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January 30, 2017

My Kitchen Rules 8 (2017)

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Season 8 of My Kitchen Rules starts Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:30pm on Channel 7…


As with last year, instant updates of Instant Restaurant scores at my forum.

MKR8 Group 1

Group 1 contestants, Season 8

Ep 1, Monday, January 30, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Sound Check
Damo & Caz (Group 1 – Tassie Sweethearts – Tasmania)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Truffle & Cauliflower Soup with Rustic Crusty Bread (Damo & Caz)
Steak with Duck Fat Potatoes, Green Beans and Bearnaise Sauce (Damo & Caz)
Apple Crumble Cheesecake with Stewed Rhubarb (Damo & Caz)

Score: 62/110

Ep 2, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Anchor & Palms
David & Betty (Group 1 – Just Friends – New South Wales)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Crispy Pork Belly with Steamed Bun and Pickled Cucumber (David & Betty)
Barramundi in Sweet and Sour Broth with Crispy Rice and Asian Greens (David & Betty)
Green Tea Cream Donut with Chocolate Glaze and Matcha Affogato (David & Betty)

Score: 61/110

Ep 3, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Procreations
Karen & Ros (Group 1 – Midwives – Victoria)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Ricotta Gnocchi, Sage & Walnut Sauce with Blue Cheese (Karen & Ros)
Middle Eastern Lamb with Couscous Stuffing and Orange Jus (Karen & Ros)
Spiced Pavlova with Roasted Fruits (Karen & Ros)

Score: 65/110

Ep 4, Sunday, February 5, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Wild Fields
Bek & Ash (Group 1 – Flirty Flatmates – Western Australia)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Roasted Vegetable Tart with Balsamic Glaze (Bek & Ash)
Goldband Snapper with Fennel, Fig and Pear Salad (Bek & Ash)
Profiteroles with Orange Custard and Chocolate Sauce (Bek & Ash)

Score: 26/110 (Lowest score ever in MKR history!)

Ep 5, Monday, February 6, 2017
Instant Restaurant: The Boys’ Backyard
Tim & Kyle (Group 1 – Pub Mates – South Australia)

Tuna Ceviche with Puffed Wild Rice, Avocado Purée and Wasabi Mayonnaise (Tim & Kyle)
Spiced Kangaroo with Beetroot & Walnut Purée and Weed Salad (Tim & Kyle)
Key Lime Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream (Tim & Kyle)

Score: 100/110 (Highest score ever in MKR history!)

Ep 6, Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Mosaic
Amy & Tyson (Group 1 – Serious Siblings – Queensland)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Lambs Brains with Cauliflower Purée, Sriracha Aioli and Pickles (Amy & Tyson)
Pork Jowl with Eggplant Purée, Pumpkin Purée, Pommes Frites and Apple Cider Sauce (Amy & Tyson)
Chocolate Raspberry Discovery (Amy & Tyson)

Score: 102/110 (Highest score ever in MKR history, eclipsing last night’s record!)

And here comes this year’s twist, the bottom two teams from Group 1, Bek & Ash and David & Betty, will face Sudden-Death Cook-Off tomorrow, and one team will be eliminated.

Ep 7, Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Elimination: Sudden-Death Cook-Off
David & Betty vs. Bek & Ash

Team 1: David & Betty
Lao Raw Beef Salad (David & Betty)
Mok Pah (Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf) (David & Betty)
Chilli Salt Fruits with Green Mango and Pineapple Sorbets (David & Betty)

Score: 34/60

Team 2: Bek & Ash
Mushroom Crêpes with Brie Sauce (Bek & Ash)
Venison on Black Rice Pilaf with Cumberland Sauce (Bek & Ash)
Biscotti with Pistachio Ice Cream and Lemon Curd (Bek & Ash)

Score: 31/60

Eliminated: Bek & Ash

Group 2 contestants, Season 8

Group 2 contestants, Season 8

Ep 8, Sunday, February 12, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Laughing Out Lau
Albert & Dave (Group 2 – Brothers – New South Wales)

