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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.


1 Izobel2 { 03.22.11 at 10:48 pm }

With regards to Kane & Lee and the sushi canape, Lee shouldn’t have been worried that the sushi wasn’t cooked, she should’ve been worried that half of her ‘flock of seagulls’ hair do didn’t end up on the plate! I reckon she grabbed at that mop about 20 times during her 15 mins… at one stage she even had rice in her hair. Blah!

2 Jasmin { 03.22.11 at 11:12 pm }

It was nice to see Sammi and Bella dealing with their undercooked pork: by thinking on their feet, and, knowing there was no way it would cook in time, deciding to cook it in a different way.
Their food looked great.

With sauce being a mandatory Manu requirement, surely all of the contestants should be putting sauce on all of their dishes.

3 PollyB { 03.23.11 at 7:26 am }

It was down to Lee that they are in the cook off. Kane cooked the duck and wanted a sauce on it. Most times their food fails is due to their ‘communication problem’, which is when Lee doesn’t listen to Kane.
Those last four dishes all did sound and look yum.

4 Reality Raver { 03.23.11 at 10:54 am }

Izobel2 – Oh gross all that hair wax in the rice.

Jasmin – He does appear to have a sauce fetish.

PollyB – It think any other day Kane and Lee would have been safe. But unfortunately for them the Qld butchers have been eliminated…
But the judges had to differentiate and they were given the bottom dish.

5 Culinary Boner { 03.23.11 at 11:01 am }

Manu better be careful what he wishes for. Zee polish sauce ain’t gonna be a classic nouvelle french jus (or ‘jizz’ if your Tony Bourdain) concocted from gently simmered carcass and bones, but a flour-thickened sludge featuring onions, stock powder and, if your lucky, beer or, super lucky, horseradish…as in the following:- 2 cups beer; 2 cups water; 2 onions, sliced; 1 tbs. butter; 1 tbs. flour; 1/2 tsp. Maggi extract; 2 tsp. vinegar; sugar to taste
In which case I’d take Lee’s duck as is, thanks very muchly.

6 Chunks { 03.23.11 at 12:21 pm }

Flock of Seagulls? Why… why that’s positively last century. Who remembers that far back? I love well cooked duck but it would be a bit lacklustre without a sauce. Lee is not a listening sorta gal and they’ll be departing very soon as a result.

7 sourkraut { 03.23.11 at 1:35 pm }

Cooking with beer is VERBOTEN! Anyway you forgot the celery and carrots (boil the shit out of…. and mash superfine in a blender and cook in a plastic bag) for your sauce or jus or jizz as you more accurately described it.
When are those WA clowns going to go? They should both be wearing big red noses while cooking

8 Wurstsemmel { 03.23.11 at 1:54 pm }

You’d think contestants would realise by now that Manu is one saucy boy (as opposed to a good boy).

The rice in the hair was not a good look. Just shows how much product is involved.

I don’t want Tassie to go as I’ll miss her little snips at the other contestants and her indignance when Manu and Pete don’t fall down at her knees at her ability to roast a ham and boil a few potatoes.

9 Culinary Boner { 03.23.11 at 2:23 pm }

Sourkraut, agree that beer should generally be placed in a glass beside the meal, rather than incorporated into it. I have though been guilty of cooking, and enjoying, Alsatian-style chicken casserole with beer and cream. Though this needs at least a cup of finely chopped parsley to improve the flavour.
Izobel, I kinda like Lee’s dykey, Haircut100 hairstyle. If you consider the preposterous hairstyles of the 80s, this admittedly laughably ‘trendy’ look certainly shat on the lady-mullet or the fluffy-dog Kylie look.

10 Jasmin { 03.23.11 at 2:32 pm }

Flock of Seagulls vs the Singing Budgie perhaps?

The hair is fine so long as it doesn’t make an appearance in the food.