‘Seafood king’ Josh causes new MKR frenemies’ jaws to drop
Who needs friends when you can have frenemies on My Kitchen Rules?
Caustic Broome pretty-boy, Josh, can’t help making a splash wherever he goes. The failed fish king scrapped through a Sudden Death to send home arch nemeses Matt and Alyse and now he has begun auditioning for the role of most hated MKR contestant by talking back to judge/host Pete Evans, after picking on ex-vegan hipster Courtney in front of all the teams.
??? “We’re a threat in this competition and people should be worried of us.” Um, not really Josh.
There are 15 teams in total since the three groups have combined, so that’s 28 potential Josh-haters.
“We get to meet all the teams, I want to see who else is good looking,” says Betty much to bestie David’s dismay (He actually “ha ha ha” laughed). Careful what you wish for Betty.
The top teams of each group are told they can sit out of this episode’s cook and avoid elimination. The challenge set for the remaining teams is to cook recipes from Pete and Manu’s cookbooks, all from memory.
“Court on the end there is taking way too long to clean those mussels,” Josh observes during the entree round as Courtney and Duncan make Manu’s speck and cider mussels, while adding scones (???) as a mopping bread. “…They’re in so much trouble.”
“Court and I have had our clashes with the instant restaurants, there has been tensions, I genuinely dislike her,” he tells the cameras.
“Needless to say that I would love to see Court and Duncan leave today.”
After attacking Court and Duncan’s decision to add chilli to the recipe, self-proclaimed “seafood king” Josh sets his sights on Della and Tully (if you don’t know this already, Tully is bizarro Asher Keddie).
“I can tell you right now that fish will not be done in time and that’s embarrassing,” he pontificates to wife Amy.
Food-loving guru Della-Lama is picking up on his vibe. “Joshy will be watching us fry the fish, won’t he? Hopefully we can teach him.”
Della continues to the cameras: “Cooking fish in front of the seafood king, I’m actually not feeling one bit nervous. He’s proven he can fillet it, he’s yet to prove that he can cook it. Let’s show him how to really deep fry some fish.”
But the best entree and victors in the fish department went to Mark and Chris, whose kingfish was cooked to perfection and served with speck and parsnip puree as dictated by Manu’s recipe.
“We were pretty fortunate to pick a really good recipe so that’s really helped,” the boys gushed to the judges.
“That’s the first time we got to try your cooking and cutting into that fish it was like bang,” complimented Pete.
“Beautiful crispy skin, beautifully cooked piece of fish. I think you did a great job with my dish,” concurred Manu.
Della and Keddie came middle of the pack, with a pleased Pete paying homage to their fish-cooking skills: “Your fish was cooked magnificently, your salad wonderful and that dressing I really enjoyed.” Eat dirt Josh!
But now it is group two’s Court and Duncan v group one’s Brett and Marie facing Sudden Death.
“Court and Duncan, one of Manu’s dishes, you did manage to cook the mussels beautifully, the speck sensational; really beautiful texture with that,” says Pete, even though viewers know a big “But” is on the way.
“I was happy with the scone; dunking into the sauce, soaking all those flavours up,” says Manu. “But (and there it is) you decided to add fresh chilli to this dish and in this recipe I don’t think it had a place.” (You can see Manu screaming ‘Oh mon Dieu!’ into his defiled cider sauce.)
“And the reason why? I could taste everything but the cider because of the heat of the chilli.”
They should have just passed the chilli over to Brett and Marie, whose stir-fry dish was lacking in the Asian fruit/spice. “I think your squid was cooked extremely well, I think your sauce was lacking in punch,” says Pete, exhibiting his flawless features as proof. “It was a little bit on the safe side for my palette.”
But in the end Court and Duncan are sent to Sudden Death. Josh can’t help but crow: “I’m stoked! I would just love to see them fail. Hopefully Courts has got the tissues ready.”
As the second round of teams are called to the stage to cook mains, Courtney once again adds some uncalled for fire to the menu by telling the judges that she hopes it’s Josh they face in elimination.
“I’ll be doing everything in my power to make sure I’m not in the position you guys are in, I think you guys will be going home today and I hope you do,” fires back Josh. To a look of #OMG from David.
