Viewers slam MKR final as ‘rigged’
VIEWERS have slammed the My Kitchen Rules finale as 'rigged' after Alex Clark and Emily O'Kane stormed in front to take the win from the season favourites last night.
The Queensland hospitality couple scored 55 points out of 60 for their five-course menu - three points ahead of Victorian mums and competition favourites Kim Tran and Suong Pham.
Alex and Emily scored straight nines from Pete Evans, Manu Feildel, Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Colin Fassnidge and a perfect 10 from Liz Egan.
But fans questioned how they got near perfect scores when their lobster dish was heavily criticised but Kim and Suong's dessert was only slightly faulted, with hundreds littering social media with angry comments after they were crowned.
FANS LASH OUT
kim & suong's worst comment: slightly overcooked creme caramel— VINCCI SAW INFINITY WAR 💥 (@hjddIeston) May 6, 2018
judges: 8s and 9s for you!!!
alex & emily worst comment: lobster has lost its natural flavour with uncomplementary side elements
judges: CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE THE #MKR WINNERS!!!!!
Emily was an emotional wreck half way through the finale because of repeated jibes from Alex, while Kim and Suong had an F-bomb laced blow-up when a batch of crème caramels were overcooked.
The theatrics from both teams also annoyed viewers, who took to social media to say the finale was filled with nothing but 'contrived drama'.
Just putting it out there, this show needs a major overhaul. Piss off the over acted drama & get some people that can actually cook. Oh and maybe the chefs could give some actual cooking advice and tips #MKR— Leah Jay (@LeahJayK) May 6, 2018
HOW THE NIGHT UNFOLDED
The early rounds were neck and neck as Alex and Emily plated up a first course of tuna tartare with cumin and harissa oil and a second course of jamon wrapped lamb brains with caper mayonnaise.
Kim and Suong showcased their Vietnamese heritage with wagyu in mustard leaf followed by quail with Vietnamese XO sauce.
The seafood round was where Alex and Emily stumbled. Their Moroccan lobster with cauliflower and citrus tahini dressing was criticised by the judges. The spices overwhelmed the lobster.
Kim and Suong had no problem with their tiger prawns with red sauce. It was deemed a standout.
Alex and Emily bounced back with their pork belly with sprouts, apple and calvados sauce. It was a match for Kim and Suong's Vietnamese beef stew.
THE WINNING DISH
The Queenslanders left their best for last. Their Penicillin dessert, based on the cocktail of the
same name and presented inside a ring of dry ice, was a showstopper featuring lemon parfait,
ginger jelly, whiskey caramel and honeycomb.
"Everything on that plate made sense, every mouthful was bloody delicious," Evans raved.
Kim and Suong knew desserts were their weakness and although their coconut crème caramel with citrus salad was a crowd pleaser it didn't hit the same heights.
"It was a good dessert but it wasn't a perfect dessert - I think the crème caramel was a little
overcooked," Feildel said.
Kim and Suong got nines from Evans, Fassnidge, Egan and Grossi but could only snag eights from Feildel and Martini.
"You gave us rustic home cooking full of love and incredible flavour," Grossi told the pair.
Kim and Suong took the defeat in their stride.
"This has been a journey of a lifetime, the best team won today, and we're very proud of them and very happy for them," Suong said.
MKR GRAND FINAL SCORES
Alex & Emily, LOVE FROM MIAMI
Guy "An adventurous and brave menu that pulled no punches" 9
Liz "This was a Grand Final menu in every way" 10
Kim & Suong, SECRET LANTERN
Karen "A five course meal of love and heritage" 8
Guy "You gave us rustic home cooking full of love and incredible flavour" 9
Pete "Thank you for a delicious menu" 9