Masterchef Professionals roller coaster of food continues. If I said I was surprised by the twists and turns, I'd be lying. Monday's ep we saw three chefs go forward when they were clearly all too good to drop ( see "It was the Salmon Mousse"). Monica did her thing and was more instructive in basic cooking skills in the space of 5 minutes than Nigella will ever be. Episodes five(5) and six(6) kept the tension going with just as many decisions that highlighted quality over the basic idea that this was some kind of race to the finish line. Anybody who thinks they can blag their way past the judges on Masterchef are soon put right and in at least one case, come crashing to earth with an audible thud.
Nearly there readers, invention test time and we have in the kitchen Big Claire, Aroon, Nervous David, Confident Renaud, Cocky Kevin, and Nice guy Ben . I honestly tried to set aside my personal inclinations and wanted to judge the results fairly, but Durham David said things like hearty Northern food and lamb. How was I supposed to resist? Apparently as it turns out, easily, the lamb was chewy and the presentation rough. would he be good enough to stay out of the drop zone? Aroon's food was a ghastly combination that did not work well and made Michel Roux make faces I hadn't seen him pull before. The last four you would have expected a gargantuan battle of wills and palettes. What happened resembled more a sea battle with much smoke and noise that left only two standing. Claire who had done a canny rabbit dish and Cocky Kevin who was really good and only made a small mistake with a lemon, knocked out Renaud whose food also didn't work at all, and Ben who murdered his plate with far too much lemon. So with results all over the map, all we knew was that Claire was a shoe in. In the end She was joined for the next round by David, Renaud and Cocky Kevin. Turns out the scruffy chewy lamb wasn't as bad as too much lemon and our Northern lad lives to fight another day.
And now the hour had come, our chefs had to impress the restaurant critics.
Renaud burned his beef a bit, why he went all moody was beyond me. The pudding was ruined by it's simplicity and too much pepper. He also told far too great a back story of the meat, he stopped just short of, as the critics said, telling us if it had liked Jedward. If it had, it deserved to be overcooked.
Wor David did Scotch eggs and haddock with black pudding followed by a venison main that got him the kinds of compliments you want from food critics. Talented chef and delicious food.
Claire's food was perfect but served COLD! Her pud was interesting but the foam layer collapsed. Claire has Michelin stars in her eyes but it looks like she's not quite there yet.
Big drum roll ..... Claire and David go through to the next round. Cannot wait for Monday!