Tonight on MKR, South Australia’s Sonia and Marcus roared up the road to redemption, scoring a commanding 85 points to take them to the top of the leaderboard.
The mother and son team learned from their mistakes, after arguments in the kitchen resulted in problems on the plate. “Last time we served stress on a plate. Tonight, we want to serve fun and love on a plate,” Marcus said.
The team were determined to beat Claudean and Anthony’s ravioli after Claudean harshly critiqued their previous pasta dish: “If there’s any dish that we have to redeem ourselves on, it has to be this dish,” Sonia said while serving the entrée.
When Sonia and Marcus served their entrée of Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Butter and Sage Sauce, they received a standing ovation from the judges and managed to impress the toughest pasta critic: Claudean.
Manu was impressed with the team’s ability to serve eight perfect raviolis per plate, which Colin called: “a lesson in simplicity.”
Returning to the kitchen on a high, Sonia and Marcus began work on their main: Rib-eye with Salsa Verde and Mash. However, cooking 12 pieces of steak proved difficult, as friction within the team threatened to derail their progress.
“I’m starting to really feel that pressure in my head. I remember last time we both went silent when things weren’t going well and that was a big problem. We can’t mess up again tonight, we’re a team,” Sonia said while following Marcus’ lead in the kitchen.
The team’s main course received mixed reviews from the guest teams, with BBQ champions Aaron and Chris calling it “average”.
Marcus heaved a sigh of relief when Manu commended the team on cooking 12 almost perfect steaks in a small kitchen: “I’ve gotta take my hat off because I really thought that was gonna be a nightmare.”
Colin wasn’t wowed with the team’s main, but liked it and said: “You’ve definitely hit redemption.”
After previously delivering the best dessert of the competition so far, Sonia felt the pressure to retain her crown as dessert queen with their last course: Passionfruit Cheesecake with Almond Crust.
Once again, Sonia and Marcus delivered a winning dessert. Looking at his plate, Nick said: “Our number one spot is in jeopardy.”
Sonia and Marcus achieved redemption with high scores all around, including a guest score of 38/50. With an impressive total score of 85 out of 110, the mother and son team took the top spot on the leaderboard.