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My Kitchen Rules – South Australian Matt Has A Barney With Manu (Slight Spoiler)

My Kitchen Rules

Tomorrow night it is the South Australian teams turn to cook, and this team has turned out to be a tad controversial due to Matt Michaelis being a felon (see previous blog post.).

However it also seems he can get a bit fired up. He apparently has an exchange with Manu Feidel about pear pips, well it is a cooking show.

TV Week writes:

Manu Feidel criticised Matt for not removing the pips from his poached pear dish.

“I told him that if you’re going to leave the stalk, which I did, there’s nothing wrong with leaving the pips,” recalls Matt of the heated discussion, which doesn’t air in its entirety. “He said a professional chef would never leave htem in, so I told him I don’t claim to be a professional chef, I claim to be a cook. I think the term ‘chef’ get bandied around too easily.”

Matt also believes that what Manu – who’s clearly affronted by the exchange – said was a matter of taste, not fact.

“I’ve since spoken to several chefs and they’re split down the middle about removing the pips,” he explains.

Meanwhile, Matt also wasn’t happy with Manu’s verdict on his potatoes. “He said they weren’t cooked but they were, they just weren’t crisp. That’s not a technical fault,” points out the construction co-ordinator.

Could it be Matt dislikes criticism? “I’m happy for the judges to give their critique,” he insists, “but critique has to be open to criticism as well.”

Also if you are wondering if Matt and Melissa may reconcile the answer is no.


1 sourkraut { 03.02.10 at 10:28 pm }

Happy to see Matt stand up to Manu. I too could not give a rodents rectum if a few pips are left in. How precious and food snobby can you get?
Quite true about critics having to cop criticism. Any hoo it made the episode more interesting and built up the tension nicely

2 Kathryn Skinner { 03.03.10 at 6:55 pm }

I have to agree about the term ‘chef’ being bandied about – my Daughter is a chef – and it’s taken her 4 years and a lot of hard work. It’s a bit like all the ‘home reno’ shows, lots of people think they can be any tradesman they need to be now!

3 Gilli { 06.09.12 at 5:59 am }

Hi got onto your blog through Injuera. Loving both of your critiques. I am an avid watcher of Food Shows. Great to see your opinions