My Kitchen Rules – Well The Blind Tasting Was A Farce Last Night
Normally I equate Reality TV to vaudeville, but last night it was more like the gladiator fights of ancient Rome where they would cheer on Romans beating slaves from other provinces. Last night most of the 2 million Australia’s watching were hoping that Andi and Josh would beat Ashlee and Sophia.
Ashlee and Sophia are clearly not popular with the other teams and they don’t do themselves any favours when they don’t even bother saying good luck to Andi and Josh before the elimination kicked off. Even if they don’t mean it fake it babes fake it.
It was mildly ironic that Josh who has been vehement about not doing Asian against the girls a few days earlier $10 challenge was now putting his life on the line in the competition cooking an Asian three course meal. They made a Tamarind Snapper, a dry Burmese Curry, and a Coconut Parfait for dessert.
Sophia and Ashlee made Crispy Skin Duck with Banana Blossom Salad, Pan Fried Bream with Green Mango Salad, and Coconut Blamange with Jackfruit Coulis.
Both teams were tense but none more so than Sophia and Ashlee, with them fighting with each other at the end of the entree round. Sophia had been bossing about the amount of sauce to go on, in hindsight she was right, but her methods of communication leave a lot to be desired. Ashlee spat the dummy and said we might as well go home.
It was blind tastings, well at least until the main course when Manu revealed who had cooked what….
Colin thought the Tamarind Snappper as cooked perfectly but thought there was too much chilli. Liz disagreed she thought it was fine. All of the judges criticised the presentation.
The girls Crispy Duck with Banana Blossom Salad was let down by the lack of crispy skin, but the duck was cooked perfectly pink and tender said Karen Martini. They all thought more dressing was needed.
Sophia wer making Pan Fried Bream with mango salad and it was a disaster when she pan fried the fish as it curled up. Props to her for the great knife work with the mango, which she revealed her mother had taught her to wield the knife at a young age.
Andi’s Dry Burmese Curry was not looking very dry and she had poured some of the juice off it to try and reduce it quicker. In the end it was good decision as it ended up being the texture they wanted but the flavour might have been reduced because of it.
However if the judges had no clue of who had cooked dishes they did now after the debated the heat of the garlic and chilli sauce. Manu said “This team cooks a lot of traditional dishes”. Which means you would have to be a moron not to realise this dish was the Asian girls.
What was interesting that Colin Fassnidge thought they should cook for the customer, whereas Manu did not. Well in a sense they are not cooking for the customer they are cooking for judges which is different in my opinion. Also it again shows these judging panels need an asian judge on the panel. As at the moment an anglo bastardising an asian dish has a better chance of getting a good comment. The same goes for Masterchef, fans will know that George Calombaris does not like heat in his dishes and it looks like Colin is the same. Yes I know Adam Liaw won and Poh came runner up on the show, however Matt Preston is probably the only one who has some knowledge of non-anglo cuisines.
With Andi and Josh’s curry Guy thought the curry needed to have more juice. Um it was meant to be a dry curry Guy. They thought there was not enough flavour, though at the end when scoring Liz Egan praised it. Manu also told the judges how they had poured the juice out. Not sure if information like that affects the scores they give them.
Things were getting stressful in Andi and Josh’s kitchen at dessert time with Andi telling him to get a fire cracker up him. Ashlee noted he was soo slow, as did Kerrie and Craig.
Though he was a bit quick off the mark to get the Coconut Parfait out of the freezer and it melted. Colin Fassnidge said I wanted to eat a parfait not drink one. Guy thought the flavours were good.
The girl’s Coconut Blamange with the Jackfruit Coulis received mixed reveiews as well. Some judges liked the lightness of it in the mouth but they all thought the coulis was too sweet. Karen did not think it was cohesive dessert whilst Guy thought it was the better dessert.
It was a close contest. Josh and Andi received a 7 from Karen and Guy, and sixes from the rest of the judges. This gave them a total of 38 out of 60.
Ashlee and Sophia scores were a six from Karen, a low five from Colin quickly killing any crush Sophia had on him, and the rest gave the girls a seven leaving them the winners on 39 points. No one clapped but was this to do because there was about to be a big announcement?
Obviously the three people in Australia who did not know about Andi and Josh’s preganancy would have been shocked. In the paper today it said she had only just discovered she was pregnant at this point and been thinking of quitting because of morning sickness.
Which does raise the issue of whether they were just made to lose as they were going to leave anyway?
Did you think Manu revealed who had cooked what dish?