Carmine and Lauren have made their ways to the grand finale episode of “My Kitchen Rules” after beating the mother-son duo Anna and Jordan on Monday night.
The Adelaide couple won by 10 points, will now compete against sisters Tasia and Gracia for kitchen glory.
“I think the bitter sweetness of it is that we leave but knowing you guys can follow your dreams makes it pretty incredible,” an emotional Jordan told the winning pair.
While Carmine and Lauren impressed the judges with their traditional cooking approach, Anna and Jordan’s adventurous creativity got down to a shaky start.
Lightly poached oysters with fennel and apple were totally outmaneuvered by the seared scallops with pea cream and speck.
“I’ve really got to commend this team on pushing the boundaries,” guest judge Karen Martini said. “These are home cooks trying to impress us, but I think their creativity is a little out of whack.”
Manu added he believed the oyster cream was “just full on.”
Again, Anna and Jordan failed to score with their main of chilli angel hair pasta with crab and pipis. They prepared the dish in a laid-back manner, which led them to rush while dishing up — and inconsistencies around the dining table let them down.
While the judges appreciated the flavour of the dish, they were doubtful whether it was enough to push them into the grand final.
“It’s a dish I’d like to eat if I was out with a glass of wine in the sun. But is it semi final?” Colin questioned.
Meanwhile, Carmine and Lauren successfully plated up more classic flavours with their main of sous vide chicken with smoked potato puree and brussel sprouts. Although the recipe was simple, it managed to make its way to the judges’ hearts through their stomachs.
“Very simple but what I’m most impressed with is that chicken,” Karen told the couple. “It is just so melt-in-the-mouth tender and then crispy skin on the outside.”
Even though some of the brussel sprouts were “a little hit and miss,” Pete stated the rest of the dish was “bang on.”
Judges kept on praising the pair’s dessert of grilled peach with yogurt mousse and peach sorbet.
“When I see peaches like this — poached skin removed, just the blush on the peach — it just sings of summer to me,” Colin expressed. “It’s a sunshine dish, it’s a happy dish. And I love the texture of the nuts and the sauce. I love the yogurt.”
To know what will happen between team Carmine-Lauren and team Tasia- Gracia, watch “My Kitchen Rules” grand finale, which airs on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. on Seven.