Well I guess it says something about this show that it hasn't merited weekly write ups and that no one has said a thing about the finale, yet.
I was working last night, but watched it this morning online.
The finalists are Alexander and Dara (of the inflatable annoying hair bow).
There is the usual build up with family and previously eliminated contestants. Luca from Masterchef season 4 gives lots and lots of commentary/talking heads. The final competition is to cook a 3 course meal in 90 minutes. They cook all courses at once, not staggered like in some competitions. They present one plate, not 3 for the 3 judges. Typical cooking drama, Dara needs powdered sugar, Alexander shares. Alexander is worried his meal is too complicated. Dara feels faint and needs water, etc.
First course: Dara does a duo of seared tuna and poke on a rice cake. Looks beautiful and gets good reviews across the board. Alexander does a marinated tomato dish, also beautiful. Gordon thinks it is too simple and doesn't show enough technique. Others think it features the beauty of the ingredient.
Second course: Dara does a spot prawn and shimp curry with wontons. Gordon likes it but thinks the prawn could have used a minute less cooking. Graham thinks the curry is too thick. The bald guy says it is delicious and he would pay $45 for the dish.
Alexander does potato gnocchi with sage and shallot butter sauce and a seared veal chop. There is drama because Alexander didn't start his gigantic veal chop until 20 minutes left. But of course it is cooked perfectly and amazing. Gordon gushes. The other two judges gush. Now they say it is tied up with Dara having the better appetizer and Alexander the better entree.
Dessert: Dara presents first again. Dara made a poached pear in lemon/ginger/miso sauce with a tuille and meyer lemon cream. Graham says it is creative, light and balanced.
Alexander: Says he thinks Dara's dessert wasn't ambitious enough. He makes a deconstructed Cannoli with marscapone cream and mascerated berries on the side. Graham thinks the cream is a little too sweet. Gordon loves it.
We hear a lot of gushing about their age and abilities, congratulations etc.
Results: Alexander wins $100k.
And this mess is finally over.
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