Dezi and Penny from Team Greece crushed Team France’s Austine and Leo in last night’s thrilling episode of Plate of Origin, securing the winning score of 49 out of 60.
The cousins took judges Manu Feildel, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan to Greece by cooking octopus, a symbol of Greek summer. It was a near perfect main, aside from Manu’s tasting plate which was slightly undercooked.
But it was their dessert which really went off with a bang – literally.
The pair were making a loukoumades, fig and ice cream dessert but when they went to the fridge, they found their loukoumades dough had exploded.
“Oh my god! It’s exploded! It’s exploded! My god it’s exploded,” Penny cried out in panic. “It’s like a volcano has erupted in the fridge.”
The only choice for the girls was to start over and Penny quickly got to work on a new batter, with a bit of encouragement and banter from Dezi.
“I’ve seen you make a cake, a whole cake, for a birthday party in under 45 minutes. You can do this!” Dezi encouraged her.
She added with a laugh: “We wouldn’t be Greek without the drama.”
The pair managed to complete their dessert and although it wasn’t a perfect dish, the judges still raved about their ice cream.
“The ice-cream itself was absolutely delicious. I loved the flavour balance between salt and sweet in ice-cream,” Manu said.
Team France on the other hand, misjudged the proportions of their Framboisier dessert tower and are now headed into the elimination challenge.