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Pinterest Fails Come to Life in Netflix’s “Nailed It”

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When good cakes happen to bad bakers.  Image: Netflix

In the era of modern technology and instant ‘moment sharing’, cooking failures in the kitchen are no longer restricted to shamefully tossing out the food abomination one has created.  Pinterest Fails and #NailedIt hash tags allow us to poke a little fun at our kitchen disappointments and now, Netflix have gone one step further with a new fun filled baking show filled with ‘bakers’ just as inept at baking as most of us are.

Nailed it’, hosted by Nicole Byer, salutes all the wrongs we do in the kitchen by pitting three willing home chefs against each other in a two round bake-off where the aim is to re-create decadent and over-the-top baked goods (in what I feel is a very restricted amount of time), all for the chance to win $10,000 and the Nailed It trophy cup.

From kit kats in the microwave (when the recipe requires melted chocolate) to unflattering self portrait cookies to a President Donald Trump cake that looks like it has come directly out of your nightmares, Nailed It celebrates the fun in failing.

While the format is nothing really new and the contestant introductions feel like they’re on a daytime infomercial spruiking the latest in kitchen utensils, it is Nailed It’s judges that inject the life and festivity to the show.  Host Byers along with renowned chef Jacques Torres and an episodic special guest judge play along with the frivolity of the show and aren’t afraid to laugh at the baking results so much so, I believe the title of the show should actually be “I don’t mean to laugh but – “

While there is laughter at our bakers and their skills, there is no nastiness whatsoever.  Byers, Torres and the guest judge are encouraging and are even able to be called up to offer advice if one of the bakers press their allocated ‘panic’ button.

In the end, our bakers know they’re crap in the kitchen.  There’s no egos, no arguments and no casting of the villain role (hello MKR).  These bakers are here to have a good time, get some baking pointers and have a crack at possibly fluking a challenge to win the $10,000 prize.

Nailed It is currently streaming on Netflix Australia.

 

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MKR Finale Chloe and Kelly Vs Bree and Jess

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Was I the only one who thought, after all the promotion, we’d be seeing a Chloe and Kelly vs Helena and Vikki finale?

So, Chloe and Kelly plus Bree and Jessica in the finale of My Kitchen Rules 2014….Who’d have thunk it?  Some are calling the Perth girls win into the finale over Paul and Blair a farce and only done for ratings – there’s even a handful of ‘Boycott MKR 2014 finale‘ Facebook pages up and running and ousted contestants are less than impressed with how the two have acted throughout the season.

Don’t forget, they barely made it through the very first round of instant restaurants.

Barely.

Remember the uproar when they went through and we all called foul on Manu’s scoring?

Call it what you will…there’s been more than enough ‘choice’ scores put up by judges throughout this season that has dramatically affected and thus created this final pairing we have in front of us tonight.

Needless to say, while the two were far from being anyone’s favorite team, the ‘well traveled foodies’ have, over the extended course of this season, worn me down with their cooking ability to a point, where I actually prefer these two over the inane Helena and Vikki – but that’s an entirely different post on it’s own.

Bree and Jess on the other hand looked set to have a breezy path into the finales until..you know…Jess’s complete breakdown during the MKR truck rounds and from then on, the mum’s have been on a rocky path that has been less in-your-face and less confrontational than Chloe and Kelly yet has seen them just scrape into the finale.

So while the final two teams in the finale are a surprise (I foresaw a Paul and Blair vs Cathy and Anna finale) both teams have had their fair share of wins and near misses to ensure that it’s going to be hard to pick an easy win.

Who’s your tip to win?  Do you think Chloe and Kelly’s win was rigged for ratings?

My Kitchen Rules finale airs tonight, Channel 7 at 7:30pm

The House of Horrors Returns: An MKR Recap

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We were invited back to the house of horrors last night for a chance to see VIC friends Harry and Christo redeem themselves from their failed first instant restaurant. If you remember, there were cut fingers, dropped eggs, broken pastry, exploding pastry weights….what could have gone wrong did go wrong.  Surely, this time round, they’d have more luck.

