Tonight Thomas and Carla from Victoria are the last team to compete in group one’s cook off. There have been highs and lows – who will face elimination tonight? But – there will be a twist.
The friends (apparently platonic – I think only on his part), are calling their restaurant “Grazed” with a polo theme. They head off shopping and get mussels for their wheat beer and mussel soup. Manu is worried it could be quite bitter.
Main course is Lamb Kofte with smoked eggplant, pistachio tabboleh and home made roti. With only minutes until the clock starts counting down they unpack and realise they are missing a bag of groceries. A good mention for their sponsor – as the groceries are only in the other room. Dessert is to be a miniature lavender and blueberry cheesecake with honeycomb.
They have decorated “Grazed” with daffodils and clean crisp linen. Thomas has started on the three layered cheesecake while Carla makes the stock for the soup. All seems to be going well with 34 minutes to go.
The guests are impressed by the decor and told to expect a day at the polo. As the guests are sitting Carla is serving Pimms cocktails, or is that spilling them as Steve and Scott end up wearing one. Back in the kitchen they are making the soup with some yummy ingredients and sounds great.
The judges have arrived and go into “Grazed” that Manu thinks looks wonderful. Steve likes the menu but Leigh is not impressed by having to eat mussels. The entree with olive and herb bread looks delicious.
Manu is in love – he thinks it’s simple yet wonderful, but has found a beard on a mussel – they’ll lose precious points for that, Pete thinks it’s gorgeous. Leigh has also found a beard and is unhappy, yet Helen and Simon think it’s amazing.
The VIC team are happy and start making the kofte and roti and plan to serve in an hour. Princess is expecting really good food even if she has never seen kofte with roti – usually pita – but ‘yeah’. Pete enters the kitchen and is in shock that they haven’t even started on the koftes yet, as the cheesecakes have been a nightmare.
The guests have been waiting an hour and a half since entree – and Jen complains she’s hungry and Kiwi Simon agrees with a ‘yeah’. The Kiwi’s may be in with a chance. They are at two hours after entree and think they are fine – If it was a restaurant I would have walked out – ohh Ang has just agreed! Thomas hasn’t even taken time to try the kofte or check they are cooked. Big mistake I feel.
Leigh is about to lose it as everyone is absolutely starving as its now 2 and a half hours of waiting. They have run out of babaganoush and are putting greek yoghurt on and the tension is palpable in the kitchen and Carla erupts. Main is served and it looks awful – Leigh says it’s “balls on a plate”. Pete is disappointed and says they should have tried it – it tastes like a boring meatball and Manu doesn’t like the babaganoush or Carla’s attempt at tabbouleh.
No one is impressed and Justines lamb is raw, the rotis are raw and it’s a disaster. The cheesecakes will now take an hour to set – they may as well have made it a slumber party. The cheesecakes are still not set but they decide to serve them and they are collapsing. They go back into the freezer and everyone looks so tired and over it – it’s been an hour and a half since the main course but the cheesecakes look good yet very purple.
Manu doesn’t want to hurt their feelings, but he doesn’t hold back either. The cheesecakes are ” It ees dee worst deesh I ave ever ad!” It’s heavy and the lavender is too strong. Pete says it’s inedible, it tastes like dirty soap but Thomas and Carla disagree. Most contestants compare it to soap, poor Simon has to spit his out and Ang says it reminds her of a granny’s panty drawer – hahaha! There is not one positive review and the NZ team may be safe. Time for judgement.
NSW – Steve & Helen: 4/10
WA – Angela & Justine: 4/10
SA – Leigh & Jennifer: 4/10
QLD – David & Scott: 4/10
NZ – Simon & Meg: 4/10
Manu Fieldel –
Entree: 8/10 – really? When he had a beard in it!
Pete Evans –
Thomas and Carla have recieved a total of 46/110 – putting them in last place. The lowest scoring team usually faces elimination but there’s a twist. Now it’s the bottom three teams that will face elimination. But before we see them fight it out to stay in the hunt, tomorrow night will see round two’s group kick off with NSW.
Safe this round are:
Angela and Justine: 78/110 – WA
Leigh & Jennifer: 76/110 – SA
Steve and Helen: 75/110 – NSW
Up for elimination:
David & Scott: 64/110 – QLD
Simon & Meg: 58/110 – NZ
Thomas & Carla: 46/110 – VIC
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