Where Are They Now: Andy Allen - MasterChef Australia
Andy & Ben's Masterchef Bromance. K likes. Can't believe there isnt a page for this yet! Or that I could find. A celebration of our favourite tv bromance!. The Second Round required Andy and Julia to serve up main course capable of being “Australia's National Dish” with their own personality. Andy Allen, Audra Morrice and Julia Taylor will battle it out in the MasterChef Australia finale This evening's challenge gave the final four.
There were certain challenges where the food had to be served cold, but what no one saw on TV was that the judges are constantly going around and tasting food. They do get a pretty good idea from doing that about whether it will taste good or not. But I think very little down time is a good thing, because it distracts you from missing home.
You are literally always learning, always on. Those team challenges, and how you get through them, and the skills you gain are invaluable too. I was never lonely, but I did miss the people on the outside. You just miss the people who would normally be popping in and out of your life every day. My sister just had a little baby boy when I went on the show, there was lots happening in the outside world. We spent every single day with them and all your normal support structures are gone, so you rely on the people in that house, and that top Some people did struggle, but we were very lucky we had each other.
We became best friends in the house which was an advantage for both of us straight away. 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.
What sort of idiot would say that? However, George says he thinks it needs to be "zipped up a bit more", because he can't think of any way to describe the dish that actually means anything.
Finally the judges are served Audra's thing, which is called "Eggnet", as a tribute to her favourite film, Terminator. It looks great, but Preston is disturbed by its coldness. He just feels unable to connect with the dish on a human level. Gary has scored Audra an eight. George and Preston give her sevens, more disappointed by the lack of heat and friendly banter. Julia gets a seven from Gary, who is still hungry.
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She also gets a nine from Matt, who is in a conspiracy with George to make Gary look mean. Gary gives seven again to Andy, who can cook only just as well as Gary can.
George gives Andy an eight despite the "big and lumpy" tuna, which to be fair was really an act of God. And Matt gives Andy … A fireball, what were you expecting?
Knowing how Andy scored without considering the irresistible nature of Nando's fiery peri-peri chicken would just feel lame, after all. 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.
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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.
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. 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.
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.
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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. 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.
She is currently working in a Patisserie.