After last night's enthralling episode, the 2016 tournament that is My Kitchen Rules is in full swing. Mitch and Laura, the youngest team ever – they really emphasise that, in case you didn't know – are the next team in charge of the 'instant restaurant'. In Shoreham – Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Mitch and Laura are away from civilisation and ready to get the ball rolling.
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Spoiler: Siblings Mitch and Laura weren't expecting this result after a night where it seemed nothing quite went to plan on the new series of MKR. Vision: Channel 7.
Laura and Mitch are brother and sister, in case you didn't get that right away (I didn't). Both at uni, they're proactive and are fans of sustainable eating – "From the earth to the plate" Laura says. Laura doesn't like wasting anything, and almost immediately you realise who's the boss in the kitchen. With a creativity and a raw passion for their age and not wanting to be the underdogs, the two are keen to be underestimated, and then come out with a BANG.
They begin with an entrée of Smoked Venison - that's meat from a deer, by the way. Pete says it leaves a lot to the imagination, and they're in for a surprise with Mitch and Laura. Titles are simple, as they want some people to be surprised – did you know that people are going to be surprised?
Roasted Wild Boar is the main – Manu says that they're "staying in the forest with their menu". They get to the butcher, and wanted a nice thick piece of boar – which they didn't organise beforehand. Now, the butcher hasn't provided and their meat is too thin – you'd think they would've planned ahead. Laura is disappointed (in her lack of planning) but according to her: "If you can't go over the mountain, go around it".
They then collect the rest of their ingredients with a quick run around Coles and their dessert is a Black Forest Mousse Cake, after looking like headless chickens Laura claims they are "doneski" and head home.
On the car ride home, Mitch says he's confident that they're going to nail every dish tonight – be careful what you say Mitch, have you seen a single episode of this show, ever? Laura wants to get the first 10 in the group and claims that they "need to hurry. Today is the day. This is it". Really, Laura? I hadn't noticed.
With only two hours and 46 minutes until guests arrive, they haven't even set up their restaurant. Their restaurant is called 'The Pines', because they wanted everything they do to be rejuvenated and don't like wasting anything. They have the intention of a "magical land". They've created everything themselves and they're keen to surprise the guests. Again. The element of surprise is strong in these two.
As they finish setting up the restaurant, with table mats made out of pine wood and what looks to be grass on the table, Laura laughs saying that maybe "not mentioning names but some people won't enjoy the theme too much". Zana, she's looking at you.
With only two hours to get cooking, they haven't even started yet. Laura is to take control and tell Mitch what to do, because when it comes to what to do in the kitchen – she's the boss.
They're starting with the dessert – the Chocolate Mousse Cake, and before the doorbell rings they need half the dessert complete. Laura says if you're not confident you have to "fake it till you make it". Unsure how you can fake food on a plate Laura, but gold star for trying
With an hour and 20 minutes to go, they still haven't started the entrée or the mains. Mitch is continuing to do whatever his sister says, continuing the dessert without even saying a word. Still making the dessert with only 45 minutes to go, they complete the Cherry Mousse and pray that the ice cream has come out perfectly.
They decide to get changed with 15 minutes to go.
The group comes in with Gianni and Zana at the front of the pack. Zana is complaining that she dirtied her "Valentino's in the mud." Can you blame her? The complaining continues with Paige complaining that Zana is complaining too much. With the natural feel around them – and the mud that Zana keeps complaining about – Monique and Sarah (yes, the cops) are expecting meat and good protein – but it better not be duck.
Stepping into the marquee, all the other contestants are wowed. Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy starts to play, because with such a natural and different vibe in the restaurant, you need a completely individual song, right?
Zana really surprises me now as she says that she wants Mitch and Laura to "kill it" as they want someone that they can strive to be better than.
With candles hanging from the ceiling and grass on the table, the contestants describe the restaurant as a fairyland and a magical wonderland, Cheryl exclaims that she felt she was "transported into another land", it's all very dramatic.
