My Kitchen Rules – Qld versus Tassie aka Sophisticated versus the Rustic
Mick continued with his “it’s great to sit back and be told what to do by my son” as he bossed him around saying “I would not mind a hand”, “keep your eyes open”, and “I thought you said you were all done”.
Also he gushed to camera “It is at that stage of the competition where I don’t have to worry about what Matt is doing as he is doing a good job”. Fast forward ten minutes “How’s you mousse Matt? Better have a look at it!”.
Ironically it was Mick’s part of the dishes that let them down. For entree they made Smoked Eel Chowder and after Matt taking the mussels and clams before they had opened elicited the “Oh Matt it was a disaster taking them off early mate”, it was the under cooked vegetables that attracted the judges ire.
Their main of Parmesan Crusted Lamb which Mick prepped was raw. Though Mick was trying to sell it as “very pink but stunning”. Liz Egan and Karen did not look like even tasted the lamb. However Manu thought his lamb was perfectly cooked.
The best Karen could say was “there was a lot of love on the plate”.
Their dessert would have been a stunner earlier on in the competition but in a semi it was a tricked up sponge with white chocolate mousse piped on it, topped with lemon curd and raspberries. It was a bit like the leaning Tower of Pisa’s of the dessert world it would have been nice.
In comparison Elle and Jake’s menu was very sophisticated and showcased a plethora of skills. For entree it was Smoked Kingfish with Gremolata, main was Confit of Rabbit with Polenta and dessert was Yoghurt Pannacotta with Fresh Peaches.
Elle was definitely the boss in the kitchen last night and has been throughout most of the series so it was interesting that in the beginning that Jake was shown as the driving force of the team.
The entree looked beautiful on the plate however there looked like there were a lot of strong flavours on the dish, including squid ink, capers, cornichons, quail egg and salmon eggs. Colin said if he had not been told the Kingfish had been smoked he would not have been able to taste it.
Their Confit of Rabbit main looked delicious and Jake put so much effort into the polenta which paid off in flavour. On these cooking shows they never use instant polenta!
They had a slight disaster with dessert as Jake could not get the fairy floss to stop melting after he had made it, probably due to the studio lights. They ended up leaving it off. But they plated up a sophisticated Yoghurt Pannacotta with Lemon Gel, Fresh Peach and a Thyme and Lemon Sauce. The only issue with their dessert was the gel was too firm but the judges gushed over the pannacotta. Surprisingly the herb sauce was a hit with the judges.
The boys were generously scored considering their main was inedible for most of the judges scored seven and eights for their meal for a total of 44 out of 50. However in the end Jake and Elle flogged them scoring 51 points which included four nines but only a seven from Karen Martini. I think her score was fake as she was the first one to show her score and must have been trying to build some tension that the Queensland team might not win.
Jake and Elle face Dan and Steph in Sunday night’s two hour Grand Final. It starts at 6.30pm on SEVEN.
There will be a live blog here on Reality Ravings where everyone can chat whilst the show is on.