Contestants split into pairs have 75 minutes to cook one main and one dessert that must incorporate the element of earth. The least impressive team will then need to cook off to avoid elimination.
The flies are out with a vengeance this time and the wind is bound to blow out any gas flames. The crew seems to have stacked pavers around each stove to block the breeze – or is this a House Rules crossover (with Fiona and Nicole the team).
Poor Diana and Sarah have to stand silently to the side so everyone is reminded of their failure.
Nicole is paired with Karlie on Team Blonde Ponytail.
Young lads Sam and Callan are a pair; Arum and Ben; Eliza and Tamara; Eloise and umm, I guess Mich.
Again they are allowed to wear caps and the judges have panamas.
The wind is sooo strong. Can someone please build a little campfire and cook on that?
Callan and Sam are talking about combining beef and chocolate – bleagh! Gary talks them out of that so they do lamb and choc instead. Urgh.
Teflon Tamara has the red silicone moulds out. Isn’t that what she made her failed meringues in yesterday? Lucky for her Eliza is always steady.
Nicole wisely uses the pressure cooker for her lamb soz, while Eloise builds a baking tray wall around her cooktop.
The judges taste and Tamara bounces back. Callan bombs with his choc beef. Luckily they quite like Sam’s dessert. They hate Arum’s lamb with watercress but adore Ben’s coffee ice cream with cardamom dust. Nicole’s lamb is praised – is this her first big moment of the comp? Karlie’ dessert is “grapes and grains” and after a fakeout sour look from George she gets the spoon tap. Karlie is a strong contender.
The judges say Karlie and Nic were the standouts – Go Team Blonde Ponytail! Pity you don’t win anything.
The losers are Callan and Sam. Poor Sam. Arum is lucky Ben is on fire.
Tomorrow night: the promo is banging on about someone forgetting the salt.