My Kitchen Rules – Tassie Cooks And It Was Just As Mad As Wonderland
It was kind of Manu Feildel to remind us that My Kitchen Rules was indeed a cooking competition last night. Considering very few of the instant restaurants have produced fabulous meals, and most of the chatter has focused on the contestants rather than the food it was a timely reminder about the mission statement of the show.
It was Ali and Samuel’s turn to cook and I am not really buying the “just good friends” thing. It was all sweetie and darlings zinging back and forward between the pair. However once it was revealed he was friends with her ex-husband it explained why they have not turned up the heat on the relationship or indeed revealed it. Though she might want to stay well clear as his nickname for her is Mumma, and he just acts like a child it is a wonder she did not send him to the naughty corner at the supermarket.
The big scandal last night was Samuel using store bought curry paste for the entree of Spicy Thai Beef. Pete Evans told them it was cheating as the fundamental part of their dish was pre-made from a jar. Lisa and Candice was scandalised, as in happy they now had an excuse to give them a low score.
Ali had raised the issue a couple of time once at the supermarket when she mutter the words we were told about pre-made flavours and then in the kitchen when she said “tell me again why we are using it”. Samuel thought you cannot make a decent curry paste in an hour. Well at least by using it the diners did not have to wait hours for their meal.
Lisa and Candice are now hanging onto the competition by their fake nails, and will be doing their best to score low as possible to stay in. However everyone else seems to want them out. They are a tad deluded about their talents. Cannot cook and cannot sing, and you suspect someone will tell Lisa to shut up at some point. Maybe she thought she was auditioning for Australia’s Got Talent but filled out the wrong form.
Joanna from South Australia was loving putting the knife into her she sniped “I think the dynamics they bring to the group is a bit negative and fake” . As if Joanna is a role model for positive thinking!
However the Western Australian pair think they are classier than the South Australian team due to Jenna’s mangling of english.
The Tassie team put on a Wonderland themed and lucky for Jenna she turned up dressed as Alice. However their menu was Thai based.
Entree was Thai Curry Beef Strips with a Mai Tai Granita, main was Pork Stuffed Squid Hood with Sweet Chilli Sauce, and dessert Thai-rifle.
After mis-firing on the entree they ended up having more stress when the gas on the stove ran out. Neither knew where a spare cylinder was (not their home I suspect), he grabbed one from the BBQ. She was in tears when she was serving as she did not like the look of the dish. At this point Candice thought Ali should toughen up.
And just when you thought no more madness could occur, Scott from NSW who has barely spoken starts rambling on about why he does not eat cephalopods like squid, cuttlefish, and octopus. It had something to do with they had three brains and he even showed that he had tattoos of them on his arm. Scott speak to someone that cares… oh maybe that might be George Calombaris who has now banned rabbit from his restaurant after meeting with a group who were concerned that rabbits were kept in cages. Clearly George did not have a pet rabbit in a hutch at home when he was young.
Actually Candice was amusing when she called him a squidarian. Clearly she thought it was a joke as well. He had no problem eating the pork that came with the squid and they are meant to be intelligent creatures as well.
However no one else had a problem with the main, except Lisa as she thought it needed more carbohydrate to bind it. In fact she thought the whole meal needed more carbs as there were none in either the entree or the main. However there was not much in the WA’s team either with their Seafood Casserole and the only carbs with their pork main there were a few over cooked potatoes.
The South Australia girls liked the Thai-Rifle and it was a clever concept for dessert. Pete thought the flavours were there by the technique was lacking, and Lisa was happy there was rice in the dessert. For the record there was no rice in it.
Clearly the fact that pre-made curry sauce was used in the entree did not effect the scores of what the other teams gave them or maybe they did not care and they just want Lisa and Candice out. Something Joanne was not shy about saying. In fact they got the highest combined team score of 30 out of 50 and this was after only receiving a three from Western Australia. All other teams gave seven’s except for Queensland who scored them a six.
Lisa rationlised the high score saying “It makes you wonder if they gave them more mark because they see them as less threat”.
The judges savaged them on the entree but the rest of the meal was fairly generous.
Manu gave a three for entree, an eight for main, and a five for dessert.
Pete gave a two for entree, a nine for main, and a six for dessert. Tasmania are now second and second last on the score board on 63 points. They won’t be eliminated at this point of the competition.
Also the viewers got a sneak peek of the much promoted gate crashers. It looks like producers have been trawling the Far East communities for villains this year with these girls looking like they are going to be great reality TV. What is interesting that all the villains in this series so far have been female, well except for Jake of course.
My Kitchen Rules is on SEVEN Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.