My Kitchen Rules – Strategic Voting By The Other Teams?
No big surprise that the VIP guests the My Kitchen Rules contestants were cooking for were family and friends, but props has to go to Steve for giving Masterchef Australia a tickle up and suggesting they could be cooking for the Dalai Lama.
Tonight the challenge was to cook a seafood platter to present in a banquet style setting. The peoples choice was not the family and friends voting, but for the other contestants to choose which dish they liked the best.
Well that was the theory but clearly there was strategy behind the voting but more on that at the end of the post.
After the teams went to Coles to get their fresh seafood the were back at the MKR kitchen given 90 minutes to get their food on the plate.
I thought Jen was fluent in english however clearly there are some gaps as she said she had borrowed Steve and Helen’s oven, and Steve implied this was not the case that they had just commandeered it. She needed two ovens as she was making Tratator encrusted whole salmon. Which involved a tahini crust, this is the first recipe I would cook at home this season. Pete thought it was the best dish out of everyone’s, “beautiful to look at and even more amazing to eat”.
Scott and David cooked a Basil and Parmasen Crusted Salmon with Kipler Potato Salad With a Beurre Blanc Sauce. What is it with their oven issues they were cooking it at 225 degrees, and they ended up overcooking it. However they got away with it because the beurre blanc sauce was perfect, in fact Manu gave it the ultimate accolade saying he could not make better himself. These boys are really starting to find their feet.
Megan and Andy cooked a Warm Ocean Trout Nicoise Salad. However Andy butchered his fish and left a a lot of it on the bone. Andy started disassembling when Manu came to talk to him about it and he said he was going to use it for stock… What stock?
Manu gave him a tickle up about him stuffing up the filleting, but did say it was all cooked to perfection. I was surprised he did not ask him what had happened to the stock.
Helen and Steve did a Sweet and Spicy Barramundi both fried and baked. They were told presentation was poor the platter was overcrowded and it did look sloppy with the asian vegetables looking overcooked but the flavours were good.
Meg and Simon made Stuffed Baby Squid with Cous Cous. Pete thought the quantities were out on their cous cous salad, and Manu did not like the texture of the stuffing in the squid. I noticed Meg’s kids were there but Simon’s were not.
Angela and Justine making Barramundi with salsa, and mussel with parmasen crust. Pete said the two dishes did not go well together, and the parmasen over powered the mussels.
Nic and Rocco making Ocean Trout Cartoccio served with a salad. The judges said the salad and vegetables did not go with the fish.
Carly and Emily cooked a Japanese Seafood Platter, they had never made Japanese before and they pulled it off. They were glad their’s looked different from the others probably because there were no vegetables on it.
And then it came to the voting, and Megan and Andy, and Steve and Helen tied. Did teams vote for Megan and Andy because they know they won’t win, and were Steve and Helen voted for because their dish looked so bad the others thought no one else would vote for it?
Anyway the judges picked the winner and it was Megan and Andy. My theory was confirmed when Andy said they had not expected to win one of the people choice prizes, and the camera panned to the other teams looking a tad sheepish.