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May 1, 2011

MasterChef Australia 3 (losing-the-plot season)

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Spoilers Alert: don’t click into this post if you have recorded the show but not watched it yet!

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5 (W.A. Week), Week 6,
Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11 (New York Week), Week 12,
Week 13, Week 14, Grand Finale

For viewers in UK enquiring about the air date of 2011 season of MasterChef Australia in UK, Watch (channel) will screen Season 3 this autumn in UK according to UKTV.
(Update August 25, 2011: Watch will start airing Series 3 on Sunday September 4, 2011 in UK.)

How to fix … MasterChef Australia

There will be some minor changes to the daily format of the show this year once the Top 24 are in place. The new format is as follows:
Sunday – Mixture of Mystery Box and Invention Test, or a Team Challenge (new).
Monday – Pressure Test and Elimination.
Tuesday – Immunity Challenge (formerly Celebrity Chef Challenge), this season will feature a cook-off with anyone from a renowned chef to an apprentice, or another home cook.
Wednesday – Team Challenge (mostly outside of MasterChef Kitchen).
Thursday – Elimination (but no more Taste Test Elimination).
Friday – Masterclass, this season some of the contestants will be rewarded with interstate and oversea trips for a private Masterclass with a guest chef. (Hmm, this may mean the Rick Stein’s oversea Masterclass is not the real oversea trip?)

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Week 1 (1/5/2011 to 6/5/2011)
Ep 1, Sunday May 1, 2011 – One-Tonne Mystery Box & Adriano Zumbo
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Launch [Ten] 1,569,000
2 (4) 53rd Annual TV Week Logie Awards [Nine] 1,323,000
3 (5) Sunday Night [Seven] 1,228,000
4 (6) The Biggest Loser Families – Challenge Sun [Ten] 1,198,000
5 (7) 60 Minutes [Nine] 890,000
6 (8) Midsomer Murders – Rpt [ABC1] 824,000
7 (10) Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) [Seven] 809,000
8 (11) Human Planet [ABC1] 767,000
9 (12) Bones (R) [Seven] 714,000
10 (13) Castle [Seven] 616,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Here we go again, another three months of nightly journey on the mothership that is MasterChef Australia. The first sign is definitely good. It felt more like the first season, more humble in the sense that they are trying to put the focus back on cooking rather than drama. Last year, it seemed the contestants and the producers were all trying too hard to outdo each other, and trying to run before they could walk. This first episode was quite promising if this is what is to be expected in future episodes, only a couple of whimpering in the right context, and no one crying yet because they wanted to change their life.
Back to the beginning, we started with the 50 contestants arriving on Cockatoo Island to encounter a one-tonne mystery box containing some very basic everyday ingredients. They included potatoes, onions, lemons, garlic, lettuce, mint, peas, mushrooms, tomatoes, beef mince and bacons. The judges were not kidding when they told us this year they were going back to basics! What happened last year during the CWA challenge was a major shambles with most of the contestants not knowing the very basics of baking. So it was good to see they were starting with some basic cooking in the first episode. They had only got 45 minutes to cook a dish using outdoor camp ovens that will wow the judges. With those basic ingredients, it was understandably meatballs galore time! A few of the contestants were already getting a lot of airtime. After the cooking, the judges picked Alana, Kate, Peter, Michael W as the best four. The ten worst dishes were from Alex, Tony, Nathan, Sun, Greg, Dai, Michael, Andrew, Rachel and Sarah. They were up for the first elimination with half of them going home. So it was on to the Turbine Hall for the second challenge for these ten contestants.
The judges brought in Adriano Zumbo. What, the first day and they called in the macaron master! Adriano walked in followed by two waiters carrying a big cloche. No, it cannot be a difficult dessert in the first episode, could it? Their fear was quashed quickly when it was revealed that the cloche contain nothing more sinister than just chocolates. Phew! But that did not mean the challenge would be any easier with Adriano telling them he did not want to see chocolate cakes, chocolate fondants (which had been done to death in the past two seasons), or chocolate mousse unless they were outstandingly good! Adriano was sticking around to taste their creations as well. They got 90 minutes.
There was an incident with a lucky cock that got broken. Not trying to be mysterious but I’m still trying to put names to faces so need to rewatch the episode again to complete a more detailed writeup… Anyway after the challenge, Andrew and Alex were both safe. Then, the judges called Rachel and she was next through to the next round with her brownies. Finally Greg and Sun were called and both safe, so that meant Micheal, Tony, Dai, Nathan and Sarah were the first five eliminated. Bring on tomorrow with the first appearance of the new judge, Matt Moran!
Here’s a hilarious Ep 1 Recap from The Age.

Mystery Box – Stuffed Tomatoes with Mint Buttered Peas (Alana Lowes)
Mystery Box – Minestrone with Spatzle and Mint Gremolata (Peter Vickery)

Ep 2, Monday May 2, 2011 – Basic Skills Test & Scones
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) The Biggest Loser Families – Finale Night [Ten] 1,682,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Mon [Ten] 1,656,000
3 (3) The Biggest Loser Families – The Winner Announced [Ten] 1,555,000
4 (8) No Ordinary Family – premiere [Seven] 1,137,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,118,000
6 (12) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,041,000
7 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 887,000
8 (15) Australian Story [ABC1] 841,000
9 (17) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [Nine] 715,000
10 (18) Four Corners [ABC1] 691,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Still on Cockatoo island, the remaining 45 contestants were introduced to new judge Matt Moran by George. Gary and MattP were nowhere to be seen. Today they were first thrown into a boot camp of basic skills test. There would be three rounds, with the bottom 5 from each round going into the elimination later on.
First peeling potatoes and cutting into 2kg of perfect chips. The weather was atrocious with rain bucketing down and everyone’s drenching wet, this was a real boot camp… The last five to finish were Victoria, Nick, Cindy, Liz and Dannii. Next, making mayonnaise. Being a boot camp, I was hoping to see them making mayonnaise in the rain, that would be gold TV. How about juggling an umbrella while whisking egg yolks and pouring oil all at the same time, that would separate the wannabe from the real cook… But no, the judges moved everyone into the hall. Miraculously, everyone was dry with not a wet cloth to be seen. Underseasoning, using the wrong oil, a few disasters, but I was surprised because most were able to make the mayonnaise without any problems as compared to the last two seasons where mayonnaise was one of the dish, as with the risotto, that caused a lot of problems. The last five to finish were Craig, Alana, Liz, Marie and Adam, they joined the other five from the first round to go into the penalty round for elimination.
Round three, jointing a chicken into eight pieces. MattM demonstrated it to the contestants first and it took him less than a minute to joint the chicken, very impressive. The last five to finish… Hayden, Tanja, Myri, Sun and Alex. Now TEN has spoiled the suspense twice in two days now, as they had been showing 2 promos last week featuring Alex in two other dish disasters that haven’t been shown yet, so we knew he would make it through tonight. What a drag… Alex is also beginning to look a lot like the new Sam, who stumbled all the way nearly to the finish line in Season 1.
So we arrived at the penalty round for elimination. Gearge revealed they had to make scones, Buttermilk Scones they were as given by the recipe. Tanja was the only one who cried tonight after the disaster with her scones… She was gone in the end. But first, Marie, Alana, Sun, Myri, Victoria, Dannii, Adam, Hayden, Nick and Alex were all safe. So the other four who did not make it through were the two Liz, Craig and Cindy. Quote of the night was from lifeguard Hayden, when asked if a lifeguard can make scones, he answered, “The proof is in the… scones!”
Tomorrow, six will go straight into the Top 24.

Ep 3, Tuesday May 3, 2011 – Maggie Beer’s Desserts
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Tues [Ten] 1,593,000
2 (2) Australia’s Got Talent (Series 5 premiere) – Tue [Seven] 1,563,000
3 (5) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,237,000
4 (8) NCIS [Ten] 1,085,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,052,000
6 (12) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 905,000
7 (13) AFP – Australian Federal Police [Nine] 856,000
8 (14) Customs [Nine] 815,000
9 (15) NCIS: Los Angeles – Tues [Ten] 755,000
10 (18) Sea Patrol: Damage Control [Nine] 675,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Boy, what a fantastic episode. I was drooling at the beginning and a blubbering idiot at the end. In two seasons and a bit, I’ve to rate this as one of the best episodes, up there with the Croquembouche episode from Season 1. So many unexpected twists, from the contestants making up their own rules to one contestant not presenting the dish for judging, all in front of the lovely guest judge, Maggie Beer…
To begin, Gary, George and MattP welcomed the remaining 40 contestants to tell them that six would receive the MasterChef aprons to advance straight into the Top 24 today. Their tasks? The dreaded Pressure Test. They called upon Maggie Beer to set the test, which was a tasting plate of three desserts – Lemon Curd Tartlet, Nectarine Frangipane Tart and an Apple & Rosemary olive oil Dessert Cake with Verjuice Sabayon.
Marie who confessed she adored Maggie Beer was lucky enough to receive a hug from Maggie straight off even before anything else happened in the episode. Then down to business, MattP announced that they had two hours, but each pair of contestants would have to share an oven, so they needed to coordinate their timing. Now this was where it got interesting, the twice elimination survivor, Alex who was paired with Chelsea, decided to work together as a team, sharing their ingredients and tasks on top of the rule of only sharing the oven. Bad idea chelsea, were you not paying attention the last two days?
Back at the last bench, Jess and Nick had the same idea and were also sharing jobs to make the desserts. In front of them, Elisa and Dan decided to do the same after hearing Jess and Nick behind them were working as a team… This did not bear well, an individual challenge turning into a team challenge… Note to future contestants, this is a competition, DO NOT MAKE UP YOUR OWN RULES! George and Maggie had a quiet words about how they were going to judge the contestants individually when there were teams of contestants working together… But they did not seem to discourage the teams from doing so…
Elsewhere in the room, John the winemaker who had cerebral palsy was finding it hard to stick to the timing due to the illness as he found it hard to pace himself under pressure. Hayden the lifeguard and Craig the cellist were struggling with the sour cream pastry for both the tarts.
Then high drama, which we had been expecting from the promo, Alex dropped one of the cakes onto the floor and smashing it to smithereens! George came over and queried whose cake was on the floor, and told them it would be difficult to judge who did what in their final individual dish if they were working as a team. Chelsea said they would have to share the other cake… and she told George they would be happy to be judged as a team…
Myri pulled out her baked cake from the oven and then wondered what the apples she was caramelising was for… Too late, they were supposed to go under the cake. So she delightfully arranged the apples on top of the cake, maybe the judges won’t noticed, NOT! Michael’s cake looked good… Cleo burnt the caramel… John was falling further and further behind and everything was going wrong… Maggie came over to give him some encouragement… The sour cream pastry was also giving a number of contestants major headache! Alex, Alex, Alex, now he had set fire to a bag of sugar… So far he had provided us with the most entertainment…
Time’s up! Calamity mayhem in the room. MattP said, “…who would have thought a simple country plate of 3 desserts set by the loveliest woman in Australia could be quite so evil!” Maggie laughingly apologised.
Judgement time:
Chelsea and Alex (judged as a team) – fine effort for the shared cake, zero for everything else.
Jess and Nick (judged as a team) – only lemon curd and tart shell good.
Cleo – memorable lemon tart with good brulee on top, claps all round from the judges.
Alby – cake undercooked.
Dan and Elisa (judged as a team) – raw lemon tarts, a disaster.
Seamus – raw pastry, raw frangipane.
Myri – admitted to the judges she was more of a disasterchef than a masterchef, good one, hahaha…
Michael – sabayon fantastic, top job.
Adam – hero was lemon tart, thin pastry.
Marie – taken the lemon a bit too far.
Kate – sabayon tasted like scrambled eggs, everything else good.
Hayden – Maggie loved the presentation, sabayon fantastic, except no pastry for lemon tart.
John – told the judges he’s not presenting as he felt what he did was not presentable for judging, and he would put himself in the bottom ten. MattP thought it was an amazing thing to do and then asked Gary, George and Maggie whether they had cooked a dish in their restaurants and threw them away, all three said yes… Maggie stepped forward and gave him a hug. MattP thanked him for his honesty and bravery… A lovely moment… Tears, stop swelling…
Craig – all the judges gobbled down his plate of desserts… had a little conference and decided there and then to make him the first contestant to advance into the Top 24. Wow, I did not expect that…
The rest of the contestants must had mediocre desserts so we did not get to see them. With Craig already safe and through to the Top 24, the judges called Michael, Kate, Hayden, Adam and finally Cleo and they all received their aprons and into the Top 24.
John, Seamus, Alby, Myri, Dan, Elisa, Jess, Nick, Chelsea and Alex all landed in the bottom ten. All six who decided to team up and disobeyed the rules, uh-oh, eggs on their faces… They will all face elimination tomorrow.

