PRIDE OF PIRIE

FAMILY: Sal Caputo was supported by family and friends at Sporties Tavern. He is pictured with Jess, Alyssa, Tim, Nikki, Chloe and Marco.
FAMILY: Sal Caputo was supported by family and friends at Sporties Tavern. He is pictured with Jess, Alyssa, Tim, Nikki, Chloe and Marco.

The nation's eyes were on Port Pirie on Tuesday night as Sal Caputo and Lyn Ellbourn took their turn to cook on Channel 7 television series My Kitchen Rules.

The cooking duo jumped to second place with an impressive score of 105 and received praise from well-known chefs - and the programme's judges - Pete Evans and Manu Feildel.

As the episode started, footage of the harbour and city centre was aired and then Sal and Lyn started the task of frantically getting ready for their restaurant, named Sea of White.

Local businesses S.D Caputo and Sons and Alex's Meat as well as Coles were points of call in the duo's shopping journey.

Beef carpaccio with grissini was served for entree and received instant applause from Pete and Manu.

Seafood risotto followed for main and again was a hit with the two judges as well as most contestants.

Manu said they had done an unbelievable job. Pete praised the duo's use of chili in the dish.

"It brought this risotto to another level," he said.

"I take my hat off to you.

"You could just do the dish with the scallop roe and you would get a 10.

"There was nothing I could fault with this dish."

Earlier in the episode, Sal explained his family history with Port Pirie's seafood business and said he wanted to make his family proud.

As the judges heaped praise on the pair for the main dish, Sal was overcome with emotion.

It followed a tense cook-off where the pair had to leave their guests and dash to Coles as well as restart the stock for the risotto several times.

After some brief drama, the dish turned out to be pure perfection.

Black magic cherry cake was served as dessert but didn't rate as well as the previous two dishes.

While Pete said it was lovely and moist, he said it was lacking cherries. Manu echoed similar sentiments. 

Their entree was scored 10 each from both judges, while Pete gave the main dish a 10 and Manu gave it a 9. Both scored their dessert a 5.

Locally, family and friends joined Sal on Tuesday at Sporties Tavern to celebrate the episode's screening. As the pair were heaped with praise and the scores revealed, the venue erupted in cheers of applause.

Last week, a celebration for Sal and Lyn was held at the Portside Tavern to celebrate the start of group two on the programme.

GREAT SCORE: Lyn Ellbourn and Sal Caputo scored a total of 105 on Tuesday night. PHOTO: Channel 7

GREAT SCORE: Lyn Ellbourn and Sal Caputo scored a total of 105 on Tuesday night. PHOTO: Channel 7