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The MKR Grand Finalists Have Been Revealed!

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After 5 long months (including a 4 week hiatus for the Commonwealth Games), we finally know which of the 16 teams have made it through to the My Kitchen Rules grand finale airing this Sunday night on Channel 7.

Victorian mums Kim and Suong who have powered through with their cyclone-in-a-kitchen traditional Vietnamese cooking, will battle it out against Gold Coast couple Alex and Emily who have proven strong with their Mexicali fusion cuisine, for the $250,000 winning prize.

The road to the finale has been a tough one for viewers with the ousting of fiery friends Hadil and Sonya after their abusive outburst while fan favorites Henry and Anna, along with Olga and Valeria failed to impress the judges enough to make it through to the semi-finals.

Leaving just four teams to cook off, brothers Nic and Josh and friends Stella and Jezzey both missed the final hurdle leaving the last two teams of Alex and Emily and Kim and Suong to cook off on Sunday night.

Who will win?  Find out this Sunday on Channel 7 and leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Sonya and Hadil Revealed as MKR Booted Contestants.

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Hadil goes on the attack in tonight’s MKR.  Image: Channel 7

“Assholes!”  It’s the final vitriolic word screamed out across the table from My Kitchen Rules contestant Sonya before judges Pete Evans and Manu Fidel stepped in to defuse the situation by finally kicking Sonya and Hadil from the Ultimate Instant Restaurant table.

That shocking moment had been milked for advertising the show by the 7 network even before the current series had started back in January of this year and was the final blow up event that had been building up between the Jordanian besties and sisters Emma and Jess over the course of the year.

After a minor altercation the night prior at Henry and Anna’s ‘super instant restaurant’ in Tasmania, tensions between the two teams came to an explosive conclusion when Sonya and Hadil went on the attack once again, with their sights set firmly on the sisters.

Starting off with under-the-breath-but-loud-enough-for-all-to-hear quips about the sisters still being in the competition it wasn’t long before Emma and Jess had stopped biting their tongues and bit back leaving other teams stunned silent.

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Pete and Manu were clearly unimpressed by the antics.  Image: Channel 7

Stella, Jazzey and Josh even attempted to step in and call out Sonya and Hadil for their poor behavior before finding themselves on the receiving end of a tongue lashing resulting in Sonya stating “I will come for you, and you and you” pointing her witchy poo finger at the three.

Meanwhile, poor Kim and Suong, the night’s cooks, are left standing in the kitchen unable to serve their quickly cooling mains as the drama unfolded.

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Kim and Suong are forced to wait to serve their mains.  Image: Channel 7

It was only when Jess had excused herself from the table and Sonya began to call everyone a bunch of “assholes” that judges stepped in and removed Sonya and Hadil not only from the table, reminding the teams that the focus should be on the cooking and not the drama.

So will Sonya and Hadil be back for the next Ultimate Instant Restaurant?  Find out on the next episode of My Kitchen Rules!

Sound off in the comment section about your thoughts on Sonya and Hadil’s booting from MKR!

 

SA Mums Bree and Jesaaaay win MKR 2014

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Bree May and Jessica Liebich celebrate with their families winning My Kitchen Rules. Picture Channel 7 Source: Channel 7

After scoring a set of straight 9’s from the judges, South Australian mum’s Bree and Jessica beat out Chloe and Kelly to take out the title of My Kitchen Rules champions for 2014 and earning themselves a cool $250,000.

I must say, I was a little taken aback by the mum’s win though. Sitting there watching the two hour cooking marathon, both myself and my boyfriend were convinced, the least liked of the two teams – Chloe and Kelly, were sure to win.

And this was based purely on the judges comments while eating the courses – though I can only assume, the bones found in the trout and the thick cut rose glass on the desert was what let the girls down.

Just like last season, both Bree and Jess and Kelly and Chloe had no idea who had in fact won even though the finale was filmed over a year ago.  Two endings were filmed with each team winning and it wasn’t until last night’s airing that Bree and Jess discovered they had beaten the well traveled foodies.