Pressure Test – Olive oil, apple and rosemary pudding with sabayon (Maggie Beer)
Nectarine and frangipane flan, verjuice glaze (Maggie Beer)
Lemon curd tart with sour cream pastry (Maggie Beer)

Ep 4, Wednesday May 4, 2011 – The Gamble
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Wed [Ten] 1,519,000
2 (2) Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [Seven] 1,457,000
3 (5) Criminal Minds (R) [Seven] 1,086,000
4 (6) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 1,078,000
5 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,069,000
6 (10) Glee – Wed [Ten] 943,000
7 (12) David Attenborough’s Madagascar [Nine] 848,000
8 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 781,000
9 (15) Big – Extreme Makeover [Nine] 761,000
10 (16) RPA [Nine] 734,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

A very quick update as there are 2 hours of The Amazing Race tonight plus a new episode of Glee to watch on top of MasterChef Australia.
Tonight the bottom ten contestants had to make a choice, ala the Detour in The Amazing Race.
They had to choose to fish for their ingredients or take a chance to cook whatever was under the cloche. Nick, Dan, Jess and Seamus chose to go fishing, while the other six chose to take a punt on whatever was under the cloche. The 4 who went fishing came back with a bounty. The six who stayed behind then found out they had to cook crocodile!
Needless to say, the crocodile cookers all encountered problems, with John the only one who cooked the crocodile well. In the end, Jess, Elisa, Myri and Alby were eliminated.
Tomorrow, Gilligan’s Island! The three judges looked hilarious!

Ep 5, Thursday May 5, 2011 – Desert Island Challenge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Thurs [Ten] 1,633,000
2 (5) The Real King’s Speech [ABC1] 1,049,000
3 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 951,000
4 (10) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 782,000
5 (11) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [Nine] 774,000
6 (12) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 764,000
7 (13) The Good Wife [Ten] 690,000
8 (14) The Footy Show [Nine] 678,000
9 (15) Air Ways [Seven] 676,000
10 (16) RBT [Nine] 674,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Invention Test – Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Apple Slaw and Steamed Fragrant Rice (Billy Law)
Invention Test – Soft Hearted Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Cream and Honeycomb Chunks (Alana Lowes)
Invention Test – Baked Chocolate Praline Tart with a Raspberry Reduction and Chantilly Cream (Arena Dunn)

Ep 6, Friday May 6, 2011 – MasterClass #1 (Mother’s Day Special)
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 1,020,000
2 (5) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,013,000
3 (6) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 1,002,000 (exclud. Adel & Per)
4 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 845,000
5 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 751,000
6 (12) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 7: Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn [Seven] 620,000
7 (14) Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 2 – Los Angeles (premiere) [Ten] 589,000
8 (15) Jonathan Creek: The Grinning Man – Rpt [ABC1] 549,000
9 (17) Hot Seat [Nine] 541,000
10 (18) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 491,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Green Eggs and Ham with Homemade Crumpets (Gary Mehigan)
MasterClass – Red Wine Braised Octopus, Hilopites, Smoked Marrow and Fennel Fronds (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – Roast Chicken with Garlic and Verjuice (Maggie Beer)
MasterClass – Parsnip Mash with Pear (Maggie Beer)
MasterClass – Chocolate, Quince and Almond Tart (Maggie Beer)

TV ratings for week 1 of MasterChef Australia 3
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) The Biggest Loser Families – Finale Night [Ten] 1,683,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Mon [Ten] 1,656,000
3 (3) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Thurs [Ten] 1,634,000
4 (4) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Tues [Ten] 1,595,000

5 (5) The Biggest Loser Families – The Winner Announced [Ten] 1,579,000
6 (6) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,576,000
7 (7) Masterchef Australia – Launch Sun [Ten] 1,569,000
8 (8) Masterchef Australia – Top 50 Wed [Ten] 1,519,000

9 (10) Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [Seven] 1,457,000
10 (14) 53rd Annual TV Week Logie Awards [Nine] 1,300,000
11 (16) Sunday Night [Seven] 1,217,000
12 (17) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,215,000
13 (18) The Biggest Loser Families – Challenge Sun [Ten] 1,198,000
14 (19) TV Week Logie Awards Arrivals [Nine] 1,185,000
15 (20) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 1,137,000
16 (22) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,086,000
17 (23) NCIS [Ten] 1,084,000
18 (24) Spicks And Specks Comedy Special [ABC1] 1,080,000
19 (26) The Real King’s Speech [ABC1] 1,049,000
20 (27) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,040,000
21 (28) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 1,020,000
Based on OzTAM figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Week 2 (8/5/2011 to 13/5/2011)
Ep 7, Sunday May 8, 2011 – ARIA’s Peking Duck Consommé Taste Test & Invention Test
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Dancing With The Stars (Series 11 premiere) [Seven] 1,505,000
2 (3) Masterchef Australia – Top 24 Revealed [Ten] 1,503,000
3 (5) In Their Footsteps (premiere) [Nine] 1,034,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 943,000
5 (7) Castle [Seven] 911,000
6 (8) Merlin (Series 3 premiere) [Ten] 908,000
7 (9) Blood Brothers [Nine] 803,000
8 (10) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 787,000
9 (12) Castle – Ep.2 [Seven] 704,000
10 (13) Human Planet [ABC1] 632,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Taste Test – Peking Duck Consommé (Matt Moran)
Invention Test – Crispy Duck Dumplings with a Mushroom Egg Net (Tom Rutledge)
Invention Test – Carrot, Coriander and Ginger dumplings with Crispy Chicken Thigh and Duck and Chicken Stock (Andrew Henderson)

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Top 24 contestants of MasterChef Australia 2011. Note that Paul the fighter pilot (front, far right) has pulled out and been replaced by Alex. Picture courtesy of MasterChef Australia, Channel Ten.

Ep 8, Monday May 9, 2011 – The Dish That Changed Your Life
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia [Ten] 1,523,000
2 (5) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,189,000
3 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,078,000
4 (9) The Big Bang Theory – Mon [Nine] 1,018,000
5 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 965,000
6 (11) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 952,000
7 (13) Bones – Mon (R) [Seven] 841,000
8 (14) Australian Story [ABC1] 776,000
9 (15) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [Nine] 741,000
10 (17) Four Corners [ABC1] 736,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

How many lives has Alex got? We thought he was gone last night, but he had been invited back as a wild card after Paul had to pull out of the competition. He’s definitely the new Sam, maybe he was invited back to cause some controversy… He failed again tonight with his dish, and he reproduced a dish that he’d cooked before… Didn’t Gary, George and MattP mention something about some of the contestants in Season 2 confusing aspirations with capabilities? MattM is new and I think he’s making the same mistake by fighting to have Alex back, another case of aspiration but limited capability? At least Billy thought outside the square and did not reproduce a dish that he had already cooked in Ep 5 which changed his life.
Anyway, a very interesting start to the episode. The Top 24 arrived at the MasterChef Kitchen to find no judges there. They wandered around the kitchen wooing and wowing, while the clock was ticking and counting down above them. A few decided to start cooking… The judges then appeared on the balcony and came down announcing that those who had started cooking will get an advantage because they took the initiative to cook without being told to. They would get an extra 10 minutes of cooking time, they had 90 minutes to cook, while the others would only have 80 minutes. They had to cook a dish that changed their lives. There would not be an elimination, but the contestant with the best dish would get to cook in tomorrow’s Immunity Challenge.
Some of the dishes:
Michael – Black Pudding & Egg Yolk Ravioli with Pea Puree & Parmesan Crisps
Jay – Lamb Roast and Veggies (wow, looked impressive!)
Sun – Black Angus Porterhouse Steak with Potatoes and Bearnaise Sauce
Seamus – assortment of Izakaya dishes (Japanese Tapas)
Alex – Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Kate – Retro Coffee Cake with Sticky Apples
Hayden – Moules Mariniere with Pomme Frites
Chelsea – Lamb Backstrap with Tomato, Beetroot & Red Onion Salsa
Billy – Flourless Chocolate Cake with Pomegranate Molasses (looked so mouth-watering…)
Dani – Bun Cha with Nuoc Cham
Top 3 – Billy, Hayden and Kate (wow, two desserts in the top 3). The best dish was by Hayden, so he will be cooking for the Immunity Pin tomorrow.
I’m already impressed by this year’s contestants, quite a number of the contestants are very good with desserts, as well as cooking savouries. After the disappointment of last year where most of the contestants could not even manage to cook a simple, basic cake, I can see myself drooling all the way to the finale night if they keep cooking all sorts of mouth-watering desserts this year…

Another funny recap from The Age.

Contestant’s Recipe – Moules Mariniere and Pommes Frites with Herb de Provence (Hayden Quinn)
Contestant’s Recipe – Flourless Chocolate Cake with Morello Sour Cherries, Grand Marnier Crème Fraiche & Pomegranate Molasses (Billy Law)
Contestant’s Recipe – Izakaya Style Dishes (Seamus Ashley)
Contestant’s Recipe – Risotto of Porcini Mushrooms, Sage and Pancetta (Alex Glasson)

Ep 9, Tuesday May 10, 2011 – Ormeggio’s Agnolotti Bagoss
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,752,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia [Ten] 1,440,000 *
3 (5) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,328,000
4 (6) NCIS [Ten] 1,200,000
5 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,092,000
6 (10) Bondi Vet [Ten] 966,000 *
7 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 858,000
8 (14) NCIS: Los Angeles Tues [Ten] 773,000
9 (15) Customs [Nine] 761,000
10 (16) AFP – Australian Federal Police [Nine] 675,000
* Due to a broadcast interruption experienced during Tuesday night prime-time, full episodes of MasterChef, Bondi Vet and Neighbours did not air in all mainland city markets last night. Today’s preliminary ratings data does not reflect the late night encore of MasterChef Australia which aired in Adelaide. Corrected figures for Tuesday 10 May will be available in the confirmed program logs issued by OzTAM on Thursday 12 May.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight
Interestingly, looking at the viewing pattern for audiences under 55 of age and those over 55 of age, it seems the majority of the over 55 watched AGT and avoided MCA while the majority of the under 55 watched MCA…
25-54 age demographics
1 Ppl 25-54 Network TEN Masterchef Australia 811,000
2 Ppl 25-54 Network 7 Winners & Losers 743,000
3 Ppl 25-54 Network 7 Australia’s Got Talent – Tue 738,000
4 Ppl 25-54 Network TEN NCIS 555,000
5 Ppl 25-54 Network 7 Today Tonight 464,000
18-49 age demographics
1 Ppl 18-49 Network TEN Masterchef Australia 787,000
2 Ppl 18-49 Network 7 Winners & Losers 724,000
3 Ppl 18-49 Network 7 Australia’s Got Talent – Tue 691,000
4 Ppl 18-49 Network TEN NCIS 491,000
5 Ppl 18-49 Network 7 Home And Away 447,000
16-39 age demographics
1 Ppl 16-39 Network TEN Masterchef Australia 566,000
2 Ppl 16-39 Network 7 Winners & Losers 467,000
3 Ppl 16-39 Network 7 Australia’s Got Talent – Tue 433,000
4 Ppl 16-39 Network 7 Home And Away 297,000
5 Ppl 16-39 Network TEN NCIS 289,000
Source: Media Spy

A few observations about the format for the new Immunity Challenge. Chef Justin North was there for the judging tonight, I wondered if it is permanent for him to come in every week for the Immunity episode, or are they going to have different chefs sitting in every week?
When I watched the episode, it reminded me of the original Japanese Iron Chef where the head chef or restaurant owner would bring in their lackey to cook-off against the Iron Chef. Tonight Ormeggio’s Alessandro Pavoni brought in his top apprentice, Alex Keen, to cook-off against Hayden who won the opportunity to cook for an Immnunity Pin. Also I think it is fairer for the contestants, a much more level playing field. However I thought it funny that the apprentice did not get a recipe and had to cook from memory! Although he should be familiar with the recipe, but in having to compete in front of his boss, and in the MasterChef Kitchen, it would be a nerve-wrecking situation. And he did burn the tomatoes and forget to add spinach to his green sauce, or maybe he just confused it with a different one in the restaurant… I also don’t think he was given advance notice of the recipe since Gary was the one choosing the recipe this year as previous years the competing chef chose the recipe themselves. With Gary having a say in choosing the recipe, it also gave him control over how difficult the recipe should be as he would be able to gauge the ability of the contestant involved.
Having the chef and his apprentice in the kitchen also showed a side which we don’t see often about the relationship between them and a much more accurate portrayal of the real workings in a professional kitchen. And I also found it hilarious that Alessandro was giving much more help to Hayden than his own apprentice…
In the end, Alex the apprentice scored 21/30. Hayden crossed over the line with 22/30 and won the Immunity Pin. Also I hate it when the judges give the same score for two different dishes. I was glad Justin gave 8 to Hayden and 7 to Alex, to prove he liked Hayden dish more. But George and MattP both gave 7 to both dishes! What is the point of judging when you are going to sit on the line! At least score something like 7 for one dish and maybe 6.5 or 7.5 for the other dish (if they don’t want to go lower to 6 or higher to 8 ) to differentiate the two dishes!

