Saturday night saw the annual Masterchef night. The venue of choice was the sensational Camberwell Electrics demonstration kitchen. The teams, Vision and Sorted, turned out in force to vie for top honours. The challenge? A monumental Pressure Test, designed by professional chef and culinary teacher Clive Morin. The teams were given 10 minutes to view the recipes, and then just 1 hour and 15 minutes to plate the dishes of their lives. Professional standard dishes, each consisting of a number of difficult and technical elements.
The pressure is on. Who will win?
Running in parallel with the Pressure Test was the Taste Test, and a number of Skills Test. The Taste Test involved a dish prepared by our very own Matt Preston (see below), consisting of 18 ingredients. The teams had to taste the dish, and using every ounce of culinary knowledge they possessed, correctly name as many of the ingredients as possible. The Skills Tests involved two challenges: The Julienne Carrot, and Rice Measuring. The Julienne Carrot involved contestants using their knife skills to match a beautiful Julienne prepared by Clive Morin. The Rice Measuring involved contestants measuring out 250 grams of rice by guessing, without the use of any measuring devices.
The Judges deliberate (L to R: Pr Dave Manly, Clive Morin, and Matt Preston)
As the night went on, and the teams battled it out, the pressure mounted and mistakes happened. Team Vision dropped a whole tray of Panna Cottas, almost spelling the end of the main element. Team Sorted started their Salmon 45 minutes from the end of the challenge. But somehow, someway, both teams pulled it together despite the odds, and plated unbelievable food of a professional standard.
Entree – Avacado Nest, with Wild Rocket Salad, Mango, Chilli, and Coriander Salsa, Seared Prawns, and Sweet Potato Chips.
Who was the winner? Teamwork. Teamwork was the winner. Actually, no. One of the teams won. But you’ll have to wait until later in the year to find that out.
Thank you to all the contestants. It was a fantastic night!
George Calombaris and Matt Preston
(Joel Hulme and Chris Polson)
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