My Kitchen Rules Recap: 2 June 2014

How will the first of the Gate Crasher teams perform in this Instant Restaurant round?

This is series 5, episode 13 of 48.

This Instant Restaurant round is the third of the series.

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Tonight we’re off to Clarence Town, near Newcastle in New South Wales, where our hosts are Carly and Tresne, the first of the gate crasher teams.

Carly, a school teacher, and Tresne, a real estate agent, tell us that ‘normal’ is for losers; there is no need to worry – worrying is like walking around on a sunny day with an umbrella; that they’re a little superstitious – avoiding stepping on cracks at all costs; and they like to live their lives in a positive way by doing a lot of affirmations … if they think they can do it, then they can do it. We see them create a circle of empowerment, using flour to create the rim of the circle, saying that everything in the circle will be a success today … “We’re not fruit loops; we just love life,” they assure us.

Carly and Tresne would like to open a dessert and wine bar.

Well aware of their status in the competition, they tell us that they are the gate crashers and they’re okay with that – that the other teams will either absolutely love them or absolutely hate them.

While shopping for their instant restaurant, Carly and Tresne tell us that this evening they will be working to their principal of asking the universe and it will give … that there is no place for negativity, and scoring 10/10 for their dishes will be their focus.

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The name of Carly’s and Tresne’s instant restaurant is “Inspire”. The napkins have mood rings attached to enable their guests to check their mood throughout the night.

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Upon meeting Carly and Tresne, Harry comments that they are “lovely and cute”. David says he meets Carly first, and then her mini-me.

The reactions of the fellow contestants to the instant restaurant setting are mixed – Anna says she feels inspired; Harry says he gets what they’re going for with the mother nature-type theme but he feels like he’s being forced to have positive thoughts; and David says it feels like a hippy sales conference with the positive mantra posters around the walls. David adds that he has not seen a mood ring since 1969.

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Back to the kitchen, and to Carly who says she can’t remember how much sugar she has put in the brownie mix.

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Back at the table, Harry and Christo introduce themselves to the new contestants (gate crashers) seated beside them, which encourages everyone else around the table to do the same.

The new contestants (gate crashers) tell us about themselves:

Danielle and Josh are from Melbourne. They tell us they are wondering what the other contestants are like and if they have an agenda. Josh is a medical sales representative, and Danielle is a pharmaceutical sales representative, but the goal for both is to work in food, where they have left their jobs to pursue this opportunity. Their style is research and experimentation and they both say they’ve never been as passionate about anything before as they are this.

Mother-and-daughter team Cathy and Anna hail from Walken in New South Wales. They say that they think their biggest competition might be Danielle and Josh. Anna thinks her job – as a food writer – might intimidate people. Cathy considers herself a Lady of the Manor, and Anna – who lives in Sydney – thinks honesty is the best policy, admitting that she is picky with what she eats. Cathy tells us that Anna is a bossy boots. Their cooking style is rustic and stylish; they say that people from the city see country folk as being backwards, but they’re the opposite of that. They say they are not there to make friends – they have their eyes on the prize and are here to win the competition.

… Chloe and Kelly tell us that they think Cathy and Anna are hoity-toity.

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Upon walking up to the house, Pete tells us that he is looking forward to seeing how this, the first night with the gate crashers, unfolds.

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Carly and Tresne welcome Pete and Manu to their instant restaurant and invite the guests to take their menu from the back of their journals.

Corinne tell us this is not the menu she was expecting from a couple of hippy girls.

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In the kitchen, Carly tells us she is feeling overwhelmed as Tresne is her rock and she is losing it.

We see Tresne crouched down on the floor, stirring a pot over an open air vent, in an attempt to cool its contents down.

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Back to the table, and Corinne tells us she suspects that the scoring from this room will be ruthless.

Anna says she hopes Carly and Tresne can do their best, but if their best is not so good then that will work in their (her and Cathy’s) favour.

Cathy tells us she hates goat’s cheese.

Kelly says she hopes they make their own pastry; Kelly interrupts and says no, they hope they use packet pastry.

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Entrée: Beetroot Tart with Goat’s Cheese Mousse and Balsamic Reduction

Anna observes the rocket is crying out for dressing.
Josh says he does not think this is a competition dish.
Tresne says that when she sees Manu cut through the pastry, her first thought is that it’s overcooked. In the absence of any sort of expression on the judges’ faces, they wonder if it’s any good.

Pete says that when the plate was placed in front of him, his eyes went straight to the rocket on the plate, which was undressed … rocket with no dressing is a no-no. The main part – the tart – is absolutely gorgeous, with a very simple combination of flavours – beetroot and goat’s cheese go hand in hand, although he would have liked this to be more pronounced. There are a few little problems here and there, but all in all this is a healthy start.

Manu says this is nice and light, but the tart does not offer enough flavour. The pastry is not buttery or flaky enough, and although he loves the crunchiness, another 100g of butter would have made a difference. Nevertheless this is a good start.

Anna does not appear to have an entrée fork and starts to make a fuss. Chloe and Kelly delight in this.
Cathy says she is disappointed in the entrée – the pastry is too crisp; the beetroot needed more time cooking; and she didn’t like the mousse on top.
Chloe thinks the entrée is nice.
David says the tart tasted like ANZAC biscuits and is disappointed.

