My Kitchen Rules Turns Into The Amazing Race
Were David and Scott told to pick Nic and Rocco for the holiday prize so they could get gratuitous shots of their chests when they were snorkeling? For once I approve of producer interference in a reality TV show. Also if you need to see more footage apparently there is some on the official website!
It was The Amazing Race meets My Kitchen Rules, and like any good episode of Amazing Race it involved difficult vehicles to drive, dodgy maps and flaring tempers. The challenge was to drive from the bottom of the Atherton Tablelands to Port Douglas and the first three teams to reach the campsite would make the main course for the campers, and the last three teams dessert.
Also the teams could only get ingredients at markets and honesty boxes on the way, which made meal planning difficult for them. However the question has to be asked which stall did Carly and Emily get their bottle of Bundy Rum from?
As most teams appeared to want to cook mains they were all desperate to get in the top three and that is where the tension started.
Carla and Thomas got lost and tempers were flaring as there was an argument about who had forgotten the eggs. Thomas is never going to get a girlfriend as he talks to Carla terribly.
Also Justine and Angela were at the counter at one stop and kept on handing ingredients to each other ensuring no one else could get served. Simon flipped and said “If you have not finished shopping get off the counter”.
Though nothing could top Jennifer yelling at a sound guy to “Move out of my way now!” Quickly followed by her partner in crime Leigh banging into Justine’s car as they made a quick get away.
Simon and Meg were first to arrive, followed closely by Justine and Angela and Jennifer and Leigh. Thomas and Carla arrived last, it would have been interesting to know just how far behind the others they were.
The prep area was less then ideal with a lot of the tables on a slant as well as small camp ovens and BBQ’s. In fact I still can’t work out how Jennifer and Leigh got all their beef cooked.
Simon and Meg made Avocado, Prawn and Scallop Salad, and you had to feel sorry for Meg who must have thought she was in the twilight zone when she turned her back for a couple of minutes then turned around and her dressing jug had disappeared. It had slid off the table but she wasn’t to know that.
The judges said the dish was perfect for this weather but queried whether it was a main or an entree.
Jen and Leigh made Beef Fillet with Papaya and Wing Bean Salad. They were in all sorts of bother the mandolin wasn’t working properly so they were having to chop the papaya by hand, also the bowl of wing beans fell of the table on to the dirt. Jen said she was going to use them anyway and just give them a wash. However I noted on the dishes served up that there did not look like there were any on there.
The judges said the beef was cooked to perfection but had not been rested long enough, and the dish was not finished. The girls did not have time to get the peanuts and shallots on the plate.
Justine and Angela made Asian Prawns and Coconut Mussels with a Rice and Herb Salad. Angela is bossy but Justine just ignores her. Angela told her to take the prawns off but Justine kept on cooking them. Big mistake as the judges thought the prawns were overcooked however the mussels were perfect.
Steve and Helen are making Blueberry Mahalabia, a poor mans custard, and this was a savvy pick as the judges thought it was perfect for this type of weather. Also even though there were a few elements on the plate it did not appear to be as much of a prep nightmare as the other dishes.
Thomas and Carla made a Peach and Raspberry Streusel. They ended up burning the bottom of the cake, and Manu queried whether the peaches they used had been ripe as they tasted too acidic.
Carly and Emily are making Passionfruit Tartlet with Drunken Pineapple. The aforementioned bottle of rum was used for the pineapple but Pete thought it was little bit bland, but they have done a fantastic job on the tart.
Even though they were trying to create tension on who would be going into the elimination. It was no surprise that it was Thomas and Carla as it was easily the worst dish of the day. It looked like Thomas was completely disheartened and about to give up.