Sunday night episode of MKR, Arrnott (44) and Fuzz (34) from NSW proudly served their Fijian heritage on a plate. The vibrant flavors of the Pacific were a hit around the table, but the team’s choice of fish for their entree hampered their final score.
Arrnott and Fuzz introduced their entry from Kokoda with Root Crop Chips. The team had to pivot to the dory after their favorite fish for the dish, a fattier deep-sea perch, was unavailable. Critics mixed around the table; some teams loved it, while others criticized the cut and choice of fish.
Judge Manu Feildel said the entree recipe ticked all the boxes but their choice of fish and preparation of the protein disappointed them, saying the cut of the fish meant some pieces were dried better than others. He said it was a “beautiful dish, bad seafood” and would have preferred a Spanish mackerel.
The citrus-coconut balance in the entree impressed judge Nigella Lawson, but she agreed fattier fish would have been a better choice and said they should have cut the pieces more evenly .
The team served a main course of Fijian lobster curry with coconut rice and island salsa, a recipe from Fuzz’s mother.
Nigella was surprised by the minimal presentation of the dish but was delighted to see that it tasted so much better than it looked.
“Who cares about his appearance when he tastes so good!” against Manu.
When Arrnott and Vudi Vakasoso’s Fuzz dessert with coconut ice cream hit the table, it wasn’t the prettiest dessert in the competition, but it had plenty of flavor. It was a winner with almost everyone around the table except for Steven and Frena who are in danger of being knocked out at the bottom of the leaderboard.
The South Australian couple said they didn’t like the dish, citing bland ice cream, too salty sauce and the addition of the banana. Steven and Frena’s rejection of the dish raised suspicions around the table.
“People say it’s glorious, but Steven and Frena don’t like it…something is going on,” Alice mused.
Nigella “loved” the caramel sauce, saying it had flavor intensity, but was critical of the use of banana, saying the contrast was lost.
Manu agreed that the banana might have been better overall on a bed of caramel. He liked the flat but felt the team’s tackle was ‘non-existent’.
With a score of 81/110 for their menu, Arrnott and Fuzz settled into third place in the rankings, determined to do better the next time they cook in the competition.
Tomorrow night on MKR: Latent tensions around the table come to a head at Ashlee and Mat’s instant restaurant. Is the pressure too much for a team?
|MKR Team Scores|
|Peter and Alice||9|
|Ashlee and Matt||9|
|Kate and Mary||seven|
|Janelle and Monzir||seven|
|Steven and Frena||5|