My Kitchen Rules – The Canape Challenge Was A Toughie
This challenge was pure Top Chef (a reality TV cooking show in the US) where it is a cooking relay with one person cooking at a time. However at least in this case the team’s partner knew what the dish being cooked was, and they were able to give a verbal handover where they were up to.
Which begs the question – what are the challenges Masterchef Australia are going to do this year with My Kitchen Rules taking a lot of ideas from Top Chef?
Each team had 30 minutes to make six canapes. It was a tough challenge and some handled it better than others.
Props to Ash from Melbourne who had complete confidence in Kel finishing off the steak tartare, however once he saw the plated dish he did not look quite so happy. She had swapped the toast for wonton wrappers, and put chilli on top.
Lucky for them Manu liked the flavour but not the presentation and they were safe.
Esther and Ali made Potato Leek and Gorgonzola shooters. Pete thought the Gorgonzola was too strong and needed cauliflower not potato. They were not safe.
Ann-Maree and Nick cooked prawn tails and they looked delicious. With the prawn sausage, mango and prawn tails I really wanted to try it. The judges agreed and finally they were feeling the love and they were safe.
Kane and Lee had a disaster, with their beef tataki. When Lee had to take over she presumed the rice was cooked. Another classic reality TV cooking show mistake not tasting the food.
So many nervous breakdowns later they and some very poor plating they were not safe.
Stefania and Daniela’s made Parmasen Baskets filled with goats cheese and salmon – Manu liked the flavours but considering there was not a lot of technique they were not safe.
Sammy and Bella’s Poached Tuna with Japanese salad looked yummy but it obviously didn’t hit the mark as they had to stump up the for the next challenge as well. Bella is definitely the bossy one in the kitchen.
The next challenge to see who would land in the elimination cook off against Mel and James on Wednesday night was to combine two classic flavour combinations.
Stefania and Daniela did Seafood Fettucini – their combination was seafood and lemon. Pete said a few tweaks here or there you would have had the perfect dish.
Sammi and Bella’s pork and apple with jerusalem artichoke mash, with crackling looked delicious, and showed why they will be hard to beat in the competition. “Every component on the dish works,” said Pete Evans.
Kane and Lee did a polish dish duck and apple. Is Polish cuisine the new black? I am still not convinced about it.
However there were concerns there was no sauce. Manu said the duck was cooked perfectly, but would have liked sauce. “Not a classic flavour combination” said Mel being the Greek chorus in the background.
Esther and Ali were different by making a dessert, a Lime and Coconut cake. After some cooking and plating issues Manue said “is to die for” and Pete said “You’ve nailed it”.
In fact they were positive about all of the dishes. However it was judged Kane and Lee’s did not cut it as much as the others and they landed in the cook off.
If Mel and James to amp it up tomorrow night I think they will be going home.