Immunity Challenge – Agnolotti Bagoss, Basil Sauce, Crisp Anchovies and Tomato (Alessandro Pavoni)

Ep 10, Wednesday May 11, 2011 – Midnight at Sonoma Bakery
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [Seven] 1,514,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia [Ten] 1,443,000
3 (3) Angry Boys (premiere) [ABC1] 1,368,000
4 (6) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 1,170,000
5 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,064,000
6 (10) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,018,000
7 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 835,000
8 (14) Glee – Wed [Ten] 805,000
9 (15) Criminal Minds (R) [Seven] 711,000
10 (16) David Attenborough’s Madagascar [Nine] 711,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight
25-54 age demographics
1 Masterchef Australia [TEN] 803,000
2 Angry Boys [ABC1] 783,000
3 Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [SEVEN] 625,000
4 Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 608,000
5 Criminal Minds [SEVEN] 525,000
18-49 age demographics
1 Angry Boys [ABC1] 805,000
2 Masterchef Australia [TEN] 775,000
3 Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [SEVEN] 588,000
4 Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 542,000
5 Glee – Wed [TEN] 478,000
16-39 age demographics
1 Angry Boys [ABC1] 641,000
2 Masterchef Australia [TEN] 547,000
3 Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 371,000
4 Glee – Wed [TEN] 354,000
5 Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [SEVEN] 350,000
Source: Media Spy

Ep 11, Thursday May 12, 2011 – Elimination #1
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia [Ten] 1,571,000
2 (5) Home And Away [Seven] 1,050,000
3 (8) The Good Wife [Ten] 853,000
4 (9) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 827,000
5 (11) RBT [Nine] 803,000
6 (12) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 744,000
7 (13) The Footy Show [Nine] 719,000
8 (14) How I Met Your Mother [Seven] 714,000
9 (15) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 705,000
10 (16) Between The Lines [Nine] 696,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Did the judges sent Tom to the gallows? For the third year in a row, the team leader of the losing team in the first challenge have all landed themselves in elimination. Brent from Season 1 was booted by his own team. Last year Jonathon found himeself in the elimination with Devon, but he survived. As far as we were led by the editing of the Sonoma episode, Tom did nothing wrong, in fact he led the team well with good organization and calm working environment. The one thing that led to him being a team leader was that he was appointed the role by the judges. If in any previous years, Hayden would have been automatically made the team leader due to his winning the challenge earlier in the week. It would have been better if the judges have awarded him being a good leader, the best performer of the losing team, maybe by giving him exemption from elimination…, after all the judges picked him as a team leader and he proved that he did lead well compared to the other team which was all over the place and disorganized!
I also hate this type of elimination with the contestants choosing who to go into elimination. It is basically the peer elimination in disguise. I’m glad this is the final year Fremantle is producing the show as they seemed to keep making these types of dud episodes every year, hopefully next season will be better being produced by Shine which did a fantastic job on Junior MasterChef last year.
I know it is very early days yet, but this season is starting to mirror Season 1 eerily. This year Tom reminded me of Brent of S1, they have not really make any big mistakes in terms of cooking challenges, but yet being up for the first elimination due to other circumstances, that is being the leader of a losing team. Whereupon, we have Sam from S1 and now Alex this year, who kept putting up worst dishes in numerous challenges but still times and again escaped elimination. Then there is Kate who could be the new Julie, mum with kids and cooks comfort (retro) food. Billy and Poh, both with Malaysian parents. Mat who could easily be the new Chris, the tattoed dude with attitide who cooks with unusual ingredients… Seamus (Japanese cuisine) this season and Lucas (Chinese cuisine) from S1, who both specialize in Oriental cuisine… Need I say anymore…

Pressure Test – Baklava (Abla Ahmed)
Pressure Test – Vegetable Tempura (Shaun Presland)
Pressure Test – Chicken Wings, Roast Tomato Salsa, Roast Corn and Capsicum Salsa and Simple Guacamole (Matt Preston)

Ep 12, Friday May 13, 2011 – MasterClass #2
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (4) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 8: Geelong vs Collingwood [Seven] 911,000
2 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 889,000
3 (7) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 840,000
4 (9) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 689,000
5 (11) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 663,000 (Syd & Bris only)
6 (13) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 594,000
7 (14) Hot Seat [Nine] 581,000
8 (16) Jonathan Creek: The Judas Tree – Rpt [ABC1] 556,000
9 (17) Collectors [ABC1] 476,000
10 (18) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 448,000 (Syd & Bris only)
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Paillard De Saumon (Gary Mehigan)
MasterClass – Brown Veal Stock (Justin North)
MasterClass – Caramelised Veal Jus (Justin North)
MasterClass – Red Wine Sauce (Justin North)
MasterClass – Maccheroncini Al Ferretto (Alessandro Pavoni)
MasterClass – Bougatsa with Poached Figs (George Calombaris)

Week 3 (15/5/2011 to 20/5/2011)
Ep 13, Sunday May 15, 2011 – Mystery Box
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,613,000
2 (4) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,409,000
3 (5) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,083,000
4 (6) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 1,056,000
5 (7) Castle [Seven] 927,000
6 (8) Merlin [Ten] 887,000
7 (9) The Mentalist [Nine] 813,000
8 (10) The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart [ABC1] 774,000
9 (12) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 712,000
10 (13) Castle – Ep.2 [Seven] 706,000
From 7.30pm – 8.33pm when MasterChef Australia was on, 13.9% of viewers over the age of 55 were watching MCA, while 44.6% were watching DWTS. So while MCA was the most watched show for viewers under the age of 55 (see below), the nearly half of population over the age of 55 watching DWTS romps it home for DWTS in Total People ranking.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight
25-54 age demographics
1 Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 825,000
3 Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 644,000
5 60 Minutes [Nine] 526,000
6 Castle [Seven] 520,000
7 In Their Footsteps [Nine] 479,000
8 Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 429,000
9 Merlin [Ten] 427,000
10 Castle – Ep.2 [Seven] 378,000
18-49 age demographics
1 Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 800,000
3 Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 581,000
4 Castle [Seven] 494,000
6 60 Minutes [Nine] 472,000
7 Merlin [Ten] 414,000
8 Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 396,000
9 In Their Footsteps [Nine] 394,000
10 Castle – Ep.2 [Seven] 372,000
16-39 age demographics
1 Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 562,000
2 Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 369,000
4 Castle [Seven] 311,000
6 60 Minutes [Nine] 284,000
7 Merlin [Ten] 270,000
8 Castle – Ep.2 [Seven] 235,000
9 Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 233,000
10 Eurovision Song Contest – Final [SBS ONE] 221,000
Source: Media Spy

Another recap from The Age.

Mystery Box (winner) – Rabbit Tasting Plate (Jay Huxley)
Mystery Box – Loin of Rabbit Stuffed with Sicilian Olives and Leek Wrapped in Pancetta, with Carrot Puree and Mustard Fruit Syrup (Cleo Kerameas)

Ep 14, Monday May 16, 2011 – Cherry & Coconut Bombe Alaska
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,571,000
2 (2) Come Fly With Me (premiere) [Nine] 1,488,000
3 (5) The Amazing Race Australia (premiere) [Seven] 1,258,000
4 (6) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,248,000
5 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,088,000
6 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 933,000
7 (12) Offspring (Series 2 premiere) [Ten] 927,000
8 (14) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 811,000
9 (16) Offspring – Ep 2 [Ten] 760,000
10 (17) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [Nine] 748,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

I’m seriously appalled by the action of Gary tonight! He used to be one of my favourite judges but I’m beginning to change my mind! I thought the Pressure Test was to put the contestant under pressure to see how they were able to handle the situation themselves, and he was physically helping Alex tonight. How unfair it was to the other two contestants! Not only did he take the left-over of Ellie’s custard to show Alex how the custard should look like (not that it mattered in the end as Alex did not re-cook the custard from scratch), but then near the end even physically helping Alex… I know it was very clear Alex was not going to finish his Bombe Alaska and therefore out of the competition tonight, but the favouritism Gary showed to Alex was an insult to the loyal viewers of this show! Was he pushed to help Alex by the producers to help him finish the dessert so to make it look like Alex was still in contention? I’m asking because it seems so out of character for Gary to do something like this!

Unfortunately, the recipe for the Cherry & Coconut Bombe Alaska will not be published as they have put a simplified version of the dessert in the current June 2011 issue of MasterChef magazine. However there is also a simple recipe in the Taste website where you just need to buy the individual components (buy coconut ice cream if you can find it) and assemble the dessert with the meringue and the cherry sauce (instead of the cherry sorbet inside the dessert on the show).

Ep 15, Tuesday May 17, 2011 – Colin Fassnidge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,783,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,373,000
3 (3) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,367,000
4 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,137,000
5 (7) NCIS [Ten] 1,099,000
6 (11) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,012,000
7 (12) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 887,000
8 (14) Parenthood [Seven] 739,000
9 (15) AFP – Australian Federal Police [Nine] 719,000
10 (16) Sea Patrol: Damage Control [Nine] 718,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Immunity Challenge – Steak and Kidney Pie (MasterChef Australia Judges)

Ep 16, Wednesday May 18, 2011 – Mean Fiddler Pub Challenge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [Seven] 1,519,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,401,000
3 (3) Angry Boys [ABC1] 1,346,000
4 (6) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 1,089,000
5 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,085,000
6 (9) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,037,000
7 (12) Glee – Wed [Ten] 959,000
8 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 801,000
9 (15) RPA [Nine] 741,000
10 (16) Criminal Minds (R) [Seven] 706,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 17, Thursday May 19, 2011 – Elimination #3
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,507,000
2 (5) Home And Away [Seven] 1,026,000
3 (8) RBT [Nine] 898,000
4 (9) The Good Wife [Ten] 881,000
5 (10) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 848,000
6 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 774,000
7 (12) The Footy Show [Nine] 729,000
8 (14) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 672,000
9 (15) Hot Seat [Nine] 653,000
10 (17) How I Met Your Mother [Seven] 627,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Recap from The Age.

Contestant’s Recipe – Salmon Tartare with Soft Boiled Quail Egg (Michael Weldon)

Ep 18, Friday May 20, 2011 – MasterClass #3
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (3) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,027,000
2 (5) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 988,000
3 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 915,000
4 (9) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 9: Carlton vs Geelong [Seven] 796,000
5 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 758,000
6 (12) Hot Seat [Nine] 590,000
7 (13) Thorne: Sleepyhead [ABC1] 583,000
8 (14) Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 2 [Ten] 575,000
9 (17) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 552,000
10 (18) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 511,000 (Syd & Bris only)
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Cannon of Rabbit, Garlic Custard and Rabbit Consomme (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – Colcannon (Colin Fassnidge)
MasterClass – Boulangere (Colin Fassnidge)
MasterClass – Rosti (Colin Fassnidge)
Bonus – Braised Beef Brisket (Colin Fassnidge)
MasterClass – Shepherds Pie with Smoked Eel and Bone Marrow (Gary Mehigan)
MasterClass – Rhubarb Trifle with Champagne Jelly and Mascarpone (Leanne Beck)
Bonus – Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chambord (Leanne Beck)

Week 4 (22/5/2011 to 27/5/2011)

Ep 19, Sunday May 22, 2011 – Lucky Dip Challenge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,469,000
2 (4) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,449,000
3 (5) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,108,000
4 (6) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 956,000
5 (7) Castle [Seven] 927,000
6 (8) The Mentalist [Nine] 906,000
7 (9) Merlin [Ten] 867,000
8 (10) The Kennedys [ABC1] 802,000
9 (11) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 752,000
10 (13) The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart [ABC1] 737,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Recap from The Age.

Mystery box & Invention Test (winners’ recipe) – Deux Petit Porcine En Papillote ‘Two little pigs in a bag’ (Craig, Peter and Sun)
Mystery box & Invention Test – Pan Fried Stuffed Lamb Cutlet, Deep Fried Lamb Brains, White Bean Puree, Carrot and Mint Vinaigrette (Alana, Arena and Kate)

Ep 20, Monday May 23, 2011 – Sweet & Sour with Fried Rice
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,514,000
2 (4) The Big Bang Theory – Mon [Nine] 1,385,000
3 (5) Come Fly With Me [Nine] 1,283,000
4 (7) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,144,000
5 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,120,000
6 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 929,000
7 (12) Offspring [Ten] 905,000
8 (14) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [Nine] 854,000
9 (15) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 827,000
10 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 680,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Recap from The Age.

