Those of you living in Australia may have caught the latest episode of Masterchef tonight in which Burch & Purchese provided a dessert 'Masterclass' for those contestants still in the competition. We were approached by the producers of the popular show and we were given just two days to devise a new dish centered around the theme 'Carnival'. The call came on Wednesday (a couple of months ago) and we flew to film in the Masterchef kitchen on the Friday. It was great seeing up close the goings on of this show and we met some great people in front of and behind the camera, not least Laki Baker, one of the producers, who was very nice and helped put us at ease.
The weeks theme on Masterchef was progressive cuisine and we were happy to demonstrate our techniques to the very talented contestants. We produced a raspberry spiral sugar tube filled with vanilla ice cream, accompanied with aerated chocolate fruit salad, our 'tubular gels' and a toffee apple. It seemed to sum up the fun of the carnival and included contrasting textures, flavours and was visually appealing. One thing though, the picture above is garnished with baby pineapple sage leaves which is our preferred for this dish, these were unavailable at shooting so it is the only difference from the dish aired tonight.
We would like to say thanks to Laki, George, Gary and all of the crew and contestants for letting us come on and promote Burch & Purchese. We hope to get invited again one day but for now we will leave you with a few behind the scenes shots of the Masterchef test kitchen.
On another note...........stay tuned to this blog in the next couple of weeks as we hope to announce some exciting new developments in our business which we are trying hard to make a reality. As soon as they are confirmed we will let you know!
Masterchef Australia http://www.masterchef.com.au/home.htm