After the hooplah that has been talk of rigged scoring, judge favoritism, bullying and teams being sent to cooking classes (perhaps they should send them to a cooking class where they actually learn to cook – Harry, i’m talking about you) My Kitchen Rules finishes for another year on a high and a massive ratings win.

My Kitchen Rules is set to return for another season – with or without Pete Evans – in 2015 on Channel 7.

How to be Eliminated from MKR Without Cooking a Thing

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he dashing duo lost by a seven point margin to their fellow Victorians. Source: Channel 7

If last night’s My Kitchen Rules sudden death cook off showed us anything, it’s that appearing on a cooking show without actually displaying any kind of cooking ability will only get you so far before being found out – regardless of how popular you are.

VIC boys Harry and Christo, often criticized for not actually offering any dishes that were either completed to a high standard or appropriate for a cooking competition (hamburgers anyone?) were booted from the cooking show after losing out to VIC twins Helena and Vikki during their sudden death cook-off.

From the outset, most had low expectations of the boys …

and they didn’t fail to deliver.  Their menu of raw tuna (on purpose) followed by raw Wagu steak (not on purpose) finished off with under cooked crème brulee (not on purpose) was no match for Helena and Vikki’s well thought out and well executed menu.

While the boys might have made for entertaining viewing, MKR is after all, a cooking show, and no matter how much you try to hide the fact you can’t actually cook, sooner or later, you will be found out!

From the Farm to the Plate: An MKR Recap

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NSW’s Cathy and Anna proved worthy contestants

To put it out there, the only way David and Corinne could manage to scrape through into the next round would be for Cathy and Anna to either burn down the kitchen or offer a plate of salmonella.

They came close with the salmonella.

But, knowing these two as much as we have been able to, Cathy and Anna will not settle for anything less than perfection.  There’s the house set upon acres of green land and fabulous gardens in country NSW, there’s posh country style home decorating, there’s the first class menu perfect for the Country Manor (also the name of their instant restaurant) – it’s all very Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping up Appearences

Best Dish of the Night: When Kate Miller-Heidke look-a-like Carly spoke about agreeing with Kelly’s comments on the entree and calling her Chloe.  To be fair, both Kelly and Chloe are so interchangeable that it does become difficult to actually tell one from the other.  The resulting (and totally acceptable mishap) resulted in the following face…

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The Food Overall:  While not for me, Cathy and Anna proved themselves worthy of nabbing the top spot on the ladder.  The presentation was flawless, all meals came out on time and David was left to comment on how Cathy and Anna didn’t actually cook anything.  Entree of Seared scotch fillet with eggplant caviar was cooked so rare it looked like a cow on a plate to me.  It was rare and slightly lacking in seasoning.  Main consisted of even rarer lamb (possibly seething in Salmonella) loin with potato galette and desert (the one meal I would have devoured) featured home made apple pies.

This is how I saw the entree
This is how I saw the entree

 

The Final Result: Australia cheers with glee as David and Corinne go sailing off into the distance playing Enya’s Onrioco Flow “Sail away, sail away, sail away!”  To be fair, these two are the only couple who have managed to steal the bitch-light off Chloe and Kelly who managed to make round one all about themelves.

Up Next: All couples are reunited and are presented with a big red MKR truck!  But what’s in the truck?  According to my boyfriend, the truck is filled with monkeys all trained as Michelin Star chefs – it’s a cooking battle for control of the earth!

A Total Score of 15 Points: An MKR Recap

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“We are aiming for the highest score in My Kitchen Rules History”.  A legit quote from David that would have made more sense if you replace highest with the word lowest.

Like most, I settled into the couch with my block of cookies and cream flavored Kit Kat (My newest best friend) and awaited to see the mess that was to bless my eyes.

Well, before my eyes were blessed, we had to witness David in his undies, drinking a glass of red, waiting for doting wife Corinne to iron them.  Pretty sure this was punishment for getting to see Harry in the shower the night before.

Getting back to it, David and Corinne were oooooooozing confidence, certain their menu was to not only redeem their earlier failures but to also prove that they deserve top spot on the ladder. By the time the guests arrived, the dessert was cooked and setting, their entree ready to cook and the pork for mains happily pounded.

