MKR favourites Annie and Jason in sudden death cook-off
LOVABLE cheese makers Annie and Jason are up for elimination after losing tonight's My Kitchen Rules showdown challenge.
The country NSW couple lost all confidence in the two rounds against the other members of the losing black apron group from Sunday's Melbourne food truck challenge.
"I think today we just didn't have the right mindset," a deflated Jason said.
"I think it really showed with both of our cooking performances today."
In the first round the married couple disagreed on how best to cook their rack of lamb.
The five teams were asked to create a dish using ingredients from five fans' fridges submitted via Facebook.
Despite their slightly dry pork cutlet, Cathy and Anna were saved by their peers, who in a blind tasting named the mother-and-daughter duo's dish jury's choice.
Judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel chose to save Gold Coast teachers Paul and Blair, whose barramundi dish was nearly perfect except for a strange pesto.
That left Annie and Jason to cook again along with rivals Helena and Vikki and Chloe and Kelly.
The second "showdown" round saw the three teams create a dish based on "must have" ingredients found in the judges' kitchens.
Perth mates Chloe and Kelly beat Helena and Vikki to the Manu crate, leaving the twins with the apparently less desirable Pete crate.
While Annie and Jason secured the other Manu crate, a frazzled Annie quickly buckled under the pressure.
She struggled to remember how to make their blood orange sauce and seemed paralysed by stress.
Jason once again struggled with their protein, overcooking the duck while trying to get a crispy skin.
Chloe and Kelly were the clear winners in the second round after taking a risk with their crumbed and fried bone marrow.
"The ingredients that I had in my crate are ingredients that are really close to my heart and to impress me is not very easy and I'm not going to sugar coat it," Feildel said.
"This dish you created, I loved it."
Greek twins Helena and Vikki got carried away with all of the elements in their dish, but luckily had enough time to redo their snapper after overcooking it in the oven the first time.
"What I noticed about your cooking together today is you don't have the confidence you normally possess," Evans said.
"I think you were just rushing things today.
"Luckily your fish was lovely and moist and that eggplant was delicious."
Annie and Jason will face off against Carly and Tresne in tomorrow night's sudden-death cook off, when one team will be eliminated.
It will be a battle of the nice guys as the bubbly blondes cook for survival on the show against the lovable country couple.
"It's not ideal us having to cook against Annie and Jason," Carly said.
"They're just beautiful people but we do not plan on going home in sudden death."
My Kitchen Rules airs tomorrow at 7.30pm on Channel 7.
Fridge Favourites round
Annie and Jason: Herb-crusted lamb rack with vegetable and Haloumi stack and roasted tomatoes
Cathy and Anna: Pork cutlets with balsamic apples and potato mash
Helena and Vikki: Chicken roulade with mushroom sauce and zucchini salad
Kelly and Chloe: Salmon with potato rosti and asparagus and radish salad
Paul and Blair: Crispy-skin barramundi with rocket pesto and green peas, asparagus and
Judges' Ingredients round
Helena and Vikki: Baked snapper with prawns, eggplant and tomato ragout and Skordalia mash (Pete)
Chloe and Kelly: Pan-seared scallops with cauliflower puree and crispy bone marrow (Manu)
Annie and Jason: Crispy-skin duck with blood orange sauce, glazed carrots and cauliflower puree (Manu)