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.