“My Kitchen Rules” contestants Carmine and Lauren impressed the judges with their Italian-inspired food menu. The Adelaide couple, who reached the second spot on the leader board, have come a long way in their “My Kitchen Rules” journey.

The top five teams have to go back where it all started—The Instant Restaurants. They have to host the ultimate instant restaurant in a bid to demonstrate how far they have come in their “My Kitchen Rules” journey. They also have to showcase their learnings and push the envelope in the final bid to win the grand prize.

In MKR’s last episode, it was Carmine and Lauren’s turn to showcase their culinary skills, an opportunity they leveraged to their advantage. The couple’s Italian-inspired menu impressed the judges so much it could make them likely winners of the competition.

News.com.au reports that the duo’s two entrées, vitello tonnato and duck breast with figs and vincotto, earned praises from judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel. “I’m really glad that you pushed the envelope because I can’t fault the dish,” said Evans. “The sauce is delicious. The veal, wow. You did a great job of cooking it, slicing it, seasoning it,” he added.

The only fault Feildel could find with the second entree was the size of the servings and maybe crisp the skin a little longer. “The positive — it’s a beautiful dish,” said Feildel.“The duck is cooked well, the sauce is rally nice, the figs are falling apart, the puree is smooth and well seasoned,” he added.

The couple then plated and served the main course which consisted of lamb rack with crispy polenta and pea puree, states Sunshine Coast Daily. The second main included beef cheek ravioli. While Evans loved his lamb rack, Feildel was not that impressed with his ravioli.

However, Lauren received top marks for her pastry. The duo served tartufo and citrus sfogliatelle. While the tartufo received a perfect ten and wowed Evans, the second dessert fell short on moisture and sweetness. “Lauren, I think you should be proud of the pastry you created on this dessert,” exclaimed Feildel. “I think we’ve never seen anything like this on ‘My Kitchen Rules’. Crispy, golden, beautiful,” he added.