The cops are nervous as they haven't really met anyone, as everyone had the chance to meet while they cooked – I'm unsure if the rest of the contestants realised, but they're cops. Wanting to get to know everyone, they first asked what Gianni and Zana did for a living. Zana looks awkwardly at Gianni and says "We're actually lawyers" and she says it so fiercely that I even felt awkward. Monique and Sarah look so taken aback that you kind of just wanted to feel sorry for them. It's then that Zani says, "Every police officer I've ever dealt with have been horrific" and you could actually cut the tension in the room with a knife.
Meanwhile, the team are getting their entrée together. Pete and Manu turn up, and again, they state that they're the "youngest couple in My Kitchen Rules history".
Asking the contestants to "Please turn over their moss", Rosie and Paige are uncomfortable with the menu choice, and claim they can get "venison with snakes venom", not really sure what they're going to get.
Zana freaks out over the fact that there's white ants coming out of the placemats. She pulls a face that makes it look like she's being tortured alive, claiming "Our pet hate is dirtiness". Your placement is a pine tree, were you expecting much more?
Manu asks Zana about her opinion on the menu – she has to taste the smoky flavour, and it has to be pink. Otherwise it's just not okay. Okay?
Paige bets Manu "10 bucks" that they have to take something off the plate and the smoke will come out, it ends up being a glass cloche on top of the plate. With a medallion of venison, and the smoke under the cloche, they begin to take the entrée out to the restaurant.
Jordan knows that they're in for a treat.
Paige says that "Straight up, Manu owes me ten bucks, because there's a thing inside the thing, with the thing".
The Harry Potter theme song plays, because that's just the first thing you think of when you think of smoke, yes?
Manu and Pete eat the meal in silence, as Laura looks in fear at the plate, then at her brother, as she forgot the jus. It's still sitting on the stove. Mitch is tense, watching the judges eat their food, cowering behind his sister, because she's really the boss of this situation.
Manu begins with "Wow. What a show", he believes he's eating a meal in a forest somewhere. He said it was gorgeous and he's very impressed. "But there's a but, there's a couple of buts". Manu said a little bit of a jus was missing, Manu wanted something quite rare, juicy and soft, and unfortunately they overcooked the meat.
Pete was wowed also, claiming the team are serious about the competition. See, I thought they were in it as a joke – I mean there's always that person, right? "The design was a tick, and the flavours mixing together was another tick". As far as the venison goes it was a little pink, but not as it should be. Pete says they need to make sure they make the the most important thing the hero on the plate.
Mitch now knows that they need to make sure the hero of the dish is cooked perfectly, and that the jus is included. Which is what they take into account for their next dish.
Jordan makes an announcement that if anyone doesn't want it, pass it to him, because he just loves it so much and there's "just not enough on the plate".
Zana claims that she can't even bite into the meat, her teeth hurt, and she pulls the face like she's sucking on that sour lemon. I feel like that's a face we're going to see often. Zana is disappointed and upset about her meat, who knew?
They now know not to overcook the wild boar.
Paige says that she wants theatrics with the next dish and Zana pulls the face. Let's just call it 'the face' from here on out, I'm sure you know what I mean when I say it now. She doesn't want a real "pig" taste in her mouth, you know because all pig tastes the same, and she's scared it's going to be dry.
Meanwhile, Laura forgets that the meat is sitting in the pan and Mitch isn't even saying a word. With a moist, pink meat, they realise they have only pan-fried the meat instead of roasting the meat, completely lying about the title of their dish on the menu.
The cops are telling stories, and Zana is pulling a face showing us that she'd rather be anywhere except sitting across the table from cops right now – because they're so much better than that, didn't you know? The group are laughing together, and Zana looks really uncomfortable.
Everything is coming together a little too quickly and perfectly for Mitch and Laura. With a taste of the jus, they hate it, saying it's 'disgusting'. There's the thing that goes wrong, knew it would come out sooner or later. The jus is burnt, and they have to scrap it. Laura says they have to "Taylor Swift this jus and Shake it off". They prepare and serve the pan seared meat, and not actually the 'Wild Roasted Boar' that they promise on their menu.
Main is served. Monique claims that it looks amazing, and she's hoping that it's not as amazing as their main – otherwise the girls are gone for.
