My Kitchen Rules – Another Elimination
Unfortunately the dour look on Jillian’s face in the interviews indicated they were the likely team to be eliminated, however I am not going to bag her out as I thought she was pretty classy the whole way through the series.
She was a cool under pressure as Sam her partner became excitable and stressed, and was fairly honest in her comments. Also even though it must have been testing at times, at the end she said she was so proud of Sam.
It was the elimination cook-off between Thomas and Carla, and the NSW team, which meant the judges were seen for the first time. I know I say it every series, but am not sure what Tobie Puttock adds to the show, and there should be a food critic sitting there in his place. The other judges were Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Liz Egan.
As long as the show is rating it is unlikely they will change personnel. Also thought Liz Egan was looking particularly saucy, way to go Liz.
The challenge was to cook a three course meal in a strict time frame.
For entree Sam and Jillian served Seared Scallops on Parsnip Puree with Prosciutto Crumbs, for main Spiced Lamb Cutlets with Onion Sauce, and dessert was a Chocolate Martini with Raspberries.
Tom and Carla cooked for entree seared tuna with bitter greens, for main Slow Roasted Pork Belly on Pea Puree and Rosti, and dessert was Carla’s Chocolate Cups.
As last year the teams have 90 minutes before they have to serve their entree. Sam and Jillian made the mistake of roasting the parsnips which meant they had to add far to much cream to it and the parsnip flavour was not there.
Peter and Gary really don’t like Jillian and Sam as they were gleefully commenting on any of their mistakes. Are they still peeved that Jillian said the three hour wait for the main at their instant restaurant was unacceptable? Considering they complained about the wait at Sam and Jillian’s restaurant as well I don’t get it why they found them so offensive.
Both entrees looked nice, but Sam and Jillian’s appeared to have extra garnish on them that was not there when the time ended. However I did not rewind so I could be wrong.
Tobie Puttock thought Carla and Thomas’s entree a tad boring, clearly Manu and Pete needed to fill him in on some of the overdone dishes they have had to eat over the past few weeks.
However the consensus from the judges were that they pared it back far too much. It was thought the scallop entree was more composed, but because of the amount of cream put in the parsnip puree there was barely any parsnip flavour.
It was onto prep time for main. Thomas washed his grated potato to take out the starch but then added in flour to bind them, Manu was bemused by this and said “So they take out the starch then add some back in?”.
Thomas was starting to lose the plot, and was running around like a chook without a head.
However main was turning into a disaster for the NSW team with Sam’s onion sauce looking disgusting with the sausage meat put in the onion and pork fat. Not sure why they needed the sauce when they had made a spicy fruit and nut garnish to go with it.
Also they put the lamb racks in the oven to late without browning them first. This impacted on the resting time of the meat.
Liz Egan thought the onion sauce tasted like it was the bottom of a pan, and she was not a fan. Guy Grossi thought it the let down to the dish.
For dessert it was the battle of the chocolate dishes, Carla’s Chocolate Cups which she had spent a lot of time on was told the chocolate cups were too thick, but the chocolate in it was very nice. She used a cream cheese in them rather than a traditional mousse.
The problem for Jillian and Sam with their chocolate martini was the amount of salt around the rim, which looked great, but it made it far to salty when they were eating it.
Guy Grossi gave a six, Tobie gave a five, Liz Egan gave a five, and Karen gave a five. Manu gave a six, and Pete gave them a five which gave them a total of 32 out of 60.
Tobie gave Thomas and Carla a six, Liz gave a six, Karen scored a seven, and Guy gave a seven. Pete gave a six, and Manu scored them a seven. Total was 39 out of 60. Thomas and Carla who were criticised for playing it safe with their menu were now safe from elimination.