for those who have reality tv as their guilty pleasure
Reality Ravings | Australia's leading Reality TV blog!

My Kitchen Rules – NSW Cooks And The Qld Team Barely Get Their Claws Out

The first instant restaurants of the round two were showcased tonight, and so far we saw just a tiny bit of the caustic comments we can expect from Peter of the Queensland team. Peter and Gary are both academics, in law and medicine. Peter thankfully is the lawyer as his bedside manner would suck.

Tonight it was the NSW team of Sam and Jillian to cook, they are potential future in-laws, as Sam goes out with Jillian’s son. In fact the poor bugger is not ever going to be able to break up with her as his mum would give him too much stick.

The girls say fashion and food that brought the two ladies together. Even though they looked well presented I wasn’t quite sure what the floral head wear was they were wearing. It was to big to be a fascinator, and there was no fruit on it to make it look like a homage to Carmen Miranda. By the end of the night they were complaining of sore feet, which was not surprising considering the height of the heels they were wearing. It is hard merging food and fashion together.

For entree they made Pea Soup with Parmesan Pillows, for main it was Sesame Encrusted Tuna with Pan Fried Potato, Ginger Garlic Aioli, Asparagus and Jamon Crumbs and dessert was Earl Tea Bomb Alaska for dessert.

You knew the parmesan pillows were going to be a huge part of the plot line, as we had the shot of getting the different agar-agar, and Manu saying what an important component of the dish it was. Fast-forward to kitchen prep time and it is a disaster. To be fair it was not really Sam’s fault. She decided not to put it in the dish and thus served just the pea soup… in a jar. There were smirks all round when they were told about the parmesan pillow disaster.

Peter from Queensland seemed to take offence at the soup being served in a jar,  however everyone else appeared to think it was  a fun thing to do. In fact the Victorian girls of Carly and Emily seemed to really like the presentation and the jar. I wonder if there is any potential for them hooking up with Nick and Rocco from South Australia?

Sam sobbed while Pete and Manu tasted her soup this did not improve the criticism of it. Manu said it was overcooked as it was not as green as it should be. Pete thought it was one dimensional.

Peter thought they should have improvised with the parmasan pillows, however  how do you improvise with an ingredient like agar agar?

For the main again we had a team who had not worked out how they were actually going to cook the dish. I say this just about every recap, why don’t they practice their whole menu in the allotted time frame. This time the issues was how to do the sesame crust on the tuna and also they made too little of the ginger aoili, so they decided not to serve even a small amount on each plate. Also it was well over an hour between entree and main being served.

Maybe she was hoping the oil from the fish would give some moisture to the plate. She was shallow frying the tuna rather then searing it. The oil dripping off it looked unappetising.

However none of the judges said anything about that,  Peter criticised the lack of seasoning and Manu said it was too dry.

They redeemed themselves with their dessert Bombe Alaska, helped by the entertainment value of their serving bowl accidentally catching alight.

It was tough scoring on the first night with  TAS giving a five, WA a five, Vic gave a six, Qld gave a six, and SA gave a six for a score of 28 out of fifty.

Manu Feildel scored a five for the entree, five for main, and a nine for dessert.

Pete scored five for the entree, four for main, and a nine for dessert.

So a respectable total score of 65. Not good, but not bad either.


1 Georgie { 02.09.12 at 7:08 am }

Cringeworthy carnage – 65 was extremely generous I thought.

They spent too much time decorating themselves and too little on the job at hand. The time was wasted because they came up looking like a couple of ‘birds of paradise’ who’d been pulled through a hedge backwards – they looked ridiculous.

This show is about putting up great food not dressing for ‘Carnivale’.

2 Culinary Boner { 02.09.12 at 7:52 am }

Spot on Georgie, although perhaps the gurls should have gone beyond Carnivale to a Priscilla dragqueen theme. They were just bee’s dick off this look, anyway. And this theme would have played with Gaz and Pete’s heads, subconsciously in reeling their inner Peter Allens ….
… Oh, no ping pong balls though.

