MKR Sun night cookoff

It’s the two teams whose names I don’t know (all credit to them – it means they must not be dicks) in an elimination cookoff in Kitchen HQ.

The husband and wife team are making scallops with a fig salsa and a hot sauce for entree. Not sure how everyone is meant to taste the beautiful flavour of scallop with all that added to it.
The guys are making lobster bisque. They seem to be struggling with time management.
Hubby sprinkles the scallops with sugar and on the sidelines the teams grimace. And then he pours runny ice cream into the red silicone moulds of death. It does not bode well.
Urgh – the edit is using a lot of Josh (wearing a fish-patterned shirt) commenting on the sidelines. Time to fast forward.
The judges taste the bisque and they like it, but it’s a bit grainy because they didn’t strain it enough. The lobster is perfect.
Guy says the scallop is properly cooked but they are not fans of the sugar and say it’s a confused dish.

For mains the guys are doing cotoletta (Italian schnitties) with polenta and broad beans while the others make venison and mushroom roulade on sweet potato puree with mulberry sauce (sounds like a lot could go wrong and, again, a lot of flavours in one dish). The guys’ cannolis are sticking to the metal tubes, so they have to make more. The other team adds truffle paste to their puree and, as Della rightly points out, they are going fancy for the sake of it. And then they run out of pate for their roulade – they only have enough for 12 but run out at 11. Well, unroll some of the first ones and scrape a bit off, gice!
How many times have we seen teams come a cropper because they tried to create dishes that were too complex and ended up doing a lot of things really badly.
The plating of the venison is good but the cotoletta looks super inviting.
The judges think the venison dish is old school and has clashing flavours. The truffle paste overwhelms everything and they’ve tried to be too fancy, sacrificing flavour.
The cotoletta is really well received. “Is it too simple?” Manu asks in an attempt to fool us. The boys will be safe unless their dessert is completely inedible.

The lads are serving their cannoli with dark choc mousse but they still have to cook another batch of shells. Hubby is not happy with the thickness of their bickies for ice-cream sandiwches, so he tries cutting with a knife and then microplaning them. What the heck! Why not just turn the bickies into a crumb and say it’s deconstructed? They look rather odd.

(Sorry for the pic of Josh but I wanted to show the dessert.)

The judges really like the flavour and the idea of the peanut butter and jelly ice-cream sanger but the biscuit is a bit thick.
We don’t know what the judges thought of the cannoli because they are doing the cliffhanger thing. I reckon they’ll be fine.

Hubby and wife: Colin 6, Guy 6, Karen 6, Liz 5, Manu 6, Pete 6. 35/60
Boys: The judges lurrrvve the cannoli. The boys are easily safe. Colin 7, Karen 8, Liz 8, Guy 8, Manu 8, Pete 8. 47/60

The mega dinner parties begin.



  1. And be sure to stay tuned afterwards for Sunday Night’s exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Pete Evans!

    I couldn’t switch my TV off fast enough.

  2. Thanks for the recap Juz because I fell asleep watching. I think that says something about this season. I’m not sorry to see the end of the “first loves” – I didn’t dislike them but they couldn’t cook and were somewhat dull.

    • My first recap in ages for the same reasons. I hope Channel 7 learns from the feedback they are getting on social media because Facebook fans are saying much the same. It’s not such a guilty pleasure when there is not enough good cooking to balance out the stunt casting

      • Yep – we only watched tonight as there was nothing else. And even then only came in after ABC news! Can’t raise interest in it.

  3. With 9 teams left, my top 5 are:

    Kyle and Tim
    Valeire and Courtney
    David and Betty
    Tyson and Amy
    Court and Duncan

    • Sounds good, Windsong. I don’t think the blokes who did quite well last night are finals material. Will Valerie and Courtney be the Jordan and Anna and get pipped at the post?

    • I really want the hashtags to go. They #annoythefuckingcrapoutofme

      I honestly don’t know who I want to win, LP. I’m impressed you were able to list their names because I would struggle!

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