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MKR Round One Look Back – Home Schooling, Fillers and Lúcuma

With the end of the first round of instant restaurants in MKR’s 10th anniversary season, the first thing that comes to mind is not the socially inept home-schooled brats who mask insolent and bullying antics as ‘telling the truth’ or the magnificent galah-inspired hair on Jodie-Anne or even what the heck Lúcuma is and how can I get it, but in fact a question to ponder….

Has Manu lost his touch with the ladies of MKR?

The usual episodic flooding-swoon of the female contestants as Manu enters the room was virtually non existent, with the minor exception of Jodie-Anne in episode one who earned a French Ooh là là wink. No nervous flirty giggles, no grown up food puns involving words like wobble or moist, no happily coupled women prepared to ditch their better half the moment Manu flashes a look their way.

This behavior has become so imbued in us over the course of ten years that no one flirting with Manu is actually quite glaring. Perhaps Manu will have double the amount of pre-menopausal flirting in round two?

Round one started off with recently engaged Stacey and Ash and their restaurant named “Staché” which is supposedly a mash on their merged names but really sounds like it’s missing the word ‘porn’ in front of it. The food is avocado based, right down to the desert (chocolate avocado mousse) and the only real drama in kitchen is just how small it is and how is Ash going to possibly cook 16 pieces of Salmon to perfection.

The reality of it all though is that this episode was our first introduction to reality TV gold, home-schooled brothers Josh and Austin, who managed to insult the table on numerous occasions right down to throwing in some casual racism followed by telling the table their first impressions.

Cut to words involving lesbian, gay best friend and mail order brides.

In the end, the entree was good, mains better, the avocado desert terrible. Total score of 73 out of 130.

Night two brought us to WA and siblings Amanda and Blake (who apparently has a hat fused to his head). Their “JerseyProudy Shore” restaurant offered up the first 10’s of the season with their pork belly mains but just as MKR had aimed for, Josh and Austin were the stars of the night.

Total score 96 out of 130

Night three…. well it was bad. Karito & Ian’s “Carnavalombia” restaurant was a complete failure with their Suspiro Limeño or slow cooked caramel with port infused meringue for desert which barely scraped a one from each of the judges. In true form, devil incarnates Josh and Austin were more than happy to point out failure after failure.

Total score 38 out of 130 – yikes.

Night four and we’re in QLD with flight attendants Chris and Lesley and their “Riviera Jet Set” first-class themed restaurant. There’s money in this house (whomever it may belong to), but not enough money to purchase a gas bottle that won’t run out halfway through cooking the rabbit mains. Lobster and herb tortellini scored tens from Pete and Manu while Josh and Austin scored Karito a minus ten for her effort the night before.

Total score 82 out of 130

Night five and Andy and Ruby are treating us to a cavalcade of Peruvian cooking in their restaurant “Pachamama”. They’ve been overtly vocal through the previous dinners about their abilities in the kitchen but you forget it all when Josh and Austin are edited into the scenes, shit stirring the worlds biggest pot of shit.

Turns out Ruby and Andy can ‘back it up’ and rip out course after course of delicious meals that even has the born again christian brothers singing their biblical praise. Tonight though is all about the lúcuma which I still have no idea what it really is, I just know it’s amazing and should be shared with the world. Perhaps lúcuma can end wars?

Total score 110 out of 130

Night six with Jodie-Anne and Mick and “Port and Weir”. I missed this episode thanks to a real estate agent who never showed for their pre-booked inspection but a quick search reveals the food was baaaaaaaaaaaaad. Something about liver and raspberry jelly? Did Mick and Jodie-Anne find Josh and Austin’s home-schooling lunch menu cook book in their hot little hands?

Total Score 45 out of 130

Speaking of, never one to scoot around appropriate topics of conversation at the dinner table, Josh brings up those who’ve had plastic surgery. Andy (or is it Ruby? I have no idea who is whom) admits to fillers and Botox (shock horror!) while Romel, he of the smoothest skins known to man, confesses that he is needle free.