Eight Treasures Fortune Bag with Scallops (Albert & Dave)
Hainan Chicken (Albert & Dave)
Hong Kong Egg Tart with Warm Banana (Albert & Dave)

Score: 60/110

Ep 9, Monday, February 13, 2017
Instant Restaurant: The Bright Side
Kelsey & Amanda (Group 2 – Sisters – New South Wales)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli with Saffron Burnt Butter (Kelsey & Amanda)
Crispy Skin Snapper with Potato Mash and Lemon & Chive Sauce (Kelsey & Amanda)
Chocolate Fondant with Berry Coulis (Kelsey & Amanda)

Score: 95/110

Ep 10, Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Gastro Turf
Court & Duncan (Group 2 – Married Hipsters – Victoria)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Beetroot Gravlax of Ocean Trout with Radish & Pea Shoot Salad (Court & Duncan)
Smoked Lamb Ribs with Crushed Kipflers and Parsnip Purée (Court & Duncan)
S’MORE! (Court & Duncan)

Score: 62/110

Ep 11, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Longshore Drift
Josh & Amy (Group 2 – Seafood Lovers – Western Australia)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Chorizo Stuffed Squid (Josh & Amy)
Beer Battered Barramundi with Shoestring Fries and Tartare Sauce (Josh & Amy)
Cape Brandy Pudding with Chantilly Cream and Strawberries (Josh & Amy)

Score: 43/110

Ep 12, Sunday, February 19, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Pepper Tree
Della & Tully (Group 2 – Foodie Friends – Queensland)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Charred Quail with Couscous, Pomegranate, Fetta and Mint (Della & Tully)
Smoked Duck with Beetroot, Grapes and Cherries (Della & Tully)
Homage to Malta Orange Cake with Yoghurt Sorbet (Della & Tully)

Score: 58/110

Ep 13, Monday, February 20, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Birdcage
Alyse & Matt (Group 2 – Ambitious Newlyweds – Queensland)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Pork San Choy Bau (Alyse & Matt)
Beef Satay with Pumpkin and Coconut Rice (Alyse & Matt)
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mandarin and Biscotti (Alyse & Matt)

Score: 52/110

Ep 14, Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Elimination: Sudden-Death Cook-Off
Josh & Amy vs. Alyse & Matt

Team 1: Josh & Amy
Yellowtail Kingfish with Coriander Nam Jim and Apple Salad (Josh & Amy)
Thai Green Curry with Spanish Mackerel (Josh & Amy)
Lemon Meringue Pie (Josh & Amy)

Score: 29/60

Team 2: Alyse & Matt
Sumac Spiced Salmon with Figs (Alyse & Matt)
Lemon & Herb Spatchcock with Silverbeet and Carrot Purée (Alyse & Matt)
Banoffee Pavlova with Peanut Praline (Alyse & Matt)

Score: 27/60

Eliminated: Alyse & Matt

Group 3 contestants, Season 8

Group 3 contestants, Season 8

Group 3 judges, Colin Fassnidge & Darren Robertson

Group 3 judges, Colin Fassnidge & Darren Robertson

Ep 15, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Instant Restaurant: The 5th Quarter
Mark & Chris (Group 3 – Footy Friends – Victoria)

Spaghetti with Pipis, Lemon Zest and Parsley (Mark & Chris)
Swordfish with Black Garlic Polenta and Tequila Caper Sauce (Mark & Chris)
Mint Chocolate Melting Ball with Chocolate Soil (Mark & Chris)

Score: 70/110

Ep 16, Sunday, February 26, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Vogue Chic
Caitie & Demi (Group 3 – Besties – Victoria)

Bundt Salmon Sushi (Caitie & Demi)
Japanese Hamburgers with Sweet Potato Fries (Caitie & Demi)
Matchamisu (Caitie & Demi)

