My Kitchen Rules – Norton St Italian Festival Sees Harry and Christo Inexplicably Safe Again
Are Harry and Christo some sort of protected species? They dish up whitebait fritters that could have been used as cricket balls and they are still not sent to the sudden death cook-off. Helena and Vikki who are struggling as well in the competition were the ones judged to have the worse dish in the Norton St Italian Festival challenge. At least the twins try and put a complex dish out with their mushroom and polenta balls with gorgonzola sauce. Whereas Harry and Christo just put whitebait in batter and stuffed that up.
Even though Harry and Christo are out of the depth they still manage to cling on in the competition. Christo could not even open a bottle of beer as he did not realise it was a twist top. What posh beer does he drink?
The teams were given three and a half hours to shop, prep and cook a dish for the festival, with the crowd voting for their favourite dish. It was an Amazing Race style start to the show with the teams rushing to the cars as the sooner you bought your ingredients the sooner you could start cooking.
Anna who is a definite type A personality screaming someone “Get out of my way I can’t get to my car”. Seriously she would make a cracker The Amazing Race Australia contestant as her control freak nature would have her out of her comfort zone fast.
Coles the shows sponsor will be pissed when they see this episode as there is a perfectly acceptable Coles 200 metres down the road from where the stalls were set up. But we had to see the teams go to Haberfield, a neighbouring suburb, and then off to the organic farmers to get fresh produce.
Most teams were back at around the 2 hour and 45 minute mark. However started getting food out at an hour before the challenge was going to end.
Chloe and Kelly were first to arrive back and they started making their Pizza with Pancetta, Pear and Rocket. They ended up blowing their lead and were the last to start serving. Why pick something where you had to wait for the dough to rise also there was more cutting and chopping then they envisaged. In their bid to get the pizzas out they ended up undercooking them. However the flavour combination worked according to Manu.
Another weird menu choice when time was your enemy was Uel and Shanelle’s Pork Belly. It needed to spend a fair time in the oven and then it was not long enough as it was not cooked long enough. They served it with salsa verde and watermelon. This combination apparently worked. And Uel needs to put out a book of naff jokes after his time on the show. I am sure he has an extensive collection of knock, knock jokes.
Paul and Blair cooked Veal Piadinas which was veal ragu wrapped up in flat bread with mozzarella and rocket. They looked great. With Pete Evan’s saying it got better with every bite.
Josh and Danielle made a ricotta gnocchi and the judges thought they had packed a lot of flavour into the dish.
Bree and Jessica made an Orzo Alla Marinara and were given the ultimate compliment of being told it was a restaurant dish on the street. Bree managed to look humble when she received that praise.
Carly and Tresne burnt their risotto for their mushroom arancini balls. But Carly’s circle of empowerment must have worked as the judges loved them.
Tahlia and Bianca again made a dessert. They made Churros with Salted Caramel and Chocolate Chilli Sauce not quite Italian but probably was just in the “mediterrranean” dish category. Again they shone but I really would like to see them cook some savoury food.
However it was Anna and Cathy’s Fritto Misto with Anchovy aioli and Fennel and Rocket Salad that won the viewers choice and will give the mother/daughter team an advantage in the next challenge.