Ep 21, Tuesday May 24, 2011 – Adam D’Sylva
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,815,000
2 (2) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,410,000
3 (5) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,295,000
4 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,145,000
5 (9) NCIS [Ten] 1,117,000
6 (10) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,013,000
7 (12) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 890,000
8 (14) Parenthood [Seven] 728,000
9 (15) Customs [Nine] 708,000
10 (16) NCIS: Los Angeles – Tues [Ten] 687,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Immunity Challenge – Black Pepper Ocean Trout with Green Mango and Spanner Crab Salad (Adam D’Sylva)
Immunity Challenge – Scallops with Pearl Tapioca and Yarra Valley Salmon Caviar (Adam D’Sylva)
Immunity Challenge – Crisped Sweet Pork, Pomelo, Mint and Fried Wai Wai Noodle Salad (Adam D’Sylva)

Ep 22, Wednesday May 25, 2011 – Cronulla Beach Sausage Sizzle and Gelato Stalls
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) State Of Origin Rugby League QLD v NSW 1st – Match [Nine] 2,227,000
2 (2) State Of Origin Rugby League QLD v NSW 1st – Pre Match [Nine] 1,471,000 (exclud Adel & Per)
3 (4) Australia’s Got Talent – Wed [Seven] 1,286,000
4 (6) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,236,000
5 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,131,000
6 (9) State Of Origin Rugby League QLD v NSW 1st – Post Match [Nine] 1,108,000 (exclud Melb)
7 (10) The Oprah Winfrey Show – Finale Week Wed [Ten] 1,006,000
8 (14) Angry Boys [ABC1] 805,000
9 (15) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 729,000
10 (17) Hot Seat [Nine] 660,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 23, Thursday May 26, 2011 – Four Basic Patisserie Skills Elimination (Sponge, Custard, Toffee and Ganache)
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,464,000
2 (5) The Oprah Winfrey Show – Finale Week Thurs [Ten] 1,057,000
3 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 976,000
4 (9) Recipe For Murder [ABC1] 836,000
5 (11) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 799,000
6 (12) RBT [Nine] 761,000
7 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 737,000
8 (14) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 734,000
9 (15) The Footy Show [Nine] 701,000
10 (16) How I Met Your Mother [Seven] 684,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

The only saving grace of this year’s disappointing third series is the revamped Thursday elimination which is quite watchable (and maybe also the Tuesday’s Immunity Challenge which is slightly more exciting to watch than previous years), and the fact that quite a few of the contestants can do good desserts. If not for these two reasons, I would have given up on this year’s show! We are already into the fourth week, and we still have not seen an individual dish from either Adam or Shannon (well not that I can remember), and apart from the first week, we have seen virtually nothing of Alana and Arena. The show has been badly let down by the inconsistancy in editing! If you don’t show some of the contestants, how can you expect the viewing audience to get to know and be connected to those contestants, no wonder the ratings are falling so fast this year… And why is the show focusing so much on the negative aspects of the show, for example so much on disaster dishes and not so much on dishes that are good. Isn’t the reason why the first season was so successful was because of the positive aspects of the show, but it has degenerated into so much negativity! Apart from the honesty shown by John Hughes earlier on, all I can recall from the past three weeks are the dishes from the disastrous Alex and the sharing-loving Chelsea… I also finally figured out why this year’s show is so lacklustre, partly due to the changing of the Mystery Box rule. So far this year all the mystery box challenges had the consequences of the contestants ending in the bottom three and be eliminated, and it has prevented the contestants to shine.
Is TEN panicking at the falling ratings? No doubts about it, they have started to advertise so much of the coming-soon episodes… Tonight it even let on in a short promo that the oversea trip this year is actually New York!

Another recap from The Age.

Invention Test – Basic Sponge (MasterChef Australia team)
Invention Test – Swiss Roll with Cointreau Mascarpone, Pistachio Praline, Chocolate Ganache, Creme Anglaise and Raspberry Coulis (Billy Law)

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MasterChef Australia judges in Times Square. Photo courtesy of Channel 10.

Ep 24, Friday May 27, 2011 – MasterClass #4
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,200,000
2 (5) Home And Away [Seven] 987,000
3 (6) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 921,000
4 (8) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 793,000
5 (10) The Oprah Winfrey Show – The Final Episode [Ten] 743,000
6 (11) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 675,000 (Syd & Bris only)
7 (14) Hot Seat [Nine] 624,000
8 (15) Thorne: Scaredy Cat [ABC1] 605,000
9 (16) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 10: Melbourne vs Carlton [Seven] 549,000
10 (17) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 521,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Veal Osso Bucco with Cannellini Beans (Gary Mehigan)
MasterClass – Snapper en Papillote (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – Pork Apple and Cider Sausage (Victor Churchill)
MasterClass – Pork Italian Sausage (Victor Churchill)
MasterClass – Pork Toulouse Sausage (Victor Churchill)
MasterClass – Classic Baked Cheesecake (Donna Hay)

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Week 5 (29/5/2011 to 3/6/2011)
Ep 25, Sunday May 29, 2011 – 24-Hour Cooking for the Miners at the Sunrise Dam Gold Mine
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Downton Abbey (premiere) [Seven] 1,807,000
2 (4) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,511,000
3 (5) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,429,000
4 (6) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 987,000
5 (7) 60 Minutes [Nine] 987,000
6 (8) Merlin [Ten] 940,000
7 (10) The Mentalist [Nine] 736,000
8 (11) The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart [ABC1] 715,000
9 (12) Castle (R) [Seven] 706,000
10 (13) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 10: Collingwood vs West Coast [Seven] 602,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Irrelevant recap of episode from The Age.

Invention Test – Sticky Date Pudding (Rachel McSweeney)
Invention Test – Sri Lankan Beef Curry (Kumar Pereira)

Ep 26, Monday May 30, 2011 – Clairault Winery, Margaret River, W. A.
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,577,000
2 (4) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,428,000
3 (6) Come Fly With Me [Nine] 1,252,000
4 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,196,000
5 (9) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,135,000
6 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 1,019,000
7 (11) Offspring [Ten] 953,000
8 (14) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 909,000
9 (15) Australian Story [ABC1] 831,000
10 (17) Rescue Special Ops [Nine] 718,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 27, Tuesday May 31, 2011 – Immunity Challenge on Busselton Jetty, 1.8km out on Geographe Bay
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,949,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,502,000
3 (5) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,310,000
4 (8) NCIS [Ten] 1,128,000
5 (9) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,120,000
6 (10) Home And Away [Seven] 1,118,000
7 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 998,000
8 (14) Customs [Nine] 768,000
9 (15) NCIS: Los Angeles – Tues [Ten] 761,000
10 (17) Hot Seat [Nine] 699,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

How come we have not seen Cape Lodge’s Chef Tony Howell on TV before? What a character and such a talker as well, loved the banter between him and Jay. Producers of next year take note, if ever one of the current judges decides to leave the show, sign Tony up quick smart!

Immunity Challenge – Local Seafood Stew (Tony Howell)

Ep 28, Wednesday June 1, 2011 – Frozen and Tinned Challenge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,602,000
2 (5) Highway Patrol [Seven] 1,130,000
3 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,129,000
4 (7) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,087,000
5 (8) Glee – Wed [Ten] 1,036,000
6 (10) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 1,019,000
7 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Wed [Nine] 976,000
8 (12) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 957,000
9 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 941,000
10 (14) Angry Boys [ABC1] 920,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 29, Thursday June 2, 2011 – Fixing a Gaeng Mussaman Neua
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,532,000
2 (5) Home And Away [Seven] 1,062,000
3 (8) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 870,000
4 (9) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 862,000
5 (10) RBT [Nine] 825,000
6 (11) The Good Wife [Ten] 823,000
7 (13) How I Met Your Mother [Seven] 721,000
8 (14) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 710,000
9 (15) The Footy Show [Nine] 683,000
10 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 668,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Another hilarious recap from The Age.

Pressure Test – Massaman Curry (MasterChef Australia)

Ep 30, Friday June 3, 2011 – MasterClass #5
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (3) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,174,000
2 (5) Home And Away [Seven] 1,035,000
3 (7) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 860,000
4 (9) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 788,000
5 (10) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 780,000 (Syd & Bris only)
6 (11) Taggart [ABC1] 757,000
7 (130 Seven’s AFL: Rnd 11: Essendon vs Melbourne [Seven] 633,000
8 (14) Hot Seat [Nine] 629,000
9 (15) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 608,000
10 (17) Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution [Ten] 544,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Hahaha, did the producers ask Chef Frank Shek to really really go back to basics, so he did a MasterClass on how to assemble a Peking Duck wrap! And where is the recipe for the Duck San Choi Bau that he actaully did a bit of cooking? The show is getting more ridiculous by the episodes and Kumar and Rachel really lucked out with their masterclass…
Anyway looking forward to next week, Nigella Lawson’s episode will be on Wednesday Tag-Team Challenge and Rick Stein will do a MasterClass from Kuala Lumpur with Chef Wan next Friday.

MasterClass – Blue Eye Trevalla and Mussel Curry (Gary Mehigan)
MasterClass – Duck Pancakes (Frank Shek)
MasterClass – Wok Fried Black Pepper Crab (Matt Moran)
MasterClass – Summer Pudding with Caramel Ripple Ice Cream (George Calombaris)

Week 6 (5/6/2011 to 10/6/2011)
Ep 31, Sunday June 5, 2011 – Switcheroo Español Invention Test
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Downton Abbey [Seven] 1,872,000
2 (2) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,541,000
3 (5) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,445,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,031,000
5 (7) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 941,000
6 (8) Merlin [Ten] 880,000
7 (9) The Mentalist [Nine] 783,000
8 (11) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 657,000
9 (12) The Kennedys [ABC1] 640,000
10 (13) Castle (R) [Seven] 639,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Invention Test (winner’s recipe) – Lamb and Bean Casserole with Anchovy Crumb and Patatas (Danielle Dixon)
Invention Test – Tapas of Lamb Roasted Anchovy Lamb with Green Dressing (Michael Weldon)

Ep 32, Monday June 6, 2011 – Dan Hong’s Pandan Chiffon Cake with Palm Sugar and Black Sesame Ice-Cream

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Photo courtesy of MasterChef Australia.

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,637,000
2 (4) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,346,000
3 (7) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,165,000
4 (8) Come Fly With Me [Nine] 1,151,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,125,000
6 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 1,014,000
7 (11) Offspring [Ten] 954,000
8 (14) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 821,000
9 (15) Rescue Special Ops – Ep1 [Nine] 775,000
10 (17) Rescue Special Ops – Ep2 [Nine] 725,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Another recap from The Age.

Ep 33, Tuesday June 7, 2011 – Cheeky Thorsten Schmidt and His Thai Dalliance
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,927,000
2 (3) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,439,000

3 (4) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,323,000
4 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,146,000
5 (9) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,046,000
6 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 980,000
7 (12) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 920,000
8 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 842,000
9 (15) Sea Patrol: Damage Control [Nine] 708,000
10 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 686,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Immunity Challenge – Murray River Cod Braised with Star Anise and Cassia Bark with a Crisp Chilli and Garlic Relish (Martin Boetz)

Ep 34, Wednesday June 8, 2011 – Nigella Lawson & Her 6 Tag-Team Dishes

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Photo courtesy of MasterChef Australia.

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,633,000
2 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,126,000
3 (7) Glee – Wed [Ten] 1,071,000
4 (8) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 1,057,000
5 (9) Highway Patrol [Seven] 1,054,000
6 (10) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,030,000
7 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Wed Ep1 [Nine] 967,000
8 (13) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 943,000
9 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Wed Ep2 [Nine] 924,000
10 (15) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 900,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Pressure Test – Rib Roast (Nigella Lawson) with Yorkshire Pudding (Nigella Lawson)
Pressure Test – Game Pie (Nigella Lawson)
Pressure Test – Creamy Potato Gratin (Nigella Lawson) or Potato Gratin / Gratin Dauphinois (Nigella Lawson)
Pressure Test – Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley (Nigella Lawson)
Pressure Test – Red Velvet Cupcakes (Nigella Lawson)
Pressure Test – Devil’s Food Cake (Nigella Lawson)

With the stuff-up in the blue team when Adam forgot the name of Devil’s Food Cake as he was handing over to Billy, luckily later on Rachel saved the day and made her Fail-Safe Chocolate Cake that Nigella was impressed enough to jokingly ask for the recipe. However I don’t think we will get Rachel’s recipe, so I searched and found a few recipes that promised fail-safe (not tested):
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Easy “No Fail” Chocolate Cake
No Fail Coconut OR Chocolate Cake

Ep 35, Thursday June 9, 2011 – Chicken Invention Test Elimination
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,564,000
2 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,035,000
3 (7) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 957,000
4 (8) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 936,000
5 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 904,000
6 (12) RBT [Nine] 834,000
7 (13) Polar Bear Spy On The Ice [Nine] 828,000
8 (14) How I Met Your Mother [Seven] 754,000
9 (15) The Footy Show [Nine] 748,000
10 (16) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 712,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Another recap from The Age.

