Masterchef: Team Billy!

Masterchef 2011 Contestant: Billy Law

There’s something different about this year’s season of Masterchef. In my honest opinion, it seems as though the talent this year is a little lackluster compared to last year. I don’t mean to be crude, but there’s something about last year’s contestants that screamed genuine talent and passion but it seems this year the contestants are not matching up to that standard. I can’t quite put my finger on why this is the case. I feel as though the contestants have been chosen on their personality rather than good honest talent, a choice no doubt made by the producers who are driven by ratings results.

Nevertheless, the Masterchef producers have turned it up a few notches this year with better challenges, locations and rewards. The caliber of celebrity chefs appearing this season have been very impressive seeing none other than Heston Blumenthal and Nigella Lawson, two prominent chefs in the U.K, grace our humble Australian screens.

Law re-entering the competition after the disqualification of Mat Beyer

However, there is one contestant that has some genuine skill in what he does and proves time and time again what a powerhouse he is in the kitchen and that, foodies, is Billy Law. Law was recently resurrected from the pits of rejected Masterchef contestants after Mat Beyer was disqualified for breaking the strict Masterchef rules by being caught having a smart phone while in the house.

Billy came back into the competition with a smash. The most recent Team Challenge saw the contestants create a three-course meal for 30 guests while being supervised by culinary legend Marco Pierre White. Law was responsible for the roasted pork belly with cider gravy and caramelised apples* which looked absolutely delicious, and apparently, it tasted just as good as it looked with George Columbaris even dubbing it “the best dish of the series”.

“The best dish of the series.” – George Columbaris

The interesting thing about Billy is that he’s a food blogger. His blog, A Table For Two, has always been a favourite of mine and it takes true dedication and passion to create a food blog as great as his and I have often turned to his blog for insipiration.

As you can see, Billy is my favourite to win the competition, so go Billy! I hope you knock their socks off and win the competition! And just out of curiosity for my fellow Masterchef fans out there, who is your favourite?

All images in this post were taken from Channel 10’s website which can be found here.

*If anybody has the recipe or one that is similar to this, please let me know!