My Kitchen Rules – And The Winner Is…
I know My Kitchen Rules should be all about the food, however we need to talk about Rocco’s mother. Carly really needs to take note of this possible future mother in-law. She was overbearing and very bossy yelling out instructions, even giving orders about dishes she had not cooked before. She told Rocco to take the macarons out of the oven. He responded by saying they dry out better in the oven. But then he takes them out, and says “she needs to shut her mouth”. Even Nic’s mother was getting a little annoyed with her.
It was Double Trouble versus Burlesque, which for those with short memories was the name of Nic and Rocco’s and Jennifer and Leigh’s instant restaurants.
Tonight they had to cook a five course meal, but also there had to be twenty plates served up each course. This was no small task. In fact if the judges were telling the truth about what they thought of the dishes then the standard produced was very high.
Jennifer and Leigh’s made Crab Congee, Scallops and XO Sauce, Quail with Barberry and Quinoa, Wagyu Beef Ribs with Bone Marrow and Cauliflower Puree, and for dessert Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake.
Nic and Rocco made Seared Moroccan Tuna and Cured Salmon, Bug Tails with Fennel Puree and Chorizo Essence, Spatchcock Two Ways with Heirloom Carrots and Thyme Crumbs, Poached Pork Belly, and Chocolate Raspberry Pop Delight.
The family, friends and the other MKR contestants were watching them cook and it was interesting to see who was cheering for whom. Obviously Carly and Emily were cheering for Nic and Rocco but so were a lot of the other teams. David and Scott did appear to be on team Jen and Leigh however not sure there were any others. Also Leigh’s husband hair needs a special mention it is something out of an 80’s video clip.
It was great that Jen’s mother was flown in from Thailand. She gave some great advice which was “just trust yourself Jen Jen”.
She should also have told her to calm down.
Jennifer was running around frantically in the first two hour prep time was freaking out about the stock for her congee not cooking. She seems to run around in a flap but she gets a lot done.
They also burnt the XO sauce – twice. Leigh wondered why has this was happening. Probably because they were trying to do five things at once.
The girls menu philosophy was to have a flow/progression to their menu and they started with a light Crab Congee. Pete said it was an extremely delicate way to start a menu. Manu thought there should be a little bit more to push the boundaries. He would have liked to have had a bit more rice. Karen queried whether it was too delicate?
Nic and Rocco started off with a Seared Morrocan Tuna and Salmon with two different salads and Pete thought it packed a punch. Karen loved the intensity of flavours. Even Gary said it was delicious.
For the second course the girls were cooking Scallops in XO sauce. They first deep fried the scallops and then they put them in the XO sauce. It was panic stations when they realised they did not have enough scallops. There were squeals saying they thought they had 70, however who would have counted them. Luckily they found some more and quickly cooked them.
The boys were having issues with their fennel puree they were serving with their bug tails. It was way too thin however Rocco put it on the heat to thicken up and this appeared to do the trick.
Guy Grossi thought the flavour conversation of the bugs was perfect. The girls scallop dish got the thumbs up as well. Tobie said he could not fault it and all the judges agreed there was no burnt flavour.
Gary thought the scallop tasted fishy so this meant they were overcooked. Considering he does not like seafood I was surprised he would even know what a scallop tasted like.
The boys had a disaster in the third course and ran out of time with the plating. They got all the elements on the dish but it could only be described as rustic. The judges were still positive about the dish, after all it was the finale, but they only said the dish was great or nice.
The girl’s Quail was said to be delicious by the judges. However, Carly and Emily were hypercritical of the dish saying they would have liked the skin crispier.
However the boy’s brought it back with the pork. Guy thought the stock had such complexity. Liz said they have done a fabulous job with it as it was delicious.
Jennifer and Leigh’s Wagyu ribs looked rich. Guy said the braising made the meat melt, and Karen said the flavours sing on the dish.
Then it was down to dessert, the boys were well prepped but I do think points needed to be deducted for making chocolate mousse for about the fourth time in the competition, as well as doing another macaron. However their dessert looked beautifully presented.
However it was all stress in the girls kitchen where they were having issues tempering the white chocolate and after adding titanium dioxide and it went all lumpy. Even though they attempted to do it again it did not set in time.
At this stage Jen’s husband looked like he was about to have a heart attack.
Karen said the boys dessert was beautiful, and it was fun because of the pop rocks in it. Also Tobie said it was a fabulous way to finish a great meal.
The girls chocolate hazelnut cake had a salty caramel ganache in it and the judges liked it. A criticism from Liz was that the extra ganache on top looked sloppy. However the judges liked the salty caramel taste.
Now it was just finding out who was going to win the $250,000 prize.
Points for Nic and Rocco – Tobie gave a 9, Guy gave a 9, Liz gave an 8, and Karen scored an 8. Manu gave them a nine as did Pete. This was a total 52 out of 60.
Points for Jennifer and Leigh – Karen gave a 9, Liz gave a 9, Tobie scored a ten, Guy gave a ten, Manu gave a ten, and Pete gave a ten. This was a 58 out of 60. It was a deserved win they have been pretty solid the whole way through the competition. Also it is good new for Leigh as she will be able to pay off her debts and Princess Jennifer will be able to buy another Louis Vutton and a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.
There have been rumours the winning team are no longer friends however it is unclear whether this is in fact true.
Also I was surprised Nic and Rocco did not win, as they have been the nice guys the whole way through whereas Princess Jen and Leigh have been polarising of the public.
It has been a great series of My Kitchen Rules, in fact it was the best of the three. However only one complaint and that is get rid of Tobie Puttock his face does not change expression and he is monotone. He adds nothing to the table.
Who do you think should have won tonight?