26 May 2010

Burch & Purchese Dishes - 24 'Aphrodite' MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA SPECIAL!

Aired this evening in Australia, the latest episode of Channel 10's popular reality/cooking program featured a dish from us - and here are the close up shots in case you missed it!

We were very happy to be approached by George Calombaris from The Press Club restaurant in Melbourne to consult on some new dishes to coincide with the reopening of his restaurant after a recent refurbishment. The reopening was the focal point of the latest episode and a "Hell's Kitchen' style battle ensued between the blues and the reds. We were asked to develop a dish for the contestants to participate in preparing for diners as part of an 'elimination' process.

The brief was to come up with a light, and stunning looking dessert which incorporated the theme of 'Aphrodite', the Greek goddess of love & beauty. We decided to come up with a sort of rose garden (Aphrodite was closely linked to roses), but the main component of the dessert is a smooth white chocolate mousse which encapsulates a liquid rose & raspberry centre. This provided a spectacular finish to a delicious dessert but also provided the contestants with an additional technical element to master.

Other components on this dessert were the clear rose jelly, nitro frozen fruits, chocolate soil, beautifully crystallized rose petals and baby tarragon shoots. We hope you'll agree this dish looks stunning and we assure you it tastes just as good as it looks! The contestants on the night (&day), were fantastic to work with and the level of talent and expertise were a credit to them, quite surprising considering they are all still amateur cooks.

Special mention goes to Matthew & Skye who executed the dessert brilliantly. We enjoyed this job and hopefully you enjoyed the episode. If you missed it, check out the Masterchef Australia website to see past episodes. We will inform you of another appearance of ours on the show, lined up for next month, closer to the time.

Click here to see the episode again! http://www.masterchef.com.au/video.htm?vxSiteId=f8066236-e138-457a-95f4-298ed80718f8&vxChannel=Full%20Episodes%20Complete


Thermomixer said...

Congratulations on converting George's dream.

It certainly is a great dessert and a real credit.

Sorry to hear the Choc classes aren't going ahead at present. Bet they could sell more tickets now !!!!

Suz said...

yum yum - looks stunning!

Burch & Purchese said...

Cheers guys!!

Breadpitt said...

splendid dessert....elegant on its presentation..hidden surprise at the end...