My Kitchen Rules Monday chat.
— #MKR (@mykitchenrules) 3 April 2017
Tonight Victorian mates Mark and Chris cook. They seem like nice blokes and they’ve done some solid cooking, but they’re not fancy enough to win.
They are sticking with their Italian classics
Entree is ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms or a citrus kingfish carpaccio.
Main is stuffed porchetta or pasta with bol.
(Side note: I still can’t get used to seeing teams carrying around those grey plastic bags of shopping. SA banned them years ago.)
Dessert is Campari sorbet and a crumb or bombolini doughnuts with raspberry sorbet. Are they doing two sorbets because everyone who makes ice cream (except, I think, Tyson) is told it’s too icy?
I don’t know what’s up with the music tonight but when the boys were leaving Coles we got Jump Around by House or Pain and now, as the guests arrive, it’s Van Halen’s Jump. Did they just go to the J file and grab stuff? If they play Jumpin’ Jack Flash for Pete and Manu’s arrival I will be vindicated.
Speaking of guests, what’s going on? Midwife No. 2 is not in an off-the-shoulder number.
The guests are welcomed … blah-di-blah.
And Pete and Manu arrive to the tune of Believer by Imagine Dragons. Dammit. The judges look sharp but all I can thing of is the whole recent Pete headline grabbing.
The guests always order an even spread of dishes, whereas in past seasons we’ve had people trying to set opponents off balance by all ordering the same dish, usually one that’s harder to cook. Perhaps there are new rules.
Uh oh – Josh is on screen – time to fast forward.
Entree is served
Pete doesn’t like his carpaccio – it wasn’t seasoned or well dressed. (They need to follow Amy and Tyson’s lead and taste everything together).
Luckily, Manu like his gnocchi with lemon cream foam.
Josh accuses the other teams of nitpicking and Court’s head almost explodes. Ok, enough Josh talk.
Back in the kitchen the boys are making a gravy … are they allowed to call it a gravy on MKR instead of soz?
It is only their third time making this kind of pasta for cannelloni. Uh oh.
At the table, it’s nice seeing Dave squirm as everyone hassles him about being in Hashtag Betty’s Friend Zone and Betty says the though of them together is disgusting. Ouch.
Meanwhile the boys are having timer dramas and aren’t sure how long the porchetta has been in. When they do cut it, it looks fine.
I just don’t get the wreath of salad around the cannelloni. And it looks like they didn’t dress it in the bowl, instead only doing a squirt of balsamic something on the plate.
Main is served
Pete says their ragu is salty, dry and pasty and he bags their salad. “I can’t tell you I like it it, because I didn’t.”
Manu loved the smell of the porchetta but says it is overcooked and dry. Court is tearing up on the boys’ behalf. Manu knows he has just ripped out their hearts.
Amy (that’s Tyson’s Amy) can barely choke down any of the ragu and says it tasted like dog food. Everyone’s slightly appalled but the only person to clean their plate is Josh – some strategy here, methinks.
But the boys are having dessert dramas in the kitchen; their custard is too runy, so they replace it with the mascarpone they are also using in the other dessert. Their bombolini are massive while the sorbet is a tiny serving.
— #MKR (@mykitchenrules) 3 April 2017
The judges taste dessert
Pete says their dessert is more of a palate cleanser size but he liked the Campari sorbet and pistachio crumb. His fave of the night.
Manu says the doughnut was too large but he loved the sorbet and that they used mascarpone cream inside.
The teams’ scores
Mum and daughter 6
Della and Tully 6
Court and Dunc 6
Amy and Tyson 5
Josh and Amy 8 in strategic scoring.
The judges’ scores
Entree Pete (kingfish) 5 (seems generous given his comments); Manu (gnocchi) 9
Main Pete (pasta bol) 2; Manu (porchetta) 3
Dessert Pete (Campari sorbet) 7; Manu bombolini 8.
They are now on the bottom of the leaderboard, so Amy and Tyson are five points ahead. And with Josh and Amy yet to cook, that means they should be safe.
Well, that’s it – no blow ups tonight.
Tomorrow night: Court and Duncan cook.