3 littlepetal { 02.09.12 at 8:22 am }

Those shoes are ridiculous and should not be allowed in the kitchen. They spent more time tarting themselves than the actual cooking. Even in the kitchen, Jillian kept checking the mirror to see how she looked.

They also can’t estimate the quantities required for 12 people. You can tell the aioli will not be enough for 12 people. Won’t you make more than less to be on the safe side. I think they only cook for small gathering like for 4 and not for 12.

Not sure whether they cooked in their own home. Nice house. They don’t seem to know their local shops because they don’t know where the Asian grocery shops are.

Also the kitchen is so far from the dinning table, I wonder who actually picked up the dishes. If the girls did that, no wonder their feet are sore with all the walking.

I think the producers did a good job in picking the contestants for this series. There sure are some queer and fiery ones.

4 Anonymous { 02.09.12 at 9:23 am }

There was enough aoli to give everyone a spoonful, even a teaspoonful would have been better than nothing. Nuts. But a likeable pair, I thought.

5 Oh Dear { 02.09.12 at 9:29 am }

what did channel 7 do? Go out and find some rich, totally tasteless and clueless families/friends and asked them if they want to appear on TV? Congratulations. They succeeded.

6 Georgie { 02.09.12 at 9:47 am }

littlepetal – “Jillian kept checking the mirror to see how she looked”.

Yep and it was the same as last time she looked – a ‘scrubber’ dressed like a feather duster.

7 Calliegirl { 02.09.12 at 10:30 am }

Could not believe they would leave, not one, but two, main ingredients out of two dishes. Unforgivable! No they didn’t deserve a 65 no matter what the dessert was like.

8 Richard { 02.09.12 at 10:51 am }

Those two last night – especially Jillian – were (keeping with the food theme) “mutton dressed as lamb”

9 Georgie { 02.09.12 at 11:25 am }

CB – you never know about the ping pong balls. Stilts aren’t the only accessory that cause you to walk funny.

10 Rosie { 02.09.12 at 11:25 am }

I swear I thought Jillian really was a drag queen at first! Gawd.

As for the food, with an ingredient like agar agar, wouldn’t you make sure you could access it and know how to use it before presenting such a recipe?! Pretty basic stuff.

And I totally agree that the others scored them way too generously.

11 kleenex mum { 02.09.12 at 11:37 am }

Had a good laugh reading all the above comments, i have to agree so i wont repeat what has already been written just agree 100 per cent, i am glad i wasnt present to eat the desert did any one else notice when sam was heading out of the kitchen with the plated desert she flipped her hair over her should and it hit the desert plate,,,,,, yuk I do wonder where they find these people…..

12 Georgie { 02.09.12 at 11:53 am }

kleenex mum – yes I noticed that.

I thought, ‘Oh noice, a hair brush with the meringue. You never know what you’re getting when you eat out’.

13 Izobel2 { 02.09.12 at 11:58 am }

I noticed that bit Kleenex Mum! I was waiting for someone to say they had a hair on their plate!!
I wish they’d show more conversation whilst waiting for their meals rather than mostly ‘to camera’ pieces. Then we’d see what they were really like and it would make it more entertaining, like Come Dine With Me do.

14 PollyB { 02.09.12 at 12:32 pm }

Tom mentined ‘Coles’ when he couldn’t find his groceries. I’m thinking they are forced to shop at Coles. These 2 couldn’t find what they wanted in the aisle, so had to go looking for the Asian grocers.
Agree with everyone’s comments, and am getting sick of contestants not having any idea how to put their meals together.

15 Maz { 02.09.12 at 12:56 pm }

I wondered about the forced shop at Coles as well as it would appear that no amount of editing in this episode could mask their unfamiliarity and displeasure shopping at Coles.

I am also curious to know what items you are ‘allowed’ to have in your pantry or do you have to buy everything including salt and pepper.

16 littlepetal { 02.09.12 at 2:39 pm }

On the OS, they said Jillian is a youthful 55 years old!!!!!!! Nothing youthful about her. Wearing teens clothes won’t make you youthful.

I hope they get to the 2nd round and have to cook against Princess. Would love to see the competition in the wardrobe department. Maybe they will be cooking with diamonds on their fingers and rings on their noses.