Best Dish of the Night: Manu Fidel comparing the entree of corn soup with avocado and tiger prawns to baby food.  I’m still deciding what’s worse – having your food described as inedible or only fit enough for someone unable to tell you how much it sucks.  Pete’s ‘let me turn this bowl upside down to show you how thick it was’ trick would have only been better had he decided to wear the bowl like a Philip Treacy hat.

Courtesy of Shara via MKR Memes 2014 Facebook page
Courtesy of Shara via MKR Memes 2014 Facebook page

 

The Food Overall: Take this one Kelly….

BLERGH_My_Kitchen_Rules_2014_C_0e0b73eb2d0f7db87737655f525b8851So the entree was baby food, the main – pork medallions with cauliflower puree looked like a classic RSL Sunday night seniors special while the dessert of flan, or was it cake or was it mousse, while looked AMAZING, it actually made most of the guests dry wretch with disgust.

The Final Score: David and Corinne managed to make it into the MKR record books!  For the lowest score ever.  A combined score of 15 points from the guests – speaking of which, which restaurant were Carly and Tresne eating at?  A score of 7?  I think someone may have pounded their pork a little too much.

That said, the captain went down with his ship and his wife kicking and screaming (and holding an iron) right beside him.

Desperate to impress with your cooking skills?  head over to the official MKR website to remake the meals from this instant restaurant and show your guests just how much you hate them!

Next Up: Cathy and Anna – the food critic and the woman I can only hope uses Keeping Up Appearances Hyacinth Bucket as inspiration.

Before I go, I would like to leave you all with the following image to remember as you go about your day….

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love, sweet love. David and Corinne.

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!

Give Your Guests Dirt…..: An MKR Recap

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VIC Couple Josh and Danielle

Molecular Gastronomy.  Thank goodness for auto correct.  It was the theme of last nights instant restaurant (named Alchemy).  It was all science mixed with food mixed with edible dirt.

I’m still lost with the edible dirt.

Both Josh and Danielle from VIC both quit their day jobs to try their hand at combining their two loves – food and science.  It sounds kinda cool but apparently, it doesn’t translate well to taste.  There are just some hobbies that should not be shared with the world.

Seems like Harry has moved on from Bianca and set his sights on Kelly.  There was some weird flirting going on between the two that involved them licking the edible paintings.  Just wait till he sees her unhinge her jaw and eat him whole.  David was still in fine form. Watching him try and explain what alchemy was to wife Corinne was like watching Kelly trying to explain what confit means to Manu (painful).

The Best Dish of the Night: Chloe vocally expressing her hopes that Josh and Danielle fail in their instant kitchen resulting in tumbleweeds rolling by.  One moment, everyone’s looking at the dirt and asking “Is it edible?”, the next, silence after Chloe said just how she feels.

The Food Overall: I’ll let Kelly take this one…

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Ox Tail Gyoza with hazelnut oil and apple sphere (or fancy grapes) for entree, Sous Vide Salmon with cinnamon biscuit and vanilla mayo for mains and banana parfait with maple bacon for desert. Somewhere along the line, Josh and Danielle got their food groups mixed up.  Maybe move the bacon to the main and the cinnamon biscuit with vanilla mayo to the desert….and scrap the entree seems like a better idea.

The Final Result: Basically, Pete Evans told them not to quit their day jobs – oops too late!  Josh and Danielle both seemed quite surprised by the scoring but hey – you give your guests dirt and they’ll respond with shit.  (saying ©Anthobuzz)  The VIC couple are now on the bottom of the ladder ensuring Chloe and Kelly remain to pull faces, gag and tell travel stories for another week.

Next Up:  Harry and Christo are back to prove they can cook, as long as it doesn’t require them to use electricity.

Averting a Pasta Disaster: An MKR Recap

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Weren’t these Perth girls out to prove a point last night?  Not only were they trying to redeem themselves in the kitchen after their dismal first round attempt, they were also out to prove that they have been travelling to many exotic locations (apparently they just got back from Italy).

I think it was punishment for us noting down that not a single travel story was uttered from either Kelly or Chloe on night one of the elimination rounds.  To make up of the lack of stories, Chloe was spewing up many a “I’ve been to Italy” “I’ve eaten in a Michelin star restaurant” etc etc story – after a while, your mind tends to glaze over and it’s just expected that she’ll keep bashing them out.

