My Kitchen Rules – Manipulating The Tension Between The Italian’s And The Asian Girls For Ratings?
How much manipulation was there to try and ensure there was tension between the Italian Houswives and Ashlee and Sophia tonight? First they were put on the same team to cook in the first challenge, and then when they lost ensuring the blame for that loss was well and truly known to ensure resentment continued to fester.
It was a good first challenge with the eight teams cooking split into two and they had to serve a four course meal in thirty minutes. The meal had to have a common theme.
Jake and Elle, Sam and Chris, Kerrie and David, and Andi and Josh decided to go with Italian with Jake taking the lead, whilst the other four teams of Sophia and Ashlee, Dan and Steph, Angela and Melina and the Bondi Boys were cooking Asian with the NSW girl team taking the lead.
The reason they went Asian as because Sophia and Ashlee and Dan and Steph were strong in that cuisine, however the Qld team promptly went and made Ceviche something that is Mexican.
This also set up the scenario for Melina and Angela to fail, as they said they did not cook Asian food. They were to make Crispy Duck with an Asian Salad. The Italian girls are not great cooks. Angela can’t work out if the pan should be on high or low to crisp the duck skin, so she puts them on a cold frying pan whilst finding out. She then asked Bondi Boys and Luke trying to play it safe told her to cook it on a medium flame.
In the end she burnt the breast. Steph playing quality controller turned to her and said I am not happy with that. Angela then redid it but plated up raw duck. It was unclear why she did that and did not just leave out the pieces that were inedible.
Over on the other team Elle and Jake ganache split so they started again in fact they tried three times, not realising it was their technique that was the issue. Considering there are only two ingredients in the dish it was a bit of a worry. There was better cooking on Junior Masterchef then what we have seen on this series thus far this year.
The Italian theme dinner was judged first. The Vic boys two soup shooter of capsicum and peas were oversalted and the tomato over powered the capsicum. Andi and Josh cooked a great Whiting and Zucchini and Fennel dish with the Pete saying it tasted of the sea.
Kerrie and Craig’s steak with tomato and anchovy sauce was said to be “yum” and Jake and Elle’s Zabaglione the judges thought the flavour of the coffee cream was good.
Even though Dan and Steph’s Ceviche was not thought to be asian, Pete thought it was an exciting way to start a meal. Angela and Melina were criticised for the raw duck.
Sophia and Ashlee were told their Lemon Dipping Sauce elevated their Marinated Beef to another level, and the Bondi boys said the Sago was the dish of the round and Manu would have given it a ten. Everytime Pete eats Luke and Scott’s food he gets a culinary boner.
In the end the Italian theme wins, which is a bit strange considering there appeared to be three standout dishes on the Asian team and only three good dishes on the winning teams.
But then Pete would not have been able to say “Sorry it was the raw duck that put you there” which was code to the Asian girls to rip them apart.
Sophia and Ashlee moaned “I can’t believe it they are killing my life, when will they ever go away”.
Those four team had to cook again this time as individual teams.
Angela and Melina who half an hour previously said they did not cook Asian decided they would cook Tom Yum Soup otherwise known as Hot and Sour Soup. “They are so dumb” said Ashlee and at this point I had to agree with them. They put their own twist on it by putting tumeric and cumin in it.
“This is not fusion cooking it is confusion” said Sophia.
Luke and Scott were making Herb Crusted Lamb as were Dan and Steph were making Lamb Rack with a Mint Chimichurri with a parsnip puree. At one stage the Bondi Boys looked like they were going to serve up raw lamb, which would have had Pete say “I know I said I am into raw food but this is ridiculous”.
Dan and Steph was told their lamb was great, and the Asian girls were also told their Steamed Fish and Ginger and Shallots were faultless.
Ashlee said “We got it perfect in last showdown and a faultless in this showdown, so I think that means we are perfect.” Sophia had been saying earlier that she had given everything she had in the first showdown and had nothing left for the other one. She admitted she had not cooked a third fish to test it.
The Italian Housewives did not fair as well with Pete telling them once you add different ingredients it changes the balance.
The Bondi boys were told their lamb was cooked just, but there was a little bit too much on the plate and the judges wondered whether there was too much mint?
It was no surprise the Italian girls were put in the elimination challenge they have not made a decent dish in the last three challenges.
The Asian girls could not stop smiling when they heard the result, however if they are eliminated who will Ashlee and Sophia have to snipe about.
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