Invention Test – Chinese Chicken (Shannon Smyth)

Ep 36, Friday June 10, 2011 – MasterClass #6 (Rick Stein & Chef Wan in KL)
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,160,000
2 (5) Home And Away [Seven] 923,000
3 (7) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 858,000
4 (8) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 801,000
5 (11) Taggart [ABC1] 757,000
6 (12) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 664,000
7 (13) Hot Seat [Nine] 650,000
8 (14) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 633,000 (Syd & Bris only)
9 (16) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 12: St Kilda vs Western Bulldogs [Seven] 573,000
10 (17) Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution [Ten] 515,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Mountain Rice Paella (Miguel Maestres)
MasterClass – Kerabu Pucuk Paku / Fiddle Fern Salad (Chef Wan)
MasterClass – Otak Otak Kukus / Steamed Fish Mousse in Banana Leaf (Chef Wan)
MasterClass – Kuala Lumpur Chicken and Prawn Curry Laksa (Rick Stein)
MasterClass – Chocolate Marquise with Mascarpone Cream and Pedro Jimenez Poached Plums (Gary Mehigan)

Week 7 (12/6/2011 to 17/6/2011)
Ep 37, Sunday June 12, 2011 – Neil Perry’s 8 Qantas Dishes with Guest Chefs Thomas Keller & Andoni Luis Aduriz
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night (Queen’s Birthday long weekend)
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Downton Abbey [Seven] 1,528,000
2 (4) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,349,000
3 (5) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,347,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 852,000
5 (7) Merlin [Ten] 799,000
6 (8) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 765,000
7 (9) The Mentalist [Nine] 664,000
8 (12) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 616,000
9 (14) The Kennedys [ABC1] 556,000
10 (16) Nine’s Sunday Football [Nine] 462,000 (Syd & Bris Only)
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Another recap from The Age.

Pressure Test – Crab and Fennel Salad with Roast Garlic Crème Fraiche (Neil Perry)
Pressure Test – Caramelised Leek, Goats Cheese and Sage Tart with Baby Leaf (Neil Perry)

Ep 38, Monday June 13, 2011 – The 3-1/4-Hour Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Burger & Chips with Milkshake Pressure Test

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Photo courtesy of MasterChef Australia.

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Photo courtesy of MasterChef Australia.

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,909,000
2 (4) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,401,000
3 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,262,000
4 (7) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,161,000
5 (10) Come Fly With Me [Nine] 1,052,000
6 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 1,042,000
7 (13) Offspring [Ten] 982,000
8 (15) Australian Story [ABC1] 827,000
9 (16) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 807,000
10 (17) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 789,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 39, Tuesday June 14, 2011 – Darren Purchese’s Banana, Caramel & Rum

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Photo courtesy of MasterChef Australia.

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,847,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,559,000
3 (5) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,404,000
4 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,201,000
5 (8) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,125,000
6 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 947,000
7 (13) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 867,000
8 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 832,000
9 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 690,000
10 (17) QI [ABC1] 683,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Immunity Challenge – Caramelised White Chocolate Mousse, Banana, Vanilla and Passion Fruit (Darren Purchese)

Breaking News: Mat Beyer has been kicked out of the show after breaking the rules of the competition. As a consequence, an eliminated contestant (wonder who) has been recalled back!

Ep 40, Wednesday June 15, 2011 – The Green Food Challenge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) State Of Origin Rugby League NSW vs Qld 2nd – Match [Nine] 2,159,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,607,000
3 (3) State Of Origin Rugby League NSW vs Qld 2nd – Post Match [Nine] 1,491,000
4 (5) State Of Origin Rugby League NSW vs Qld 2nd – Pre Match [Nine] 1,389,000 (Syd, Melb & Bris Only)
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,061,000
6 (10) Glee (Season 2 finale) – Wed [Ten] 987,000
7 (11) Highway Patrol [Seven] 946,000
8 (14) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 712,000
9 (15) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 686,000
10 (16) Criminal Minds (R) [Seven] 672,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Ep 41, Thursday June 16, 2011 – The Cook by Numbers Invention Test Elimination
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,615,000
2 (5) Home And Away [Seven] 1,112,000
3 (8) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 930,000
4 (9) How I Met Your Mother [Seven] 916,000
5 (11) RBT [Nine] 848,000
6 (12) Grey’S Anatomy [Seven] 840,000
7 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 838,000
8 (14) Polar Bear Spy On The Ice [Nine] 790,000
9 (15) The Footy Show [Nine] 764,000
10 (16) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 735,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

Another recap from The Age.

Invention Test – Salt and Pepper Baby Octopus with Mayonnaise (Ellie Paxton-Hall)

Ep 42, Friday June 17, 2011 – MasterClass #7
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (3) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,086,000 (exclud Adel)
2 (5) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 928,000
3 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 853,000 (exclud Adel)
4 (9) The Big Bang Theory – Rpt [Nine] 822,000
5 (10) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 748,000 (Syd & Bris only)
6 (12) Taggart [ABC1] 714,000
7 (13) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 13: Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide [Seven] 656,000
8 (14) Hot Seat [Nine] 600,000
9 (16) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 567,000
10 (18) Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (Season 2 finale) [Ten] 516,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Something is wrong with the links to the following recipes! I have to hit the refresh button a few times for each of the recipe page to load, as they kept coming up with error links… Arrrrrrrgh… So much incompetence with MasterChef this year, not only the editing of the show itself but the website as well!
MasterClass – George’s Minestrone (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – Steak Tartare with Melba Toasts (James Privit)
MasterClass – Dry Marinade (James Privit)
MasterClass – Wet Marinade – Chimi Churri (James Privit)
MasterClass – Four Textures of Corn (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – Spotted Dick with Custard (Gary Mehigan)

Week 8 (19/6/2011 to 24/6/2011)
Ep 43, Sunday June 19, 2011 – David Chang’s Korean Mystery Pot Invention Test

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Photo courtesy of MasterChef Australia.

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Downton Abbey [Seven] 1,717,000
2 (3) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,615,000
3 (4) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,551,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,054,000
5 (7) Merlin [Ten] 978,000
6 (8) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 892,000
7 (9) The Mentalist – Ep1 [Nine] 821,000
8 (10) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 717,000
9 (11) Inspector George Gently [ABC1] 677,000
10 (13) Castle (R) [Seven] 613,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Mystery Box Invention Test (winner’s recipe) – Braised Pork Belly (Hayden Quinn)
Mystery Box Invention Test – Korean Rice Burger (Dani Venn)

Ep 44, Monday June 20, 2011 – George’s Mum Mary Calombaris & Her 4 Greek Cypriot Dishes
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,681,000
2 (4) The Block (Series 4 premiere) [Nine] 1,342,000
3 (5) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 1,314,000
4 (7) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,213,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,160,000
6 (10) Come Fly With Me [Nine] 1,030,000
7 (11) Offspring [Ten] 995,000
8 (13) Hot Seat [Nine] 813,000
9 (14) Australian Story [ABC1] 791,000
10 (15) No Ordinary Family [Seven] 766,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Bonus Recipe – Pork and Prawn Koupes with Honey Dressing and Parsley Coleslaw (George Calombaris)
Bonus Recipe – Koupes / Cracked Wheat Pies (George Calombaris)
Bonus Recipe – Shamishi / Cyprus Semolina Pastries (unknown source)
Bonus Recipe – Shamishi / Traditional Fried Pastries Filled with Semolina (unknown source)
Bonus Recipes – Selected recipes from George Calombaris’ cookbook, Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart (in PDF file):
Salad of Watermelon, Feta, Almonds, Mint and Rose Syrup
Smoked Lamb Ham Sandwich
Melizanosalata / Eggplant (Aubergine) Dip, Red Wine Onions
Gigantes / Giant Beans with Tomato and Olive Oil
Pork Fricassee Slow-Cooked in Celery, Lettuce and Dill
Ekmek Kataifi Pagoto / Baked Kataifi and Custard

Another recap from The Age.

The DIY juggernaut continues

Ep 45, Tuesday June 21, 2011 – Pâtissier Vincent Gadan & The Huh? … Roast Pork

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Photo courtesy of News Limited.

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,756,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,597,000
3 (4) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,348,000
4 (7) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,209,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,154,000
6 (10) The Block [Nine] 1,114,000
7 (12) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 848,000
8 (14) RBT [Nine] 776,000
9 (15) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 759,000
10 (16) Sea Patrol: Damage Control [Nine] 742,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Immunity Challenge – Roast Pork and Roast Vegetables (Vincent Gadan)

To do Vincent Gadan some justice, here are some of his dessert recipes:
Bonus Recipe – Éclairs (Vincent Gadan)
Bonus Recipe – Mascarpone Sabayon with Champagne Jelly and Chocolate Biscuit (Vincent Gadan)
Bonus Recipe – Crêpe Soufflé au Chocolat et Sauce L’Orange (Vincent Gadan)
Bonus Recipe – Macarons / Traditional French Macaroons (Vincent Gadan)
Bonus Recipe – Bûche de Noël (Vincent Gadan)
Bonus Recipe – Nougat de Montélimar / Easter Nougat (Vincent Gadan)
Bonus Recipe – Passionfruit Cheesecake (Vincent Gadan)

Ep 46, Wednesday June 22, 2011 – Special Dietary Requirements Challenge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,773,000
2 (4) The Block [Nine] 1,186,000
3 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 1,076,000
4 (7) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,035,000
5 (9) Highway Patrol [Seven] 965,000
6 (10) Offspring – Wed [Ten] 904,000
7 (12) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 859,000
8 (13) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 805,000
9 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Wed Ep1 [Nine] 789,000
10 (15) The Big Bang Theory – Wed Ep2 [Nine] 782,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 47, Thursday June 23, 2011 – The Round Elimination
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,511,000
2 (3 The Block [Nine] 1,139,000
3 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 960,000
4 (9) Inside The Human Body [Nine] 879,000
5 (11) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 824,000
6 (12) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 774,000
7 (14) Law And Order: SVU – Ep 2 Rpt [Ten] 698,000
8 (15) The Footy Show [Nine] 663,000
9 (17) Desperate Housewives [Seven] 633,000
10 (18) Hot Seat [Nine] 611,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Elimination Challenge – Spiced Poached Pears with Orange Creme Anglaise, Chocolate Ganache & Sugared Macadamia Crumble (Alana Lowes)

Ep 48, Friday June 24, 2011 – MasterClass #8
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (3) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,075,000
2 (4) The Block [Nine] 1,039,000
3 (5) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 978,000
4 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 895,000
5 (9) Taggart [ABC1] 792,000
6 (12) Hot Seat [Nine] 625,000
7 (13) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 614,000 (Syd & Bris only)
8 (15) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 571,000
9 (16) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 14: Hawthorn vs Essendon [Seven] 558,000 (Melb, Adel & Per only)
10 (17) Collectors [ABC1] 499,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Moussaka (Mary Calombaris)
MasterClass – Lamb Three Ways (Gary Mehigan)
MasterClass – Baked Lemon Meringue Tart (Vincent Gadan)
MasterClass – Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart and Caramelised Peanuts (Vincent Gadan)
MasterClass – Pear Frangipane Tart (Vincent Gadan)
MasterClass – Stir-Fried Tumeric Squid (Christine Manfield)

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Week 9 (26/6/2011 to 1/7/2011)
Ep 49, Sunday June 26, 2011 – Top 12 Country Hoedown, No?
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Downton Abbey [Seven] 1,685,000
2 (3) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,604,000
3 (5) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,515,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,048,000
5 (7) Merlin [Ten] 944,000
6 (8) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 937,000
7 (9) The Mentalist – Ep1 [Nine] 792,000
8 (10) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 731,000
9 (11) Castle (R) [Seven] 682,000
10 (13) Inspector George Gently [ABC1] 658,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Invention Test (winner’s recipe) – Lamb Curry with Naan Bread (Billy Law)
Invention Test (winner’s recipe) – Puffed Rice Rocky Road (Billy Law)
Invention Test – Baked Apples and Pears with Berry Salad and Caramel Sauce (Michael Weldon)

Ep 50, Monday June 27, 2011 – Re-Interpreting Matthew Kemp’s Duck à l’Orange
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,578,000
2 (2) The Block [Nine] 1,440,000
3 (7) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,075,000
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,018,000
5 (9) The Big Bang Theory [Nine] 997,000
6 (10) Offspring [Ten] 938,000
7 (11) Australian Story [ABC1] 912,000
8 (13) Rescue Special Ops [Nine] 839,000
9 (17) Hot Seat [Nine] 692,000
10 (18) Four Corners [ABC1] 687,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 51, Tuesday June 28, 2011 – Merle Parrish, Her Knitting Kit, Peach Blossom Cake & Cupcakes
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,688,000
2 (2) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,638,000
3 (3) The Block [Nine] 1,337,000
4 (5) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,287,000
5 (8) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,142,000
6 (10) Home And Away [Seven] 998,000
7 (12) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 856,000
8 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 751,000
9 (15) RBT [Nine] 726,000
10 (17) NCIS: Los Angeles – Tues [Ten] 668,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Immunity Challenge – Peach Blossom Cake (Merle Parrish)
Immunity Challenge – Cupcakes (Merle Parrish)

Peach Blossom Cake (CWA Recipe)
125g butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup milk
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
1 teaspoon cornflour
Beat butter and sugar, add milk slowly and beat well. Add whites of eggs stiffly beaten, then add flour. Colour half pink and mix in tin. Bake slowly 40 to 45 mins in 22cm x 11cm x 8cm tin (approx 150°C). Ice on top with pale pink icing.

