Has Masterchef still not finished yet? They’re really milking this series, aren’t they? I can’t remember that last time I watched BBC Two and Gregg and John weren’t yelling at one another or salivating over some pudding or other. But, fear not, it’s nearly over. Last night saw the semi-finals and ooooh it was good. There was tears, over excited food noises and a few shocks too.
This episode had (thankfully) a slightly different format to the others. I’m getting a bit sick of “guess the food you idiot” games. All they had to do this time was cook a chicken. That’s right. A chicken. Now, that sounds a bit
dull simple, but if they’re all cooking the same thing, you can see just how good they really are. Handy that they saved the chicken round until the rubbish contestants had been knocked out. No chance of undercooked bird tonight.
But, there was a strange lady who decided to put chicken with peach and basil. Er? Peach? Basil? What are you thinking crazy lady?! This was the same lady who got through by putting lemon with basil in the quarter finals so she clearly thought she was onto a winner.
Every five minutes someone cried and said how much they wanted to win. And that got me thinking, what do these people actually win? This isn’t like America’s Next Top Model, there’s no restaurant or job at the end of it. Just some tasty grub. Although hopefully the winner gets a shiny trophy and a big knees up.
Masterchef has been annoying up until now, in letting contestants go through even though they messed up (last week we saw the ‘losers” round). This didn’t happen this time. No room for mistakes so teary Denise didn’t make it with her weird corn cake and gravy thing. Luckily, neither did the basil lady either. Chris was fantastic, although his food was pretty simple – chicken, leeks and bacon is something even I could knock up. Still, I like him.
But that meant something rather strange. The Beeb have actually got an all-male final. I honestly didn’t think they had it in them and totally expected one of the girls to go through just for, well, being girls. I was happy to be proved wrong, and really the guys were the better contestants. (Debate about whether men are better chefs, anyone?) Handsome Christopher is there so I’m happy. Although he did turn out the best looking plate of food to be fair. The guy who won the comeback round is there too, but possibly just so they had an excuse to film an extra week.
Who do I want to win? The beardy guy, Mat. He’s the guy who cooks old fashioned gastro pub-looking food. The kind of stuff my mum cooks, but posher. He’s been a favourite of mine throughout the series. And let’s face it, this has been a mighty long series. It’s a wonder I can remember who anyone is. It’s been great, and this round proved why it’s such a good show, but I get the feeling it should have been over two weeks ago.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip