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My Kitchen Rules – Natalie And Marc – Self Combust

Marc may be a teacher but I think he finally learnt the meaning of the saying “People in glass houses…..” on tonight’s episode of My Kitchen Rules.

It was the Western Australian teams turn to cook, and Marc and Natalie who had been snarky about the other teams efforts were about to find out how difficult it was to produce good food within the allotted timeframe.

Pete Evans said it was the most ambitious menu they had seen so far on the show.

The menu was:

  • Twice Baked Cheese souffle
  • Confit of duck breast with cherry sauce and wilted greens
  • Kulfi – Indian Spiced Creme Brulee with a Pistachio macaroon

But maybe they should have saved some of the money they spent on food and hired a life coach to get Marc through the evening as Natalie had to waste precious time trying to get him to keep it together.

First he forgot to get duck fat, so they lost precious time going to buy that and only gave themselves two and half hours prep time. And it all went downhill from there.

When I read recently that Pete Evans and Manu Feidel had eaten MacDonalds a few times together, I had presumed it was related to excessive alcohol consumption, but now I think it is related to them having to duck out of filming to grab a cheeseburger to tide them over until the meal finally makes it to the table.

It was over an hour until the entree of gorgonzola souffles hit the table, though this was given a resounding thumbs up by all contestants.

Though Paul from the South Australia team had to give them a bit of a swipe he said “Even thought the entree was presented very well, I was hoping to see something more contemporary”. I will expect nothing less then some Heston Blummenthal creation from Paul on Monday night. But knowing Paul he will probably use sumac in one of his dishes as this will be his idea of modern and trendy cookery.

To be fair to Mel and Paul  may be bitchy but they are by far the most generous scorers in the competition.

The diners did not get their mains until three hours after they arrived. And one of the downsides of the show is there does not appear to be much chemistry around the table. Conversation or camaraderie seems to be non-existent around the beautifully decorated table. You get the feeling they have been sitting around the table not saying anything, just waiting for the food. 

The duck the judges  liked – “Doesn’t look good but tastes good” said Manu Feidel. But they were more critical about the sesame oil on the wilted greens. Manu and Pete were not the type of chefs who were into the french/asian fusion.

Again the sesame oil was a Marc stuff up, Natalie had tried to advise him against it.

Manu was also dubious about french/indian fusion with the creme brulee. He did say the dessert did look like it restaurant quality. And he also educated his fans with this little tidbit “Creme means cream”. Thanks for that Manu. By the way can someone tell Manu that to become a bona fide reality TV star he needs to have a sex tape circulating on the internet.

The brulee was too grainy something Natalie confessed to Marc that she had over cooked the creme mixture. She had not told him earlier as she had not wanted him to grab the Xanax.

The scores:

  • Paul and  Mel – 8
  • Mossy and Gabe – 6
  • Clinton and Noah – 5
  • Gen and Tanja – 6

For a total of 25

Manu scored the entree 8, main 5, dessert 3.

Peter scored entree 9, main 5, dessert 3.

They scored grand total score 58, which means they are coming last and are in danger of being eliminated, which will be a pity as they give much better TV than the Victorian boys Noah and Clinton.


1 CG { 02.09.10 at 11:06 pm }

Ok, so here is what I think is going to happen…reading between the lines and some of the future video they have been sharing.

First, the SA brats will do fine…maybe even come out with the highest scores in this round. I just can’t see two “combustions” in a row. There still hasn’t been a real solid “winner” and I think the SA couple will do well.

Second, I think ALL teams will go thru to the next round. As Fleur shared, the producers originally planned to have more than one couple from each state and I just have a hunch no one will be eliminated this round.

Related to this, I think the WA husband-wife team will be the ultimate winners. Why? Well my guess is based solely on hunch and the fact that the launch party was held in WA. Why hold the launch party in WA and out of the main media market?

A final observation from tonights show: Manu has big feet – and you know what they say about that. I just don’t get the Manu love that y’all feel. Maybe it is because I am Canadian and the French accent does nothing for me?

2 h&b { 02.09.10 at 11:23 pm }

Oh, I got the Manu’s bad. Yummy-yum. Love me an accent.

Agree that the show is a bit of a limp fish – the rapport around the table is a bit non-existant – blah, blah, blah. Quite like this couple and their reviews/snippets and agree also that they give more TV than the VIC boys ( blah blah BLAH ).

Have been looking fwd to SA. Everyone is looking to them to fall, but hey, i’d be just as bitchy as them too – they’ve been right on the money every time, IMO.

