Mr and Mrs Cheese sent packing in MKR elimination
EITHER way the nice guys were going to finish last in tonight's My Kitchen Rules cook-off.
And it was down-to-earth cheese makers Annie and Jason who ended up on the chopping block after losing by just two points to bubbly blondes Carly and Tresne.
In a rare moment of generosity for the usually competitive reality cooking show, teacher Carly ran over to help Jason separate his egg yolks from the whites for his cheese soufflé.
Annie and Jason vowed to "not take any easy ways out" but their three-course menu might have been a bit too ambitious.
After the two teams served up comparable entrees, both of which lacked sauce according to judge Manu Feildel, time got away from Annie and Jason during the preparation of their main course.
Both teams served beef for their main course, but while Tresne's beef cheeks were tender, Jason's Beef Wellington didn't get enough time in the oven and was undercooked.
Surprisingly, some of the guest judges liked the rare beef.
Carly's flour "empowerment circle" appeared to help her regain her "laser focus" for the main course, although the judges were disappointed with the small amount of polenta she and Tresne put on the plate.
"I couldn't cook it any better myself, the beef cheek, but for me that's where it ends," tough guest judge Colin Fassnidge said.
After their stressful main course Annie and Jason endeavoured to have fun with their dessert, in case it was the last time they cook on the show. They turned out to be right about that.
Carly and Tresne finished on a stressful note, taking it down to the last second to plate their strawberry shortcake stack.
The shortbread hit the mark but their tiny dessert looked more like something for afternoon tea rather than a full course.
"It's like I've been cheated," Manu Feildel said.
But even the small portion of Carly's dainty dessert was preferable to Annie's inconsistent crème caramels.
"When you cook the classics for six judges, you need to nail it," Fassnidge said.
"I love crème caramel. Unfortunately mine was overcooked. If I'd got this in a restaurant I would have sent it back, just not good enough."
As the first team to cook in this year's series, Annie and Jason set the bar high for their instant restaurant group.
The country NSW couple took their elimination on the chin.
"To think how far we've come as cooks is absolutely incredible," Jason said.
Tomorrow night the remaining teams have to serve up Italian food to a discerning crowd at an Italian food festival.
Carly and Tresne
Entrée: Prawn and ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers with lime mayonnaise
Main: Beef cheeks in red wine with cheesy polenta and Brussels sprouts salad
Dessert: Strawberry shortcake stack
Annie and Jason
Entrée: Twice baked Gruyere soufflé with walnut, pear and rocket salad
Main: Beef Wellington with potato gratin and red wine sauce
Dessert: Crème caramel with spun sugar and edible flowers