“What is this about?” asks a bemused Damo and Caz, from group one. They aren’t used to the barbs launched among group two.
“He’s trying to show about how he’s such a lovely person,” explains a smiling Courtney as she bursts Josh’s nice-guy alter-ego bubble, oh wait he has already done that!
“I’ve been the same person I have been outside of this and, you know, I am in real life. Some people don’t get along with me and Court’s one of them and I wouldn’t get along with her outside of this either,” he tells a curious Pete, who seems to be smiling about the ratings.
Pete: “So do you want to see them go home tonight?”
“For sure I’ve been hoping for it the whole time and I can’t wait for them to go,” Josh answers in typical fashion. And then POW! “You can’t wait to go back to your job, you know you guys shouldn’t even be here.” Enough punch for you Pete?
“There are jaws dropping to the floor,” a helpful David explains to vision-impaired viewers.
“You contradict yourself constantly,” continued Josh, but he failed to find an answer for Courtney when she asked “how is that?” Meanwhile the Real Housewives of Wollongong are wondering who they are associating with. “We don’t know these people … and it’s very awkward.”
“Josh be careful what you wish for, mate,” warned Pete. But Josh being Josh has to have the last word (“No worries”), which means Manu has to bring proceedings to end with a sharp “let’s move on”.
“Let’s forget what just happened out on the stage, we’ve got 45 minutes to bring the best main…” Josh begins to preach, as Amy cuts him off with “OK, let’s just cook it”.
Josh and Amy are cooking Pete’s chilli mud crabs. “We’ve handled so many mud crabs, we don’t need to pay $90 a kilo, we can just go out to one of the mangroves and catch them.”
“I just want to impress Pete,” says Josh. It may be a little too late for that mate.
“Josh really loves his seafood but he talks a big game. We had some pretty horrible fish at his instant restaurant,” Courtney informs group three’s mother and daughter winners, Valerie and Courtney, as Duncan explains that Josh’s best dish was sashimi.
“Court and Duncan, I feel like they’re almost over our shoulder but that makes me more determined,” Josh says. “If we ended up somehow in the Sudden Death against Court and Duncan, that’d be fine ’cause it’s another team we can kick out.”
The Real Housewives are very unimpressed as Josh butts into their kitchen space. “Josh spills crab water all over my spatchcock,” complains Mell.
“Josh could not give a f—. What a moron,” adds Cyn.
Josh and Amy are not happy about their presentation, with Courts telling the cameras: “Now that we know that… we are into Sudden Death, I’d love for it to be Josh. I’d love to put him in his place.”
So what do the judges have to say? “Josh and Amy. You’ve created one of my dishes. Chilli crab,” says Pete.
Manu: “So, where’s the sauce?”
Unfortunately they have sauce in the prawn shell lid, to add some theatre to the dish.
Manu: “The rice is different than last time.”
“Yes, it is. It’s cooked better,” says Amy.
Manu shoots that down. “Time will tell.”
David and Betty win the mains round with their prawn dish, followed by Damo and Caz’s venison. Karen and Ros also make it through.
“The next safe team is… Josh and Amy,” announces Pete, looking rather disappointed. “The crab was cooked beautifully. You stuck to the recipe. Well done.”
Duncan slow claps them.
“There’s just this wave of relief. Poor Duncan you wanted us in the dessert cook-off. Well, guess what? You’re not having us today,” crows Josh.
Instead it was Albert and Dave sent to Sudden Death for the same mistake as Court and Duncan, adding chilli to Manu’s french cuisine; in this case pearl barley risotto with mushrooms.
After the Sudden Death cook off, Court and Duncan manage to deliver a chocolate pudding with hazelnut shortbread crumb that is set, but the judges aren’t giving anything away.
“I feel proud of what we’ve done, so I’m hoping that they like it,” says Court.
Albert and Dave look like they’re in trouble with their red bean pancake with mango, grapefruit and sago soup, after Pete asks: “Are you sure you’re happy with this balance, now that we’ve tried it?”
“Not when you ask like that,” replies the brothers.
In the end it is Albert and Dave who get sent home after the judges found “the pancake mix was a little tough, a little chewy and really hard to get through”.
“Sorry, Josh. We’re staying,” Court tells the cameras as Duncan humbly apologises for sending their fellow group two contestants home.