those.

  25. Tonight’s departure made me cry. I have no idea why.
    Some episodes are meh. Some episodes are tear jerkers. Some nights I’m just tired.

    • Now I’m wondering whose departure brought on tears. No spoilers though, so I’ll have to watch.

      I’ve had an absolute shit of a day, so I might cry too, just because.

    • Minoli is not someone I liked particularly, but I did feel sorry for her because prep and cooking time just got away from her,

      I thought a bone left in fish was a cardinal sin that guaranteed elimination, similar to under-cooked chicken. Sarah got away with it last night. Now we can hear her mention her restaurant in Goa another 8317 times. 🙁

  26. Damn, I forgot Harry the vegetable god has an immunity pin – and a constantly running mouth, which will make this one hard to watch.

    I’ve got the different cucumbers prep and the fish in my head, have no idea about the vichyssoise except it has more cucumber.

    When did holding a pen become a death grip, with thumb folded over the first two fingers? Weird.

  27. Tonight’s challenge: four teams of four, each making a 3-course meal for two, with a date night romantic theme (whatever that implies), to go out as a delivered takeaway meal. Purple team gets Andy for 15 minutes as an advantage. Heh. I missed a bit, think he was put on prep.

    No team picked oysters as an entree. Maybe they take too much time to open and clean? I don’t eat them. One team picks pork belly, as main I think, which often doesn’t work out. Sarah is making a fish curry, giving her another opportunity to spruik her restaurant.

    As usual most choices seem to be too ambitious for a 2 1/2 hour prep, cook and package time. But if that weren’t the case, there would be no big, dramatic ending.

  28. Julie’s team had nice everything. Coeliac woman’s team had not so nice everything. Fireman’s team had boring, not so nice everything; the pork belly turned into pulled pork because the belly strips were flavourless and the fat was soggy. Aldo’s team had 50/50 good and boring.

    Julie’s team and Aldo’s team are safe. The other two teams are in elimination tomorrow.

    I lost track part way through the show. There was a time when I’d watch the whole show, if not engrossed, at least interested. No longer. Andy has added “silky” to his short list of adjectives. Mel is repeating herself with her critiques. Jock dislikes almost everything.

    Maybe they can get one more season of MC, if they can come up with an unusual twist. Otherwise, I think it’s time they call it a day.

  29. I am not a fan of pork belly. Apart from not really being partial to pork (I remember Babe), it’s just cooked, or undercooked, fat.
    I would be happy to watch more seasons if they did a revamp.
    Mainly shorter. Much, much shorter. Only three nights a week and an elimination every night.
    No team challenges (remember team assignments at school and one or two people did all the work? Scarred me for life.)
    And where are those cooking demonstrations? They were my favourite bits.
    It’s like someone sat down and carefully removed all the parts of the show that made it worth watching.
    I have found a new favourite on SBS. Michel Roux’s French Country Cooking. He’s a real chef with a beautiful French accent. All day. 😀

  30. This season has been boring but last night’s episode was the MOST boring. Another cook what you want challenge and then two of the contestants cook the same thing for the second round. It was difficult to stay awake and I fell asleep a few times. Didn’t really care who would be eliminated. Don’t know why I even bother watching any more.

    • If $como or Albo promised to axe Ma$terchef, they’d get my vote….

      This show must be making a hole in Ch 10’s budget.

  31. Tonight they eliminated the difference between Fans and Favourites, so it’s every person for himself/herself/themself now. Each has to make a dish fusing two country’s cuisines. It’s boring again. There’s a prize of $10,000 and an immunity pin.

    Of course Harry has to mention again that she is on minimum wage and living in a share house. No one cares Harry, shut the eff up. We’ve all got problems.

    • More of a challenge when the cuisines are chosen randomly instead of allowing contestants to choose which types of cuisines they want to fuse.
      Harry…thinking she won’t be there much longer. Wish they would do double or even triple eliminations.

