I will run through what the cheftestants did and then explain what I would have done.
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The six who got an apron:
Audra made a chocolate tart covered in a cherry port gelee and topped with the fresh raspberries. Matt Preston said it was one of the best deserts ever in Masterchef. Good enough that she got her apron before they finished all the tasting.
Jules - Pork belly with a goat's cheese salad. I am not sure what to make of this one because they spent so little time on it.
Now the list of those that missed:
Yuki only made a grilled pork chop and some odd condiments to go with it. Fuck, I could have made that in 15 minutes. Seriously, grilling a pork chop is about all that was going on.
Philipo, he made a bad meringue - he started too late and could not achieve what he wanted. With only 44 minutes he should have come up with something else. You could see as George cut into it that it was bad.
So what would I have done?
The seafood on offer was clearly very fresh, but it is not what I would have gone for. With cherries and raspberries in season they would have to be my focus. I love both fruits and would, if I could, eat them without end everyday. As a teen I spent several summers picking cherries in the Okanagan. It was long hard work, 12 hour days were normal, but one reason I liked picking cherries as a job was because I could eat cherries all day long.
I would like to play with the cherries and raspberries with some sort of interesting ways. An intercate desert is what comes to mind, something channelling the spirit of Heston Blumenthal. I am thinking setting the jiuce of each agar agar or some other gelling agent. Solid enough that I would have something that work cut into cubes or in a thin sheet.
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Elements that come to mind:
- A tuile bent into some interesting shape then wrapped in a sheet of set raspberry or cherry.
- Pearls of set cherry juice set which would be put together to look like a raspberry
- Raspberry flash frozen in liquid nitro and made into a powder, I am thinking I would mix it with a praline crumb to form the base of the plate I was making.
- Cherry and raspberry sorbet as the centre of the plate.
- A shard of sugar glass flavoured with cherry.
- and finally a couple fresh cherries and raspberries
I have never tried anything like this, but in this challenge you would not be eliminated and therefore the risk or trying something out there is worth it.