My Kitchen Rules – Rowan and Sophie’s Disastrous Evening
The food must be cold by the time they serve up to the judges and the contestants as it takes them so long to plate up. The Victorian teams pigeon looked like it had been out of the oven for ages. Also I am not sure what that glue like taro mash would have tasted like cold.
It was Rowan and Sophie’s turn in the kitchen tonight, and it was a bit disastrous for them. One of the amusing aspects of the show is watching the teams being very cocky when they are other peoples “restaurants” and then having to swallow their pride as things inevitably go wrong. And tonight was a good episode as it went at a faster pace until the scoring.
Cooking for ten is stressful enough without having cameras shoved in your face, or professional chefs running into the kitchen to look over your shoulder, but Rowan even had it tougher wearing formal gear. I could not understand why they went with formal, it makes it uncomfortable for everyone.
The Victorian’s did have some bad luck, but they did kick some own goals. Firstly Rowan hacked at that lovely piece of cod, which would have had Floyd turning in his grave. I am amazed Sophie did not flip out at him and she even kept her cool when he started cooking the fish before the guests had even arrived, and we were not talking about a whole salmon in the oven, it was frying fillets.
It was like he had sort of brain explosion and just popped them in the pan. I am not sure Rowan has a lot of finesse in the kitchen.
Their mains were Pigeon with Yam mash. Veronica could barely touch hers as she had a psychological barrier about eating them. However the two judges were in raptures.
Dessert of Macadamia and Quandong tart was overcooked so it crumbled. Obviously the producers tell Manu to go into the kitchen just as a disaster is unfolding, as he went in also to check out the entree as he had checked out the disastrous fish earlier.
Sophie saved the day with the crumbling up the overcooked tart she turned it into a parfait, but the flavour of the quandongs did not appeal to the judges.
Pete had a very good point about whether quandongs were put on their menu to educate their guests or for their enjoyment. He thinks customers should be given a pleasant dining experience. The same could be said for the pigeon as well. I line up in the Pete camp to eat out for enjoyment, however Heston Blummenthal would have a completely different view. At least pigeon is more palatable then the dormouse Heston served up on his Christmas special.
Surprisingly the contestants scores were OK, with Shadi and Veronica scoring them the lowest with a five.
Manu scorted the entree 3, main 8, dessert 3.
Pete scored entree 3, main 7, dessert 3.
They received a grand total of 52 so they are safe.
Veroncia said Rowan looked devastated but not as devastated as Ben and Deb who were still wallowing on 49.
Next Monday night it is Holly and Grace’s turn and from the previews it looks like everything goes smoothly for them.