MMmmkay.

Night seven and cheek piercing Ibby and smooth skinned Romel have to prove that Ibby has no advantage in the competition due to his owning a bunch of cafe’s and restaurants. Clearly they fail at that as the food is good. Like REALLY good. Like four 10’s from the judges good leading the teams to question the honesty of Ibby’s confession.

Their “Najah” restaurant actually served up an entree that was ripped right from Ibby’s Instagram page.

Total score 109 out of 130

Night eight. THE NIGHT. The one that this first part of the instant restaurant rounds have been building up to – Josh and Austin.

AND THEIR KIDNAP BUNKER THEMED INSTANT RESTAURANT.

Their menu of chowder and bread, chicken lollipops and lemon domes is pretty basic and because they spend all their prep time on entree, their mains are four hours late. It doesn’t help their bunker kitchen is only designed to cater to three kidnapping victims at once so trying to cook for 16 was never going to work.

The chowder is so so, the chicken lollipops raw and the lemon domes their only saving grace. The table revels in delight.

Total score 31 out of 130.

So it’s Josh and Austin vs Karito & Ian in a battle to remain in the competition which will see both teams in Kitchen HQ cooking for the next round of Instant Restaurants!

My Kitchen Rules airs Sundays through Wednesday’s from 7pm

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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!

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!

 

Which Team Get’s the Boot on My Kitchen Rules 2018?

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The kitchen heats up on My Kitchen Rules.  Image Credit: Channel 7

My Kitchen Rules, the cooking competition show that’s become more known for its on-screen dramas and love-to-hate contestants than for any form of cooking, have been proudly advertising for weeks on end that for the first time in the shows long run, one team will been kicked off the show for ‘inappropriate behavior’.  As we’re nearing this huge moment, what’s not being said is just which team is getting the boot so it’s time to do some investigating!

Looking back at reports when the news first broke back in December of 2017 and January of this year, they all say the same thing : Production on the show was temporarily shut down while Channel Seven investigated an altercation in which sources said the contestants “crossed a line” involving an all-female team.

The altercation being noted is a ‘physical altercation’ with another team in a Tasmanian hotel during filming with several reports stating that the other team (which they had been feuding with prior to) was an all-male team.

So let’s break it down….

The very last promo for MKR before it’s 4 week hiatus showed a fiery clash with brothers Nic and Josh along side sisters Emma and Jess going against Sonya and Hadil which leads to the booting.

As it stands, the all-female teams remaining in the competition include Russian friends Olga and Valeria, fine dining friends Sonya and Hadil, life-long friends Kim and Suong, sisters Emma and Jess and waitresses Stella and Jazzey.

Recent promos advertising the elimination cook-off between Kim and Suong and Davide’ and Marco stated “one of the teams at the table would be kicked off” leading us to believe as Kim and Suong were cooking and not at that table, it’s not them.

As recent as late February, well into MKR’s run (and when we’ve gotten to know the teams), sisters Emma and Jess were being pin-pointed as the team but Jess has been quick to deny this saying while they were involved in the incident, it actually happened to them….”We’re just taking the fire, but we know the truth and it will come out very soon.”

In Tuesday’s most recent episode (April 17th) Sonya and Hadil began to get out of control, attacking Jess and Emma’s comments on their turn in the ‘Super Instant Restaurant” round leading to the all out fight.

So who gets the boot?  Let’s look at the suspects.

Stella and Jazzey:

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The waitress best friends have been mostly clear of any drama thus fur in the competition with Stella focusing all her attention on single hottie truffle farmer Henry.  They have though been very vocal towards Sonya and Hadil when they go on the attack.

Boot likelihood: 1/10

Olga and Valeria:

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The Russians made a memorable entrance to the show in round two of the instant restaurants, fast becoming the ‘team to hate’ but, once the show kicked into gear after the instant restaurant rounds, the girls have found themselves fitting in nicely with the other teams.

