There’s something about Alice

Screen grab
Alice Zaslavsky

In the show she had zero fashion sense, wore 80’s style glasses, and was the craziest of the lucky Top 10 to make it to Italy. She also made reference to Nietzsche upon meeting italian chef Massimo Bottura, and was the only contestant carrying an italian phrase book in Rome.

Screen grab
Alice Zaslavasky

She threw Jamie Oliver* in a judge’s face (see his reaction above) when he challenged that her antipasti was not enough to satisfy the italians for the village feast. D’oh! DID HE NOT READ her t-shirt? Veni, Vidi, Vici – I came, I saw, I conquered. Her antipasti was voted best dish by the italians. *Referring to Jamie’s simple yet flavor-packed style of great antipasti.

Alice ZaslavaskyBut regardless of how crazy and quirky Alice Zavlasky was in season 4 of Masterchef Australia, I was really impressed by her Squid Ink Gnocchi with Artichokes in the Rome-on-a-plate cooking challenge. I’ve never seen gnocchi al nero di seppia on any restaurant menu here, and google revealed only 1 italian blogger who had made black gnocchi BEFORE the episode aired. I’ve read all sorts of nasty on what cuisine-challenged viewers thought of the ‘little black rocks’, but I swear there’s nothing awful about squid ink in this dish. The soft gnocchi have a subtle hint of the sea that pairs well with the fried ‘chokes. A drizzle of lemon emulsion and the nutty, sweet-salty flavor of shaved parmigiano ties it all together unbelievably well. Squid ink is the new black!

Squid Ink Gnocchi with Deep Fried Artichokes and Bitter Lemon Emulsion


2 thoughts on “There’s something about Alice

    1. Rowena

      And oh how they were…on the 2 times that I’ve made this! Look forward to next year when I can get fresh artichokes instead of being stuck with frozen ones.



No need to fill in the blanks, but comments are moderated

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s