They also seem to be still bruised after being called “Mediocre” in round one.  Toughen up girls, if you read what everyone is saying about you on social media, being called mediocre is like landing on a soft pillow.

At least they made everything themselves tonight.

The Best Dish of the Night: I have two.  First up – David.  David is really providing some amazing insight into the mind of a senior citizen.  From Monday nights ‘Juzz’ disaster to last nights ‘Marron on a pillow’ impersonation, you can slowly see his mind casually slip away from him.

Second nomination – Chloe trying to talk her way around knowing what ‘confit’ means.  To the general person, confit means to cook meat in fat, slowly and on a low temperature for a LONG time (usually 3 hours).  To Chloe, confit means cooking meat in fat on a high temperature for 45 minutes.  It’s her own version on a Michelin star dish.  Best the chef that created that is smiling right now.

The Food Overall: I feel like i’m sitting on a set of scales here.  The entree earned them two tens from the judges.  It looked damn fine and after averting a pasta disaster the girls actually came through with an impressive first course. But that’s where it ended.  Manu’s perfect timing to enter the kitchen just as Chloe put the confit chicken in the oven (for 45 minutes) showed us all how much restraint one can have in order to avoid slapping someone across the face.  (I’m pretty sure Manu must have almost severed his tongue from biting it).

Desert was a dividing course.  Most seemed to like it.  Carly (Who has become my favorite contestant) seemed quite happy to try pasta for desert (until she was informed it was cannoli and not cannelloni) while it looked like David received the ONLY soggy cannoli out of the bunch.

The Final Result: Better than round one.  Two tens for the entree perked them up and David found his soul mate in Josh from VIC because “finally, someone else around here who knows about food!”  sure sure.

Next Up: Speaking of Josh from VIC, he and his wife are up next. Food scientists.  Expect food that looks like dirt and lickable paintings.

 

Positive Vibes Positive Thoughts: An MKR Recap

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NSW Friends Carly and Tresne

Being the first of the gatecrashers to cook is not an easy thing for us viewers.  We don’t really know if we like them or not and not really sure if being too snarky early on will bite us on the bum when it turns out they’re actually a good team.

Turns out Carly and Tresne are a good team.  Full of positive vibes, serenity circles made out of sale and positive thoughts and just general positivity.  There’s mood rings for every guest, an instant restaurant with the theme of ‘inspire’ and a 70’s inspired curtain made out of beads.

Kelly and Chloe are back (insert eye roll here).  They’re trying a new approach – to not be bitchy and distance themselves from David. It’s very much like in Mean Girls when Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith sort of turned on Regina George.  There’s some new couples too.  A mother and daughter team and a married couple who enjoy food science.

Best Dish of the Night: I have to say, i’m kind of glad David is back for this round – especially when he uses words like “juzz” instead of “jus” (pretty sure Manu would have rolled in his grave for that one) or describing the pastry used for the beetroot tart entree as “tasting like an Anzac biscuit”.  We get a laugh, Harry and Christo get a laugh, it’s a positive vibe all round.

The Food Overall:  Impressive for a first round of cooking.  Beetroot tart with goats cheese and undressed rocket was more hit than miss and I liked Carly’s use of the floor vent to cool down the balsamic. The main of beef fillet and parsnip puree seemed to impress (the sheer size alone of the servings would have scored them high) and the caramel based desert was too sweet.

Speaking of which – do Manu and Pete know what a desert is? There’s a constant theme of “It was just too sweet” happening for most instant kitchens and i’m wondering if  a piece of toast soaked in vinegar would suffice?  I’m sure the food science couple could turn my vinegar toast into a decent desert.

The Final Result: Not a single travel story from Chloe!  Miracles do happen!  Oh, and Carly and Tresne are safe.  Total score of 74 will easily see them into the next round.  No real nasty scores – the benefit of being the first couple to cook – everyone is still trying to work out the other teams so scores are usually higher than average.

Next Up: KELLY AND CHLOE!  They’ve crashed and burned once before…will it happen again?