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Tresne tells us she is feeling deflated by the critique; Carly responds that she thinks it was fine – that Tresne is taking it too hard.

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Christo tells us he is looking forward to the main.

Cathy says she thinks the red wine jus will complement the beef beautifully.

Harry and Christo are amused with David’s off-the-mark pronunciation of ‘jus’ and suggest he should have his own show, titled ‘Talking with Dave’.

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Back in the kitchen, Carly is slicing parsnips, telling us she thinks they’re gross white carrots that smell like wood and were put on earth to antagonise her.

In slicing the beef, Tresne starts to panic, saying that it looks overdone. Carly tells her it is perfect, and observes that Tresne is more critical of herself in the kitchen tonight. Tresne tells us that when she starts to worry, positivity goes out the window.

As Tresne is slicing the meat she suddenly smells burning and realises that the parsnip puree is burning on the bottom. In taste testing this, however, it is fine.

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Main: Beef Fillet with Parsnip Puree, Beetroot & Red Wine Discs and Red Wine Jus

Danielle tells us she is impressed by the look of the plate in front of her, and is happy they (she and Josh) are not the first ones to cook in this round.
Tresne tells us she is not feeling confident, as she is worried about the beef. We hear from Harry at this point, who tells us that they’ve (he and Christo) have been through what they (Carly and Tresne) might be going through and it’s hell, tough.

Manu says the beef is cooked very well. With the jelly, there is an issue with the sugar, but he is impressed that they have attempted the technique. He says that if he had to score solely on sauce, then he would give a 10 as this is the best sauce that has been made in the competition so far. “Thank you for giving me the sauce I’ve been waiting for!” Manu exclaims. He says it is so good, he has had to steal Pete’s one.

Pete says he thinks it is brilliant – that it is a sensational main course, much like what a Chef had plated up. He says it shows that Carly and Tresne are serious about this competition. He loves the sauce, spinach, beetroot disc … but suggests that if they pulled a bit of the sugar out, it would’ve been absolutely perfect. “But as home cooks, you’ve hit the nail on the head,” he tells Carly and Tresne.

Cathy says she loves the puree but it has lumpy bits in it.
Corinne enjoys the disc on top.
Chloe and Kelly say the discs aren’t to their liking.
Anna likes the red wine jus.
David says everything lacks seasoning and he disagrees with Manu about this being the best sauce in the competition as he can do a better one.

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Carly tells us that the judges’ feedback is like a snuggly hug and a bowl of warm porridge.

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The guests are wondering what they will be getting for dessert as the menu description doesn’t give anything away.

Anna says she has high hopes, based on the main; Chloe wonders how she can be a food critic when she’s that skinny.

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Back to the kitchen, and Tresne is adding cream to the sugar syrup without waiting for it to cool, resulting in it bubbling and curdling. Carly tells her not to put anymore cream in the bowl, but Tresne ignores her, making Carly cross.

The butterscotch starts dribbling through the piping bag because it hasn’t set enough. Taking a back-up bowl out of the fridge, the consistency of this is still runny but Carly decides they can work with this one instead. Carly is concerned that they might ‘get slammed’.

In undertaking a taste test, Carly and Tresne determine that it is really, really sweet and they perhaps should have called it ‘Death by Caramel’.

Carly tells us that the portions are big as it is; the fact that the brownie is sweet is not ideal as they were relying on it to be bitter … but her sugar miscalculations have let them down.

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Dessert: Caramel Divine

As they are watching Pete and Manu taste their desserts, Tresne tells us she can’t see this going well.

Manu says the first bite of the dessert was divine, the second bite beautiful and the third bite too sweet. In addition, the portions are too big for dessert.

Pete says he ate half of it, which is half too much. His favourite part is the custard on top as there is something cloud-like about it – it is light and flavoursome. But eating the whole thing together from top to bottom was overload.

Chloe says it is too sweet.
Cathy says the popcorn is rock solid – not good when she has spent a fortune on her teeth.
Anna is not impressed with the shape of the awkward glass, where she can’t get to the bottom of the dessert, as well as the “sugar, sugar, sugar.”
David tells us he ate it as he wanted to understand it more, but has concluded that he doesn’t like it.

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Tresne concludes that dessert went downhill fast, but they just have to embrace what’s done and move on.

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Guest Team Scores:

Chloe and Kelly: 7/10
David and Corinne: 6/10
Josh and Danielle: 7/10
Anna and Cathy: 5/10
Harry and Christo: 7/10
Guest Score Total: 32/50

Carly is happy with these scores; Tresne says they are ‘not that good’.

Judges’ Scores:

Entrée –
Manu: 7/10
Pete: 7/10

Main –
Manu: 8/10
Pete: 9/10

Dessert –
Manu: 6/10
Pete: 5/10

Grand Score: 74/110

Carly says she feels like this score could keep them in the competition.

Tresne says they were hoping for more, but is happy with their score.

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As they are leaving the property, Chloe says “The gate crashers have a lot to learn and we’re going to smash them.”

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Who is your favourite team in this round?

Tell us in the comments below …

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Next episode:
Chloe and Kelly have a score to settle … but it’s not just the guests that have them worried.

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