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Which means handsomeness has triumphed and Ben's dream of Andy winning MasterChef stays alive. And so Audra must leave, her dream of working in the food industry crushed, to return to her job as a professional caterer.
She then gives a speech about camaraderie and blah blah blah, and finishes by leaping upon Matt Preston and trying to strangle him. After security has ejected Audra from the kitchen floor, it's down to business. Andy on 23 points versus Julia on Over the next hour or so, George says a sentence, in which he tells Julia and Andy they must cook something which could be Australia's national dish.
Well might she be panicked — she's up against Andy, who as she says is "so good with his protein", and has some skills at cooking too. Andy is making a fisherman's basket, and Julia is making lamb, both of them having decided to pay tribute to the incredibly boring nature of Australian cuisine. If they're really feeling daring, there might be some chips, or tomato sauce.
Andy now describes how he's going to make an oyster emulsion, but since he's just making up words now, it's safe to ignore this bit. Julia, meanwhile, hacks into her lamb while being urged to go faster by someone on the balcony, or possibly the tiny pilot sitting in her head.
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She describes her plans for the main, and if I understand her correctly she intends to start a bushfire. Elsewhere on the balcony, Andy's spirit animal, Ben, is giving him sage advice, and everyone else is sniggering behind their hands.
Some old guy is also calling encouragement to Julia — no idea who he is. His encouragement won't help keep her sane, though, as she attempts to turn her lamb into a cigar and smoke it.
What will help her is George and Gary, who have sauntered over to Andy's bench to undermine his confidence.
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It works, his pot boiling over and flames leaping toward the ceiling. Julia sees her chance, hurling a can of petrol at Andy's stove and escaping in the ensuing confusion. Gary points out that Julia hasn't caramelised her lamb. Julia points out that she knows what she's doing, dammit.
George, though, is determined to make Julia think she's stuffed up. Again, it seems to work — Andy is plating up, but Julia once more falls prey to her obsession with letting meat rest. We all knew that sooner or later, her concern for the level of fatigue in food would catch up with her. Luckily for her, Andy has completely lost the ability to know what food looks like, and is frantically tossing foodstuffs at a plate, staring quizzically at it as if it's a magic eye puzzle.
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Will these horrible dishes be enough? The amateurs hope so, but the loud piano music suggests heartache looms. Andy can't put his finger on it, but there's something not quite right with his dish — will he notice the pigeon faeces before it's too late?
Also, are fisherman's baskets and lamb really that Australian? Would they not have been better off cooking something truly patriotic, like a kangaroo or a brown snake or Dawn Fraser? As we wait for the verdict we are reminded of what's at stake — the chance to get unreasonably excited about dishwashing tablets on TV. And now, the second moment of truth out of a total of three moments of truth: First up is Julia's "crusted rack of lamb", with "vegetables".
The dish was inspired by Julia's memories of growing up on a property and weeding bushes and having trees and I suppose at some point or other she ate lamb and stuff. So that's a pretty great story. Gary is worried the lamb is undercooked. George is worried the fat hasn't been rendered. Matt is worried the others won't shut up and let him eat. Ironically, it turns out Julia hasn't let the lamb rest for long enough, which we can all have a good laugh about.
It is also not an inventive dish, in that it's not a tiny medallion of raw pheasant next to a snail trail, like the judges prefer. In comes Andy with his indefinably flawed fisherman's basket. He is behind on points, but he knows he can still win because he won a basketball game once.
His dish is also inspired by his childhood, when he would go fishing, so he has at least defeated Julia in the Most Boring Inspiration contest. Gary, though, thinks the dish might have steroids in it.
The eating begins, and Matt is mightily impressed with the oyster emulsion, playing along with this farcical charade, while George grunts enthusiastically. The overall consensus is that Andy's dish is delicious and we should go to an ad break while pretending everyone doesn't already know Andy has crushed Julia like a cockroach in this round. And we're back, to hear Gary tell them that the grand finale is exhausting, so wasting more time on talking will really pep them up a lot.
He explains the criteria on which they judged the dishes, because clearly the show was moving at far too cracking a pace. Matt explains how they loved lots of things about Julia's dish, except obviously for how she cooked it. Andy, though, cooked his seafood perfectly, even though the dish looked like it had just fallen out of a barracuda's belly slit.
Gary gives Julia a seven, and she reacts with an expression of relief that indicates she had no idea that "seven" means you pretty much suck. Sevens all round in fact, and Julia admits she is happy with that because she deserved much less, thus insulting the judges' expertise to top it all off.
Andy has kicked Julia's steely buttocks all around this kitchen with his perfect fish and oyster gunk. He steps forward to give Gary a hug, the air thick with emotion and great howling sobs from Ben on the balcony. Time for round three, which Andy cannily guesses will be a dessert, rather than a cup of coffee or after-dinner mint as it might have been.
Dessert, of course, is Julia's forte, her parents having both been blast freezers, and Andy's five point lead and stylish hair may not be enough even now. In steps the guest chef to present the final challenge — Christine Mansfield, legendary dessert chef and stop-motion puppet.
Christine lifts the cloche of death … And reveals … A candle with a blob of chocolate ice-cream on it. We're informed that this thing is actually a Gaytime, which is patently untrue, as it has neither a stick or a wrapper.
Christine then explains how to make her Gaytime candle, a very complicated process compared to the traditional method of "go down to the shop with a couple of bucks". Julia begins by making her honeycomb: While she is engaged in the ancient apiarist's art, Andy is busily describing the incredibly dull process of making something or other with eggs and milk and stuff.
Nor because of the drama were we told what the other cakes were which was a bit of bummer, but I did think I spotted a tea cake and a Hummingbird Cake in the mix. Ben was not happy about having to cook off against one of his best mates, and looked like he was going to fall on his sword saying he was in the competition to learn and he could do that outside, whereas Emma was there to win.
If Ben cannot see after months of filming that Emma does not have a chance of winning he is not that bright. Then Beau steps up and offers to stand in for Emma.
If not put it in with a financial penalty.
Also Ben was told off-camera that if he pulled out another of the contestants would have to step in. Quite frankly if they had eliminated both and if that meant I had to sit through 20 minutes of test pattern I would have been fine with that. However obviously someone had given Ben a slap off -camera and in the cake cook-off he produced a very nice Raspberry Mojito Cake. He also gave the Network the opportunity to show another close up of Lorraine Pasquale cleavage when he said he was trying to apply what she was teaching them about cake decorating but his mind had gone blank that day as he had just watched her.
Emma was eliminated on her Raspberry Coconut Cake, and there were no tears shed by the viewer as she was shedding enough for both of us.
We were outed as having a bromance pretty early on! Then it was all over social media. That education and grounding you get from being on there for a year is priceless.
Everything I do in my daily life is thanks to that, and it even has a credit to play in my wife and daughter. That led to us getting married once I left the show, and now we have a little girl.
I think my inexperience helped me in a lot of ways. Not having a great cooking game, I was so prepared to learn and take on any information anyone was giving me. So for me, with 23 other contestants and all the judges, all the guest chefs, I was just filling my brain with new knowledge all the time.
Honestly, the triumph for me was just really knowing that I wanted to work in the food industry. That was a massive win for me overall, whether I won in the end or not, because I realised what I wanted to do in life.
People in the food industry who have had anything to do with the show understand that you really do get good training and grounding and you work hard. People are realising that you can read a recipe for ten minutes, or you can watch it in two minutes online and see it step by step.
Andy and I have continued working together, mostly on his YouTube channel, and are filming the next component of our new video here in Tassie soon. We do a lot of YouTube videos together, travelling and cooking.