      • Yes. Absolutely agree.
        I am a fan of MC but it’s is around this time that I am reminded that it just goes on way too long.
        It must be all those advertising dollars.

        • I’d think all those advertising dollars are not too effective. There are only a few of us commenting here this season. And we’re mostly grizzling about how boring and overly long it is :).

          Triple eliminations sounds damned good to me.

          Maggie Beer is guest cook tonight. *sigh*

          • She is over-done but I’m guessing she is available. Their talent pool must be shrinking.

  32. I’m watching the encores…….

    There are still 16 amatas left. They acted like 16 seagulls being thrown a chip when the paltry $10,000 prize was announced.

    Fowl is fare but the fare is foul.

    • What is it about her, that when the judges give her definite loser critiques, she still gets through? FFS! I think a crappy sauce should lose to slightly undercooked pastry and larger than specified tuna. In a restaurant, whose dish would not leave the pass?

      I knew Mel would go when I saw how red her nose was during some of her chat bits. She’d obviously been crying more than stupid Harry.

  33. I was enjoying this challenge, until the sucky end. I love fresh tuna and when I saw that huge chunk of tuna in the ingredients dish, I was salivating. I pay $12 for 250gm of fresh tuna at my Woolies.

    I’d pay a lot for the Tuna Wellington in a restaurant. Forget the mashed potato, just give me the fish.

    • One of the disadvantages of living in the country is that the fish is not as fresh as I would like it to be. I am limited to salmon and barramundi.
      I remember with such fondness my days of living in FNQ, walking down to the harbour and buying fish straight off the boat.
      Chalk and cheese.

  34. It’s another service challenge tonight, taking place at stately Weribee Mansion, which I know nothing about. Teams have to serve 20 diners each, entree and main.

    Ingredients are “ordinary foods”, although what they have there is still varied and generous to me. Maybe the vegetables are from Coles which means they will be pretty ordinary.

    Jock told them to make the dishes bougie. Okay, tiny portions, ridiculous combinations, plated using tweezers.

    I have other things to do tonight.

    There are 15 contestants left. They need to step up the eliminations or we will be here until 2024.

    • I can’t watch service challenges. They are just a waste of everyone’s time, or most especially mine.

  35. There’s an immunity challenge tonight.
    Ffs, could some of these people go home already?
    As you can see, I’m fed up to the back teeth.

  36. Tonight’s episode is an infomercial for air fryers. Last night’s winning team is cooking for one person to get immunity.

    Does anyone want the brand name of the air fryer? It has been featured prominently.

    Perhaps this large number of remaining contestants could put their heads together and come up with some challenge ideas that aren’t boring as shit.

  37. OK this season won me over when I saw MPW (seriously fan girling) arrived in Oz. What can I say??? Totally obsessed with Marco.🥴

  38. Last night’s episode, with the green wall of boredom, went excruciatingly slowly. I lasted until sorrel, or some other dull green thing, then gave up until the last ten minutes..

    Ali was eliminated after making haggis and something green. Which is a shame; I liked her. Should have been Harry, for any reason whatsoever.

  39. Melissa is wearing something that I would buy at Spotlight.
    The winning dish looked delicious. I have a fondness for those sort of things.
    Harry escaped the pressure test. Bugga.

    • I didn’t like that ruffly busy dress either. I think Mel looks good in classic elegant dresses, and carries them well. But she must be enjoying a change right now, her choice. I would like to see Andy in a button up shirt. He always look as though he had a quick shower after a squash game and threw on whatever clean clothes he had in his gym bag so he could stop at Woolies.

      I thought a lot of the dishes looked appetizing. But Tommy’s had me wanting to make it for dinner.

  40. I have to agree about Harry and with the edit she was getting in the beginning I thought she would have been gone by now. But there’s one fave who I couldn’t stand first time around and drives me insane is Mindy. Every time she opens her mouth I just cringe.

    • My dislike for Harry is so strong that i scream “fuck off Harry” every time her face is on screen. Mindy doesn’t bother me, but Sarah’s arrogance pisses me off.

