July 30, 2012 03:00 PM by Christine McDow
We think it is safe to say that working with giant prawns is not Monti Carlo’s favorite pastime. Who else can get away with splashing Gordon Ramsay with water from the prawns tank however? No one but Monti who tried and tried to pull prawns out of the big tank while being worried she might just loser one of her fingers. Gordon Ramsay took it well though and fought his own giggles as he tries to stay composed, and continued to get wetter and wetter. It was a very funny episode. Monti Carlo sent us this exclusive blog telling us and her fans all about it!
Gordon Ramsey’s shirt is covered with the aquarium water that I just splashed on him. “I’m sooooo sorry dude!” I exclaim, trying my hardest not to giggle and failing miserably. When I get nervous I always laugh uncontrollably and right now I’m about as wrecked as I’ve ever been. For this Mystery Box Challenge we have to work with 6 LIVE Santa Barbara prawns. They look like they’ve just stepped off the set of The Little Mermaid. I don’t want to kill them. In fact I don’t want to TOUCH THEM and Gordon Ramsey can see it written all over my face.
He has asked me to take the prawns out of the tank one by one and prep them in front of him. But every time I reach in the tank, the prawns freak out, my hand rushes out of the water and Gordon gets splashed. I want to pass out. I don’t know what’s worse, dousing the most legendary chef of all time with dirty tank water or having to kill something with big brown eyes.
Gordon is in my face again “Go on!” he says.
“OK.” I say my hands not moving.
“DO it!” Gordon urges as he wipes down his shirt.
I take a deep breath and hold it as I dunk my hand in the water and grab a prawn. It wiggles free and I scream in spite of myself. As my hand flies out of the tank I splash Gordon in the face this time. “Oh no!” I yell. Gordon wipes down his nose and cheeks. I can tell he is struggling not to laugh because he keeps covering his mouth. He turns his whole body away from me for a few seconds and then turns back. He is wearing his trademark scowl. “Monti I came here to talk to you not to take a shower.”
My jaw drops and Gordon’s hand is covering his mouth again. He squats down on the floor to compose himself.
It takes this former vegan nearly ten minutes but I manage to get all six prawns out and kill them. Gordon Ramsey’s shirt is soaked through and his eyes are watery from laughing at me. “What are you going to make?” he asks. “I’m going to make a risotto.” I say, my hands still shaking from the slaughter. “It’s going to be awesome.”
Except it isn’t. In fact, my risotto is hands down the worst dish I’ve ever prepared in ANY kitchen and I am thankful no one is getting eliminated during this challenge as I’m sure the noose would be around my neck. The only thing that cheers me up is that David Martinez wins the Prawn Mystery Box with his Ceviche dish. I’m incredibly proud of him. A lot of the contestants make fun of David, who is a bit of a prickly pear and has been on a downward spiral as of late. Now it’s going to be payback time. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.
As he walks into the pantry with the judges, I walk over to chat with Josh. The tallest competitor in MasterChef history is back in the kitchen, and I’m excited that my vote helped get him there. To be given a second chance at his dream has completely re-invigorated Josh and having him back in the kitchen is a good reminder to cook every dish like your whole life depends on it.
David’s back and he’s chosen corn as the ingredient we all have to use to make a fabulous dessert. I know immediately I will make a Sweet Corn Soufflé. I’ve only made one soufflé in my life but it turned out pretty good, and I think adding lavender and honey to the corn milk will make this a beautiful and refreshing treat.
As I’m running back to my station from the pantry I can tell David is stressed about something. He tells me in Spanish that he’s forgotten to grab rice for his rice/corn pudding. My heart starts to race for him. “What are you going to do?” I ask trying not to panic.
This moment is one of the highlights of the competition for me. As David runs around the kitchen asking if anyone has rice, Becky steps up and gives him a cup of short grain. It takes true CHARACTER to give your competitor a key ingredient to help him finish his dish. I’m proud of Becky for doing the right thing, even though I’m sure the judges will tease her mercilessly about it.
In the end my soufflé was exquisite, but Becky’s and Frank’s flawless corn desserts are better, and they score the win. Josh, David and Felix are in the bottom three and I rush to Felix as the judges take a minute to deliberate. She is crying and I’m doing my best to comfort her. I think on how it could just as easily have been me in the bottom three if the tables were turned and the judges had eliminated someone on the Prawn Challenge.
The judges walk back into the kitchen and Josh, David and Felix stand in front of them. I hold my breath as they send Josh back to his station. It’s between two of my favorite people and someone I love will be going home in seconds. I feel the tears well up as the judges tell Felix she has cooked her last dish in the MasterChef kitchen. Felix is like a little sister to me and it breaks me in two to watch her walk away. She is such a talent, and gorgeous inside and out. I hope she can take her experience here and use it to get a job in a pro kitchen, where she belongs.
There are six of us left in the world’s biggest cooking competition. Do I have what it takes to make it into the The Top 5? Maybe, if it doesn’t include killing anything.
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