Gatecrashers Josh and Danielle have taken last place on the My Kitchen Rules leaderboard on Wednesday night after failing to impress judges with their science-inspired menu.
The “experimental foodies” who “enjoy the molecular gastronomy side of things” dished out impressive snack foods such as edible soil lined down the middle of the table, edible menus and even an edible painting. However, the judges knocked them back when it came to mealtime.
The Victorian couple scored a total of 51, placing them at the bottom of the reality show’s scoreboard after West Australian friends Chloe and Kelly, and first-placed Carly and Tresne from NSW.
At their home restaurant, dubbed Alchemy, the Victorians prepared oxtail and mushroom gyozas with hazelnut oil and grape vinaigrette and apple sphere for their entree, and a technical main course of sous vide salmon with radish and pea salad, a cinnamon biscuit and vanilla mayonnaise.
Dessert was a balancing act of sweet banana parfait with salty maple syrup bacon.
Judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans were wary of the couple’s menu from the start.
The other contestants described it as “impressive” but “risky”.
Busy in the kitchen folding gyozas, Josh and Danielle kept guests waiting for more than an hour before their entree was served.
Both judges took a few bites and questioned the flavours, with Evans later calling the entree his least-favourite dish.
It was another bump for the gatecrashers when the judges said the combination of ingredients in their main dish also bombed.
Feildel, however, did say they “cooked the salmon to perfection”.
The comments left Danielle in tears, but the 27-year-old bravely declared, “We’ve got to keep going”, before starting on dessert.
The banana parfait with maple syrup bacon generated better comments from the judges.
“I actually enjoyed it,” Evans said.
Feildel suggested the bacon could have been crispier and the parfait fluffier, though.
In the end, there was no doubt there were a couple of sad faces.
“It was extremely deflating,” Josh said.
Next in line to show off their kitchen skills are Harry and Christo.
The next episode of My Kitchen Rules airs on the Seven Network on Monday at 7.30pm.