WA’s Karito and Ian have become the first casualties of My Kitchen Rules this year.
The lovebirds lost a sudden-death cook-off against Christian brothers Josh and Austin on Monday night after both teams failed to impress with their original instant restaurants.
Even before they stepped into the kitchen, the bitterness between the two pairs was evident with Josh refusing to answer judge Manu Feildel when he asked what Karito and Ian needed to do to win.
“I am not going to say what they need to improve on and what they don’t need to improve on,” Josh said.
He then got angry at Austin when he said they needed to add salt, indicating it may help them.
Both teams managed to redeem themselves with the three-course menus they delivered, with judge Pete Evans saying the food they cooked outshone anything from their instant restaurants.
“If you had cooked like you did today, there is no way that either of you would be facing elimination,” he said.
Karito and Ian were the first to learn their fate, with their empanadas entree scoring a seven and six from Evans and Feildel respectively.
“That pastry was spot on,” Evans said.
“A little bit more spice and seasoning and they would have been the perfect empanadas for me.”
The Colombian chorizo and beans main was given the same score, with the judges commenting there were inconsistencies between the plates despite it being “pleasant” to eat.
Ian’s dessert was the winner of the night. Scoring nines from both judges, the lemon slice was dubbed restaurant quality.
“Texturally it was fantastic, I loved the pastry and the lemon was so intense, it was gorgeous,” Feildeil said.
Including scores from the other contestants, Karito and Ian ended up with 84 out of 130 points.
Josh and Austin, meanwhile, received a six and seven for their beetroot and goats cheese entree from Feildel and Evans.
“I really enjoyed the combination of the beetroot and the goats cheese in this dish…it was a good entree, it wasn’t perfect though,” Evans said.
The main, jambalaya with corn bread, was praised for its taste but Feildel commented the rice was overcooked.
“Flavour-wise I was amazed, it was salty, it was spicy, it was meaty,” he said, agreeing with Evans’ score of seven.
Again, the dessert was the most popular dish of their menu.
The sweet potato pie with vanilla cream gained eights from both judges.
“The thing that has blown me away is your balance of flavours,” Evans said.
“I loved the filling, you hit the nail on the head with the flavours.”
The race was neck-and-neck until the contestants’ scores were added, which saw Josh and Austin sail through to victory with 90 out of 130 points.
Karito said she was thankful for the experience.
“I came here to honour my grandma’s memory and make my daughter proud,” she said.
“I’m happy and feel blessed for the opportunity. I’m very, very thankful. We wanted to bring fire and spice to MKR and we did it. We’re going home but this competition has given us so much so we feel like winners already.”