My Kitchen Rules – What Sort Of Strategy Would You Play?
The My Kitchen Rules contestants were on the road last night going to Ingham to produce sweet treats to reflect the local sugar industry. It was the usual scenario where the public got to vote for the best team, and they would win immunity, and the person with the worst dish as judged by Manu and Pete would be up for elimination.
Now as a contestants should you go for the public vote which relies on getting out a lot of dishes and trying to please the local palates? As the public never get to taste all the dishes. Or do you just knock out a more complicated tasty dish that will please the judges?
Angela and Justine went for the popular vote which looked like they were aiming it at the kids, with their Banana Lounge Cake which was decorated with lollies. Also Angela took the sugar brief very seriously and thought it was about adding as much sugar as possible, making a very sweet icing.
There were the usual dramas in the very short prep time of 90 minutes and also the vagaries of working with ovens outdoors, biscuits were burnt, crepes stuck, and pans dropped.
Also they had the added impediment of the hot humid tropical weather, something Thomas and Rocco said they struggled with. Also Andy appeared to be sweating a lot he really needed some ninja type head gear as there was a lot sweat going into those crepes. Maybe this was why they were said not to be sweet enough.
Carly and Emily made Choc Honeycomb Cheesecake Cones they were impressive as they made their own cones and their own honeycomb. The judges said it was unusual but Pete and Manu liked it.
Steve and Helen did a fruit scroll which was more like a baklava. Helen was having issues with the filo, and Manu thought it was not the right dessert to do on a hot day, also Pete thought it was too heavy. Not sure how they met the sugar brief considering most of the sweetness would have come from the dried fruit, maybe the dipping it in sugar syrup got them over the line.
Thomas and Carla made Dark Chocolate Cupcakes which were said to be fantastic by the judges, and they must have gone close to winning the public vote. Maybe they are starting to find their feet in the competition.
Banana Lounge Cake was made by Justine and Angela, and quite frankly I think they should be up for elimination. Angela seemed to mis-interpret the challenge as get as much sugar as you can in the dish. Their icing was way too sweet and grainy, compounded by the fact there were lollies on top as decoration. Even the kids thought it was not great. Manu thought the presentation was OK, but Pete thought it was awful.
Jen and Leigh did a Ginger Wafer with white chocolate cream. I would like to know how many they actually ended up plating up as they were struggling at one point with burning and dropping them. They were criticised for presentation but the judges thought the flavour was fantastic.
Scott and David made Banana Tartlet the pastry was perfect and Manu thought they had met the brief. Also they had they were acclimatised to the climate so no sweat dripping in there food. They also had the local’s support so they were always going to do well.
Meg and Simon made White Chocolate Caramel Mud Cake and the cakes were sticking in the pan. This was the first time I have seen this pair flustered. Manu thought it was big but very light, so they did not have to worry about being up for elimination.
Nic and Rocco made Tropical fruits and Custard tarts and they looked amazing. The only criticism was the pastry was too thick, however Manu thought when he took a bite he was back in Paris.
Megan and Andy made Tropical Fruit Crepes and they were struggling cooking decent crepes, Manu wondered where the sugar was in the dish.Also they were criticised for cooking the fruit all the way through. However they were confident they would get through or some would say delusional. They were told it was not bad but the least impressive and they were up for elimination.
Personally I think Angela and Justine should have been there. All they stumped up were second rate badly decorated cup cakes.
David and Scott won peoples choice I suspect helped because they were local as well as making a cracker dish. The prize as well as immunity was winning a tropical North Queensland holiday. I am sure they were thrilled…hope for their sake Townsville is not on the itinerary. They also got to take another team with them which meant that team would also be safe from the next elimination. They picked Nic and Rocco. Well they had to really their wives would not have been too thrilled if they had picked an all girl team to go on an overnight trip with.
Meg and Simon thought this was bad strategy and that they should have left the stronger teams in to give them a greater chance of being put up for elimination. Good point, but David and Scott just seem to play a straight bat and don’t get into the game strategy.