Sam and Chris Depart My Kitchen Rules

The Semi-finals have been decided as the smiley cousins, Sam and Chris depart MKR competition

They came so close, but Sam and Chris were denied a semi-final berth after being beaten in the My Kitchen Rules competition by Comeback Kitchen winners Mick and Matt.

 

The semi-finals are underway from tomorrow night with a State of Origin cook-off between NSW’s clean-eating personal trainers Luke and Scott and their Queensland friends Dan and Steph.

Tasmania’s Mick and Matt will take on brother and sister team Jake and Elle on Wednesday night to decide the second grand finalist for 2013.

MKR’s youngest ever team, Queensland’s Jake and Elle, excelled in the amuse bouche challenge with their goats cheese and beetroot stack deemed to be “the best-looking dish I’ve ever seen on MKR” by host Pete Evans.

Dan and Steph’s seared beef with salt and pepper bone marrow was awarded second place, while Luke and Scott’s scallops came in third.

That left Sam and Chris – who’d cooked a tuna tartare cornet – to face-off against father and son Mick and Matt by cooking their signature dish in 90 minutes.

Inspired by his mum’s recipe, Matt made a chocolate pecan meringue cake with coffee dates and vanilla sour cream which was such a hit with the judges that it gave them the second-highest sudden death cook-off score this season – just one point behind Jake and Elle’s record 50/60.

“Your dessert was contemporary, sophisticated and well executed,” said guest judge Karen Martini. In giving a score of 9/10, Liz Egan said: “I’m not much of a dessert eater, but I think the layers of flavour and contrast you got into that were very professional. It’s a really clever dessert.”

While still scoring highly with 44/60 and receiving glowing praises from the judges, Sam and Chris fell just short on the day with their beef cheeks with pumpkin and spinach ravioli and baby carrots.

“It was a good wholesome honest dish,” said Pete.” The beef cheeks melted in the mouth and were full of flavour.”

Ever the optimists, Sam said: “It’s an awesome score and I’m proud of what Chris and I have done. To be so close to the semi-finals is gut wrenching, but at the same time we’re so proud of one another and how far we’ve actually come.”

Added Chris: “We’re really proud of what we’ve cooked in this competition and I think we’re going away really happy with what we’ve done.”

My Kitchen Rules’ Grand Final week continues tonight and Wednesday with the semi-finals at 7:30pm, with the grand final airing Sunday at 6:30pm on Seven.