Dan and Steph are the first team through to the MKR grand final – The Queensland couple knock out the healthy-cooking Bondi boys.
After a less than impressive start to the competition, husband and wife team Dan and Steph have clawed their way back to become the first team through to the My Kitchen Rules 2013 grand final.
In a close sudden death cook-off against their mates, NSW’s ‘Bondi boys’ Luke and Scott, the Queenslanders took the victory by five points with a score of 46/60 for their three-course meal.
A teary Steph said the result gave her a feeling she’d never experienced before, adding: “I want it so bad now.”
Ever humble in defeat, Luke said: “I’m so genuinely happy for Dan and Steph. They are amazing people.”
Both teams started the evening with impressive entrees. Dan and Steph’s deconstructed whiting nicoise salad was “an outstanding dish” according to Karen Martini, while Colin Fassnidge said: “It looks simple but there’s a lot of work that’s gone into this.”
“Frankly this is a great start to a three-course meal,” said Manu Feildel.
The boys’ stuffed quail with fig, walnut and goats cheese salad entrée was “very lively on the palate” according to Karen.
Guest judge Liz Egan wanted to devour everyone’s babi guling with blood sausage and snake bean main, cooked by Dan and Steph.
“The spices they’ve put onto that pork are delicious and that lovely coconuty snake bean sambal. Wow I want to eat everyone else’s as well as mine,” she raved.
Guy Grossi said it was “succulently cooked”, while Karen commented it was “a traditional dish made to restaurant quality”.
“I know a lot of chefs who can’t make a blood sausage as nice as this,” added Colin.
While Luke and Scott presented an overly-salted swordfish with grapefruit salad and beetroot puree main, they nailed it with their chilli chocolate torte with orange mascarpone and espresso sauce dessert.
However, Dan and Steph’s dessert – a frangipane tart with yoghurt sorbet – was the letdown of their meal. Guy cited “clumsy workmanship” for the thick pastry while Pete Evans said: “This could’ve been the dish of the night if it had been executed properly.”
Eliminating Luke and Scott, who started the competition with the highest instant restaurant score and a record-breaking four perfect 10s, is a massive win for Dan and Steph as they await tomorrow night’s result to see who they face off against in the grand final.
My Kitchen Rules’ Grand Final week continues tonight with the second semi-final between Jake and Elle and Mick and Matt at 7:30pm, with the grand final airing Sunday at 6:30pm on Seven