Eliminated: Uel and Shannelle.
Eliminated: Uel and Shannelle. LeoPhotography

Mad food scientists Josh and Danielle send newlyweds packing

A PERFECT dessert couldn't save Uel and Shannelle from elimination on My Kitchen Rules tonight.

The nice newlyweds put a bit too much of their sweetness into their three-course meal, tipping the scales too far towards the saccharine.

They faced off against Geelong food scientists Josh and Danielle, who ended up in sudden death after their ambitious Brazilian barbecue failed to impress tradies in the building site lunch challenge.

Uel and Shannelle vowed to "cook united" but the usually bickering Josh and Danielle also showed a newfound sense of cooperation.

The stakes were high for the gastronomy lovers, who both left their jobs in the hopes of winning the show and launching their own food careers.

"We wake up every morning and think what can we cook today?" Josh said.

"That's all we want to do in our life, is something with food."

The battle between the two couples was close race from start to finish.

Neither of their entrees had the wow factor for the judges.

Josh and Danielle's slow-cooked egg didn't get enough cooking time.

"For the hero, the egg isn't cooked enough," guest judge Karen Martini said.

While Uel and Shannelle's Singaporean cereal prawns had plenty of crunch, they were overcooked and the judges found the dish too sweet.

"I feel like we skipped to dessert and weirdly it's got prawns in it," guest judge Liz Egan said.

 To make matters worse Martini had a hair on her plate and Manu Feildel's prawn wasn't cleaned properly.

Uel and Shannelle were more conscious of sweetness during the preparation of their main course, but despite repeated taste tests they couldn't nail the flavours in the sauce for their short ribs.

"I think the sweetness is a good idea but it's got to be well balanced," Feildel said.

Lacking their usual finesse in presentation, Josh and Danielle's pork belly was dry and overcooked.

The teams were evenly placed going into the final course, where both managed to shine with faultless dishes.

Harsh guest judge Colin Fassnidge said Josh and Danielle's chocolate ganache was a dish he'd "actually pay for".

 "This dessert for me is a 10 out of 10," Feildel said.

But the Frenchman was equally impressed with Shannelle's "more than perfect" crème brulee.

"When something so simple is executed so well it brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?" guest judge Guy Grossi said.

While Josh and Danielle's food dream is "still alive", young lovebirds Uel and Shannelle said a teary goodbye.

 "I'm really glad to have Uel to support me, not just through this competition but in life as well," Shannelle said.

"We're definitely stronger for all of this."

Tomorrow night, the remaining teams have to run their own pop-up restaurants, with each duo having to cook and serve their customers.



Josh and Danielle

Entrée: Slow-cooked egg with pea puree, pancetta crumbs and Verjuice gel

Main: Crispy-skin pork belly with beer-stewed chickpeas

Dessert: Chocolate ganache with mint ice cream and avocado puree

Score: 45/60


Uel and Shannelle

Entrée: Cereal prawns

Main: Beef short ribs with Daikon carrot puree and soya beans

Dessert: Steamed lemongrass and Kaffir lime crème brulee

Score: 43/60

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