      Funny which contestants are so disliked by some commenters. 🙂

  41. Are they running out of ideas? Are they trying to make the mystery box easier (not that having to use just one item isn’t already easy)?
    A floating cloud, stormy weather, thunder and contestants need to make food for a rainy day. Basically just make whatever you want.

    • Don’t hold your breath, TH. They will save the episodes with MPW and Rick Stein until near the end, while promoting them incessantly..

      Since there are still a dozen or so contestants left, it will be a long time yet.

  42. Horseshit! Montana didn’t put up a complete dish and she should have been eliminated. That has always been the rule. Matt was royally screwed.

    What next, someone serves raw chicken but they survive elimination because their goddamn green beans tasted nice?

    I’m happy that Dan did so well,especially after Mel and the chef stood in front of him watching and wincing while he did the sugar beehive bit. I think Dan found out pretty early that he was out of his depth, but he has learned a lot, and it shows. I had to laugh when he said the beehive gunk was similar to goo he worked with in a mine, so he treated it the same.

    I watched this ep all the way through and mostly enjoyed it. But that ending, nope, no way was that fair.

  43. If I hear Mindy say 1 more time “Babe” I’m gonna lose my mind.🤯 Seriously she does my head in.🤬

  44. I’ve watched the first few minutes, now I’m out until the judging.

    It starts out in a virtual art gallery. Lots of yak, then the art changes to a Van Gogh of a forest scene. Two teams, each has to use that painting as inspiration for a three course meal for 30 diners plus judges.

    Andy says the pantry is stocked with lots of natural ingredients. As opposed to unnatural ingredients like plastic fruit?

    Just guessing now, but I bet both desserts have chocolate soil in them.

    They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel now.

    • I’ve been to this exhibition in Canberra.
      Call me jaded but it was highly underwhelming in the extreme.
      It’s just a large tent with images playing on the walls to dramatic music. They raided my credit card for the experience.
      Another blatant advertising opportunity for MC.
      Fftt.

  45. Geez, the judges are getting flowery and loquacious in their critiques. Must be a competition to see who can use the most words to elaborate on “good”.

  46. Uggh my worst nightmare, Mindy and Harry together.
    I want to try Billy’s desert. It looked amazing.

    • Nightmare team of Mindy and Harry turned out something that I would have liked to have eaten. Looked yummy. Much more interesting than the tortellini.
      MH’s entree + Billie’s dessert….I’d probably go back for seconds. 😉

      Is Aldo become more and more bossy & irritating with each episode?

    • Thanks Von. I watched last night and watching it again now. I loved all the pics from White Heat up. Reminds me of younger days.🤩
      I was really happy with the winner. They really deserved it and looking forward to a second episode with him on Sunday.

  47. It’s interesting what is being done with those ingredients tonight. A few of the contestants are overwhelmed with the number of choices. I have most of those things in my pantry, but no red currant jelly or anchovies. I have used anchovies in different quantities in various dishes, but just don’t like them.

    Marco is considerate and helpful when talking to the cooks, as opposed to planting doubts as the judges often do, which is one of the reasons I like watching him.

    Too much Harry again – fingers crossed she leaves.

      • It was a great episode last night and I’m glad your happy Von. As am I.🥳
        Is it just me or in the split second edits of Marco walking, he appears to have a limp. I noticed it last Thursday and wasn’t sure. Maybe it’s just me?

      • Harry floundered and is gone. Bye..bye. 🙂
        Would have liked a double elimination so that Daniel would have also exited the MC kitchen.

  48. Harry’s gone to the sounds of universal glee.
    I suspected that it may happen when I saw clips of her saying that she was going to step out of her comfort zone (ffs. It’s a cooking show. You should be able to cook most things 🤦‍♀️) and that she was absolutely certain that Marco was going to love it.
    The only thing that the producers didn’t do was play dramatic – Da Da Dah – music.
    Hit me between the eyes with the obvious. The inevitable strikes again.

