THEY might be outspoken and even a bit snooty, but Anna and Cathy Lisle can certainly handle the heat in the kitchen.
The Walcha mother and daughter cooking combo rocketed to the top of the leaderboard on last night’s episode of My Kitchen Rules, stunning the judges and silencing the critics.
In their first instant restaurant of the show, Anna and Cathy seared their rivals with a score of 89/110 overall, amassing an impressive 51/60 from judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel.
Mum Cathy was stunned but ecstatic when the final scores were read out.
“We’ve achieved everything we wanted to tonight,” she said.
“I think we’ve done the country proud.”
The Lisles snatched a perfect 10 from both judges for their mouthwatering dessert, petit apple lattice pies with spice creme anglaise.
“What we’re looking for in this competition is perfection and you delivered it with this dessert tonight. That blew me away,” Evans said.
“This dessert tonight was the best dessert we’ve had in this competition.
“If I was to have one dessert in a year, that would be it.” Feildel simply added: “It was a brilliant dessert.”
The judges scored straight nines for the duo’s entrée of seared scotch fillet with eggplant caviar, fennel chips, baby herbs and homemade aioli.
Their main, Walcha lamb loin with potato galette, beetroot, asparagus and orange and mint sauce, was the only sour note on a pitch perfect night.
“I’ve eaten raw lamb a couple of times in my life and I’ve really enjoyed it, but for a loin it needs to be a little more cooked than that,” Evans said as he scored a seven.
Feildel, who scored a six for the main, described the sauce as “overpowering” and said the combination of orange and mint “didn’t make sense”.
The guest teams scored Cathy and Anna 38/50.
The episode was filmed late last year at the Lisle’s Walcha property.