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My Kitchen Rules – Game On – Qld Makes A Solid Start

Ok even I was sceptical about the entree of chicken and bug meat with a frangelico cream and chive sauce. Pete Evans summed it up nicely and said “Why?”. However I am sure the editor of the 1970 Woman’s Weekly Cookbook was kicking herself for not thinking up this dish herself.

Tonight it was Queensland team Artie and Johnny who had the job of kicking off Season Two of My Kitchen Rules. This year is the same format, with the first lot of six teams doing their “instant restaurants”, in two weeks the second group of six will do theirs, and then they meet up in the My Kitchen Rule’s kitchen to duke it out.

The first lot of six teams are:

  • Melanie & James – TAS
  • Artie and Johnny – Qld
  • Daniela & Sefania – WA
  • Sammy & Bella – NSW
  • Kane & Lee – Vic
  • Donna & Reade SA

Now back to the stuffed chicken breast, the likeable Qld pair were always going to find it difficult to overcome the judges negativity to the dish. Manu thought it was  bit desserty and the chicken was a bit dry. Pete thought there was no wow in the dish.

However, James from Tasmania, and Donna from South Australia liked the frangelico sauce.

However, James was quickly rebuffed by Melanie his wife. If Melanie’s first husband had been reminiscing about her, this would have come to a crashing halt about half way through this episode. She appears to be a little uptight.

Artie and Johnny started getting panicky whilst cooking their main of twice cooked pork belly with scallops and vegetables.  The scallops were not searing, they cabbage was under cooked, and they had to replate when they realised they had not put the cauliflower puree on the plate.

I thought the main looked fantastic. Pete thought the pork was amazing and said it was one of the best porks he had ever had. Manu concurred but didn’t like the lack of salt on the vegetables.

However Lee thought her pork was a bit dry, and Melanie thought the scallops could have been cleaned better.

Dessert was poached pear in a chocolate almond cake served with a chocolate ganache.

Pete thought presentation was the dish of the night. However he thought they should have served more ganche with it as he thought his pear was hard and his cake was overcooked.

“Has anyone got a hard one?” queried Pete, deliberately  not looking at Manu as he said it,as he was turning on the gallic charm on the attractive Stefania beside him.

However all the other teams had perfect desserts.

All teams scored Artie and Johnny a seven for a total of 35.

Manu gave the entree 5; main 8; dessert 7, and Pete gave the entree 5; main 8; dessert 8.

They got a score of 76, which is pretty respectable start, and should keep them in the mix over the coming two weeks.


1 MolksTVTalk { 01.31.11 at 10:26 pm }

Out of 110. Brilliant.

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3 sourkraut { 02.01.11 at 1:01 pm }

enjoyed this more than mastercrap. The pork looked fantastic. The entree would have been nice with a more appropriate sauce and the dessert lacked a bit more molten chocolate (but Iguess if it was lumpy?) bad luck they gave the judges the hard pears. Actually quite liked Manu this time OMG!
One criticism…
i dont think its fair that the judges critique the food b4 the other contestants vote
As first impressions of the contestants I had slight dislikes of the NSW girls and the WA girls, but its too early to see how they are going to be painted

4 smauge { 02.01.11 at 2:08 pm }

The big difference this year is the first 6 couples know about the second 6. It took them a bit by surprise last year!
sk – in fairness the judges opinions didn’t seem to effect the others opinions, especially about the pork and desserts.

5 Injera { 02.01.11 at 5:33 pm }

That pork looked (and sounded) amazing. Pity it couldn’t make up for the Frangelico sauce on the entree… The way Manu and Pete were going ON and ON about how awful it was going to be, I was totally expecting it to be the first fake-out of the season. Glad that it wasn’t.

Agree with Sourkraut that it seems unfair that the judges voice their opinions before the opposition votes (even before they taste?), but as Smauge notes, this mob seems to know their own minds. I guess it helped that they got decent desserts and the judges got the flops.

6 Reality Raver { 02.01.11 at 6:23 pm }

Injera – I thought the entree wasn’t a crime against frangelico but a crime against bug meat.

SK – Interesting point, it would be very unfair if they scored before the contestants as that would sway them

7 bella vita { 02.01.11 at 10:51 pm }

I think Artie was just bringing Johnny along for the ride as a good mate and he clearly had little idea what to do with the most basic of tasks. Both seem liked terrific people, and that pork looked absolutely scrumptious!
As for the Frangelico….at least it got people talking…seemed more like just a cream base to me anyway.

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