Uel and Shanelle Bid Farewell on MKR

uelBummer – all’s not swell for Uel and Shanelle as the New South Wales newlyweds Uel and Shannelle bowed out of the MKR competition in Tuesday night’s sudden death cook-off.

Trailing Victorian experimental foodie couple Josh and Danielle by only two points, Uel and Shannelle lost their place in the competition with a score of 43 out of 60.

The married couple served up an entrée of cereal prawns, a main of beef short ribs with daikon, carrot puree and soya beans, followed by a dessert of steamed lemon grass and kaffir lime crème brulee. During the competition, Uel and Shannelle’s dishes had often been criticised for being too sweet.

Their second sudden death cook-off was no different with judge Liz Egan noting their entrée of cereal prawns tasted more like a third course rather than a first: “I feel like we’ve skipped to dessert because it’s sweet and weirdly it has prawns in it.”

But the sweetness of the dish was the least of Uel and Shannelle’s problems after judge Karen Martini found the “surprise” of a long black hair in her entrée.

Co-host and fellow judge Manu Feildel also faulted the team’s Asian inspired entrée after discovering his prawns had not been properly cleaned.

The couple’s main of beef short ribs with daikon, carrot puree and soya beans was also deemed too sweet with Manu saying: “The short ribs were fantastic. Your sauce could have been sensational, but again it was too sweet.”

Uel and Shannelle regained some ground with their dessert of steamed lemon grass and kaffir lime crème brulee winning praise from Manu.

“It’s a perfect crème brulee. It’s not overly sweet. It’s simple, done well.”

But Josh and Danielle’s equally strong finish with their dessert of chocolate ganache, mint ice-cream and avocado puree was enough to cement their place in the competition. The couple scored 45 out of 60, the highest sudden death cook-off score in the series.

“Our experience on MKR has been a crazy whirlwind,” said Shannelle on having to leave the competition. “Lots and lots of fun, no regrets.”

“We made some really great friends. Some more like family than friends,” added Uel. “Hand and hand we came into this competition and hand in hand we leave.”

Tonight (Wednesday, March 26) on My Kitchen Rules: It’s business time as each team is charged with running their own pop-up restaurant. They must create a delicious meal to serve to 300 people.

My Kitchen Rules airs Sundays at 6.30pm and Mondays to Wednesdays at 7:30pm on Seven.



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