Circle of empowerment swept from the MKR kitchen floor as Carly and Tresne are eliminated!
Carly and Tresne’s famous circle of empowerment failed to protect them from “negativity” on Monday night as the bubbly pair were eliminated from the MKR competition.
The New South Wales teacher and real estate agent lost the sudden death cook-off by one point to South Australian mums, Bree and Jessica.
Carly and Tresne scored 38 out of 60 for their entrée of golden scallops with champagne sabayon with pancetta crumb and watercress; a main of wagyu scotch fillet with roasted beetroot salad with frizzled onions and beef glaze; followed by a dessert of raspberry and rosemary water Turkish mousse
Although they were determined not to run out of time, Carly and Tresne were late starting their entrée and found themselves up against the clock from the start.
But the girls managed to master their seafood entrée with judge Colin Fassnidge saying their scallops were “perfectly caramelized, beautiful and sweet.”
Bree and Jess also won praise for their entrée of seared prawns with fennel and leek puree with tomato salsa with all judges agreeing their prawns were “cooked to perfection.”
While both teams entrées shone, their mains were undercooked with each team having to sear-off their protein as the clock ran down.
Aiming for a medium rare wagyu, Tresne pulled the scotch fillet from the oven with only 20 minutes left on the clock to discover its core temperature was well below the required 55 degrees celsius.
Carly and Tresne were also heavily criticized by the judges for the presentation and portion size of their main: “I think I’m missing some scotch fillet,” said Colin who didn’t think it was substantial enough to be called a main.
“There’s two little pieces. They just well and truly ran out of time. It looks like it’s been thrown on the plate quite haphazardly,” agreed Karen Martini.
For co-host and judge Manu Feildel, Carly and Tresne had failed to treat the meat with respect: “It’s such an amazing piece of meat and they managed to ruin it. That’s just really upsetting.”
Bree and Jessica’s roasted chicken ballotine was also underdone with Jessica placing the blame directly at Bree’s feet. Jessica claimed her team mate should have carved the chicken earlier so they could check to see if it had cooked through.
Both teams recovered from their mains to plate up winning desserts.
Bree and Jessica’s chocolate mousse tart with strawberry and praline impressed the judges and fellow contestants who loved the texture of the short crust pastry and bitterness of the chocolate contrasted with the strawberries.
Carly and Tresne’s raspberry and rosemary water Turkish mousse was applauded by the judges with Pete Evans saying their mousse was “feather light.”
Judge Guy Grossi agreed: “When your dessert came, I was on my magic carpet and I was on my way to Turkey! The flavor: spot on. Melt in the mouth!”
But it wasn’t enough for the girls to avoid elimination.
“We came into this competition with an open heart and an open mind,” said Carly of their experience on My Kitchen Rules. “ We really made friends for life.”
“To be around people who are just as passionate about food as you are, it’s a joy.”
“I think this has been the best time of our lives,” continued Carly. “We made it to the top eight and we got some amazing critiques. Our heads are up in the clouds!”
As the girls exited kitchen HQ for the last time, they stopped to remind contestants of their affirmation of choice: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t. You’re right!
Tonight on My Kitchen Rules: It’s back to Kitchen Headquarters as teams cook for the farmers who provide the produce. Can they impress these tough critics?