Last episode, Pete and Manu dropped a bombshell when they announced the six lowest-scoring teams would be going around the country one more time. These teams failed to deliver at their first instant restaurant so how will they go the second time around? This time it’s do or die. After they’ve all cooked again, the weakest team will be eliminated.
First up, it’s Thomas and Carla’s chance to redeem themselves after their first instant restaurant earned them the lowest score in MKR history – 46/110. Will the Victorian friends learn from their mistakes? Or could a shock discovery in someone’s food spell the end for them?
The duo want there meals out on time and to improve on their presentation and make it taste good – that would help, remember the Kofta and 2 hour waiting time? If you don’t remember that you must remember the soapy lavender cheesecake – the worst dish Manu had ever had!
For entree they are doing an asparagus, leek and tarragon soup with a poached egg . Pete is worried there are too many components vying for top billing. For main they are attempting a fig and pistachio crusted lamb leg with a beetroot, parsnip and goat cheese roulade and homemade bread, um anything else . Manu is saying that the duo haven’t been listening to him and Pete – that less is more and there are too many ingredients in this dish. Pete is worrying about time and the overall menu. They are over complicating things just like they did last time and he’s worried.
The restaurant is set and it’s game on. Carla is making a jus when Thomas realises they have a lot going on – no, really? Carla says the jus will take 5 hours and there is 2 hours left on the clock, please not again with the waiting. Dessert is lemon and lime tartlets with a passionfruit coulis. Pete thinks it will be a hard balancing act with all that tartness. After their last dessert Thomas feels under pressure.
These people aren’t that bright with their measurements. They are trying to weigh the flour and can’t tell if they put in 500g or a kilo of self raising flour. Why cant they use common sense – it looks wrong and they have to weigh the bag of SR flour to see how much they put in. Weigh it? Can’t they see if half a bag or quarter of a bag has been used? Mercy.
With the entree Carla is adding alot of tarragon and using packaged stock, she thinks it’s lovely – it looks awful. They make some Campari cocktails and Carla spills soda water over the pastry and Thomas is not pleased. Why does Carla keep calling him baby?
The guests arrive and Peter is whingeing again before the door is even opened – saying that they have had a Julius Ceasar done on them and that we don’t belong here! The group get to know each other and seem to be getting on when Pete and Manu arrive. Manu says if Thomas and Carla have common sense they will have listened to what was said last time and should do well.
Everyone is worried about the poached eggs in the soup when Manu enters the kitchen. Thomas doesn’t even know how to poach an egg, Carla does but this is freaking Manu out. Manu asks if they are organised as previously time was an issue and they say yes. The duo look scared and so is Pete and the guests just look perplexed. Manu has never had a poached egg in soup before and thinks it’s weird but ok, Pete’s egg is raw and he thinks they have over thought it and it’s quite average. Peter thinks there is too much going on, Scott thinks it’s slimy and Andy from Tassie has got something a little extra – a piece of glass.
While eating he suddenly yelps and sure enough, there is a small shard of glass. Meg and Megan have stopped eating and Carla comes in and is told of the situation. Thomas then declares that Andy has put it in himself and Carla agrees because of the prize money. I don’t think so. They haven’t even got the lamb on yet and will take 1 and a half hours plus resting time. The guests have been waiting for an hour and a half since entree and Pete questions if they are maybe waiting for the meat to rest when Peter says that you don’t need to rest the meat – WHAT! Manu is horrified and Peter says he never knew that you rest it for half the time you cook it. So let’s recap – this is a cooking show where people can’t poach eggs or know about resting meat.
Peter enters the kitchen and Carla has the lamb out and will rest it for 10 minutes, Pete then feels the lamb and it feels overcooked. Oh my goodness they think it’s undercooked so put it back in the oven for 20 minutes and increase the temperature. Main course is unfortunately served, it looks shocking. Pete says he loves creativity but the lamb is way over cooked and was shocked when it was served. Manu says there is no crust but a Christmas pudding mix and where is the sauce? He also says they have been given a second chance and they have not listened to a word they have said and he actually looks pretty mad. Everyone is trying to chew the lamb and are unimpressed.
The dessert is now being made and they are very happy. Pete says “finally – simple and uncomplicated” but it’s too acidic and he struggled to eat it. Manu disagrees he thinks it’s wonderful and he loved it and steals Pete’s. Meg, Andrew and Simon all struggle with it but Gary and Peter loved it. Now for judgement:
QLD – Peter & Gary: 4/10
NZ – Simon & Meg: 4/10
TAS – Megan & Andy: 3/10
WA – Emma & Andrew: 4/10
QLD – David & Scott: 4/10
Manu Fieldel –
Pete Evans –
Thomas and Carla have recieve 49/110. Wow – at least they improved! Thomas thinks the teams all scored them harshly to keep themselves in the competition, when in truth he just needs to get some cooking lessons. He also says him and Carla are going to vote people unfavourably due to how he was judged. Is he the new Peter?
Thomas & Carla: 49/110 – VIC
Tomorrow Kiwis Simon and Meg
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