Senior ‘masterchefs’ stick to tradition

Ep 52, Wednesday June 29, 2011 – Catering for a Three-Course Business Lunch or a 21st Birthday Party
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,693,000
2 (3) The Block [Nine] 1,275,000
3 (6) Offspring – Wed [Ten] 1,070,000
4 (8) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,046,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,023,000
6 (10) Highway Patrol [Seven] 1,022,000
7 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Wed Ep2 [Nine] 942,000
8 (13) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 874,000
9 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Wed Ep1 [Nine] 851,000
10 (15) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 744,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 53, Thursday June 30, 2011 – Blindfold Taste Test Ingredients for Invention Test Elimination
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,532,000
2 (2) The Block [Nine] 1,188,000
3 (7) Inside The Human Body [Nine] 1,035,000
4 (8) Hot Property [Nine] 961,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 891,000
6 (10) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 891,000
7 (12) Law And Order: SVU – Ep 2 Rpt [Ten] 782,000
8 (13) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 767,000
9 (14) The Footy Show [Nine] 749,000
10 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 678,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Invention Test – Roast Chicken Wrapped in Pancetta Served with Baby Carrot (Billy Law)

Ep 54, Friday July 1, 2011 – MasterClass #9 (New Zealand Special)
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) The Block [Nine] 1,153,000
2 (3) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,150,000
3 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 979,000
4 (8) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 837,000
5 (10) Taggart [ABC1] 741,000
6 (12) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 652,000 (Syd & Bris only)
7 (13) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 623,000
8 (15) Hot Seat [Nine] 597,000
9 (16) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 15: Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne [Seven] 555,000
10 (18) Collectors [ABC1] 463,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Seafood Chowder (Fleur Sullivan)
MasterClass – Seaweed Crumbed Crayfish Tails with Ceviche, Chargrilled Paua (Abalone) and Salsa Verde Ceviche (Al Brown)
MasterClass – Venison, Parsnip Puree, Fennel with Citrus Onion Jus and Chocolate Crumb (Simon Gault)
MasterClass – Manuka Honey & Feijoa Cake with Yoghurt Panna Cotta, Lemon Verbena Jelly, Jasmine-Honey Pudding, Candied Bread and Honey & Orange Blossom Ice-cream (Martin Bosley)

Week 10 (3/7/2011 to 8/7/2011)
Ep 55, Sunday July 3, 2011 – Steamed Pudding Mystery Box & Middle Eastern (Figs) Invention Test
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Downton Abbey [Seven] 1,622,000
2 (3) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,561,000
3 (5) Dancing With The Stars [Seven] 1,477,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,026,000
5 (7) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 1,024,000
6 (8) Merlin [Ten] 855,000
7 (9) The Mentalist – Ep1 [Nine] 835,000
8 (10) Grand Designs [ABC1] 789,000
9 (11) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 728,000
10 (13) The Mentalist – Ep2 [Nine] 599,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Mystery Box (winner’s recipe) – Raspberry and White Chocolate Pudding with Kahlua Ice-cream (Kate Bracks)
Mystery Box – Spiced Apple and Rhubarb Pudding with Apple Juice Mascarpone and Butterscotch Sauce (Sun Etheridge)

Ep 56, Monday July 4, 2011 – Guinea Fowl in Salt Crust plus Two Sides
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,589,000
2 (2) The Block – Mon [Nine] 1,471,000
3 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,048,000
4 (8) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,032,000
5 (10) The Big Bang Theory – Mon [Nine] 944,000
6 (11) Can Of Worms (premiere) [Ten] 930,000
7 (12) Rescue Special Ops – Ep1 [Nine] 891,000
8 (13) Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) [Seven] 880,000
9 (14) Rescue Special Ops – Ep2 [Nine] 830,000
10 (15) Border Patrol – Mon [Seven] 816,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

So, what do we make of the news that MattP is going to announce on Wednesday night episode? My guess is that he is going to tell the contestants that all cookbooks are to be removed from the house! Which will lead to the discovery of Mat’s smartphone and the scandal for early next week… The news of the removal of all cookbooks could be at the beginning of the episode for Wednesday’s team challenge or it could be at the end of the episode for Thursday’s elimination. We will wait and see…

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 57, Tuesday July 5, 2011 – Alessandro Pavoni’s Cuttle Fish Checkerboard, Calamari Broth and Tomato Dust
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,496,000
2 (3) The Block – Tue [Nine] 1,373,000
3 (4) Australia’s Got Talent [Seven] 1,373,000 (exclud Per)
4 (7) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,211,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,086,000
6 (10) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,024,000
7 (12) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 788,000
8 (13) Hot Seat [Nine] 731,000
9 (16) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 657,000
10 (17) E.J. Whitten Legends Game [Nine] 622,000 (Melb, Adel & Per only)
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Immunity Challenge – Cuttle Fish Checkerboard, Calamari Broth and Tomato Dust (Alessandro Pavoni)

MasterChef Mat is finally going

Ep 58, Wednesday July 6, 2011 – British vs French with Marco Pierre White & Mat’s Out, Billy’s Back In
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) State Of Origin Rugby League QLD v NSW 3rd – Match [Nine] 2,468,000
2 (2) State Of Origin Rugby League QLD v NSW 3rd – Post Match [Nine] 2,190,000
3 (3) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,701,000
4 (4) State Of Origin Rugby League QLD v NSW 3rd – Pre Match [Nine] 1,542,000 (exclud Adel & Per)
5 (6) The Block – Wed [Nine] 1,380,000
6 (10) Home And Away [Seven] 1,051,000
7 (11) Two And A Half Men – Wed Ep1 [Nine] 996,000
8 (13) Highway Patrol [Seven] 918,000
9 (14) Offspring – Wed [Ten] 825,000
10 (16) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 698,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

MasterChef’s Mat finally booted out over phone

Ep 59, Thursday July 7, 2011 – Technique-Based Elimination & A Cameo by Anthony Bourdain
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,634,000
2 (3) The Block – Thu [Nine] 1,293,000
3 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 985,000
4 (8) Hot Property [Nine] 972,000
5 (9) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 912,000
6 (12) Inside The Human Body [Nine] 753,000
7 (13) Grey’s Anatomy [Seven] 725,000
8 (14) Hot Seat [Nine] 700,000
9 (15) Law And Order: SVU – Ep 2 Rpt [Ten] 655,000
10 (17) The Footy Show [Nine] 635,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Mystery Box – Apple Pie and Vanilla Custard (Kate Bracks)

Ep 60, Friday July 8, 2011 – MasterClass #10 (Past Contestant Special with Andre Ursini, Jimmy Seervai & Alvin Quah)
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) The Block – Fri [Nine] 1,179,000
2 (6) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 963,000
3 (7) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 954,000 (exclud Per)
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 926,000
5 (9) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 16: West Coast vs Geelong [Seven] 873,000
6 (11) Taggart [ABC1] 741,000
7 (12) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 687,000 (Syd & Bris only)
8 (15) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 618,000
9 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 617,000
10 (17) Collectors [ABC1] 471,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Polenta Con Quaglia (Andre Ursini)
MasterClass – Butter Chicken (Jimmy Seervai)
MasterClass – Slow Braised Chicken in Master Stock with Egg Noodles (Luke Nguyen)
MasterClass – Black Sesame Dumplings in Ginger Syrup with Wonton Wafers 薑汁黑芝麻湯圓 (Alvin Quah)

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Week 11 (10/7/2011 to 15/7/2011)
Ep 61, Sunday July 10, 2011 – New-York-Inspired Invention Test with Eric Ripert & Another Cameo by Anthony Bourdain
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,615,000
2 (3) Dancing With The Stars (finale) [Seven] 1,470,000
3 (7) 60 Minutes [Nine] 934,000
4 (8) Merlin [Ten] 846,000
5 (9) In Their Footsteps [Nine] 737,000
6 (10) Castle (R) [Seven] 632,000
7 (11) The Mentalist – Ep1 [Nine] 603,000
8 (13) Midsomer Murders [ABC1] 582,000
9 (14) Hawaii Five-O [Ten] 495,000
10 (16) Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals – Sun Rpt [Ten] 484,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Invention Test (winner’s recipe) – 43rd Street Tacos (Michael Weldon)
Invention Test – Osso Buco with Pedro Ximenez Sauce, Potato Mash, Arugula, Roasted Artichoke and Sun Dried Red Pepper Sauce (Billy Law)
Bonus Recipe – Whoopie Pies
Bonus Recipe – Jewish Rosh Hashana Honey Cake
Bonus Recipe – Majestic and Moist Honey Cake

Ep 62, Monday July 11, 2011 – Canapés for 300 at the UN
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,758,000
2 (2) The Block – Mon [Nine] 1,544,000
3 (7) The Big Bang Theory – Mon [Nine] 1,077,000
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,046,000
5 (9) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,039,000
6 (10) Can Of Worms [Ten] 980,000
7 (13) Rescue Special Ops [Nine] 865,000
8 (14) Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) [Seven] 834,000
9 (15) Australian Story [ABC1] 761,000
10 (16) Crash Investigation Unit [Seven] 744,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 63, Tuesday July 12, 2011 – Cesare Casella’s Pasta all’Amatriciana at Central Park with Guest Judge Lidia Bastianich
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,807,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,611,000
3 (4) The Block – Tue [Nine] 1,354,000
4 (6) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,236,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 1,006,000
6 (11) Sea Patrol: Damage Control [Nine] 843,000
7 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 793,000
8 (14) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 775,000
9 (15) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 727,000
10 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 668,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Immunity Challenge – Pasta all’Amatriciana (Cesare Casella)

Ep 64, Wednesday July 13, 2011 – (Seriously? 45 Minutes of Amazing Race in Times Square &) Dinner Party at The Four Seasons
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,620,000
2 (3) The Block – Wed [Nine] 1,309,000
3 (5) Top Design (premiere) [Nine] 1,156,000
4 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,051,000
5 (9) Offspring – Wed [Ten] 960,000
6 (10) Highway Patrol [Seven] 941,000
7 (11) Criminal Minds [Seven] 896,000
8 (13) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 789,000
9 (14) RPA [Nine] 788,000
10 (16) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 707,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

