MKR – Mon, Mar 7

Redemption round continues with the Stepsies. Which two teams do you think will get the boot after this round?

It’s time to get Zesty with the Stepsie Besties … is anyone doing a drinking game based on the number of hip pops they are bound to do.
Last round they had issues with time management and Hazel being the only one of the pair who could cook, although Lisa (remember those four goes to get aioli to work?) was a few notches above Dee’s hapless Harry Potter hubby at least. They hope to better their score of 57 by 20 – that’s ambitious.
They’re in matchy matchy blue sundresses and – is it possible – Lisa’s eyebrows are even higher than before.

'This is as low as my brows go."
‘This is as low as my brows go.”

Their menu is:
Entree: Pan-seared duck breast with baby beets and rhubarb chutney (yep, Hazel will be cooking the duck – no way Lisa’s up to the skill level required to get 12 perfectly cooked breasts).
Main: Crumbed snapper with thrice-cooked chips, lime mayo and Asian slaw (better stock up on eggs if Lisa is doing the mayo. Meanwhile, Manu is not happy as crumbs are disrespectful to bewdiful fish. Robo Pete responds with an answer from one of his judge cue cards: “If they nail all these elements, it could be delicious.”)
Dessert: Zesty lime cream pie with a lemon sorbet
The girls rip through the shopping and there’s a minor drama on the way home of a police officer fan giving them a fright on the way home – someone’s going to be called into the sarge’s office in the morning.
They get home and are in the kitchen on time, with Hazel getting cracking on the sorbet. She’s worried her previous efforts have been too zesty. Is this possible with lemon anything? The more zest, the better.
They’ve taken a leaf out of Kell’s book, using bought bickies for their dessert base. Bought biscuits – in a cooking comp. and they add green food colouring to their lime curd – ick.
And Lisa gets her mayo right first time!

Here come the guests, and the girls have some lovely frocks while the Miners are not being strangled by their clothing for once.

Noice ... and they've found room in the sock budget for the miners.
Noice … and they’ve found room in the sock budget for the miners.

In the kitchen, the ladies are happy with how they are progressing (their golden beetroot does look yummy) but then they have a hiccup the sorbet is not thickening in the churner. They decide not to wait and chuck it in the freezer. Hmmm, this could end up with too many water crystals.
And here come the judges to the sounds of Pulp Fiction’s Misirlou (it’s the one at the start of the movie when Honey Bunny and Tim Roth rob the diner.)
Poor Manu has drawn the short straw yet again in the suit department. Wardrobe just loves whipping up a tablecloth jacket, and this one is a double breaster, no less. Time to put your “pied” down, Manu.

For zees soot I giff you zero points. Pete's soot gets nine points.
For zees soot I giff you zero points. Pete’s soot gets nine points.

I’d forgotten the Stepsies have not cooked for Pete and Manu yet (RIP The Fass and The Khoo judging combo). We’re reminded of Lisa’s alleged judge crush when she opens the door to the subtle strains of Barnsey’s I Gotcha (I never realised it had such stalkerish lyrics: “Aha-ha you thought you got away from me didn’t ya
Aha-ha you thought I didn’t see you now didn’t ya (who me)
Aha-ha you tried to sneak away from me didn’t ya
Aha-ha you thought ya being’ slick now didn’t ya
(Ha Ha Ha) Aha-ha now give me what you promised me.”

Stepsies explain their menu and Nev is happy to be getting chips as it saves him a trip to Maccas later, but Feisty Cop tells the confessional it all sounds “supertron simple”. This from the chick who served that haute cuisine dish, pureed pea and ham soup.

Bad cop, good cop. "At least I can furrow my brow when I'm upset."
Bad cop, good cop. “At least I can furrow my brow when I’m upset.”

Back in the kitchen Lisa is cooking the duck (I was wrong!), while in the kitchen Monique is getting angsty over perceived strategic scoring. The entree looks good but they should have called the chutney a coulis. Pug Lover Cop notes the meat hasn’t rested enough as the juices are flowing.

Time to chews … and Manu does a half-hearted “Do you call this redemption?” fakeout. Stepsies: “We do.” Manu: “I do, too.” He says it’s sublime and they just needed more seasoning (and we did see them chuck a heap of salt on the duck earlier). Pete is happy and loved the rhubarb but his duck was a little under.
Lauren thinks her duck is too quacky to eat: “It’s just too alive for me.” She asks non-Man Bun Miner’s “advice” in an attempt to sow the seeds of doubt.

In the kitchen the Stepsies get on with deboning the fish, while the naysayers at the table discuss how dreadful it would be if they used bought breadcrumbs. The SA Besties and Ducks’ Nuts are bemused by it all.
Cut to the kitchen and Hazel is opening a pack of Panko but Lisa realises she doesn’t have a spare fish. Why did they not buy five extra? Especially with fish. She’s starting to freak out.


