My Kitchen Rules – Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish First.
It was a slightly surprising result on My Kitchen Rules first semi final where the “bad girls” beat the nice blokes. You knew Paul and Blair were in trouble when they decided to make a Red Wine Chocolate Ganache on their main dish of Kangaroo with Baby Beetroots and Blueberry Sauce.
However Chloe and Kelly did balance out that poor menu choice by deciding to make a Deconstructed Champagne and Strawberry Trifle. Anything deconstructed should have an automatic two point deduction. Also don’t want to be a pedant but there was no custard only cream.
To be fair it was a close night of cooking and both of these teams should be the ones fighting it out in the Grand Final on Tuesday. Indeed if Paul and Blair had not undercooked the fish for Colin Fassnidge and Manu Feildel in their entree of Red Snapper with Asian Broth the result would have been different. Paul must have been rushing it as he had to re-do some of the Snapper as he had not scored the skin well enough and it curled up.
Chloe and Kelly’s Lobster and Smoked Salmon with Lotus Root looked quite creamy but most of the judges liked it and the main criticism appeared to be the smoked salmon overpowered the dish. The girls were right down to the wire with producing their entree and Kelly was only deep frying the lotus root a couple of minutes from the deadline. What confused me is putting allegedly piping hot lotus root straight from the deep fryer on the plate resting on the cucumber and creamy seafood and it did not wilt or melt it. From the editing it looked like they would not have time to cook it down.
Their main of Fish with Crazy Water looked like it was going to be a disaster. First they were making it with flathead tails but also they were using a lot of chilli. However Guy Grossi was in raptures when he was eating it as were the rest of the table. I think it is fair to say this was dish of the day.
Paul and Blair’s dessert of Espresso Parfait with Sesame Seed Crisp also was one of the best dishes of the day. Pete Evans said it was the best of their dishes. Guy Grossi described it as “truly magnificent”.
The score for Chloe and Kelly were:
Guy Grossi – 7
Karen Martini – 8
Colin Fassnidge – 8
Liz Egan – 8
Pete Evans – 8
Manu Feildel – 8
This was a total of 47.
The score for Paul and Blair was:
Guy Grossi – 8
Karen Martini – 7
Colin Fassnidge – 7
Liz Egan – 9
Pete Evans – 8
Manu Feildel – 7
They lost by one point to the WA girls.