L-O-S-I-N-G T-H-E P-L-O-T! I cannot believe the editing of the episode devoted over 45 minutes of time showing contestants running around in Times Square looking for clues and finding ways to get to their various destinations to get their recipes! At least in previous years, when in Hong Kong and Paris, they were running around buying ingredients, not looking for clues and wasting time showing the contestants getting lost! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little of The Amazing Race styled running around, but it has to be done in context to the show! I wished the producers were as diligent about editing in more cooking and showing the steps that the contestants were going about producing their dishes than what they did with the running around for 45 minutes, would have loved to see each layer of that delicious dessert being made instead! If this silliness goes on, maybe we can look forward to next year where contestants will find a cluebox in front of the house, then run around the city looking for recipes, restaurants, chefs and whatnot, no need for anymore cooking and just change the show to The Amazing Chef Race.
Yes, the show is still attracting big TV audiences, but the ratings has stagnant around 1.6mil mark. Don’t think a lot of this audience will come back for the long haul next year if the show does not improve. This time last year in London and Paris, it was hitting the 2mil mark. I expect a lot of the audience is like me just hanging on watching hoping it would get better towards the end, but that’s looking like wishful thinking. It is no longer the must-watch show this year, I have found myself switching channel or do something else while leaving the show on just to see the result. Hard as it is to admit, I have actually enjoyed My Kitchen Rules more this year, well the second part anyway when they cooked in the kitchen headquarter. So what did MKR do right this year, they showed every dish that the contestants cooked! They may have been accused of copying the MCA format, but they sure did copy the right bits of the format that the audience want to see. So every episode we could gauge the ability of the contestants through the series, even if they were not the top team or bottom team, we knew roughly where they were placed, near the top or the bottom. With the idiotic editing of MCA where they only showed the top 3 or bottom 3 (what is the point of having Top 24…), with those who were in the middleground, we had no idea if they were near the top or near the bottom in terms of their abilities in each episode, especially during the individual challenge. The result, we really could not gauge their ability, whether they improved through the series or not…

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 65, Thursday July 14, 2011 – Soul Food at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,609,000
2 (3) The Block – Thu [Nine] 1,167,000
3 (6) Home And Away [Seven] 915,000
4 (7) Hot Property [Nine] 902,000
5 (10) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 849,000
6 (12) Crownies (Series premiere) [ABC1] 706,000
7 (13) Inside The Human Body [Nine] 686,000
8 (14) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 656,000
9 (15) The Footy Show [Nine] 653,000
10 (16) Law And Order: SVU – Ep 2 Rpt [Ten] 624,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Pressure Test – Spicy Ribs with Sweet-n-Sour BBQ Sauce (Billy Law)

Ep 66, Friday July 15, 2011 – MasterClass #11 (New York Special)

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Red by Steve Evette of Marriott Marquis

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) The Block – Fri [Nine] 1,130,000
2 (3) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,114,000
3 (7) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 964,000
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 911,000
5 (9) Silent Witness [ABC1] 816,000
6 (11) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 17: Adelaide vs Essendon [Seven] 690,000
7 (13) Hot Seat [Nine] 648,000
8 (14) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 633,000
9 (16) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 589,000 (Syd & Bris only)
10 (18) Hustle [ABC1] 421,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Salmon Baked in Clay with Braised Fennel, Roasted Figs and Arugula Salad (Daniel Boulud)
MasterClass – Reuben Sandwich (Carnegie Deli’s Sandy Levine)
MasterClass – Red (Marriott Marquis’ Steve Evette)

Week 12 (17/7/2011 to 22/7/2011)
Ep 67, Sunday July 17, 2011 – Cooking Vegetarian with Mentor Kylie Kwong for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,725,000
2 (2) Downton Abbey (Series 1 final) [Seven] 1,589,000
3 (4) The Block – Sun [Nine] 1,586,000
4 (6) Sunday Night [Seven] 1,326,000
5 (7) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,308,000
6 (8) Great Migrations (premiere) [Seven] 1,037,000
7 (9) Grand Designs [ABC1] 910,000
8 (10) The Mentalist [Nine] 871,000
9 (11) Merlin [Ten] 805,000
10 (12) Die Hard 4.0 – Rpt [Ten] 736,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Invention Test (winner’s recipe) – Sri Lankan Vegetarian Curries (Dani Venn)
Invention Test – Goats Cheese Tortellini (Michael Weldon)

Ep 68, Monday July 18, 2011 – Autumn by Katrina Kanetani

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TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,650,000
2 (3) The Block – Mon [Nine] 1,359,000
3 (7) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 1,124,000
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,121,000
5 (9) The Big Bang Theory – Mon [Nine] 947,000
6 (10) Rescue Special Ops [Nine] 929,000
7 (11) Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) [Seven] 922,000
8 (13) Can Of Worms [Ten] 911,000
9 (15) Crash Investigation Unit [Seven] 788,000
10 (16) Australian Story [ABC1] 740,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

MasterChef leaves a bitter aftertaste

Ep 69, Tuesday July 19, 2011 – Eamon Sullivan’s Chocolate Delice with Salted Caramel
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 1,859,000
2 (3) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,468,000
3 (5) The Block – Tue [Nine] 1,344,000
4 (7) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,238,000
5 (9) Bondi Vet [Ten] 1,173,000
6 (10) Home And Away [Seven] 1,108,000
7 (13) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 924,000
8 (14) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 840,000
9 (16) NCIS: Los Angeles – Tues [Ten] 770,000
10 (17) Top Gear [Nine] 735,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Immunity Challenge – Chocolate Delice with Salted Caramel (Eamon Sullivan)

Ep 70, Wednesday July 20, 2011 – Team-Captain Mystery Box Duel & Cooking in the Qantas First Lounge at Sydney Airport
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,533,000
2 (3) The Block – Wed [Nine] 1,243,000
3 (6) Offspring – Wed [Ten] 997,000
4 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 978,000
5 (9) Highway Patrol [Seven] 937,000
6 (11) Criminal Minds (R) [Seven] 816,000
7 (12) Top Design [Nine] 799,000
8 (13) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 787,000
9 (15) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 701,000
10 (17) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 611,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 71, Thursday July 21, 2011 – The Sensible Quails That’d Escaped, But A Silly Rare Squab That’d Flown into The Pantry of You Know… That Supermarket Chain, & The Lingering Wrenching End to “A MasterChef Bromance: The Novel”
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,605,000
2 (3) The Block – Thu [Nine] 1,265,000
3 (7) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 951,000
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 936,000
5 (9) Hot Property [Nine] 856,000
6 (12) Human Body: In The Womb – Fight For Life [Nine] 790,000
7 (13) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 692,000
8 (14) The Footy Show [Nine] 673,000
9 (15) Hot Seat [Nine] 652,000
10 (17) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 618,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from the Age.

Invention Test – Assiette of Chicken (Michael Weldon)

Ep 72, Friday July 22, 2011 – MasterClass #12
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (3) The Block – Fri [Nine] 1,136,000
2 (5) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,001,000 (exclud Adel)
3 (7) Silent Witness [ABC1] 857,000
4 (9) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 819,000 (Syd & Bris only)
5 (10) Home And Away [Seven] 811,000 (exclud Adel)
6 (11) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 770,000
7 (14) Tour de France 2011 Live: Stage 19 [SBS ONE] 604,000
8 (15) Hot Seat [Nine] 602,000
9 (16) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 561,000
10 (18) Collectors [ABC1] 520,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Turnip and Mushroom Ravioli with Blueberries and a Hazelnut Dressing (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – BBQ Spatchcock with Brussels Sprouts (Porteño Boys)
MasterClass – Goats Curd and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Poached Cumquats, Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream and Mandarin Curd (Gary Meighan)
MasterClass – Native Herb Encrusted Kangaroo Fillet in Paperbark with Native Herb Damper (Mark Olive)

Week 13 (24/7/2011 to 29/7/2011)
Ep 73, Sunday July 24, 2011 – Stitch-Up-Your-Opponent Mystery Box
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) The Block – Sun [Nine] 1,828,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,734,000
3 (5) Sunday Night [Seven] 1,284,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,261,000
5 (7) Midsomer Murders – Death In The Slow Lane (Series 14 premiere) [ABC1] 1,154,000
6 (9) Bones [Seven] 1,071,000
7 (10) Grand Designs [ABC1] 1,040,000
8 (11) Merlin [Ten] 872,000
9 (12) The Renovators – Launch (premiere) [Ten] 858,000
10 (13) Great Migrations [Seven] 846,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Mystery box (winner’s recipe) – Panna Cotta with Roasted Rhubarb (Michael Weldon)Read full article in Taste lift-out by Matt Preston
Mystery box – Spiced Flounder and Scampi with Curry Sauce (Kate Bracks)
Mystery box – Rack of Rabbit with Lentils and Brussels Sprouts (Ellie Paxton-Hall)

Ep 74, Monday July 25, 2011 – Cook for Your Loved Ones
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,674,000
2 (2) The Block – Mon [Nine] 1,487,000
3 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,147,000
4 (8) The Renovators – Mon [Ten] 978,000
5 (10) The Amazing Race Australia [Seven] 963,000
6 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Mon [Nine] 941,000
7 (12) Border Security – Australia’s Front Line – Mon [Seven] 877,000
8 (13) Four Corners [ABC1] 867,000
9 (14) Australian Story [ABC1] 839,000
10 (15) Rescue Special Ops [Nine] 818,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 75, Tuesday July 26, 2011 – A Taste of Ezard (Teage Ezard’s 3 Signature Entrées)
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 2,192,000
2 (2) The Block – Tue [Nine] 1,512,000
3 (3) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,356,000
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,134,000
5 (9) Dinner Date Australia (premiere) [Seven] 1,112,000
6 (10) The Renovators – Tues [Ten] 974,000
7 (12) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 879,000
8 (13) RBT [Nine] 763,000
9 (14) NCIS – Rpt [Ten] 750,000
10 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 660,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Immunity Challenge – Kurobuta Pork Belly with Celeriac Remoulade and Mustard Mayonnaise; Coconut, Chilli and Lime Broth with Blue Swimmer Crab and Spicy Prawn Dumplings (Teage Ezard)

Ep 76, Wednesday July 27, 2011 – Ambushed by Sea Urchin, Salsify, Pig’s Tail, Licorice & Pumpkin with Colin Fassnidge, Donovan Cook and Ashley Hicks
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,675,000
2 (3) The Block – Wed [Nine] 1,346,000
3 (6) Criminal Minds [Seven] 1,034,000
4 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,010,000
5 (8) Highway Patrol [Seven] 996,000
6 (10) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 890,000
7 (11) The Renovators – Wed [Ten] 855,000
8 (13) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 768,000
9 (15) Top Design [Nine] 691,000
10 (16) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 637,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Ep 77, Thursday July 28, 2011 – The Invisible Woman vs The Judges’ Pet
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,517,000
2 (2) Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year (premiere) [Nine] 1,456,000
3 (3) The Block – Thu [Nine] 1,294,000
4 (7) Hot Property [Nine] 1,026,000
5 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 939,000
6 (10) The Renovators – Thurs [Ten] 909,000
7 (12) The Footy Show [Nine] 743,000
8 (14) Law & Order: LA [Seven] 620,000
9 (15) Hot Seat [Nine] 606,000
10 (17) Law And Order: SVU – Rpt [Ten] 546,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

This episode clearly illustrated the major downfall of this season – inconsistencies, inconsistencies and more inconsistencies.
First of all, one of the invisible contestants of season 3, Alana, who should not even be in this final elimination before the final week, had to cook two dishes in 45 minutes while Ellie, the teachers’ pet, had 75 minutes to cook one dish! Come on, is that fair in an elimination cook-off? OK, the elimination was based on fixing the worst disaster dish they had cooked, but since they didn’t have to cook the exact same dish to improve it, how was that fixing their disaster dishes respectively? If they didn’t have to cook the exact same dishes again, shouldn’t they have been given the same time limit too and both only cook one dish? Why penalize one contestant by giving her 2 dishes to cook and in less time! So in the end, Ellie was able to do a completely different dish since she’s got ample time to come up with a better dish in 75 minutes, while Alana had no choice but to reproduce the same dishes again. What else, seriously, could Alana do in 45 minutes and with TWO dishes to cook! And a true indication of how one contestant deserved to go forward to the final week and not the other, when the judges had to think hard for even an Alana’s disaster dish, while there were a few disasters from Ellie to choose from!
Next, George helped Ellie by suggesting her dish should have a crunchy element, which would not even be on her dish if George had not suggested it and she was praised for that, seriously again! Then she forgot her Crème Caramel (yeah using a French name for a Spanish dish! What about Flan de Leche or Flan de Nata?) until she was told about it! I don’t think she would be able to plate that up in time if she was not reminded of it. Hmmm, surprisingly, over at Alana’s, not a single help from anyone!
It was a clear indication of how much help a few of the contestants was given through the series to let them reach this far in the competition. Positive encouragement is one thing, but blatant help during an individual challenge is just wrong. If the judges wanted to help, it should be in team challenges and mentors appointed to help each team! I also don’t comprehend why the younger contestants, especially those still students, just don’t go and get an apprenticeship but decided to have an easier road by going into the show! They ended up having to do an apprenticeship anyway even after being booted out of this competition because they just don’t have the basic skills! Yes, they might be young and had good palate, so they were able to follow recipes because their minds were able to absorb new information more readily than older contestants, that’s why they always performed well in Pressure Test when asked to follow a recipe, but always ended in bottom 3 in Invention Test. Without recipes to follow, they were in trouble! Also realistically can a 20- or 21-year-old win MasterChef? If they are that talented and skilled, they would already be in the profession without going to compete on TV. Just look at the runner-up from last year, who told us repeatedly being a chef was his dream, but very quickly decided that was just too hard work after only a few weeks of working in a real professional kitchen. Imaging if he had won the competition! A Masterchef winner who doesn’t want to be a chef or even cook as a living, seriously! Again, I repeat what I said last year, the show is called MasterChef (albeit an imaginary one), but definitely NOT Apprentice-Chef!

