MKR's Karen and Ros are out after failed chocolate dessert
MIDWIVES Karen Gawne and Ros Waters have endured death by chocolate and been eliminated from My Kitchen Rules.
The Victorian pair faced off against South Australia's Tim Attiwill and Kyle McLean in a sudden death dessert challenge and stumbled.
But it was Attiwill and McLean's rollercoaster performance on the Channel 7 cooking show that will have viewers talking.
The pair has been short-priced favourites to take on Amy and Tyson Murr in the finale but have been stumbling badly in the quarterfinals.
In Tuesday night's episode their breakfast dish of corn and spring onion fritter with panko poached egg was dubbed one of the most disappointing dishes of the round by judge Pete Evans.
Tonight the pair flopped in the very challenge they should have smashed - a trio of meat dishes.
Teams had 90 minutes to use a type of meat - chicken, pork, beef or lamb - cooked three different ways and presented on the one plate.
For some bizarre reason, Attiwill and McLean chose the simplest of Italian-themed dishes to present to Evans and Manu Feildel - spaghetti and meatballs, beef parmigiana and peppered beef.
Evans was not impressed. "That sauce on the spaghetti and meatballs was not enjoyable - a really concentrated tomato paste flavour,” Evans said.
"But my least favourite dish was your beef parmigiana. That was pub food and not good pub food. We've seen a lot better from you fellas.”
That put Attiwill and McLean straight into the sudden death challenge against Gawne and Waters.
The midwives made two slight mistakes with their trio of pork - crispy pork belly, pork shoulder with polenta and pork cutlet with pickled apple. Their polenta was grainy and they burnt the pork crackling.
The Murrs trio of beef - wagyu steak with onion cream, oxtail with tarragon mash, and crumbed minute steak - was judged the best dish of the round.
The Queensland siblings cemented their favouritism and were gobsmacked that Attiwill and McLean were in a sudden death elimination round.
"If they are eliminated tonight it is one step closer to the Grand Final for us,” Tyson said.
Attiwill and McLean were out of their comfort zone in the sudden death challenge that asked teams to create three different desserts on the one plate.
The pair had only dished up one dessert during the whole competition - a sharp contrast to Gawne and Waters who considered themselves dessert specialists.
Gawne and Waters went for a trio of chocolate-themed desserts - fudgy chocolate cake with raspberry coulis, chocolate chilli mousse with raspberries, and chocolate crumb with balsamic strawberries and mascarpone.
"For me the highlight was your chocolate mousse,” Evans said after the tasting. "The one fault I have is your fudgy chocolate cake. It was a little bit dense. Good but not perfect.”
Attiwill and McLean decided on a trio of mousses - yoghurt mousse with caramelised pineapple and balsamic strawberries, dark chocolate mousse with pear and sweet dukkah, and ricotta mousse with grilled peaches and honey thyme syrup.
The desserts, which were the brainchild of Attiwill, had all the complexity that was missing from their earlier beef trio.
"You really pushed the boundaries tonight with three perfect mousses,” Feildel said.
Evans described the mousse trio as "the dessert of the competition”.
"I think your yoghurt mousse worked a treat,” he enthused. "It had a lovely sourness to it. The ricotta mousse was feather-light and so was your chocolate mousse.”
The result kept Attiwill and McLean in the hunt with Gawne and Waters eliminated despite an impressive cook.
"We are just so pleased we have come this far in the competition and we are really proud of ourselves,” Gawne said after the verdict was announced.
"It's been an all-round total amazing experience,” Waters added.