It was the worst situation possible two favorite teams faced elimination and only one survived.
New South Wales country husband and wife team, Annie and Jason, (aka Mr and Mrs Cheese) were eliminated from the MKR competition on Tuesday night after their home-style menu failed to impress the judges in the season’s second sudden death cook-off.
Audiences witnessed an MKR first with Carly crossing the kitchen floor to help Jason who was struggling with an egg separation. Explaining her decision to help the competition, Carly said: “You know what? They’re our friends. I can’t help myself. “I love an egg separation. I’m addicted to it. When an egg calls, I must separate!” laughed Carly.
Scoring 37 out of 60, Annie and Jason said their three course menu of gruyere twice baked soufflé with walnut pear and rocket salad; beef wellington with potato gratin and red wine sauce; and crème caramel with spun sugar and edible flowers, represented what they would cook for family and friends.
While the judges agreed the soufflé was technically perfect, they were divided over how much sauce should have been on the plate with judge and co-host Manu Feildel asking, “where was the sauce?” But for fellow judge and co-host Pete Evans, it was the opposite: “I enjoyed your soufflé without it being coated in a creamy sauce.”
While the judges were impressed with the delicate presentation of Annie and Jason’s dessert of crème caramel with spun sugar with edible flowers, they all agreed the dessert had many inconsistencies. “When you cook the classics, you need to nail them,” said Colin Fassnidge. “I love crème caramel. Unfortunately, mine was overcooked. If I had gotten this in a restaurant, I would have sent it back. It’s just not good enough.”
Carly and Tresne, who scored 39 out of 60, stuck to family favourites with their menu of prawn and ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers with lime mayonnaise; beef cheeks in red wine with cheesy polenta and brussels sprout salad; and strawberry shortcake stack.
While disappointed about their elimination, Jason was grateful for the competition experience: “To think how far we’ve come as cooks is absolutely incredible.”“It’s been an amazing adventure, we’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve cooked some good food and I think we can be proud of that,” agreed Annie “One of the most important things we’ve learnt in this competition is how good our relationship is. If we can get through My Kitchen Rules, we can get through anything.” Jason’s final words for the competition were of very cheest: “Remember, sweet dreams are made of cheese!”
Tonight at 7.30pm the remaining teams go head-to-head at the famous Norton Street Festival as they battle it out to produce the best Italian dish,
.My Kitchen Rules airs Sundays at 6.30pm and Mondays to Wednesdays at 7:30pm on Seven.