17 Culinary Boner { 02.09.12 at 2:43 pm }

Chris Badenoch managed to get bone marrow to materialise at Coles during his season of MasterChef. Maybe the contestants should give him a call to see if he weave this magic again. Though they should be grateful that even if they can’t find what they want, the rest of the stuff at Coles is 100% guaranteed ‘hormone free’.

18 wallah { 02.09.12 at 3:16 pm }

Of course they have to shop at Coles. And it would seem they all have to use a number of the “You’ll Love Coles” products. I really like everyone involved in this show, it’s refreshing that tears aren’t moving the judges.
As for Manu playing fireman, the look on his face was priceless, something akin to “How frigging long did you all want it to burn?” Pete’s ditched the carpet tile look, so it’s not like his chest was going to burst into flames.
All in all enjoyable, and they’re not setting these folks up to fail at a fucking milkshake for one of the world’s best chefs.

19 Chunks { 02.09.12 at 3:33 pm }

Jillian was very scary looking. Agar is a pain to use at the best of times unless you really have experience with it. I have a great pea soup recipe that includes parmesan marshmallows made with agar – however they’ve never worked. I substituted parmesan wafers very simply made with flour and parmesan and they taste great with the soup. I don’t understand why these contestants insist on working with ingredients they’ve never used before.

20 Isabel { 02.09.12 at 6:51 pm }

Scary cook – Jill that is! She looks a lot more than her age! And what a house for a single parent – she did well out of that divorce!

21 Dutch Courage { 02.09.12 at 7:20 pm }

Peter started complaining that they had to wait for the main for more than an hour. Lucky that he was not in Group 1. He would have cracked the shit when the Vic snobs took 2.5 hours between starter and main (and the main was still no good).

22 littlepetal { 02.09.12 at 7:27 pm }

I have a look at the recipe for the parmesan pillows. It said to put in the refrigerator after mixing in the egg whites. Sam put it in the oven!!!

I use agar agar for my Asian desserts. I am not good with gelatine but o.k with agar agar.

23 littlepetal { 02.09.12 at 7:31 pm }

I read on Whirlpool blog that the recipes were not contestants recipes but given to them the day before to practice. I am not sure how true that is. If that is the case, they need to have acting skills as well as when they are cooking, they sometimes said this is my grandmother’s recipe and blah blah. If you are not telling the truth then it may come out wrongly and you have to have a take 2.

24 Moonstruck { 02.09.12 at 11:19 pm }

Little petal, in a previous blog Rob put a link to an article
Which explain that the contestants put in a number of menus with their favourite dishes and the producers make up a menu from these which they then give to the contestants the night before. So if they put forward the dishes they should already know how to cook them. So there are no excuses if they mess up. If they can’t cook them they should never have put them forward. It’s not clear if they give them the exact menu or if they mix and match the dishes to come up with a new menu though.

25 Reality Raver { 02.10.12 at 12:00 am }

Moonstruck – thanks for the link to the article that might explain the timing issues they have because three labour intensive dishes might be put together.

Little Petal – I would have thought very few asian stores in the Shire as there are very few asians.

26 thots { 02.10.12 at 7:30 am }

I assume that they courses are meant to be at one hour spacing to allow for filming etc because they only start commenting on waiting at about 1:30. Entree isn’t served till it’s dark and the guests (and Pete & Manu) always arrive in daylight

Also, I’m not sure if it’s just editing but the teams don’t seem to be doing a huge amount of prep during the 3 hour prep time. Are the producers telling them to leave it till later or are they just stuffing up their timing by themselves?

27 littlepetal { 02.10.12 at 8:10 am }

Moonstruck-I read that story too and I thought all the recipes were the contestants recipes. The person on Whirlpool blog mentioned that is only for the audition. He said he is friends of one of the teams and when they cooked at home, the recipes were picked by the producers and given to them 1 day before to practice. I still find it hard to believe because the contestants always mentioned that the recipes were their mother’s or so and so.

This person also mentioned the 30s introduction where they show them having dinner with their families or friends took 2 days to film (10.30am – 8pm) as he was there.