My Kitchen Rules – Come Dine With Me in Slow Motion?
“I want more” said Manu Feidel to Gabe one of the NSW team, but unfortunately for her he was talking about her lime cheesecake.
My Kitchen Rules was like a slow motion Come Dine With Me. It lacked the fast pace of the 30 minute Lifestyle Channel cooking show, and the slightly biting commentary of James Valentine. But having the 60 minutes did allow the viewer to see more of the food prep and shopping.
One thing we did not see much of was the dinner party conversation between all the guests, hopefully they will liven up as the episodes go on. I would have thought that by waiting 90 minutes for their main, they must have been pretty sloshed, and there would be some great comments being vocalised.
The premise of the show is that five teams from different states compete for the title of “best home cook”. The first part of the series is set in each of the teams home where they cook for each other and are scored by the other teams, and the judges Manu Feidel and Pete Evans. And then the top teams from this round will go on to compete in a restaurant environment.
The rules are you have only three hours to prep and cook on the day, and once you have submitted your menu you have to stick with it. So if you get to the fish markets and the barramundi looks old and ordinary, you can not change to blue eye cod.
Here are just a few thoughts about the first episode:
- Tanja the Queensland contestant didn’t know the continental way of kissing, ie on both cheeks, so got a bit befuddled about it, and told her sister she scored two kisses of Manu;
- Why did Mossy keep on bowing to the judges?
- Judges Manu Feidel and Pete Evans clearly have a bromance going on as Pete is not bothering to shave so he can get that one week growth look that Manu has; and
- Why was it all about Mossy in the getting to know the NSW team montage, I would have liked to have known a bit more about Gabe.
Mossy and Gabe’s menu was Tumeric Crusted Barramundi with wild Rocket & Tzatziki which was better received then it actually sounded.
The main rib eye fillet with mustard kipler mash, beans, Red Wine Port Onion Jus was their archilles heel. It took 90 minutes to get to the table, as it took Mossy 60 minutes to make the mashed potatoe. What I could not work out was why it could not be made prior and just heated up.
Pete Evans summed it up nicely when he said “it was meat and two veg on a plate.” Also the Victorian boys Clint and Noah complained a bit about the mash to meat ratio. The steaks were on the small size.
Dessert was Baked Lime Cheesecake, Gabe had made two, but one of them was undercooked. She decided she could not get 10 portions out of the one cake, and had to give three diners pieces of the flop. Mel and Paul from Adelaide were not happy when they got the duds. However they did not give them the lowest score of the evening.
Overall they scored a pretty average 22/40 from their fellow competitors, and once the judges scores were added in they received a respectable 66/100 and the knowledge that Pete Evans thought the meal was above average.
At this stageI think the show is enjoyable, but I don’t think the itis as entertaining as Masterchef Australia or Come Dine With Me. The judges are likeable but we are not being shown any repartee between them which might make the more lively.
Tomorrow night it is the Victorian boys turn to face the heat of the kitchen.