Totally embarrassed for QLD with their sand on the table ( ugh, very ‘kindy’ ) and tired old frangipani schtick – they should have lost points for tacky presentation. NSW a bit too ‘nice’ and fence-sitty.

Looking fwd to the SA ep – hope they rock it!

3 Jeb { 02.10.10 at 9:17 am }

A common theme is the contestants being adament that their mistakes have never happened before and that they’ve done it perfect so many times. Hard to believe in Marc’s case. I think it was a bit telling when Natalie said she hadn’t seen him like this for a while. Makes me think he’s got a history. The potential for more melt-downs before redemption for WA is foreseeable, so a non-elimination like CG proposed is on the cards.

4 Reality Raver { 02.10.10 at 10:21 am }

CG – I think you could be on the money. Marc and Natalie, and Mel and Paul are to good TV to see one team be eliminated at this stage.
The theory going around is next week they have to cook in other teams kitchens.
Also CG you are probably used to french accents, maybe Manu in France or Canada would be low on the bell curve of hot guys.

H &G – Channel 7 have been pumping up the SA episode so hopefully it will be a good one. I find the scoring part of the show to be dragged out. I would like to hear more conversation around the table, but it looks like there is little.

Jeb – do you think there will be a season 2 it is rating 1.1 million which is pretty reasonable? Yes I thought Natalie was the driving force behind it all. I thought it strange how Marc said the duck was Natalie’s dish. He cooked all of it, she did the sauce.

5 Paul { 02.10.10 at 10:24 am }

1.4 million people last night.

Might just be becoming a bit of a sleeper hit.

6 Reality Raver { 02.10.10 at 10:26 am }

Thanks Paul, well I reckon that might just get it a second series. I think most of those viewers will be tuning in next Monday night.

I reckon with a few tweaks it can get even higher.

7 Culinary Boner { 02.10.10 at 10:34 am }

Raver, as Adelaide is Australia’s secret city of sin and perversion, perhaps Paul will channel Heston and recreate the Vibrator dessert that was thrust by Heston at his guests in the Victorian-era feast shown on SBS. Hopefully, this is what Paul has in mind when he talks about “more contemporary” cuisine. Might even get Manu to do an eyebrow lift.

8 Jeb { 02.10.10 at 11:04 am }

RR, maybe a second series. It does need the tweaks you’ve spoken about.

I’ll be watching week for sure. and if they do swap kitchens then i hope the SA couple come to Qld!

9 Anonymous { 02.10.10 at 1:39 pm }

I wondered if there was more too the SA scoring because it didn’t really fit in with SA’s usual negative comments about everyone else and really the food didn’t deserve it.

Marc wouldn’t want to try out for Masterchef. He’d never manage the stress. Kudos to Natalie for helping keep him together. Really any success from the evening should be laid firmly at her door.

I’ll be surprised if this goes to a second series. It’s essentially quite boring. Fleur, I think you had a lucky escape.

10 CG { 02.10.10 at 2:24 pm }

Some input on ratings and appeal of MKR.

My husband HATES anything that is or resembles reality TV and constantly ridicules these types of shows when I have them on. But last night he was downstairs, I was upstairs and hassling him to do some repair work in the attic. Anyway, he yells back at me to hold on because he is watching a show and wants to see the end results. I still didn’t think it was MKR because he would never in the past watch this kind of show. I wandered downstairs at a commercial break and lo and behold: he is watching MKR and is hooked (well at least for now). He said what appeals to him is the passion the WA couple had for the food and wanted to see the judges comments. Go figure. So based on this single input, I am not surprised if the ratings hold up.

One other thought comparing MKR to MC was that MC started up going in to winter when more people are inside at 7:30pm and more into cooking as (well I find anyway) that so many days during the summer are just too hot to cook anything complicated. I know MKR wanted to take advantage of advertising during the Aussie Open and get in ahead of MC2 but overall I think the show would do better if it started up in March/April/May. Just a thought.

11 Fleur { 02.10.10 at 2:41 pm }

Anonymous – you are right. I probably did dodged a bullet by missing out, but that hasn’t stopped me watching every second of the show with cat-like readiness to pounce on every thing I would have done differently. I even found myself yelling at the TV last night when Marc put sesame oil on the greens.

CG – There was a launch party in each state. Here in Brisbane it was at Restaurant Two and the Qld girls got to work in the kitchen with David Pugh. My head nearly caved in with jealousy when I hear that.