Score: 60/110

Ep 17, Monday, February 27, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Sahtein
Lama & Sarah (Group 3 – Cousins – South Australia)
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Cheese & Spinach Fatayer (Lama & Sarah)
Rolled Lamb Kafta with Couscous Tabouli and Hommus (Lama & Sarah)
Asmalieh (Lama & Sarah)

Score: 39/110

Ep 18, Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Just In Time
Brett & Marie (Group 3 – First Loves – Queensland)

Clear Tomato Consommé with Prosciutto and Buffalo Mozzarella (Brett & Marie)
Black Pudding Stuffed Chicken with Root Vegetable Mash and Whiskey Cream Sauce (Brett & Marie)
Limoncello Mousse with Lavender Biscotti (Brett & Marie)

Score: 69/110

Ep 19, Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Tiffin Room
Valerie & Courtney (Group 3 – Mother & Daughter – Queensland)

Chilli Garlic Prawns with Minty Paneer Salad (Valerie & Courtney)
Goat Curry with Dhal and Pilau Rice (Valerie & Courtney)
Carrot Halwa (Valerie & Courtney)

Score: 72/110

Ep 20, Sunday, March 5, 2017
Instant Restaurant: Pin*na*cle
Mell & Cyn (Group 3 – Business Women – New South Wales)

Blue Swimmer Crab with Avocado Purée and Citrus Salad (Mell & Cyn)
Duck Breast with Spiced Orange Sauce (Mell & Cyn)
Chocolate and Quince Tart (Mell & Cyn)

Score: 71/110

Ep 21, Monday, March 6, 2017
Elimination: Sudden-Death Cook-Off
Caitie & Demi vs. Lama & Sarah
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Team 1: Caitie & Demi
Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki (Caitie & Demi)
Moussaka with Candied Lemon Salad (Caitie & Demi)
Galaktoboureko (Caitie & Demi)

Score: 34/60

Team 2: Lama & Sarah
Spicy Prawns with Crusty Bread (Lama & Sarah)
Lamb Cutlets with Couscous Salad and Mint Pea Purée (Lama & Sarah)
Caramelised Fig with Olive Oil Ice Cream (Lama & Sarah)

Score: 25/60

Eliminated: Lama & Sarah

Ep 22, Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Kitchen HQ Cook-Off: Pete’s and Manu’s Recipe Challenge
Exempt from Challenge: Amy & Tyson, Kelsey & Amanda, Valerie & Courtney

Entrée – 45 minutes
Manu’s Kingfish with Parsnip Purée, Pickled Onions and Speck (Mark & Chris)
Manu’s Calves Liver with Caramelised Red Onion (Tim & Kyle)
Pete’s Japanese Pancake with Scallops and Shiitake Mushroom (Caitie & Demi)
Pete’s Deep-Fried Coral Trout Salad with Japanese Dressing (Della & Tully)
Pete’s Sautéed Squid with Malaysian Water Spinach (Brett & Marie)
Manu’s Mussels with Speck and Cider (Court & Duncan)

Main – 45 minutes
Manu’s Tomato Prawn Curry (David & Betty)
Manu’s Fillet of Venison with Pepper Sauce (Damo & Caz)
Pete’s Brazilian Fish Stew (Karen & Ros)
Pete’s Chilli Mud Crab (Josh & Amy)
Pete’s Spatchcock with Preserved Lemon, Chilli and Rosemary (Mell & Cyn)
Manu’s Pearl Barley Risotto with Wild Mushrooms (Albert & Dave)

Dessert – 60 minutes
Chocolate Pudding with Hazelnut Shortbread and Chantilly Cream (Court & Duncan)
Red Bean Pancake with Mango Grapefruit Sago Soup (Albert & Dave)

Eliminated: Albert & Dave

Ep 23, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Outdoor Challenge: Beach BBQ at Newport SLSC
Ben Pobjie’s recap
Exempt from Challenge: Mark & Chris, David & Betty

