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My Kitchen Rules – Carla and Tom Cook Again But Did They Learn Anything From Their First Round?

So Peter and Gary are those sort of people that to make themselves feel superior they nit pick at minutiae. Tonight they had a go at Carla and Thomas’s grammar on their rules for their Grazed instant restaurant. It is if they have some deep seated insecurity complex and feel the need to think they are better then other people so celebrate their weaknesses rather than their strengths. Ok they may know where to put an apostrophe but compassion, empathy and humbleness are far better qualities in a person.

It was Carla and Thomas who until Peter and Gary came along were quite bitchy, however I am sure they will ramp it up again in these instant restaurants. This week see the start of the bottom six, ie the bottom three from each round, battling it out again and having to hold an instant restaurant. The team with the lowest score will be eliminated.

Tonight Carla and Thomas are cooking for entree Asparagus, Leek and Tarragon Soup with poached egg, for main fig and pistachio crusted lamb with parnsip, beetroot and goats cheese roulade, and for dessert lemon and lime tartlets with passionfruit coulis.

A lot of the criticism of their menu was to do with the complexity of the menu and the amount of ingredients, however were they allowed to submit a new menu or were they told what to cook from the menus they had submitted previously?

Tom is poaching the eggs however his technique was a bit dodgy, he just dumped the eggs in some shallow water. However Tom said that was how he knew how to do it and did not want to change it.

Manu thought the poached egg was OK and said “I enjoyed the whole soup but I did not know what I was eating”. Β Pete said it is quite an average soup. Apparently Tom had added tarragon to his mother’s recipe. Peter from Queensland said it was not a competition dish.

However the worst thing was that Andy found a piece of glass in his soup. Tom thought he had put it in himself, and Carla thought who knows what people would do for $250,000. It was a mystery as they said they had not broken anything that day and she had wiped out all the dishes.

Again Carla and Thomas were having time issues – they did not get their lamb in on time and it was going to take an hour and a half to cook. It was about two hours between entree and main.

Also when Pete went in to check out the kitchen, he thought the lamb was over cooked, however Thomas and Carla thought it was undercooked and chucked it back in the oven. A fatal mistake.

Pete said the lamb was overcooked. Manu said less is more when it came to all the ingredients on the plate. Also he said there was a no crust but a christmas pudding on the side. Pete did like the goats cheese roulade but it did not save the dish.

Again the time issues were evident as they were working on the lemon and lime curd between main and dessert. However Peter said he liked the simplicity of the dessert but he would have liked a more sugar in it as it was too tart. Manu said he loved it. Peter and Gary were the only two of the contestants who concurred with Manu.

WA scored a four, NZ gave a four, Qld army guys Β gave a four, Qld couple gave a four, Tas gave a three for a combined score of 19 out of 50. Thomas was ropeable and thought people were scoring strategically.

Manu gave a five for entree, a three for main, and a nine for dessert.

Pete gave a five for entree, a two for main, and a six for dessert.

They received 49 points which was three points more then they received in their previous restaurant. If they think this time around people are scoring on strategy what did they think their fellow contestants were scoring on in the first round.


1 littlepetal { 02.21.12 at 1:28 pm }

Just watch the video diary of Thomas and Carla. Thomas said he is going to give a 1 for all the other teams. He also think Simon has given him a 1 and he will not give Simon more than 1. BTW Simon is part of the NZ team. Carla said they should get more than for 49 as they put in more than 50% effort in the cooking. What make them think that the cooking is about effort and not about the taste and the whole experience. So the Italian boys should not get high scores as they were cruising through the challenge (because they were organised) and made the cooking seemed effortless. Oop!! effortless means 0 score.

2 paulski { 02.21.12 at 1:50 pm }

Littlepetal, if that clown Thomas thinks that kind of bullcrap (giving the other teams only 1) is going to get his team anywhere, he’s more deluded than I thought. Thomas, your food sucked, build a bridge and get over it.

3 Fides { 02.21.12 at 1:59 pm }

So if Thomas thinks the Kiwis really scored them one, then other teams must have averaged 6. He’d still be complaining about that if he’s using his effort-based scoring system πŸ˜‰

Has been out doing damage control yet, complaining that it’s the editing that makes him look the the villain and he’s been completely taken out of context?

4 Bolders { 02.21.12 at 2:43 pm }

I always feel like slapping the person who says “strategical” or any other such made up word. Especially if English is the mother tongue of that mother who is mangling the words.

5 Jen- Why { 02.21.12 at 3:02 pm }

So if Thomas scores every team a one, that’s a constant, so relatively it’ll have little impact on the overall scores- as long as the other teams score the food fairly. Nasty & petty aren’t going to get him very far.

6 Miss Lizzy { 02.21.12 at 5:25 pm }

I’d like to see another twist in the scoring: the scores they give other people are actually the scores they get themselves, so if Thomas gives each team 1 point, then he will only score 5 in total, and the more generous couples will win.

7 littlepetal { 02.21.12 at 5:57 pm }

I don’t know whether I want to see Thomas and Carla gone or for them to be in the show and continue to show us how pathetic they are (then some other team will have to be eliminated).

Manu gave their dessert a nine and then on the video on how to make their dishes better, he said maybe use more sugar and butter!!!! Really that dessert should not get a nine when Thomas poured a cupful of lemon juice and another cupful or half cupful of lime juice.

8 thots { 02.21.12 at 6:24 pm }

I’m not sure why the pedants are loosing it over strategical – it’s just the adjective form of strategic – check your oxford or macquarie

9 sue N { 02.21.12 at 6:48 pm }

info I found…Strategical is in the OED, with a few examples given from 1838 to 1883. I have not seen it used in earnest and until today I would have assumed it to be an error…..

anyway, it sounds plain …weird… πŸ˜‰

10 Suziekue { 02.23.12 at 11:54 pm }

@thots – here’s another pedant who’s going to lose it if she sees one more extra *o* running loose where it shouldn’t be :)

11 Reality Raver { 02.24.12 at 12:22 am }

RU4Real – No the dishes are not served hot. There is no way they can be due to the time it takes them to plate up 12 dishes. Also I noticed last night when Andrew or Emma was slicing up the duck breast apparently straight out to the oven that they could easily touch it with their fingers.

12 Chris from melbourne { 03.06.12 at 8:26 pm }

Thomas and Carla are an absolute embarrasment to Victoria. Isn’t it ironic that they are the worst cooks there yet have the most scathing comments about others meals.