Tonight it’s David and Scott’s turn to plate up again. At their last instant restaurant, the Queensland soldiers didn’t live up to their full potential. After a disappointing start to the competition, the boys are ready to redeem themselves and come out guns blazing.
With an explosive Thai-inspired menu, things certainly get off to a spicy start. But will everyone be able to handle the heat?
Thresholds are tested. And Thomas stirs the pot with a shocking proposition. With elimination from the competition at stake, Thomas suggests a covert proposal to one team to keep them safe. Will they take the bait?
The soldiers are having a cup of tea and want three consistent good meals. Scott’s wife is Thai and it’s her menu and he doesn’t want to let her or her heritage down. For entree the boys are making Thai noodle rolls with a prawn and tofu filling and sweet chilli sauce. Manu says the sauce better not be out of a bottle. For main they are making Thai lamb green curry with rice – exciting! Manu is worried as green curry is the hottest and wondres if people will be able to handle it and thinks it’s a risky move.
Pete is excited about the menu and hopes they can deliver authentic Thai flavours. The other contestants think these two will be strong competitors. Scott is doing the first two dishes, while Dave will do the coconut parfait with a ginger brandy snap for dessert. Manu thinks the parfait is a great idea as it ties into the rest of the menu with the coconut flavour. The boys are doing all the prep and seem to be on time. The boys are making their own sweet chilli so Manu will be happy, but in tasting it the boys almost blow their heads off due to so much chilli.
Scott realises he might polarise people with the heat but wants them to experience how he cooks. Pete is now wondering how people will handle the heat, Scott has put in the equivalent of 100 plus chilli’s – what a fool, I’d die! Even taking the lid off the blender almost knocks him out with the intensity and he can’t even breathe. Scott gets chilli in his eye as he pounds the living daylights out of it. David puts his parfait in the freezer and they are looking really good. The contestants have arrived and people are sitting down and Megan is over Thomas – as he is so chirpy now that not on the bottom and Carla the cow is smug on how she and Thomas voted. Megan doesn’t want to see anyone leave – but think that Thomas and Carla are bottom feeders. Go Megan!
Scott makes the rolls and it looks yummy as the judges arrive. Pete thinks that it smells nice and they sit down and the guests see the menu. Andrew likes it, Gary is nervous and so is Emma about the heat. Some think the curry will be a one pot wonder and alot of people are looking worried about how they are going to handle all the heat of the dishes. Scott starts making the curry and knows he has done it right, but he thinks it packs a punch – if he’s used to Thai food – poor Emma and Gary who can’t handle heat. Peter and Gary don’t like tofu, Megan says they need to get the balance of the sauce right – but she loves chilli. I think she’ll have to for this meal.
Due to the heat in the kitchen and obviously Townsville, the wrappers are dring out and cracking, so they keep making spares – wet tea towel anyone over the top? Actually if you look closely thats what they do. Scotts panicked and Davids feathers are ruffled and as they go to serve the plates realise all but 3 have sauce, when in fact 4 requested the sauce on the side – oh oh! Some one will have to get sauce and they give it to Emma – why not Thomas – I would have put a whole chilli in his roll, the poor girl is already on the bottom of the ladder. Whatever happend to chivalry – all men get no chilli but stuff the female – nice work from the diggers there. Emma says its because she will be less harsh is the reason and I agree, but still MANNERS!
Pete says the sauce is fantastic and his plate is already clean, Manu asks if they got it from a Thai restaurant? He loves it but thinks he will be sweating all night. Scott tells the table the sauce is about as hot as the curry and Gary almost falls off his chair, the poor love. For Peter, Emma, Gary and Thomas it’s far too strong and it seems Emma couldn’t eat it. Andrew loves Thai Green Curry and hopes they are using the shoulder so it’s tender (they are using the backstrap – a fillet) The boys serve up the currry on banana leaves and it looks good – not sure I’d want to taste it though!
Thomas says it looks very green – well it’s a green curry Einstein! Pete is getting into it and Scott asks what protein he usually uses and he says chicken, he wanted to change things up a bit. Of course Pete says he wished he used chicken, but it’s a true green curry – but is it the right dish for a competition? Pete says on the Richter scale out of 10 – it’s a 10, Pete wishes it was an 8 and the rest of the table will wish it was a 4! Manu says there is a hell of a lot of chilli and chicken would have been better. He knows what a green curry is and this is it – will he finish it? Probably not – there is just too much heat. Gary gets whacked by the chillies and Emma is choking, as is Meg and Thomas – they are going to spontaneously combust! Meg can’t eat more than a mouthful, Thomas who apparently hates heat is eating it but thinks it’s bland and finishes it in seconds! He’s a liar – as we all know already!
Now time for dessert – hopefully this will clear all the guests palettes up! The parfaits are all set but they didnt try them – and in MKR that usually means disaster. Pete loves the presentation and thinks it will be a great dessert. The chef’s can’t cut through their dessert and Pete says there is no flavour – it just tastes like cream, Manu is really dissapointed – it’s icy and thats because of a lack of sugar. The guests try it and most think it tastes just like cream. All the guests are talking when Thomas turns to Andrew (who’s on the bottom of the ladder) and says that he thinks the boys will get very average marks. Andrew says he thinks they are smoked! Thomas says he think’s it’s worth a shot to vote strategically, Honourable Andy says he know’s what he’s saying but…. Evil Thomas says it’s worth a punt – your only here once, give them a zero!
Andrew is now thinking what the hell did you give me, about Thomas. Andrew wants to tell him to bugger off and Andrew thinks Thomas is lower than his horrible cheesecake! Now for judgement “
VIC - Thomas & Carla: 5/10
NZ – Simon & Meg: 6/10
TAS – Megan & Andy: 6/10
WA – Emma & Andrew: 3/10 – Remember she got the sweet chilli though
QLD – Peter & Gary: 4/10
Manu Fieldel –
Pete Evans –
That gives the Diggers 56/110
Simon & Meg: 77/110 – NZ
Megan & Andy: 75/100 – TAS
David & Scott: 56/110 – QLD
Thomas & Carla: 49/110 – VIC
Emma & Andrew: 42/110 – WA
Tomorrow night – The last team to participate are the QLDers Peter and Gary.