My Kitchen Rules – Sudden Death Sees Another Team Gone
There was a lot of retro on the menu in both Jason and Annie’s and Carly and Tresne’s menus tonight in the sudden death cookoff. Carly and Tresne were making Prawn and Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Lime Mayonnaise for entree, main was Beef Cheeks in Red Wine with Cheesy Polenta, and dessert was Strawberry Shortcake.
Jason and Annie were going more old school then Naughty Nana making twice cooked Gruyere Souffle, with Beef Wellington for the main and dessert was Creme Caramel.
Clearly when the teams are designing a menu it is important to think about how they will organise their time so they don’t have to leave things in the oven unsupervised as they are sitting out the back of the set whilst the judging is occurring.
The smart thing to do seems to be make braise in a pressure cooker something Uel and Shannelle did last week and this is what Carly and Tresne did this week.
Annie got caught out with her creme caramels as she left them in a turned off oven but they were still overdone.
Jason had responsibility for the entree and his way of separating eggs for the souffle meant he lost a batch as he was trying to remove egg yolks after he had cracked them all in a bowl. Why did he not do it separately. Carly being very sweet ran across to show him how to do it. Just a minor irritation with Carly is her constantly saying she was doing MKR for Tresne and her students. I don’t quite believe that she is not enjoying the ride or the attention she is getting for it. She makes it sound like she is doing a selfless act.
Her assisting the other team only took a few moments but it could have been critical as 20 minutes out they looked like they were not going to get their zucchini flowers out.
The souffles were looking good after their first time in the oven, however Annie had to move them to another tray as the one they had flipped them out onto a tray which was too big for the oven. It was interesting to note that not one of the judges commented on the mustard flavour as Jason put in a lot of English mustard.
The good thing was since there was cheese in both the entrees the judges, who supposedly blind tasting, might not have had a clue of who had cooked each dish.
Colin Fassnidge thought the souffle was missing something and Manu and Karen thought there needed to be sauce, however Guy Grossi thought it was fine.
Karen really liked the flavours of the zucchini flowers and Pete would have liked more mayo and it was a fair criticism as Tresne only put three drops on the plate.
After their strong start Jason and Annie’s main was a disaster. The Beef Wellington was rare/blue and their potato gratin was burnt. In fact the potato gratin was just potato with cream poured over it. The judges loved that it was that the beef was so rare. However it should be noted Liz left the middle of hers untouched.
The girls beef cheeks were highly praised. Colin said he could not cook them any better. Again Tresne was scabby with her polenta servings, she only put three dobs on the plate. This is even less then a Masterchef smear.
Carly lost her positivity whilst she was doing her Strawberry Shortcake dessert, and thankfully Tresne kept her cool and took over the plating. Interesting they were not criticised for putting fairy floss on it as it was not an element they had made. However the biggest criticism they received was it was not enough.
Annie and Jason’s Creme Caramel were inconsistent. Liz Egan and Guy Grossi got a well cooked one but the other four judges were overcooked. Guy also queried why there needed to be spun sugar on top as it was caramel on caramel.
Carly and Tresne were scored first and received a grand total of 39. Karen scored the girls a seven, Guy gave them a six, Liz gave them a six and Colin a six. Pete scored them a seven and Manu a seven.
It was enough to keep them in the competition with Jason and Annie only getting 37. Karen gave them a six, Guy gave them a six, Liz gave them a six, Colin gave them a five. At this point Jason revealed he could not add up or he was an optimist as he thought they might be able to get three extra points off Pete and Manu. They didn’t as they gave them seven each. They were eliminated and even though there were sad goodbyes, if the weekly gossip magazines are correct, the country duo were not well liked. Jason and Annie have been quoted saying the only team they were close to were Chloe and Kelly. That seems like an odd friendship indeed.