Manu and Pete eat the meal, making no eye contact with anyone while eating.
Pete smiles and asks "would you call that roasted?". Mitch explains that the meat they got at the store wasn't what they expected, they wanted a thicker meat, but as they weren't prepared had to deal with the meat they did get. Pete says that what they did deliver was "a beautiful meal". Unfortunately, the cranberry sauce was too strong and didn't flow with the meal.
Manu is disappointed with the title of the dish – but he loved the wild boar and didn't mind the cranberry sauce, but both Manu and Pete agree that a jus would've made the meal better. Manu has faith in the team, and hopes they're with the show for a while. There was no pan to Zana's face, but I really wish there was.
The contestants eat the meal, and all Cheryl can say, is "wow" – which is such a change. Zana is shocked and pleasantly surprised by the meal. Monique thinks the cranberry sauce is "too tart" and pulls a face to show us that's what she thinks, it's interesting.
They now have to crack on with the dessert to get it out – and quite frankly it has too many components for me to even remember.
As they try to temper the chocolate Laura is happy and gets the "good chocolate feels".
Meanwhile, the group is waiting and Cheryl claims that she's going to show Matt how to kiss sensually, making a face to express what she really means. Zana puts her hands up, and screws her face up in such a way that she looks like she is in actual pain.
Mitch is given the very important job of flipping the cake and Laura jokes saying "don't stuff it up, it could literally be a flop". It is such a dramatic time in the kitchen.
There's only the ice cream to go – and it's so sloppy it's basically melting on the plate. Laura is scared that her "sloppy ice-cream is what ruins her dream of a ten". The ice cream is so sloppy that I'm feeling second-hand embarrassment for Mitch and Laura.
Monique says there's a "pattern, saying the dessert looked amazin." Zana is disappointed, again, it's not as creative as she thought and not as "perfect" as the other two dishes.
Manu taps the chocolate and Laura claims that it "echoes through the room". These people are really quite dramatic at the best of times, aren't they?
Pete believes that it's perfect, moist and a unique flavour, the jelly wonderful and the mousse perfect. The only negative is the ice cream – he didn't mind that it wasn't set but the taste took away from the cake itself.
Manu disagrees with Pete – even though the ice cream came melting on the plate, he says that the dessert was perfect. He says they've seen "a lot of you and a lot of recipes" and he was wowed that they have come up with such a complex dish so early on in the competition. He then says "unfortunately" and a really long pause and you see the colour drain out of their face before he continues with "I'm going to have to ask more of you throughout the competition".
Laura said that "tonight they showed people they can cook", no matter their age. Really? I didn't know if this show was about cooking, or hanging washing out?
The contestants eat the dessert, Jordan and Anne say that it's amazing. Cheryl says it's faultless and magnificent. Gianni and Zana give each other a look, and Zana says she wouldn't do it herself and there was a taste that she didn't like in the dessert. She's disappointed. Oh the worry.
It's score time from the teams. The teams take into account their ages and the menu as a whole, with dishes "near perfection" according to Jordan. Eight and nine is a very popular number amongst the contestants, even Zana who did nothing but find fault in the entire night.
Pete thanks the team for their hospitality. With a combined score of 41 out of 50 from the teams. Manu says that pulling the cloche off the plate was magnificent, but unfortunately the venison was overcooked. Pete agrees that if it were cooked properly it would've been the star of the dish and gives them a 7/10 and Manu a 6/10 for their entrée.
Manu says that again the boar wasn't roasted, but it was tender even though it wasn't cooked the way it was promised. A jus would've made the plate perfect. Pete reiterates Manu's comments. Pete gives an 8/10 and Manu an 8/10 for the main dish.
The judges agree that the layers of the dessert were delightful and sensational. Manu is proud of Mitch and Laura, especially being so young. Pete gives a 9/10 for the dessert, and Manu gives the first 10/10 of the season.
Laura almost cried, and the rest of the contestants didn't know how to react, mostly shocked faces fill the room.
The final score of the evening is 89, putting them on top of Monique and Sarah at only 68.
Setting the bar very high, Cheryl and Matt are next in Queensland, promising to "have a ball".