Taking note from Carly, the boys have opted for a positive vibe and zen like calmness for the night.  As Harry states “We’re here to cook, not cry”.

That is until the power goes out.

[Cue Tears]

Thankfully when the power came back on (one of the camera crew must have accidentally tripped a fuse) the food prep is fine and no one was injured.  The guests all arrive and i’m saddened to see no edible menus – Josh and Danielle really did set the bar high with that one.

Best Dish of The Night: Hunger!  A THREE HOUR wait between entree and main (now where are those edible menus?) saw some of the contestants go a little insane.  David offered up the ‘severed moving finger’ gag (to which Danielle claims to have NEVER SEEN BEFORE?!), Carly offered up a joke “What color is a burp?  Burple!”  while Kelly showed along with a jaw that unhinges, she also have no joints in her arms or shoulders.

The Food Overall: A giant step up from the boys first attempt, though I’d love to know who told Harry that pheasant only needs 15 minutes to roast in the oven.  A simple Google search tells me pheasant needs a minimum of 40-50 minutes in an oven that isn’t opened every 5 minutes.  Their entree was the only let down of the night.  Calamari and dressed rocket was too simple and too bland but the dessert of crumble filled stone fruit with ice cream (made with sugar – well done Christo!) impressed most.

The Final Result: Easily made it through to the next round allowing David to offer some impressive and well practiced eye rolls.  The massive time delays for food saw some points taken off, giving the boys a total score of 65.

Next Up: We’re back in sunny QLD with David and Corinne (yay?) who are aiming for the highest score ever in MKR history, but first they need to pop a bottle of champers and he needs his trousers ironed.  Will the ‘Queen of Seafood’ regain her throne?  Will David poison Harry and Christo’s food?  Will there be enough chairs for all the guests?

My Kitchen Rules – David and Corinne airs tonight, Channel 7 at 7:30pm!

Gee That’s Swell! MKR Mini Recap

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QLD Surfer Dads Paul & Blair Nab a Perfect 10

 

Continuing on with the ‘word of the day’ theme on MKR, last’s nights word was ‘swell’.  From the name of the instant restaurant to the quality of the food (well mainly the entree) to even Pete Evans throwing in a ‘swell’ reference to the QLD surfer dads entree.

The best dish of the night?  Easily Deb from SA.  Seems you get a few chardy’s into her and she turns into a highly sexual saucy minx who spent most of the night not only undressing Manu with her eyes but freely telling him so also. Her “Well, there was enough sauce for me, but I doubt there was enough for you” to Manu certainly made everyone turn the shade of a bloody beetroot.

The food overall?  Not too sure.  They speed at which NSW’s Jason inhaled his entree, main and especially the overtly rich desert, can only lead me to believe it was palatable (yet they – Annie and Jason – only delivered a score of 6)

The final result?  Seems Paul and Blair did well enough to secure themselves a spot in the second round.  They nabbed the first perfect 10 for their entree and set the mood for the night by offering up a range of local brewed beers and wines for everyone to down.

Next Up?  The first of the all female teams, twins Helena and Vikki from Victoria.  From the looks of it, there’ll be more spice and fire at the table than in the kitchen.

MKR returns Sunday night, 6:30pm on Channel 7.

Return to Form for My Kitchen Rules

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Judges Pete Evans and Manu Feidel

After a week-long hiatus, Channel 7’s ‘My Kitchen Rules‘ literally ruled the screen last night with a massive 1.92 million viewers tuning in to watch the first week of finals.

Channel 7 had been hyping a possible new rivalry between female teams Ashlee and Sophia from NSW and Jenna and Joanna from SA with multiple adverts during the shows week-long absence.

The reality-cooking show has been a major hit for the 7 network and has caused many uproars from viewers ranging from contestants who bully, contestants who are racially abused on social networking sites and contestants who don’t eat certain types of food (remember the I-don’t-eat-tomatoes-capsicum-chocolate-orange-girls?)

The show has also begun to hype up episodes showing ousted contestants fighting for a chance to make it back into the competition.

My Kitchen  Rules airs on the 7 Network week-nightly at 7pm