My Kitchen Rules – The First Kitchen Challenge – Sam Flips Out
Finally they cook in My Kitchen Rules kitchen, and the first challenge was to cook a chicken dish in 30 minutes.
Andy freaked out and could not work out how to do it in the time frame. Clearly he had not realised that he was not expected to roast a whole one. However they were expected to cut one up so Peter and Gary were already in trouble as they are so slow with prep.
There was a twist in the challenge they had to use the implement that was below their bench to cook it, either a wok, baking tray, skillet or deep fryer. The team could try and swap with another team but no one did. Sam and Jillian decided not to swap their wok with Jen and Leigh’s baking tray even though it would have better suited their roulade, as they knew how badly they wanted it and strategically did not want the SA team being totally comfortable with their cooking implement. This was there first mistake.
However Leigh and Jen, who are looking like a force in this competition decided to stick with cooking Drunken Chicken in a baking tray. After a few dramas they managed to cook a nice dish and were safe from elimination.
Scott and David who work really well together, doubt if we will see any meltdowns in their kitchen were happy with their baking tray. They were making Prosciutto wrapped chicken with snow peas and mash. It was enough to make them safe.
The WA girls were making crispy chicken on a noodle salad, which they oversalted, which would have been fine in the following challenge. However it was good enough to make them safe.
Sam and Jillian were making a chicken roulade in a wok, and it was a dumb decision, as it was never going to cook through in the hot implement. Sam then began flipping out and saying they should not plate it.
Lucky that Jillian is cool as a cucumber and just chopped it up to cook it in the wok before the time ended. However Sam still did not calm down and just as time finished she screamed “don’t touch it” as she then reached down and flipped a piece of chicken on the plate. Not that this helped as their plate was a mess and even their vegetables were undercooked. No surprise they had to stump up for the next challenge.
I wonder if Jillian will be so keen to have her as a daughter-in-law after going on the show with her.
Megan and Andy made Mexican Schnitzel and they were criticised for their presentation. The green goop of sauce was not good. Also not sure why they added in sour cream. They were deemed to be not safe.
Nic and Rocco grilled chicken with mushroom risotto. They were told that the risotto was good, however just grilling chicken to put on top of it was not good enough.
Steve and Helen made basil chicken and kept the bone in, which went down well with the judges, and they were safe.
Peter and Gary had clearly forgotten about what the judges had said about mixing protien and fruit as they made Chicken Mango Salad. So clearly not as bright as they claim to be. Pete laid into them saying the hot chicken did not go with the cold mango. They had to go to the next challenge as well.
The next challenge for the four remaining teams was to cook with pepper and salt.
Nic and Rocco did Pepper Crab with Egg Noodle. Peter and Gary did beef with peppercorn sauce, Jillian and Sam did Pears with a Pepper Sauce, and Megan and Andy did Blackened Fish.
Megan and Andy had a bit of a fracas as she was not happy that he was criticising her sauce. He said it looked like water. The judges liked the dish but again did not like their presentation.
Nic and Rocco were having issues with salt. However the judges thought the saltiness just balanced out with the sweetness of the crab.
Peter and Gary were again criticised for the 70’s style french cooking, but they are doing it well and they got through.
Sam and Jillian’s pear was thought to only be using pepper as seasoning, and they were the team being sent to the cook off against Carla and Thomas. It should be fireworks in tomorrow nights elimination episode.
Channel Seven have announced a fourth series see previous blog post for information. Also remember there is a $250,000 first prize so not bad, not bad at all.