MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 22 was another Service Brigade Immunity Challenge. In the previous episode, the Pink team (Depinder, Elise, Eric and Linda) won against the Tonka chef. In the latest one, another team of cooks had to cook against MoVida cooks and win the challenge to stay away from the elimination.
The second service brigade challenge was held at MoVida. Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo asked the cooks to select a MasterChef badge and the ones that have ‘m’ printed on them will be a part of the green team that will cook today. Contestants Dan, Jess, Scott and Tommy get that badge and have to compete against MoVida’s Frank Camorra and his team of chefs.
In the previous episode, the teams had to cook three different cuisines. But in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 22, they have to feature an ingredient from the options available on the table. Green team won the toss and decided to use lemongrass for the entree; the MoVida chefs selected Jerusalem artichoke for the main. For desserts, the green team decided to hero kumquats. Each team was given two and a half hours to cook for the entree, followed by the main dish and then the dessert. They have to serve their food to 28 diners who would be coming to the restaurant.
In the beginning, the green team is happy to have lemongrass, while the MoVida is a bit stressed as their restaurant hardly uses that ingredient. Yet, the chef team decides to put their best foot forward and come up with a delicious dish. As the cook for the entree was coming to an end, Tommy and his team started struggling with the entree. He decided to cook beef carpaccio with nouc cham dressing, but it didn’t taste lemongrass.
Jess is the leader of the green team, and Tommy suggests if he can create a new dish when there are just 10 minutes left to cook. However, she is not supportive of the idea. Eventually, Tommy added lemongrass veloute to his dish so that he hits the brief. On the other hand, the MoVida chefs cooked a beautiful, delicious entree of scallops, gazpacho and lemongrass-infused tapioca pearls. The judges loved both the entrees but the chefs won the first round as it featured lemongrass perfectly.
Now, it was time for the main course dish. After struggling with entree, the MasterChef Australia cooks struggled severely during the main course. They had no idea what Jerusalem artichoke was. In fact, they thought it is ginger. Dan had cooked pork belly and wanted to serve Jerusalem artichoke with it but had o idea how to serve/cook it. During the entire mess, the team’s pork belly also ends up burning on one side. Eventually, Jess and Dan made Jerusalem artichoke purée, some chips and pickled artichoke. However, the size of their main dish was too small, and the pork pieces were not appealing.
MoVida chefs were well-versed with Jerusalem artichoke, and that’s why they picked that ingredient. The chefs cooked scrumptious woodfire roasted stuffed quail with artichoke puree and artichoke chips and were generous with their plating. However, the judges loved MoVida’s main dish and were not pleased with the green team’s fare.
Time for dessert, but it looks like Andy, Melissa, and Jock were not in a mood to talk about it at the end. The green team made cumquat and creme fraîche sorbet with pecan crumb, and the MoVida served cumquat sorbet with yoghurt grenache and sherry granita. Except for Andy, the judges loved MoVida’s dessert, and all three enjoyed Scott’s dessert for the green team. But it seemed as if they couldn’t go with the best one for reasons known only to them.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 22 ends with the judges announcing that MoVida gave the best first two courses of the day and won the challenge. But, unfortunately, the green team was artichoke-d and will have to face Sunday’s elimination.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 22: What’s next?
The next service bridage challenge will be held in the MasterChef kitchen. It will the team of 4 cooks against the chefs of Lucy Liu.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 22 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
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