Barbecued Prawns with Kale and Avocado Mousse (Della & Tully)
Scotch Fillet with Summer Salad and Tarragon Mayo (Tim & Kyle)
Seared Salmon with Asian Salad and Wasabi Mayo (Court & Duncan)
Tandoori Chicken Skewers with Paratha Bread and Mango Salsa (Valerie & Courtney)
Soutzoukakia with Potato Salad and Herbed Yoghurt (Caitie & Demi)
Dukkah Crusted Lamb with Flame Grilled Vegies (Karen & Ros)
Lamb Kofta with Flatbread, Tabbouleh, Hummus and Garlic Sauce (Kelsey & Amanda)
Spiced Chicken Burrito Burger with Grilled Pineapple and Habanero Mayo (Brett & Marie)
Pork Skewers with Quinoa Salad (Mell & Cyn)
Gourmet Hot Dog with Tomato Relish and Mustard Mayo (Josh & Amy)
Chicken Fajitas with Pineapple Salsa and Avocado Cream (Damo & Caz)
Mexican Beef with Tortilla Chips (Amy & Tyson)

Judges’ Dish of The Day: Della & Tully
People’s Choice: Tim & Kyle
Worst Dishes: Amy & Tyson, Damo & Caz

Ep 24, Sunday, March 12, 2017
Elimination: Sudden-Death Cook-Off
Damo & Caz vs. Amy & Tyson
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Team 1: Damo & Caz
Fish Cakes with Lime Slaw and Sriracha Aioli (Damo & Caz)
Lamb Backstrap with Roast Beetroot, Parsnip Purée and Goat’s Cheese Cream (Damo & Caz)
Red Wine Poached Pears with Cinnamon Ice Cream (Damo & Caz)

Score: 29/60

Team 2: Amy & Tyson
Steak Tartare with Parmesan Crisp (Amy & Tyson)
Oxtail, Steak & Kidney Stew (Amy & Tyson)
Cheese Sorbet with Walnut Cake and Carrot (Amy & Tyson)

Score: 37/60

Eliminated: Damo & Caz

Ep 25, Monday, March 13, 2017
Outdoor Challenge: Baking For Bikers – Pink Ribbon Bake Sale
Ben Pobjie’s recap
Exempt from Challenge: Tim & Kyle

Jalapeno Cornbread with Beef Chilli Dip (Court & Duncan)
Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Brownie (Amy & Tyson)
Massaman Beef Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes (David & Betty)
Berry Éclair with White Chocolate (Della & Tully)
Lemon Meringue Friands (Karen & Ros)
Pavlova Nest with Whipped Cream and Berries (Kelsey & Amanda)
Zucchini, Goat’s Cheese & Chorizo Muffin (Josh & Amy)
Sticky Date Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing (Valerie & Courtney)
Pork & Veal Empanada with Tomato Relish (Mell & Cyn)
Italian Peach Biscuits (Brett & Marie)
Apple Pie & Custard Donut (Mark & Chris)
Rosewater Meringue with Salted Caramel (Caitie & Demi)

Bikers’ Choice: Court & Duncan
Worst Dishes: Caitie & Demi, Mark & Chris

Ep 26, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Elimination: Sudden-Death Cook-Off
Mark & Chris vs. Caitie & Demi

Team 1: Mark & Chris
Fettuccine Carbonara (Mark & Chris)
Beef Fillet with Mushroom Gratin and Capsicum Purée (Mark & Chris)
Peanut Butter Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce (Mark & Chris)

Score: 31/60

Team 2: Caitie & Demi
Gnocchi with Sage & Burnt Butter Sauce (Caitie & Demi)
Pumpkin & Olive Risotto with Tempura Zucchini Flower (Caitie & Demi)
Italian Ricotta Pie with Raspberry Cream (Caitie & Demi)