There’s been no real issues with other teams since the instant rounds but that’s no to say their fiery attitudes won’t burn up again!

Boot Likelihood: 4/10

Emma and Jess:

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The sisters butted heads with now eliminated team Roula and Rachel (yay!!) and started their MKR journey off being very outspoken and not very likable but just like Olga and Valeria, the sisters have merged into the competition nicely with only a few minor spats with members of team two.  Reports state that they have direct involvement with this ‘incident in question’ but they were on the receiving end of it.

More recently, the sisters have been one to not shy away from calling out Hadil and Sonya when they go on the attack.

Boot Likelihood: 6/10

Kim and Suong:

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The Vietnamese mums have been on the receiving end of some not-so-casual racism during their run (Jess’s ‘domestic animals’ comment, Emily’s ‘magpie on the BBQ’ comment and Sonya’s ‘can’t afford fine dining’ snark) and Suong has clashed heavily with both Sonya and Hadil of recent weeks.

Suong it seems, has struggled more than Kim when it comes to the politics and games of the show and seems to be a main target for Sonya and Hadil though she has maintained a level head when on the defense.

Kim and Suong were also absent from recent promos advertising the “which team” will be booted they were cooking.

Boot Likelihood: 1/10

Sonya and Hadil:

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The ‘stylish’ friends came out strong as the team to beat in round two, but even though the girls manage to continuously deliver outstanding dishes, they’ve become more known for their higher-than-though attitude and constant attacking of the groups in team one.

They have clashed with both Emma and Jess and Kim and Suong on more than one occasion showing they are not afraid to take down anyone they deem not up-to their level.  The very last promo previewing the upcoming episode where it all goes down showed both girls going on into mega attack mode, with their sights firmly set on Emma and Jess and Nic and Josh.

Boot Likelihood: 9/10

Check out the promo for the “Super dinner parties” round and the fight that will see one team kicked out of the competition!

 

So there you have it.  Based purely off the contestants left and earlier reports of what happened, my guess is Sonya and Hadil.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Sound off in the comments section!

THE episode airs Wednesday night, April 18th at 7:30pm on Channel 7

Update – check out what happened in this post

 

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.

 

MKR 2015 Final Teams Revealed

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Mount Isa cousins Jac Bakhash and Shaz Sellings are in the finals of MKR 2015

Two sassy country town cousins versus the super confident pommie best friends.  It’s an MKR final that no one could have picked when asked after the two instant restaurant rounds had been completed.  Cousins Jac and Shaz and best friends Will and Steve have – for the most part – had a breezy run in the uber long cooking competition.

 The Mount Isa cooks have actually had the easiest of runs into the final, nabbing multiple challenges off due to winning the coveted ‘peoples choice’ on two challenges.  Will and Steve however have found themselves in a sudden death cook-off only to finish the final instant restaurant round on top of the leader board.

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So who will win the title of My Kitchen Rules 2015 champions?

While Camilla and Ash were my top picks, Jac and Shaz’s easy going nature and fantastic home-style cooking have earned them a legion of fans with myself included.  Will and Steve too have a well earned following thanks to their British pub inspired recipes and are the first all-male team to make the MKR finals.

And just for reference….I’ll be backing Jac and Shaz for the win!.

My Kitchen Rules 2015 final airs this Monday night, 7:30pm on Channel 7

#MKR #TheBlock #ImACelebAU : What Are You Watching Tonight?

MKR begins tonight on 7
MKR begins tonight on 7

It’s going to be a battle royale tonight with reality juggernauts My Kitchen Rules, The Block Triple Threat and I’m a Celebrity Australia all invading our televisions tonight and all starting at the same time, leaving me wondering just which program is going to fall into the cancelled bin.