    • Sarah, with her continual references to her restaurant in Goa, and training at Le Cordon Bleu, is the one I’d like to see the back of.

      There are still so many contestants remaining. When does it end?

      • Got to agree here. They are a bunch of just-randoms who appear briefly and then seem to be gone again.
        This is a really badly put together season and I can’t believe there are not more complaints out there. Mind you, there’s not a lot on telly as an alternative.
        Still loving Billie and I can’t remember because it’s early morning but Asian guy with amazing glasses. Alvin. I Looked it up.

  49. Tonight’s elimination challenge was dumb. No recipe, no look at the dish, no tasting made it not very interesting to watch the cooks try to replicate the dish.

    I don’t mind a difficult challenge, but throwing in silly twists is stupid. I’m about done with this season.

  50. I haven’t paid much attention to Montana before, but she is kind of ditzy.

    She volunteers to be team captain, then says she was delegated to be captain, then says she doesn’t wan’t to tell the others what to do. Duh. Now Jock is fussing at her because she is inept at the captain’s role.

    Julie is making risotto for 34 people.

    This ep will be amusing.

  51. Welcome to the Sarah-Promotes-Her-Businesses hour. First challenge is identifying 27 flavours added to popcorn; turns out Sarah has a contract to provide flavouring for India’s theaters’ cinemas, or something like that. I’m wondering why she is even on MC if she has umpteen supposedly successful ventures in India.

    One of the add-ons is peanut butter. On popcorn. Yuk.

    Now the three winners of that challenge are making choc-tops. Deliveroo will make replicas and deliver them to “thousands of homes”. I can’t understand the reason for that, since only the judges’ opinions count, so will go wash my hair and maybe watch the last few minutes.

  52. Oh, the Deliveroo bit is for after the winner was chosen.

    I saw the final five minutes, just judging of Daniel’s choc-top. He won, is now in top ten, and I think has an immunity as well. His cone had peanut butter ice cream, pieces of peanut butter cups, shards of toffee, and bits of bacon. The judges loved it – and it sounds good to me.

    I like Daniel. He’s a bit of a goof and willing to poke fun at himself. He has learned a lot in this competition. I don’t think he will win, but he has worked hard and is giving it a good shot.

    • I think you are spot on with all of this.
      I thought his choc-top looked delicious. I would have one of those.
      I think Dan is too goofy to have his own show so I don’t know where-to for him from here, unless they team him with someone not quite so on the edge.

    • During the judging I remarked to my partner that with the praise from all judges that Sarah and Montana received for their icecreams it was hard to imagine how Daniel could do better; but, as one of the judges remarked, “he did a Bradbury” (at least I think that wasaid last night) and won. Does the icecream combiination not remind you of Elvis’ favourite sandwich, peanut butter and bacon minus the banana and grape jelly.

      • They did say he “did a Bradbury”. I think that was rude and unkind. Dan has had good results with more than one dish, particularly with one of those weird dessert elimination dishes. The judges should stop thinking of him as untalented.

        I have to give credit to Andy, who eventually said that, although they were joking around, Dan’s choc top was really good. He then gave a proper critique, as they should have to begin with.

        • I’ve always been offended by the use of the terminology “doing a Bradbury”. Like it was an accident that the guy was at the Olympics and ranked one of the best 6 in the world.
          Could we not give him some credit?
          Maybe he was supremely clever staying away from the competitors who were too aggressive. It is very common in ice skating for racers to be overly focused on the person next to them rather than the race itself and for it all to come crashing down.
          It’s no surprise to me that Australia is the only country that doesn’t understand what actually happened.

        • Early morning here and I am sitting basking in the sun so bear with me.
          I also hate the terminology “Stockholm Syndrome”.
          It shouldn’t exist.
          What actually happened was that it was an explanation put forward by the police to justify their mishandling of the whole hostage situation and which resulted in the deaths of many.
          When you know the actual story (which is an interesting one), this phrase becomes highly problematic. A bit a long the lines of, “She made me do it”.