Paul – Thanks for the ratings. Seven will be happy with that and at the end of the day ratings is all that matters. Do you think it’s attracting a different audience to Masterchef though? More your voyeuristic train wreck watcher?

Reality Raver – I’d like to make myself available for the Manu Porno. But what I’d really like to see is Peter Evans just moving his mouth and Manu off stage talking. That would be my perfect man – Manu Evans.

Another observation from last nights show is there must be very little alcohol served in these epic waits between courses. Can you imagine spending all that time across the table from the venom spitting South Australians and having to stay sober. Since it’s never going to be a serious food show I say let them drink – nude twister anyone?

12 Izobel2 { 02.10.10 at 5:52 pm }

With the ratty comments that keep coming out of SA’s mouths (and nearly everyone elses) to the camera, I’m wondering why we never see ONE conversation around the dinner table…. Yeah bring on more booze, then things might get more entertaining. I mean surely someone must have SOMETHING to say, waiting all night for some overcooked duck.

13 Wurstsemmel { 02.10.10 at 6:52 pm }

At least the show is educational.

Apparently creme is just cream with a funny accent. Who’d have thought it? Ah, Manu, Manu.

14 Laura { 02.10.10 at 7:06 pm }

I disagree RR, I think Marc and Natalie are the most generous scorers. This episode was the first time Mel and Paul gave a score above 6 (from memory). Marc and Natalie have given 7s.

I have grown to like Natalie, although I still find Marc annoying. I hope the hype is right and nobody goes home this week.

I think what My Kitchen Rules is missing is the voyeuristic aspect of CDWM. It’s interesting that the show was pitched as a Masterchef-esque friendly show (as Fleur told us, thank you for your insights!) I wonder when and why the producers changed their strategy. Or maybe they just unintentionally chose rude, bitchy contestants and had no choice but to go with it.

15 Eva { 02.10.10 at 9:10 pm }

There are only two things making me wonder about the “competition”. First, I understand that the menus are submitted early – perhaps before the 1st team started cooking? Why aren’t these people practicing cooking their meals 3 times a week? Why aren’t these teams sourcing ingredients in advance? Why isn’t there (at least) one kitchen cheat-sheet with timing and other reminders hanging on a cupboard or wall?

Second, I wonder why there aren’t time limits for producing each portion of the menu? I can’t imagine waiting 2-3 hours for a main unless it was as a favour to the restaurant.

16 sourkraut { 02.10.10 at 9:32 pm }

missed both eps apart from the last 5 minutes of each. Was overjoyed wwith good ol schadenf when the arrogant WA- er went down in a screaming heap. Felt quite pleased when the Qld bogans went well.
So STUFF THE LOT OF YOUSE! I’m now barracking for the immeasurably evil SA-ers. bit like the like Chris B thing…. warped personality I cant help it. PITY ME!.
Would somebody please explain the LUUUURRRRVVVVVE for Manu. competent, average, reasonable seems my best assessment. Miaow!
PS Somebody please get pissed the next time they wait excessively for the meal. Also if the steak is not cooked properly (NOT RAW ) are they allowed to send it back to the kitchen?

17 sourkraut { 02.10.10 at 9:36 pm }

Wurst semmel
I’ll swap you a Natalie White for a Manu any day (Sorry I’m too dumb to be able to locate the small yellow smileys)

18 Shannon { 02.10.10 at 10:53 pm }

Marc Ferron is a sports teacher here at my school in Perth, Prendiville Catholic College. And to whoever it was that said that he has a history of being like depressive or whatever, that’s not true. In the five years that I’ve known Mr Ferron, he’s always been happy, and cheerful, never stressed. It’s just the stress of the show. None of you guys know him, so you can’t make assumptions based on what you see on a TV show.

19 Wurstsemmel { 02.11.10 at 8:02 am }

I didn’t see any comment about Marc being depressive?

I think it’s more that this was a very high pressure situation, it was obviously very important to Marc to do well and possibly he contributed himself to his ‘meltdown’ by setting the bar too high and then didn’t cope when it didn’t pan out the way he hoped. He needs to revise his expectations or at least be able to cope better if he shoots high but misses slightly.

20 Jeb { 02.11.10 at 9:29 am }

@ Shannon – who could be referring to my comment.

First off I acknowledge that it could be weird and really upsetting to see others comment negatively on someone you know and like. And no doubt everything you said about marc is true.

