COURT Hall-Eastey has shed her last tear after she and husband Duncan were eliminated from My Kitchen Rules tonight.
The Victorian hipster had been dubbed a princess for her constant crying throughout the Channel 7 cooking show.
The 29-year-old cried all the way through the couple’s first instant restaurant in February and was a blubbering mess in their ultimate instant restaurant a fortnight ago.
The following night, at Karen Gawne and Ros Waters’ ultimate instant restaurant, she was berated by judge Manu Feildel for her behaviour.
Hall-Eastey kept her emotions in check for tonight’s first quarterfinal but wasn’t enough to triumph over New South Wales besties David Vu and Betty Banks.
It came at the end of a marathon three-stage challenge which saw judges Pete Evans and Feildel down eight breakfasts, four lunches and two dinners.
“That has put the fire back in us,” Vu said after narrowly avoiding elimination. “We’re focused and we’re not going to take anything for granted.”
Banks added “hashtag game on”.
The first round saw the eight remaining teams left in the competition given 30 minutes to create a standout breakfast.
Teams were paired against one another. The teams with the best dish were safe with the weakest going into a second round.
Amy and Tyson Murr (bubble and squeak with poached egg and maple bacon) took on Tim Attiwill and Kyle McLean (corn and spring onion fritter with panko poached egg).
Della Whearty and Tully Vella (potato pancake with salmon and crème fraîche) went up against the Hall-Easteys (poached egg with smoked salmon).
Karen Gawne and Ros Waters (corn fritters with scallops and avocado smash) competed against Valerie and Courtney Ferdinands (spicy potatoes with soft boiled egg and maple bacon).
Mark Virgona and Chris Jongebloed (poached duck egg with charred cauliflower and speck salad) were up against Vu and Banks (son-in-law egg with Chinese sausage and tamarind jam).
Attiwill and McLean were back on the show after sitting out the past fortnight’s Ultimate Instant Restaurant round and the nerves showed.
“I expected a lot more of you,” Feildel told the pair after tasting their breakfast. “Breadcrumbs on an egg doesn’t make sense and the pancake was dense.”
That flub sent the South Australian mates straight into the second round along with the Hall-Easteys, the Ferdinands, and Vu and Banks who were also deemed to have the weakest dishes.
Teams in Round 2 had 45 minutes to create a stunning lunch dish.
Attiwill and McLean chose to take a risk and try Asian with crispy skin salmon with ginger and sweet potato puree. The Ferdinands chose to make spicy lamb pot pie with coconut mashed potatoes.
The Hall-Easteys paired glazed pork fillet with a bean salad (out of cans) and capsicum jam. Vu and Banks plated up Thai beef salad with vermicelli noodles.
Attiwill and McLean’s gamble paid off with Evans saying the salmon was “cooked perfectly” and the ginger and sweet potato “bang on”.
The Ferdinands were also safe despite the ratio of potato to mince being out of whack. But Feildel said the meat was “gorgeous, spicy and hot”.
Vu and Banks came unstuck because their dressing soaked into the noodles and left the salad bland. The Hall-Easteys were marked down for creating a side out of tinned beans.
“Opening three cans of beans is not enough right now,” Feildel said. “This is the quarterfinals. You really have to push yourselves.”
The Hall-Easteys and Vu and Banks had 60 minutes to create a winning dinner in the third and final round.
The Hall-Easteys went traditional with lamb rack with peas and beets. Vu and Banks chose to play to their strengths with Vietnamese beef stew with carrot puree.
By the third round the pressure was getting to Banks who started staring into space and had to be given a pep talk by Vu.
“I’m definitely not myself,” Banks said. “Today things are getting to me that normally wouldn’t get to me.”
“I can’t afford for you not to be in the game right now,” Vu scolded.
The gee-up worked because Evans described Vu and Banks’ beef cheeks as “full of flavour” and the carrot puree “not traditional but it worked”.
The Hall-Easteys looked goners when their lamb was way too rare. A quick sear in the frying pan couldn’t disguise the pinkness.
Evans praised the couple’s presentation and Fieldel said the sauce was “outstanding” but “the big negative with the dish was the big chunk of fat left on the cap”.
That minor defect was enough to send the hipsters home.
“It’s sad that we’re going home but we’ve come a long way,” the Hall-Easteys said after the verdict.
Evans and Feidlel could be forgiven for wanting a nanna nap after downing 14 meals in one hit. Now it is down to the final seven.
Originally published as MKR: Court and Duncan eliminated
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