Score: 24/60

Eliminated: Caitie & Demi

Ep 27, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Outdoor Challenge: Canapé Challenge on Carnival Cruise
Exempt from Challenge: Court & Duncan

Seared Beef with Nori Butter (Della & Tully)
Scallops in Prawn Bisque (Mark & Chris)
Spicy Chickpeas with Pan Seared Fish (Valerie & Courtney)
Greek Lamb Cigars with Mint Yoghurt Sauce (Mell & Cyn)
Lobster & Mango Salad on Crispy Wonton (Brett & Marie)
Salmon Poke on Rice Paper Crisp (David & Betty)
Crispy Polenta Chip with Grilled Prawn and Lemon & Thyme Mayo (Amy & Tyson)
Lemongrass Chicken Boats with Asian Salad (Karen & Ros)
Speck & Shiitake Mushroom Croquettes with Spicy Mayo (Tim & Kyle)
Grilled Thai Prawns with Paw Paw Salad and Vermicelli Noodles (Josh & Amy)
Prosciutto Wrapped Pear with Blue Cheese and Brandy Sauce (Kelsey & Amanda)

Passengers’ Choice: Della & Tully
Worst Dishes: Kelsey & Amanda, Josh & Amy

Ep 28, Sunday, March 19, 2017
Elimination: Sudden-Death Cook-Off
Kelsey & Amanda vs. Josh & Amy

Team 1: Josh & Amy
Tempura Soft Shell Crab with Papaya Salad (Josh & Amy)
Grilled Salmon with Couscous and Coriander Lemon Sauce (Josh & Amy)
Apple & Berry Fry Pie (Josh & Amy)

Score: 28/60

Team 2: Kelsey & Amanda
Deep Fried Calamari with Mango & Avocado Salad and Lemon Aioli (Kelsey & Amanda)
Prawn Red Curry (Kelsey & Amanda)
Churros with Chocolate Sauce (Kelsey & Amanda)

Score: 26/60

Eliminated: Kelsey & Amanda

Ep 29, Monday, March 20, 2017
Off-Site Challenge: Supermarket Sauce Challenge with Curtis Stone
Exempt from Challenge: Della & Tully

Lamb with Sweet Spiced Anglo-Indian Sauce (Valerie & Courtney)
Crispy Pork Belly with Chicken & Pork Gravy and Fennel & Apple Salad (Karen & Ros)
Steak with Mushroom Sauce and Creamy Spinach (Tim & Kyle)
Grilled Chicken with Peanut Satay Sauce (David & Betty)
Crumbed Chicken with Smoky Chicken Gravy (Amy & Tyson)
Duck Breast with Spiced Orange Sauce (Mark & Chris)
Veal and Sausage In Nonna’s Tomato Sauce with Crispy Polenta (Brett & Marie)
Grilled Chicken Wrap with Peri Peri Sauce (Josh & Amy)
Pork Ribs with Smoky Caramel Sauce (Mell & Cyn)
Pork Fillet with Lemon, Butter & Sage Sauce (Court & Duncan)

Curtis’ Dish of The Day: Karen & Ros
People’s Choice: Valerie & Courtney
Worst Dishes: Court & Duncan, Mell & Cyn

Ep 30, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Elimination: Sudden-Death Cook-Off
Court & Duncan vs. Mell & Cyn
Ben Pobjie’s recap

Team 1: Mell & Cyn
Roasted Beetroot Risotto with Goat’s Cheese and Thyme Oil (Mell & Cyn)
Beef Fillet with Tempura Oysters (Mell & Cyn)
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Passionfruit Curd and Tuiles (Mell & Cyn)

Score: 34/60

Team 2: Court & Duncan
Chicken, Pickle, Hot Sauce (Court & Duncan)
Pork & Mushroom Broth with Soba Noodles (Court & Duncan)
Yoghurt Panna Cotta, Berries and Chocolate (Court & Duncan)

Score: 50/60

Eliminated: Mell & Cyn






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