As The Botoxed One cooks the massive slabs of fish in the deepfryer, Hazel gives the chips their third cook in a frypan on the stove. She can only fit in about 10 at once so this could end up like the Cops’ first cook where each guest got about three chips as a garnish to the salmon. Why not just get another deepfryer for the chips? They do look tasty, if a bit brown – season heaps, girls, then season more.
At the table the SA Besties kill the time by leading everyone in songs from Grease. Lauren does not look amused, but could be the villain edit.
In the kitchen they plate up and it looks like tasty pub food, but you’d get more chips at the pub.

Chew time … and it’s another stupid forced question from Pete to heighten the drama: “Do you like this dish?”. Seriously, do they write these questions at the start of each season and make the judges trot them out at least once an episode? Can’t we mix it up: “Lisa, are you shitting yourself right now? I can’t tell because your face doesn’t move.” “Lauren, do you feel bad you almost gave Rachel Khoo food poisoning?”
But instead Pete actually says: “Your fish was cooked beautifully. Your sauce … spot on. And I loved your slaw … Your chips, these are just terrible. They are soggy.” (Told you, so!)
Manu is let down after loving the entree “for a couple of ‘raisins'”. The raisins being the slaw and chips were soggy. “I’m just halfway with this dish.”
At the table Lauren and the Cops says their fish was overcooked and say the dish lacked skill. It’s true it was simple, but if done properly could have scored well given the lower standards this round.
Stepsies know they are going to have to work hard on dessert, but the sorbet is more of a slushie and they umm and aah over whether to include it. Chuck it in a margherita glass, I say!
In the dining room Man Bun makes an even more serious mistake. Watching Monique – who is getting rather loud – stacking napkin rings he mutter this to his mate:
NOT a good thing to say to a) a cop, and b) someone who is yet to score your cooking.
In the kitchen the girls are unmoulding the pie and it looks fine if you’re into lots of cream and American-style desserts. Some slices are starting to melt and they decide Lauren will get the saggiest one.

Chew o’clock… and all is silent but the clang of judge’s spoons as they try to hack through the thick biscuit base.
Pete says the pie is good but not great and he hates the overly sweet sorbet. Yep, good decision to cut back on the lemon, girls. As Manu says, chemistry is involved (and wouldn’t Lisa kill to have chemistry lessons from Manu) and it wouldn’t ever have set. (Here’s a good article on how not to wreck sorbet
“Your pie – the bottom layer is too dense and too thick. Is it good enough for this competition? I’m not a huge fan of it.”
Manu, however, didn’t mind the pie, apart from the chunky base. (Why don’t any of these teams provide dessert forks?)
Poor Hazel is particularly cut and we can’t read Lisa’s expression because it’s been botoxed away.
More footage of Lauren being Lauren and Feisty being Feisty, while the SA Besties and the Miners are polite and we don’t get much footage of Nev and Kell.

Scores: Cops 5; SA Besties 6; Miners 6; Villain and Carmine 5; Ducks Nutters 4. Total 25/50 (which is better than their first attempt).
Judges: Entree Pete 8, Manu 9; Main Pete 7, Manu 6; Dessert Pete 3, Manu 5.
Total 63 and they are one point above the cops. Since two teams get eliminated, Ducks Nutters are safe.

Tonight it’s second chance time for the Miners, followed by SA Besties, but the promo is really about the looming battle between Lauren and Monique, who in a complete coincidence have been seated opposite each other both nights.

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There was news today that apparently Nev and Kell got engaged. I’ll leave it to the rest of your fine folks to make the requisite jokes :/ .

brain dead dave

Duck Nut will be an excellent groom. Sounds like he’s been grooming Kell for years.

Do I get a prize for guessing the brother won’t be the best man?


No, but I would pay money if the brother could make a speech at the reception. That would be worth going for.


Thrice Cook chips….has anyone ever successfully cooked this?


As of tonight’s offerings?



Entrée is a big serve if they are using a whole duck breast. More like a mains


Dear God, we have just had to endured a prolong conversation about breadcrumbs.


Just seen the ad for Crowded House Rules…aka Brady Bunch Renos…way too saccharine.


Did they just serve fish and chips


Yep and the coven couldn’t wait to pounce.


Lauren tells the camera that at the Stepsies last instant restaurant, she almost literally lost her mind. Oh sweety, that horse has not only bolted but won the Melbourne Cup.


That is the best catty comment thus far Windsong – I love it!


The standard of cooking really going downhill fast. Just simple cooking.


Oh dear, the miners have just scored zero from the cops as one of them labelled Monique (?) old.

brain dead dave

Monique’s gorgeous. Those dim miners couldn’t “cop”ulate with her in their wildest dreams


The miners aren’t the brightest bulbs, no, but I can’t help but find them inherently likeable. At least they have a sense of humour about the whole thing. Barring Rosie and Paige (who I love so much it hurts), every single other person around the table looks like they’re three seconds away from burying the steak knives in each others’ chest cavities.


I thought that your heart burned for another…


I am not cheating on Jordan with the handsome miners!