  53. I sometimes wonder what happens to all the appliances that are purchased after being featured on the show. How often are they used before being consigned to the back of a cupboard. Well, yesterday I found where one it appliances ended.- a sous vide machine at, of all places a St Vinnies op show for the price of $25.00.

  54. Rick Stein is the guest tonight, which is an elimination that will leave us with the top ten. Finally. There should be an elimination every night now, yes? Please!

    I really like Rick Stein and can watch any of his series, even the ones that are so old that he has hair that isn’t white. Unfortunately MC spoiled his entrance somewhat by focusing on frigging Sarah’s reaction to him, with her rabbiting on about Goa.

    The theme is cook something from another country, something that has meaning for them. So pretty much cook whatever they want.

    Drink whenever Sarah mentions Goa? We’d all be blotto in fifteen minutes.

    • I’m a Rick Stein fan as well. Mainly because he cooks a lot of fish and I can muck up a fish cook by merely turning around to get a fork. It’s a complete mystery to me.

  55. Bottoms up when Mindy gibbers another “babe”. Alcoholic poisoning…

    Michael took us to San Francisco….it was a bad trip, man…

  56. MC is just starting.
    The judges come on and I have an intake of breath and say, “Melissa, what the hell?”.

    • It’s bright – overwhelmingly so, more wtaf than what the hell. It takes a moment to notice that inside that dress walking around, there is an actual person with a face.

      Melissa seems to be trying various looks to find one that she likes and that suits her. I hope the psychedelic phase doesn’t last long.

      That may be the highlight of this episode. With that mystery box I’d make fish and chips and use the other stuff in a salad. Unimaginative, but uses all the items, except that one I don’t understand the name of so can’t even look up what it is.

  57. I am not following what the challenge is tonight but I know they all picked their own recipe, so it’s not that much of a challenge. And I’m doing an on line grocery shop at the same time, which is so frustrating – where are the specials?

    I don’t know what anyone is cooking, except that pain in the butt Sarah is doing an Indian recipe for a change. Alvin is crying so his might be a recipe from his gran or his mum. If there is a next season of MC, there needs to be a new rule of no fucking crying after you make it to top ten!

  58. While I’m in a grizzling mood, Andy just commented about Mindy’s sauce that she “reduced it down”.

    I was watching the other day whatever the cooking show is that has glowing Elena and Khanh on. Elena was talking about her sauce, and three times said that she reduced it. Just reduced it. Bless her.

    • That’s one of my culinary hates. Anything goes on Ma$tertchef. Andy’s mate Ben Melham says it, too. The unwary amata repeats these mistakes like a brainwashed cult member. All part of the Ma$terchef journey, babe.. Swear on me Nonna’s life.

      Andy should be in The Wiggles , not on this show. Maybe a warm up act for The Wiggles, on second thought.

  59. Another cook whatever you want challenge. This is NOT a pressure test. I kept thinking that they would have the contestants switch recipes but of course that didn’t happen. Would have been a pressure test if that had happened. Another BORING non-challenge.

  60. It’s an invention test tonight, with the cooks having to re-imagine fruit salad. I didn’t hear any rules about which fruits they have to use, or how many. Again, cook whatever they want, as long as it has fruit in it. Sarah is making a pavlova. Tommy is using durian :). Julie is making a Thai curry paste fruit salad. Some of their ideas sound good and it will be interesting to see how their dishes present.

    Again, I really want Sarah to disappear, or at least shut the hell up.

  61. Tonight the cooks are given one ingredient that they have to use over, possibly, three rounds. There’s one pumpkin, one snapper, or one chook. Tommy was a drama queen during the explanation, pulling faces, twisting around, putting his head down to his knees.

    Most of them picked the snapper. If I were going on MC, I would ask a professional to show me how to fillet and use a whole fish for more than one dish. There’s a bit of fish-mangling here.

    I’m praying hard in the ad breaks that Sarah gets kicked out so I never have to hear her voice again..

