The losing team from last night’s pop-up competes in an elimination challenge.
No masterclass tonight.
The contestants each get different equipment and ingredients, supposedly at random (yeah, right).
Some people don’t have an other, Ray doesn’t have a stovetop, which is the short straw. Can you make jelly without a stovetop?
It’s hardly a fair fight. They should at least have done a knife draw or bid time for certain equipment or ingredients.
Teflon Tamara gets duck, an oven and a hibachi grill.
Fifteen minutes in, Dr Ray still doesn’t know what he’s making. How many times have we seen this? About as many times as someone has made ice cream this season. He has a deep fryer and an oven, so finally decides to do fish n chips.
Little Mich is playing the childhood memory card, making an Indonesian crepe.
Ben seems happy with his lot and is making a bisque. He needs to lose that flava saver on his face, though. Sooo Shannon Noll of him.
Young Sam got a lamb rack, an oven and a grill pan, so he lucked out. Gaz tells him his soz needs work, and he listens.
Arum (go, Arum!!) is trying to keep it simple, although he has Eloise as his assigned cheer squad on the balcony, so we could end up with a whiskey dish.
Presto tells Doc Ray his dish is dated, and not in a cool, retro way. They just love seeing him drop buckets of sweat.
Oh, Tamara has a Thermie, too, which she’s using to make a cherry onion soz. Sounds weird but she ignores Presto’s advice to rethink it. As punishment, her hibachi duck bursts into flames. No doubt Gaz will comment about it being wonderfully caramelised as he crunches on charcoal.
Poor Ray is trying to make mayo without a whisk, blender or vinegar. It’s not looking good.
Ben is worried about boiling his bugs correctly, but his high hair is maintaining its usual immoveability so he probably has a producer feeding him “what are you worried about?” lines.
Mich’s breadcrumb-coated fried crepes look like Macca’s apple pies. Gaz should be happy, as long as they are not too sweet.
Arum gets a heads up from the judges that his beef is way to mooey. And then his soz splits and he freaks out. There are multiple utterances of “oh, shit”. Oh dear. He has to make a last-minute cream soz instead.
THE JUDGES TASTE
Ben’s seafood gets the thumbs up. He lives to use the MasterChef house another day.
Tamara’s duck is delicious.
They like Sam’s lamb.
Mich is very sparky at the judging and seems to be gaining confidence in the kitchen. The judges are happy.
Deflated Ray is the opposite of Mich and bluntly tells them he has no wow factor. His fish n chips are “pedestrian”. Gaz says they will have to taste a very bad dish in order to save Ray. The camera cuts to a nervous Arum but surely that’s just them geeing us up.
Yeah, Arum’s steak is on the rare side but his mushroom purée and onions look ok. He gets the happy music. It’s retro good. Phew. So it has to be Ray.
Ray is gone – go in peace and save some lives, Ray.
Next week: Heston Week starts Sun. LOVED Callan’s reaction when he opened the front door to find Heston there. Think how the 15-year-olds scream when they pass Top Model auditions.