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My Kitchen Rules – Mel and James Struggle To Shine

I don’t get how the people’s choice can be fair. At best tonight people would have tasted two plates maximum.

The challenge was for the teams to cook food for a picnic, and one dish had to be a salad. They had to make twenty portions of each, so by the time it was on the plate it was a fairly big serves, and I doubt anyone would get to eat more then two.

So all you have to do is actually have a better dish than the other plate they tasted to get the peoples choice.

Some of the teams stretched themselves, like Sammy and Bella, and Kel and Ash. Whilst others went for a more basic menu. The strategy for some is to not go for the popular vote but just please the judges enough to stay out of the elimination challenge.

Mel and James went the more simple route. They glazed ham, made potato salad, and cheese muffins. The salad looked pretty dull there was nothing but potatoes and mayonnaise in it, ok the mayonnaise was home made. Mel was not happy with the criticism, and felt she had fulfilled the brief of making tasty picnic food. I also loved the way she bagged out some of the other teams food saying it wasn’t what you would take on a picnic, like Kel and Ash’s stuffed squid.

The same couldn’t be said for the pesto sauce in Stefania and Daniela’s pasta salad. I agree with Manu they should have had time to make their own. It is not that difficult. It was the key ingredient and it came out of a jar.

Ann-Maree and Nick continued to be like War of The Roses in the kitchen. No wonder their marriage has been strained by the show, you can see it disintergrating each episode. Tonight it was about the shredding and amount of salmon in their patties, and running out of time.

I was surprised that cold fish cakes would make decent picnic food, but Pete Evans thought they were surprisingly good.

The polish girls were going out there with Mackerel Eschebeche. They were never going to win the popular vote. Mackerel is a pretty potent fish, and then topping it with some sort of pickling juice. It was a bold manoeuvre and it paid off Pete said “it blew us away”. Hell I’ll take the recipe to that.

Kel and Ash did stuffed squid with rice, which did not carry well, also Esther and Ali’s chicken legs were tasteless.

Kane and Lee’s plate looked delicious with the Vietnamese prawn roll, chicken wings, and salad. I was surprised they didn’t win the people’s choice award.

However Bill and Alex managed to win it with lamb cutlets, stuffed capsicum with couscous salad, and a feta and pea salad. Pete said “the lamb was perfect”. Alex again proved he was the alpha cook in that team.

14 comments

1 Chunks { 03.22.11 at 1:04 am }

Definitely wouldn’t want to be with either Ann-Maree OR Nick in a kitchen. Gawd. Have to say that Studly and Dudly are actually a lot of fun (Studly in quite flavoursome himself) and that trick with the stock in the kettle was side-splitting. Still think there isn’t one team who would make it past the final 100 or so in Masterchef.

2 Littlepetal { 03.22.11 at 6:48 am }

I also wonder how the people can judge when they could only taste 1 or 2 plates. There are only 160 plates and look like as many people at the picnic.

Laugh when Mel had a go at the cold squid and cold lamb !!!!

3 dmc { 03.22.11 at 7:18 am }

Time for Mel to go. Clearly doesn’t understand that she is on a cooking show.

4 PollyB { 03.22.11 at 9:49 am }

Warmed ham and hard potatoes. Blech and easy and boring, they deserved to be on the bottom. These off-site challenges are straight from Top Chef/TC Masters. However on TC they serve a tasting plate size so that diners can taste many different plates and the scoring is transparent. Still can’t miss an MKR episode though!

5 Anonymous { 03.22.11 at 10:24 am }

Last night’s episode reminds me of last time they got criticised for too simple food at the kid festival- Mel just complaining that she delivered the brief every time she comes on screen. When will she realise she’s in a cooking competition, and has to actually show some above-average skill in delivering the brief.

6 Reality Raver { 03.22.11 at 11:17 am }

Chunks – Agree Studly and Dudley are a crack up. Though Alex must be getting sick of carrying Bill.

DMC – yes they need to step it up.

Polly B – with MKR ripping off all the Top Chef challenges I wonder what they are going to do this year….

Anonymous – I think the kid-festival was ok as they were kids. But at a food festival there are sophisticated palates there.

7 Culinary Boner { 03.22.11 at 11:23 am }

I want that fat kid to slam dunk Mel for her constant bullying of everyone else’s dishes.

Surely, now Ch9’s finished with him, Ten can give him a gig.

8 Ange { 03.22.11 at 11:51 am }

I think that Polish girls should also be excluded from cooking tonight as the Chef’s thought their dish was the best. I know it was people’s choice but what about chef’s choice as well? As for Mel, I don’t think she will ever comprehend that slapping some ham and potatoes with mayo on a plate just doesn’t work on a cooking show – no doubt she will have a talk to her “good boy” about it. Thought Kane & Lee’s dish looked great.

9 sourkraut { 03.22.11 at 1:29 pm }

Obviously Pete has never tasted Rollmops! Big Deal!
Glad I missed the ep. Seems like the fix is still in.
Presumably Meletc were the ones up for the boning?

10 PollyB { 03.22.11 at 4:09 pm }

What have we left – 2 NSW, Vic, Tas, 1 WA, SA. Interesting to see who loses tonight.
RR – Dunno. But the pros on TC get more time to prepare for outings than these guys, and they complete their dishes on site. I think MKR should at least let the amateurs do that.

11 Liberty { 03.22.11 at 4:17 pm }

So, where’s the show gone?

Excerpt from Wiki:
“The show sees five teams of two, each representing the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland, competing against each other to transform an ordinary home into an instant restaurant complete with theme and table decorations for one pressure-cooker night”
Running around on an island or anywhere other than their own kitchens (for that matter) is not what this show is supposed to be about!

Personally, I preferred last season.

RR – Do they actually acknowledge TC or MC in their credits or are “$7” trying to claim all ideas as their own.

12 seepi { 03.22.11 at 4:28 pm }

I thought glazed ham would be lovely on a picnic. If they had only jazzed up their potato salad with something like red onion and pesto or capers and duck egg or something it would have been a good choice.

The polish girls’ food looked interesting, but not picnic style. The italian girls’ meatballs looked vile but must have tasted good.

The lamb looked lovely, but the capsicum looked a little wierd. Hard to eat the pea salad as picnic food – sounded nice tho.

13 brain dead dave { 03.22.11 at 5:19 pm }

Yep,Sourkraut it’s Mel and her slave James up for boning.

14 akris { 03.23.11 at 11:33 am }

@Chunks: I think the sisters would do quite well in Masterchef… and There are also a few that I think are quite good cooks individually.. definitely better than some Masterchef contestant.. Remember the lady (kate) that microwaved chicken! and Callum wasn’t that great at anything but dessert and he came second!!