MKR Australia Cook-off sees disastrous dessert: ‘What’s going on?’

A dessert disaster has a pair of MKR contestants in Monday night’s second cooking competition fearing they will be kicked out of the competition.

Matt and KT were baking a lime cheesecake with blackberry coulis in an attempt to impress the night’s two judges, Colin Fassnidge and Gary Mehigan.

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They had already impressed with a burnt butter gnocchi for their main course, but they wanted to take it to the next level with their dessert, “blending” Matt’s passion for indigenous Australian ingredients with the Italian heritage of his best friend KT.

Making cheesecake in a high pressure situation and with limited time was risky.

As Matt admitted, cheesecake is something they usually let set overnight, so they decided to speed up the process by putting their cheesecake in the freezer for a while.

But when Colin came to check on them, he got bad news for the couple.

The cheesecake is totally frozen. Credit: Seven

Their cheesecake wasn’t just baked – it was totally frozen and they had to find a way to thaw it out without turning into a watery, blobby mess.

You could see they were absolutely devastated – the look on their faces screamed, “We’re going home.”

“It’s not a cheesecake, it’s a freezecake!” exclaimed Matt.

“What is happening?”

“Without the cheesecake, we don’t have dessert,” KT added.

Mat and KT are qualified for the semi-finals. Credit: Seven
Lime cheesecake with blackberry coulis: recipe from Matt & KT. Credit: Seven Network

There was a bit of panic and dithering and a few irritable words, before Matt decided to give the cheesecake a quick push in the oven.

And, miraculously, they managed to turn it around and make it look and taste great again.

Neither Gary nor Colin were super impressed with the way they prepared it – it looked like someone had been “murdered on the plate”, Gary joked – but it was delicious.

They were also impressed with how Matt and KT managed to avoid total disaster by not only serving an ok dessert, but a really good one.

While the judges confessed that their favorite dessert of the night was Che and David’s nashi pear, the WA duo bombarded their main meal.

Che and David’s pork came out of the oven red and raw, so they put it in the pan – and ended up overcooking it.

Che and David’s pork comes raw from the oven. Credit: Seven

This sealed their fate, despite the quality of their dessert.

The judges were looking for consistency and two good dishes, rather than one excellent and one terrible.

Matt and KT were ecstatic after learning they would advance to the semi-finals with Kate and Mary, Katherine and Sophie and Janelle and Monzir.

Mat and KT react when they learn that they are in the semi-finals. Credit: Seven
The MKR semi-finalists. Credit: Seven

Matt, who is Indigenous, was in tears, saying he could feel his ancestors looking at him with pride.

The four pairs of cooks will now compete to see who will qualify for the grand final.

Matt and KT acknowledged they had stiff competition – but said they were ready to bring their A-game.

Grand Finals week continues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Channel 7 and 7plus

The MKR cooks learn who advances to the semi-finals.

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