Episode recap from The Age.

Invention Test – Harrissa Lamb with Fennel and Carrot Salad with Spiced Poached Pears (Alana Lowes)

Ep 78, Friday July 29, 2011 – MasterClass #13
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) The Block – Fri [Nine] 1,139,000
2 (4) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 1,104,000
3 (7) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 910,000
4 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 883,000
5 (9) Silent Witness [ABC1] 836,000
6 (11) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 714,000 (Syd & Bris only)
7 (12) Hot Seat [Nine] 629,000
8 (15) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 566,000
9 (16) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 19: North Melbourne vs Carlton [Seven] 529,000
10 (17) Collectors [ABC1] 502,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass – Roasted Flounder with Scampi (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – Red Braised Beef and Daikon (Gary Mehigan)

How to fix … MasterChef Australia

Week 14 (31/7/2011 to 5/8/2011)
Ep 79, Sunday July 31, 2011 – The Cookbook Challenge with Curtis Stone: Recipe Development & Testing
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,731,000
2 (2) The Block – Sun [Nine] 1,724,000
3 (5) Sunday Night [Seven] 1,442,000
4 (6) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,293,000
5 (7) Midsomer Murders [ABC1] 1,162,000
6 (8) Bones [Seven] 1,008,000
7 (9) Grand Designs [ABC1] 922,000
8 (10) Merlin [Ten] 898,000
9 (11) Castle [Seven] 805,000
10 (12) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 19: Collingwood vs Essendon [Seven] 710,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: MediaSpy

So now we have entered the final week of MasterChef Australia Season 3, let’s take a look at the comparison for the fianl week of ratings for Season 1 (2009) and Season 2 (2010).
Sunday July 12, 2009 – Challenge 1: $10 meal; Challenge 2: Greek Theme Invention Test with Goat:
1 Masterchef Australia – Challenge [Ten] 1,978,000
Sunday July 18, 2010 – Crustacean Invention Test with Special Guest Judge Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai:
1 Masterchef Australia – Challenge [Ten] 2,188,000

Episode recap from The Age.

Invention Test (winner’s recipe) – Not Just Another Spring Chicken (Michael Weldon)
Invention Test – Apple and Rosemary Upside Down Tart (Alana Lowes)

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Kate Bracks’ Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut Torte with Mascarpone & Boozy Oranges.

It seems that Kate Bracks’ Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut Torte with Mascarpone & Boozy Oranges (above) will not be published, but here’s Adriano Zumbo’s Hazelnut Dacquoise which is the basic base to the 3 meringue cake layers in Kate’s cake, except she also had chopped dates in her dacquoise:
Bonus Recipe – Hazelnut Dacquoise (Adriano Zumbo)

Ep 80, Monday August 1, 2011 – Maggie Beer’s Chicken Terrine That Stumped the Final 4
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Mon [Ten] 1,582,000
2 (3) The Block – Mon [Nine] 1,397,000
3 (6) The Amazing Race Australia (Series 1 final) [Seven] 1,195,000
4 (7) Home And Away [Seven] 1,101,000
5 (8) World’s Most Extreme Airports [Seven] 1,029,000
6 (11) The Big Bang Theory – Mon [Nine] 911,000
7 (12) The Renovators – Mon [Ten] 906,000
8 (13) Rescue Special Ops [Nine] 800,000
9 (15) Australian Story [ABC1] 679,000
10 (16) Hot Seat [Nine] 638,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

The final week Monday ratings from the past two years:
Monday July 13, 2009 – Mystery Box Challenge: Pies (the only prerequisite must have pastry) – 1 sweet; 1 savoury:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,119,000
Monday July 19, 2010 – V8 Cake (Vanilla 8-Layer Cake) by Adriano Zumbo:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,243,000

And we have to remember that in Season 1, the show started at 7pm, not 7:30pm as for last year and this year when more viewers would have tuned in. Just says a lot about this season, doesn’t it, losing more than a quarter of the viewing audience as compared to last year in the corresponding episode…

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 81, Tuesday August 2, 2011 – Final 4’s Food Autobiography Challenge
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Australia’s Got Talent – The Winner Announced [Seven] 2,855,000
2 (2) Australia’s Got Talent – Tue [Seven] 2,316,000
3 (3) Masterchef Australia – Tues [Ten] 1,560,000
4 (5) The Block – Tue [Nine] 1,372,000
5 (6) Winners & Losers [Seven] 1,337,000
6 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,148,000
7 (12) The Renovators – Tues [Ten] 838,000
8 (13) The Big Bang Theory – Tue [Nine] 834,000
9 (16) QI [ABC1] 611,000
10 (17) Hot Seat [Nine] 609,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

The final week Tuesday ratings from the past two years:
Tuesday July 14, 2009 – Malaysian Theme Invention Test with Coconut Cream and Ling Fish:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,191,000
Tuesday July 20, 2010 – Jimmy’s Mystery Box with Special Guest Judge Shannon Bennett:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,397,000

Episode recap from The Age.

And then there were three…

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Kate Bracks’ Ice Cream Sandwich.

Invention Test – Smoked Trout Salad; Spiced Pumpkin Tortellini with Stuffed Prawns; Ice Cream Sandwich (Kate Bracks)

Ep 82, Wednesday August 3, 2011 – Three-Hatted Restaurant Challenge at Marque, Est. & Quay Respectively
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Wed [Ten] 1,671,000
2 (4) The Block – Wed [Nine] 1,232,000
3 (6) The Gruen Transfer [ABC1] 1,072,000
4 (7) Highway Patrol [Seven] 1,059,000
5 (8) Home And Away [Seven] 1,008,000
6 (10) Criminal Minds [Seven] 949,000
7 (12) World’s Deadliest Roads [Seven] 818,000
8 (13) The Renovators – Wed [Ten] 784,000
9 (14) Spicks And Specks [ABC1] 747,000
10 (16) Deal Or No Deal [Seven] 636,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

The final week Wednesday ratings from the past two years:
Wednesday July 15, 2009 – Pressure Test Challenge: Chocolate Mousse Cake by Adriano Zumbo:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,231,000
Wednesday July 21, 2010 – Cookbook Vision Challenge with Special Guest Judge Maggie Beer:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,467,000

Episode recap from The Age.

Ep 83, Thursday August 4, 2011 – The Delectable Fairytale Gingerbread House by Adriano Zumbo

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Adriano carrying his Gingerbread House into the MasterChef Kitchen.

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Adriano Zumbo’s Fairytale House.

TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – Thurs [Ten] 1,691,000
2 (2) The Block – Thu [Nine] 1,353,000
3 (5) Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year [Nine] 1,069,000
4 (6) The Renovators – Thurs [Ten] 1,056,000
5 (7) Hot Property [Nine] 1,036,000
6 (10) Home And Away [Seven] 971,000
7 (12) The Footy Show [Nine] 785,000
8 (14) Law And Order: SVU [Ten] 712,000
9 (15) Hot Seat [Nine] 635,000
10 (16) Law & Order: LA [Seven] 633,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

The final week Thursday ratings from the past two years:
Thursday July 16, 2009 – Creating 3 dishes to feature on the cover of their vision of their first cookbook:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,360,000
Thursday July 22, 2010 – Catering for the Governor-General:
1 Masterchef Australia [Ten] 2,513,000

Episode recap from The Age.

Pressure Test – Hansel and Gretel House (Adriano Zumbo)

Ep 84, Friday August 5, 2011 – MasterClass #14
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (2) Masterchef Australia – Masterclass [Ten] 1,169,000
2 (4) The Block – Fri [Nine] 1,061,000
3 (7) Better Homes And Gardens [Seven] 855,000 (exclud. Per)
4 (9) Home And Away [Seven] 830,000
5 (10) Silent Witness [ABC1] 821,000
6 (11) Nine’s Live Friday Night Football [Nine] 710,000 (Syd & Bris only)
7 (13) Seven’s AFL: Rnd 20: St Kilda vs Fremantle [Seven] 654,000
8 (15) Hot Seat [Nine] 581,000
9 (16) The Renovators – How To [Ten] 574,000
10 (17) Collectors [ABC1] 549,000
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

MasterClass (Duck Egg Invention Test) – Slow Cooked Duck Egg with Roasted Duck Breast, Date Puree and Fried Shallots (Gary Mehigan)
MasterClass (Duck Egg Invention Test) – Tuna and Crab Pearl with Duck Egg Caviar (George Calombaris)
MasterClass – Oysters and Lemon and Truffle Marshmallow (Shannon Bennet)
MasterClass – Rocky Road (Matt Moran)

Grand Finale (7/8/2011)
Ep 85, Sunday August 7, 2011 – Grand Finale
TV Ratings: Top 10 TV Programmes of the Night
Rank* (Overall Rank) Programme [TV Channel] No. of Viewers
1 (1) Masterchef Australia – The Winner Announced [Ten] 2,568,000
2 (2) Masterchef Australia – Finale Night [Ten] 2,334,000
3 (3) The Block – Room Winner Revealed [Nine] 1,820,000
4 (4) Masterchef Australia – Sun [Ten] 1,810,000
5 (7) The Block – Sun [Nine] 1,433,000
6 (8) The Renovators – Sun [Ten] 1,269,000
7 (9) 60 Minutes [Nine] 1,203,000
8 (10) Sunday Night [Seven] 1,148,000
9 (11) Midsomer Murders [ABC1] 1,106,000
10 (12) Grand Designs [ABC1] 951,000
See demographics listing.
Based on OzTAM Overnight figures (* Excluding nightly news and current affair programmes). No. of Viewers are samples across 5 main capital cities only. Source: TV Tonight

Part 1 (6:30pm – 7:30pm):
Mystery Box Race: Kate 15/20; Michael 17/20
Invention Test: Kate 36/40; Michael 31/40

Thank you Channel Ten for letting me watch The Choir on ABC2 for an hour 🙂

Part 2 (8:30pm – 9:45pm):

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Snowman from noma. Photo by Ditte Isager/Courtesy of Phaidon Press

Pressure Test – Snowman by Chef René Redzepi of Restaurant noma, Copenhagen, Denmark: Kate 36/40; Michael 34/40

Final Scores:
Michael 82/100
Kate 87/100

Kate Bracks has won the title, and becomes the third MasterChef Australia! So we will be getting a dessert cookbook this year, yeah!

Grand Finale’s live blog from The Age.

Grand Finale’s recap from The Age.

The recap of MasterChef recaps

Kate Bracks came, cooked and conquered MasterChef
Kate conquers the kitchen
MasterChef suffers massive ratings drop, worst finale result in three-year history
MasterChef leaves a sour taste

Life after MasterChef for Julie Goodwin, Adam Liaw, and Kate Bracks

Cooking up a new format on MasterChef

MasterChef Australia 4 (2012) to start in Melbourne
After all the promises of less tears, less drama, and more focus on cooking for season 3 before it began airing, and which all turned out to be false, I have no more faith in any more promises from the producers of MasterChef Australia for season 4! I laughed so much after reading the quote “TEN says Series 4 is going to be all about the food” I nearly fell off my chair because we all know the exact opposite will be true!
With the plummeting ratings for the Junior season currently on air, not even the Disneyland episode can entice more viewers, it is a telling sign that all the behind the scenes manipulation and editing (the idiotic showing of only the top 3 and bottom 3 dishes in most episodes and the much too many Top 24 seemed ridiculous as half of the contestants were invisible in the earlier episodes, and also the main show seemed to edit in a lot of disasters in the kitchen with very few focus on successes, then the Junior series editing seemed to go the other way, all successes with minimal failures which became very unbelievable!) has caused a lot of damage to the reputation of the show! The withholding of many recipes also has not helped the show at all, why would we as audience continue to watch when we can be sure that a lot of the recipes will NOT be available for us to try out at home?

Update March 6, 2012: The first cookbook from the winner of Season 3 of MasterChef Australia, Kate Bracks, will be out in early April 2012. The title of the cookbook is The Sweet Life: The Basics And Beyond.

Update March 16, 2012: MasterChef favourite Merle Parrish launches her book

Update March 18, 2012: Home of MasterChef is up for sale

MasterChef Australia serves up the most confident consumers

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1 Comment

  1. progrm is very awesome, i dnt mis to watch

    Comment by komala — May 25, 2011 @ 3:30 pm


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