That said, you’ve got to keep things in perspective. You’re projecting in a couple of ways. Firstly, I don’t think anyone’s mentioned depressive. Secondly, you’re assuming people assume they know the person. My comments are never about what someone does day to day or what kind of person they really are. They’re about how they come across on tv and their role in the drama of the show. Obviously actions can be portrayed in different ways through editing. So in this case it’s almost like Marc is a character. And on MKR the charachter of Marc has a 100% success rate of melt-down, acting like a tool etc. Maybe this’ll be reduced to 50% if he gets another crack, and if he gets another and another people may get to see “the real marc”. maybe we’ll even get to see a journey.

Reality tv has been around long enough for everyone to know the deal with criticism. It’s kind of like an implied contract – these guys go on a show for the chance to win massive $ and potential for more success through spin-offs. In return they put themselves out there to be judged. This judgement is encouraged by the shows, it’s immediate, fun, human instinct and obviously unfair.

21 Fleur { 02.11.10 at 11:09 am }

I’d just like to add the I was never told what the prize was at all during the audition process. When I asked I was told it was a prize ‘money can’t buy’. I assumed it was a book deal or something like that. I laughed out loud when I saw it was $100,000. None of these guys are in it for the money becuase they didn’t know about it until probably after they were selected.

22 Wurstsemmel { 02.11.10 at 11:47 am }

Sounds like a good deal, Sourkraut!

23 Laura { 02.11.10 at 2:28 pm }

Eva – The contestants were only told that they were part of the show two days before shooting started. I don’t know about you, but I would be absolutely frantic trying to get myself looking perfect for tv (new clothes, makeup, hair) as well as fixing up the house (all their homes are absolutely immaculate), and all while I’m not travelling from state to state each week. Also, the menus were submitted as part of the audition process and, at the time, they were unaware of the 3 hour prep rule. So that explains (at least to me) their lack of practice and over-adventurous menus. Maybe Fleur can give more insight though :)

24 Laura { 02.11.10 at 2:34 pm }

P.S. I suspect that Natalie bought all of Marc’s new clothes for him lol.

25 Fleur { 02.11.10 at 4:09 pm }

We really had to proceed as if we had been accepted otherwise we would have been really behind the 8 ball. The last shooting schedule I saw was Melbourne first and Brisbane second so that gave us very few days at home before it would have been our turn. As for clothes, we had a Brisbane designer lined up to lend us all the clothing we needed for the series. I can only assume all the other contestants were equally prepared but as an event manager it causes me physical pain to watch the show and see people execute an event without so much as a run sheet or task allocation.

26 Injera { 02.11.10 at 6:35 pm }

Finally watched this.

Did I hear Marc say “it’s practially ten o’clock” when they were getting their mains out? I hope the east coast visitors hadn’t flown in that morning – they would have been STARVING.

Was also surprised that they did duck breast confit rather than leg. I wonder why they decided to put something on their menu that was 1. unusual and 2. relied on an ingredient that they would struggle to find (although – really? Duck fat is hard to find?).

I’m interested that some people think there might be a “twist” with no team being eliminated. I listened carefully to the voiceover at the beginning and the phrasing was “will be eliminated” (my years of Phil watching come to the fore). I’d be really disappointed if they didn’t eliminate one team.

27 sourkraut { 02.11.10 at 7:06 pm }

Done and done!
spot on! I wonder how long it will be b4 someone who knows the Sa-ers tells us that they are also mother Teresa
Reality Tv is anything but!
I think our current politicians are copying the spin of these shows.

28 Reality Raver { 02.11.10 at 8:52 pm }

Shannon – I am not going to add to Jeb’s response but will say on reality TV the more controversial you are the more screen time you get which is not a negative thing.

CG – maybe you need to show your husband Top Chef now that is a cracker of a show.

Injera – agree about the breast instead of leg, also I agree someone will go.

Fleur, Laura, and Eva how did they arrange time off work if htey only had 2 days notice of going on the show?

29 Fleur { 02.11.10 at 9:46 pm }

I’m a freelance event manager so getting time off would have been fairly easy for me and the friend I applied with is a sales agent in the gift industry so she is also very flexible. I read in the paper the other day that the Qld girls have dedicated 3 months to this show. The difference between this show and MC is that there was scheduled days or even a week or more at home between shooting days.

30 Injera { 02.11.10 at 9:51 pm }

That makes sense, Fleur, and it’s good that the Qlders decided ahead of time to commit the three months, but I wonder about the WA teachers? How would they have managed their workplaces? Maybe I should work there…!

31 shannon { 02.11.10 at 11:55 pm }

Injera, Marc is a teacher at my high school. at least the first week was filmed during the December/January school holidays – he is back at school now – I saw him on monday!