My Kitchen Rules – Semi-Final Number One – Jennifer and Leigh Versus Andy and Megan
First of all the previous episode blog post was done, but clearly I did not press the publish button properly so apologies.
In summary it just said that the way they picked who was cooking off against whom in the semi-finals was entirely fair giving the teams two challenges to gain points to decide positions.
Tonight we had the top of the table Jennifer and Leigh, facing off against the bottom team, Megan and Andy.
Jennifer and Leigh were cooking Confit of Murry Cod with Spring Onions, Ginger and Fennel, main Twice Cooked Pigeon with Farro and Beetroot Puree, and for dessert they cooked Chocolate & Earl Gray Tea Tart with Chocolate Chantilly.
Megan and Andy cooked Sesame Seed Pork Rice Paper Rolls, Rich Seafood Chowder served in a Cobbler, and dessert was Chocolate Marquise with Creme Anglaise and Almond Tuiles.
It would have been good to see the under dogs Megan and Andy get in the finale but it was always going to be struggle.
There was the usual tension in the kitchen with the Tassie team. Andy was freaking out that Megan was not measuring the ingredients to the sauce for the pork rolls. He said to her “Don’t be a knob”. She told him she thought it was perfect. I note she did not offer him a taste. Lucky for her she was not criticised by the judges for it.
However she was also criticising his under cooking of the pork, and he thought medium rare was fine for pork.
Manu was trying to whip up some fear and loathing about the South Australian girls Confit of Fish saying the oil was too hot and they were deep frying it. Which was bollocks as there was barely a ripple in the oil.
Guy Grossi said the fish was perfectly cooked all the way through.
Also Andy dodged a bullet with the pork. Manu thought the meat was going to be undercooked but he said the pork was melt in your mouth.
Andy was concerned about leaving shell in the stock for the Seafood Chowder but it was fine. However Megan tasted the seafood chowder and she thought it was too creamy and needed more stock in it. Andy was displeased and told her basically to shut up as she had never cooked it before.
However Jen and Leigh were also having issues with the pigeon, as when they first tested the pigeon it was raw. Jennifer quickly cut off the breasts and stuck them under the grill. Their plating up of the dish looked fantastic and vibrant.
The judges thought the seafood chowder had a great flavour, and Pete said it was a superb seafood dish.
Guy Grossi thought the pigeon breast could be a little underdone and Karen thought the skin was not crispy enough. Guy liked the farro, however Liz got a piece of gravel in the farro, and Karen Martini confessed that she may have also eaten a piece.
The judges thought the girls Earl Gray Tart was great and again their presentation was impeccable. Pete loved that you could taste the tea. Tobie said he would not like it to be any stronger, and Guy said he could not pick a fault in the dessert.
Karen thought the Tassie team’s Marquise was light as it should be and Guy thought it was a classic combination.
Andy and Megan’s scores were a seven from Karen, Guy gave an eight, Tobie gave an eight, and Liz gave a seven. Pete and Manu both gave eights. For a combined total score of 46 out of 60. This was never going to be good enough to get them in the finale.
Leigh and Jennifer scored an eight from Liz, an eight from Karen, Tobie gave a nine, and Guy gave a nine as did Pete and Manu and they scored 52 out of 60. They are the first team into the finale on Tuesday night.