In last night's (29 June) episode of MasterChef Australia the contestants faced their toughest challenge yet - providing a three-course, silver-service lunch to a group of hungry, time-poor lawyers and their clients, all within an hour and a half.
The time challenge took place in the dining room of Allens Arthur Robinson's office, where MasterChef's all male Blue Team had to provide a lunch to impress the MasterChef judges as well as the 12 lunch guests (a challenge seemingly tougher than catering for a 21st birthday party as the Red Team did).
Allens chief executive partner Michael Rose explained the lunch challenge to the Blue Team's leader Peter Vickery - a 50-year-old account manager from NSW - requesting that a "lighter lunch" be provided and for everyone to be done and dusted by 2pm (understandably, they've got timesheets to get to).
The suited-up lunch guests all arrived right on time at 12:30pm as the Blue Team scrambled in the kitchen. As the clock ticked, sitting next to Rose at the table was MasterChef co-host and judge Matt Preston who, right on cue, asked Rose, "What time was the entrée supposed to come out?"
"Well, I asked for it to come out at a quarter to one," said Rose (as ominous music played in the background).
"What time is it now?" asked Preston.
"It's now ten to one," said Rose, looking around a silent room of unimpressed lawyers. "I know some of you have some time constraints so we're hoping it will arrive shortly."
The episode then cut to the Blue Team frantically "plating up" in the kitchen as they attempted to whip up the entrée quickly to avoid the wrath of the oh-so-busy lawyers.
Thankfully for the Blue Team, although it was late, Rose described the entrée as "light", "really tasty" and what he had in mind, but the main course of slow-cooked beef cheek and the chocolate tart dessert was "too heavy".
Unfortunately, the Blue Team failed to satisfy the Allens team and the MasterChef judges and came out the losers in the catering challenge.
Folklaw will be watching tonight to see who's eliminated and, based on the drama and depth of his critique, wonders whether Rose secretly harbours a desire to be the next Matt Preston ...