Tonight on Australia’s favourite cooking show, MKR, Queensland fine diners Kate (38) and Mary (57) proved perfect preparation produces near-perfect scores.
While their entrée of Fish, Braised Leek and Beurre Noisette didn’t pan out as planned, Kate and Mary’s quick thinking to bin the failed crispy fish skin saved their entrée from disaster.
Judge Manu Feildel said the presentation of their entree was “gorgeous”, but the fish was slightly overcooked. He said it was a great dish but needed a little more to make it a successful dish.
Desperate to improve on their entrée, Kate and Mary returned to serve their main of Brisbane Valley Quail with Fig and Goat’s Curd Salad. The consensus around the table was that Kate and Mary had nailed the cooking of the quail; a simple dish executed well.
Manu said it was a brilliant dish and a perfect main for Kate and Mary’s start in the competition.
“Very ballsy to be cooking 12 quails for all of us. Kind of a simple dish when you think about it, all you had to worry about was the quail, but yum! I loved it!
“I loved it because of its simplicity. But it’s got different layers of flavours that make the dish absolutely delicious. The quail is cooked to perfection.”
Riding high on the success of their main, Kate and Mary served their dessert of Macadamia Tart with Saffron Poached Pear.
Judge Nigella Lawson said the “smile-inducing” dish was beautiful, reminding her of the scent of an autumn garden and praised the team for their impeccable short pastry.
Manu was also impressed. “Your poached pears are absolutely done textbook. They’re juicy, well cooked, soft and fresh. And that pastry case is absolutely amazing.”
“After our instant restaurant, I think the other contestants are going to be double thinking what they’re doing at their instant restaurants,” said Kate.
“I think we are a real threat,” added Mary.
The teams awarded Mary and Kate a total score of 37/50 ,. Manu and Nigella gave the team a score of 50, bringing the overall total to 87/ 110