I finished watching the first episode of I’m a Celeb last night (on delay as a roast lamb dinner at the parents place was in order) and quickly brought up the digital TV guide for tonight only to sit there blank faced.  Shit.  MKR, The Block and I’m a Celeb are all scheduled for the same start time – 7:30pm.  It’s a tough call.  Which do I watch live and which do I record to watch after?

It can only be two programs considering the current running time for each show is a minimum 2 hours (it’s actually 1.5 hours but we all know now how this really works) and it’ll be almost 11pm by the time we’d have finished watching two programs leaving me to wonder, just which show is going to….well….die?

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The Block Triple Threat

MKR has a strong fan base and even though over the past few seasons we’ve seen the cooking show move away from the food to the contestants, the show is still a massive draw-card for Channel 7’s weeknight prime time line-up.

The Block Triple Threat, well, 9 were smart getting in early before the other two but fell victim to 7’s Australian Open coverage.  Even with the less than stellar ratings, we’ve all invested a week with the show already, seen one couple booted with another to go this week.

I’m a Celeb…kudos to Network 10 for the build-up and advertising leading up-to it’s premiere last night.  1.19 million viewers smashed The Block’s opener but will the premise of ‘celebs’ stranded in the South African jungle enough to lure viewers away from such strongholds as MKR and The Block?

So what am I doing?  Easy call in fact.  Tape The Block and watch MKR live.  It’s what I’ve always done and will continue to do leaving behind our celebs in the jungle.  To be fair, it’s not the show’s fault…it’s simple enough to watch (just like the other two) and quite enjoyable but Ten’s decision to push it up against two of the biggest reality shows in Australia…Ten’s got big balls that may be about to be deflated.

What will be your viewing schedule for tonight?  Sound off in the comments below!

Channel 7 in 2015. New and Returning Shows Announced.

Rebecca Gibney and Peter O'Brien return for Winter in 2015
Rebecca Gibney and Peter O’Brien return for Winter in 2015

A mix of new dramas both locally and overseas made, a reality show juggernaut spin-off and documentaries are all coming our way in 2015 as channel 7 announces it’s line-up for the new ratings season.

Sadly though, it seems with some of the imported US content, Australian viewers will be quite some episodes and by the looks of it, even over half a season behind American audiences.  No fast-tracking programs here.

So just what programs did channel 7 reveal?

How to get Away With Murder: This new US drama is easily one of the best to come out of the new US season.  Oscar winner Viola Davis stars as a high profile defense lawyer slash college law professor who finds herself caught up in a murder investigation along with some of her students.  Comes from Shonda Rhimes – she of Greys Anatomy and Scandal.

State of Affairs: Starting November 17th in the US, this Katherine Heigl vehicle has a mix of Madam Secretary and Homeland and see’s Heigl as a CIA agent working closely with the US President.

Aquarius: 1960’s based homicide drama see’s David Duchovny working with an undercover detective trying to solve a missing persons case that leads them to Charles Manson.

Winter: Spin-off series from this years “The Killing Field” telemovie with Rebecca Gibney and Peter O’Brien back in the pursuit of a killer.

Restaurant Revolution: Another spin-off from the My Kitchen Rules juggernaut taking ‘inspiration’ from My Returant Rules, which will see contestants attempt to run their very own restaurant.

800 Words: New Aussie drama starring Packed to the Rafters favorite Erik Thomson who plays a a widowed father, who moves overseas with his two teenagers, then takes on the job of writing a weekly newspaper column.

House Rules: The home renovation show is back for 2015 and just like The Block, is offering up two seasons in the new year.

Catching Milat: Underbelly-stylized drama around the Ivan Milat murders.

What Really Happens in Thailand: First it was Bali, now it’s Thailand – or a heightened version of what actually happens.  This series is focused more on the emergency rooms, cosmetic surgeons and party hot spots.

Programs returning for 2015 include The X Factor, My Kitchen Rules, Winners & Losers, Border Security, The Force and Better Homes & Gardens while The Big Adventure, Bringing Sexy Back and The Amazing Race were not on announced as returning for the network in 2015.

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.

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