  62. Oh FFS. Since when were kumquats renamed “mini mandarins”? Completely different flavour profiles for a start. And Andy having a go for a contestant not being up with articulating correctly? Spare me!

    • Yep, they certainly looked like kumquats to me. And the “teeny, tiny tomatoes” are grape tomatoes. Is so much emphasis on the sizes of the ingredients to make the cooks think they are making doll food?

      Since the ridiculous rule of only having to use one item from the mystery box is still in effect, they can make a small serve of any old dish and only use the basil or the tomatoes. Pasta with tomato sauce would work. Mystery boxes are not a real challenge.

  63. I wonder if Jock and Andy think they get a bonus for being assholes and making a contestant cry. Putting the wind up Dan for not being sure what to name his sauce was mean. He wasn’t writing a cookbook. If his sauce/jus/gravy tasted good, that was what mattered. And then Andy, Mr.-Two-Adjectives-In-His-Vocabulary, patronizingly telling him he just doesn’t know how to articulate what he wants to say–I wanted to slap him. I wanted to slap both of them at different times tonight.

    • Not a fan of Daniel but Jock and Andy were total jerks towards him. Seems like both of them are frequently making contestants doubt what they are cooking and criticizing trivial things.
      The size of the ingredients certainly wasn’t a challenge even though the judges wanted to make it seem that way. Just another boring mystery box.
      A Panzanella salad without bread?? Has Aldo run out of ideas? He should have known better than to try to pass the breadless salad off as a Panzanella.

    • Von and Smythe: both Andy and Jock have a touch of the bastard in them – a good dose of gastro should fix that. When Mel isn’t there to temper them, A and J seem to channel Gary and George with their snarky comments.

      • I had noticed that Mel’s absence seems to give them license to be malicious in their comments to the cooks while cooking is going on.

        I bet they were both bullies in school.

  64. Apparently MC won a Logie.
    Before you tell me you are impressed, it seems like everything I am watching tonight won a Logie. How many of those things did they hand out?

    • I’m not impressed, so won’t tell you that :). Last night I was mostly listening to channel 10 while I was cooking. It did seem as though the promo for every single show mentioned the show had won a Logie.

      Perhaps they added a hundred more categories to the Logies so that no one got their feelings hurt, similar to participation trophies for little kids..

  65. Pressure test tonight with a seafood medley, 99 ingredients and 143 steps to the cook. This is a good night to watch the first ten minutes and the last ten minutes. I don’t care about Mindy and Montana, and Aldo I can take in small doses so I will watch Simon Baker on Who Do You Think You Are instead of MC.

    I didn’t catch the names of the guest chef or his restaurant but I would like to know the price of that meal in his restaurant.

    • I have put it on my list to watch later. The promo certainly suggests that he has an “interesting” family background.

  66. Tonight is yet another service challenge. This time the cooks will be serving their families and friends. Expect rivers of tears when the reunions take place.

  67. It’s an immunity challenge tonight – prickly stuff. Alvin has sea urchin, Julie has stinging nettle, Keyma has prickly pear, and Sarah has chestnuts.

    Sarah picked up about four unhusked chestnuts, but when she started to cook there was half a sheet pan of clean chestnuts at her station as well as the prickly ones.

    Everyone put gloves on to get their choice. Prickly pear at the market has most of the prickles shaved off and doesn’t need to be handled that carefully. It has a very mild flavour, so will be hard to “hero” it in any dish.

    Julie had no idea about stinging nettle but has somehow learned how to deal with it. Google is helpful but is that allowed?

    Alvin has cooked with sea urchin before and seems to know what he’s doing. I don’t know anything about them.

    Why is Sarah getting so much camera time? Is she getting the winner’s edit, or can we be hopeful that she will be the next one out?

    Judges, shut up about Sarah. Geez.

  68. How in the hell did Sarah even remain in the running with undercooked chicken? Piss off, Jock, your favouritism is showing. Twat.