I’m just saying that I appreciate their good humour. And c’mon. If you were trapped around a table with Duck Nuts and his brother’s wife, Lauren, and the policewomen, wouldn’t *you* rather be sitting next to the miners?


Or if you mean Rosie and Paige … let’s just say I love them in a slightly different way than Jordan ^_^ .


FFS, PLEASE use dessert forks as well as spoons – I can’t bear to see people pushing food onto their spoons with fingers! And Kell is a Bogan 🙂


Hipster culture infects MKR. Savage critiques for the lack of hand crafted breadcrumbs and artisanally forged biscuits.


Instead of promoting the food they are promoting the catfight. Also the fight between Monique and Lauren is not just tomorrow night but on Wed as well.
MKR has really lost the plot.


It is fairly sad, isn’t it.


I know this is not food related…..but I loved those dresses with the petticoats under….just fabulous. Now food….Nev and Kell of the undercooked seafood now giving other teams a 3 and a 4. That is just bollocks!!!!. All the food in this round is a bit ho hum….we need to se the italian blokes again.


Lol… loved Lauren’s comment that Hazel and Lisa didn’t make their own biscuits for the biscuit base. I rolled my eyes so hard.


Way too much faux drama. The “I’m about to give you a bad review”
cut to ad ©Fuze Tea & plugs for silly new reality renovation show followed by:
“I loved it” blah, blah, blah…
Pete’s orange look is downright weird, never mind the three day growth and 50’s haircut – WTF??? Were their make-up and hair teams pulling cones in the tucker truck?


Yeah, I found myself just staring in disbelief at the screen when Pete got out of the car. His orange face has made the hair around the sides of his head just … fall out.

Also, I agree with you re: dragging out the review process when you know the judges are gonna say the exact opposite of the impression the editors are trying to leave you with.

Are the instant restaurant rounds almost over? I don’t think I can stand much more of this petty, bitchy nastiness. Remember when this show made the pretence of actually being about food? No? Actually, me neither, never mind.

All happening

I thought police were taught conflict resolution, not how to start a war with a total bitch. Their colleagues must be so proud of them.


Thanks for that, Juz. I hope you and the others continue doing recaps, which are more entertaining than the show, because I’m out. Started out snickering at the silliness tonight and ended up screaming at the tv. Enough.

1. If you are so inept at cooking that you can’t tell doneness of a protein without a “tester”, it might be a good idea to get a meat thermometer. Or stay out of cooking competitions, even those with standards as low as MKR.
2. While plating up a dozen pieces of pie, bring the empty plates closer to the pie instead of passing a wobbly piece of pie over full plates. Gah! Use your frigging head!
3. Grown women and men should not be dressing alike.
4. The word “strategic” needs to be banned from this show forever and ever.

All of these contestants could do with a refresher course on table manners.

I’m a lousy baker so rarely do it, but do any of you really bake your own biscuits so you can smash them up for a biscuit crumb base?

brain dead dave

Carmine was talking with a mouthful of food. He actually looked like a concrete mixer in action.


Von, very good points. I would like to add number 5. I never want to hear them utter “this is not a combination dish”


A term adapted by radio presenter Richard Glover some time ago was First Principles this referred to, well actually starting from scratch to make your own butter, grind your own flour etc. before making the finished product. So maybe the contestants can start whining about the butter not being churned, the grain for the bread not freshly ground etc. etc. Oh, or maybe that the rabbit wasn’t shot that morning. Can you imagine how long they would be sitting at the dinner table then.
And yes, please supply cake forks.


Did anyone else catch the Stepsies say that they’d like to do a cookbook. Please note that most cookbooks from MKR or MC ‘chefs’ end up on remainder tables.


I did but who would buy their cookbook when they can’t cook

brain dead dave

People who think MKR is real.


Sara, yes they said for years they have wanted to do their own cook book.
Can you imagine how good (or not) their cooking was ‘years’ ago?
I did think they were very well organised last night, in the beginning but…..


Did anyone hear Kell sitting back like Lady of the manor declaring to Nev that she was sure that everyone would be doing a lot of strategic voting tonight.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I thought, yes, like exactly like you did last night to make sure you stayed in the number 1 spot.
Talk about pot calling kettle.
Then it turns out those two numb nuts gave the lowest score anyway.

They have to be knocked off the top off the leader board. If they end up winning this round, that’s it, to think those two could win a round in a cooking competition, there has to be something wrong somewhere.

If the boys happen to do reasonably well I will be very interested to see how these two vote.
Surely someone soon has to dish up a decent three course meal.


Agree… especially looking at the recipe for the cheesecake… really not much chop so can’t see how they got 10’s for it.. no decent baked cheesecake uses philadelphia as the only cheese component… should contain a good european cottage cheese or something along those lines as well.


This redemption round is the worst. So far all can’t cook.


Yeah, I hate to admit it but I don’t see the miners suddenly becoming competent chefs either. Our best bet to knock everybody down is absolutely Paige and Rosie. C’mon girls. All of Australia is cheering for you, here.


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