    • Didn’t make sense to me either and Keyma’s dish was incomplete. So what if Alvin lost some umami flavor in the noodles. The sea urchin was cooked well and the noodles were probably cooked just fine, too. Saw Alvin taste a noodle and he had no concerns. Think he would have noticed a taste issue with his palate. Not fair at all. He was robbed. He should have won.

      • One dish had grit in it, one had undercooked chicken, one dish was incomplete (why did Keyma even present her floor cake?), and one was lacking a bit of umami but otherwise good. It seems obvious to me that Alvin should have won the pin.

  69. There’s been a lot of uncooked chicken this season.
    Firstly, how does that happen 🤷‍♂️ 10 seconds to in a microwave can fix that.
    Secondly, it can poison you.
    Thirdly, it must be the change in judges. It doesn’t seem to be a big deal for these three judges whereas it was up there with risotto as the death dish for the last three. Maybe it’s an idiosyncrasy.

    • There has, hasn’t there? If I were presented with undercooked chicken, I wouldn’t even touch the cooked parts, yet the judges were tucking into it and praising the cooked bits! That’s pretty risky and stupid. If Jock thinks raw chicken is not so bad, he should hand back his chef’s hat. He should rein in his biases, too, and Mel and Andy need to stop taking their cues from him.

      While I’m picking on Jock, I wish he’d put his goddamn worry beads away.

  70. Not a regular watcher but did so last night My sceptimism may have been showing but midway through the programme I said to my partner that with all the drama surrounding Keyma,she is probably going to win, if not outright then simply by default and, unfortunately, I was right. I was really, really hoping Alvin would win.

  71. Not disappointed that it was Aldo sent home. He always seemed to be hanging in there by the skin of his teeth.

  72. Tonight is a mystery box challenge, as much of a challenge as it is with the only requirement being to use one of the ingredients. It’s a rainbow box, with multi-coloured things, including, of all things, Fruit Loops.

    A few of the cooks are planning to use two or three items from the box; good for them.

    Why is Sarah getting individual attention in every episode? Pfft.

  73. I always get a laugh when Billie is hearing Andy’s critique of her food. She listens respectfully to the other two judges, but I don’t think she has a high opinion of Andy’s judgment.

    Sarah presents a plate of three dog turds and the judges love it. And she stands there nodding, as though their praise is exactly what she expects to hear. My dislike of her is so strong now that I can barely watch.

  74. I find it hard to believe that Keyma’s choux and Daniel’s mille-feuille were better than Billie’s dessert. Daniel’s pastry looked a bit overcooked to me.
    Sarah’s dish looked very unappetizing. “Dog turds”…excellent description. LOL

  75. Tonight’s elimination test is a Kirsten Tibballs cake. It does look amazing, and made my mouth water. I think 3 1/4 hours is too short a time to give the cooks to replicate it, but I can barely make a decent batch of scones so am not the best judge of work involved.

    I didn’t feel up to dealing with the tension tonight. I found a spoiler to learn who was eliminated.

    Kirsten’s restaurant’s menu wouldn’t open on her web site. I’d like to know the price of a piece of that cake :).

  76. I’ve watched the start of the show, but won’t be seeing much more until the end. I’m with Keyma, the thought of eating an oyster makes me want to puke. Watching Dan throw one in his mouth, and then chew it nearly did me in.

    Jock’s acknowledgment of country didn’t sound sincere, but I suppose he was given a script to memorize and deliver.

    Watching the contestants harvest oysters was funny, especially when Julie got stuck in the mud.

    It is an elimination challenge tonight. Fingers crossed that it is the one I want to get kicked out who goes.

    • Isn’t Jock only in Australia to do MC? So he probably wasn’t the right presenter to be doing Welcome to Country. I would guess that it’s just a bunch of words to him.
      Dan makes everything seem ham-fisted (I still am perplexed at this piece of casting. What was someone thinking?).
      Melissa should have been the chosen one. As always. She could make an ad for floor cleaner sound sincere.

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