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My Kitchen Rules – Contestant’s Accuse Judges Of Favouritism and Rowan and Sophia Tell Us What They Really Think

 (Photo courtesy of :Who Mag)

The contestants from My Kitchen Rules were not shy in an article in the latest edition of  TV Week on  whether the show is fixed – Rowan and Sophia believed the judges showed preferential treatment.

Here is the article:

While everything looks fair on TV workmates Rowan and Sophia from Victoria believed there has been some preferential treatment on the part of judges Manu Feidel, and Pete Evans.

“I think the judges decided who they wanted to win beforehand. In my eyes, it’s a bit fixed,” Rowan claims. “I feel that the judges have bonded with group one more than they have with us and they’ve definitely marked our lot more harshly.”

“I’ve certainly seen preferential treatment of some couples,” Sophia weighs in. “Tan and Gen and Holly and Grace – the all-female teams – get a bit of favouritism, particularly from Manu.”

WA’s Grace refutes these claims. “We’ve never thought there was any preferential treatment coming anyone’s way,” she says. “Manu and Pete have been professional the whole time.”

Also Rowan and Sophia did not care for Pete Evans they told TV Week:

“Pete is colder than Manu,” Rowan says. “I don’t think he has much time for teaching at all. Manu is a lot more eager to talk about his experiences whereas Pete is more like, ‘That was wrong!'”

“He definitely has on-and off-camera personas,” Sophia says. “He isn’t consistent. Rowan and I haven’t warmed to him.”

But not all the foodies feel the same way.

“I don’t find him cold,” Grace says.  “Off camera, he’s just a normal, down-to-earth Aussie bloke.”

“I love both the judges,” NSW’s Gabe agrees. “They are both fantastic and down-to-earth.”

Also Rowan and Sophia talk about the other contestants to TV Week:

While most of the contestants get on like a house on fire, there isn’t any love lost between some.  For starters, Queensland sisters Tanja and Gen have rubbed a few people up the wrong way.

“The only team I don’t like is Tanja and Gen,” Rowan says.  “They keep saying that they’re just mums who cook, and it’s a bit fake. It’s like they’re playing down how good they are, then they throw something amazing at you.They’re definitely playing the game.”

SA’s Paul adds that he wasn’t keen on the siblings to start with. “I didn’t like Tanja and Gen at the beginning – Mel and I were both put off by them as it seemed like they were looking for attention,” he says. “Wehn we got to know them, however, we realised how cool they are and we’re now firm friends.”

For Paul’s partner Mel, however, it’s Rowan and Sophia who have made the least impression.

“Rowan and Sophia really keep their distance,” she reveals. “Everyone else makes the effort apart from those two. They don’t seem to be bothered even trying.”

Meanwhile group two’s Melissa admits she isn’t keen on group one’s Mossy. “Everyone loves Mossy, but I find him to be a pain in the arse, personally,” she reveals. “He seems really miffed that there was a second group,” adds her ex-hubby, Matt.

On a nicer note here is an article about My Kitchen Rules judges Manu Feidel talking about his life as a father in Who Mag.


1 sourkraut { 03.10.10 at 2:38 pm }

Again Proof positive. See my submission on your “manu likes mossy & Gab best” written 5 minutes ago. Yes I know I should be working but I neede a sanity? break!

2 Culinary Boner { 03.10.10 at 2:56 pm }

FFS….Rowan cannot cook. Simple as that.
Isn’t that enough of a reason for him and his unlucky work colleague to have been thrown off the show. Sure he may be a foodie, but every time I have seen him cooking he makes a complete mess of things. And FFS… the sort of quality, good tasting food most of us want to eat does not have lemon myrtle sprinkled all over it. Sure Manu may ‘favour’ the female teams, but apart from the reason that Manu obviously likes a bit of quality box (and good luck to him I say), this may also be because the chicks aren’t sweating all over the food and benchtops, hacking fish to bits like some maniac from a B-grade horror film.

3 Wurstsemmel { 03.10.10 at 5:54 pm }

Two words for Rowan. SOUR (not Kraut) GRAPES.

Just confirms the way he was portrayed was fairly accurate.

He’s been a whiner the whole way through. While the SA team from round one had substance, Rowan had none. One cock up after another, from hacked fish to semi-seared lamb.

4 Sourkraut { 03.10.10 at 7:37 pm }

i thought the weapon of choice was a hand grenade.
BTW wot’s quality box? Is it similar to the one presented to the Minister in Graham Kennedy’s vietnam war film “the odd angry shot”

5 Sourkraut { 03.10.10 at 8:08 pm }

re Rowan egg white egree. Rowan was a bit of a whiner and i was happy to see him out, but he got his observations wrong. I don’t think it was/is the girls manu favoured . As much as you all dislike the SA girl, and I do like her, I think you will all miss them when they get the boot for being the non-favoured couple, first because there will be noone left to dislike and second because all the mother teresa’s and saint augustines of the naiceness school will bore you to tears.

6 Culinary Boner { 03.10.10 at 10:28 pm }

sourkraut, can’t recall that scene from “odd angry shot”, but let’s just say that pursuit of ‘quality box’ has been the deathknell of many a promising political career

7 sourkraut { 03.11.10 at 1:52 pm }

Cul Boner
It was a cardboard box with a hole about 45mmdiameter and inside it was lined with feathers and cotton wool and on the outside a handle was attached so the box could be rotated.
I’ve still got mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 Reality Raver { 03.11.10 at 2:17 pm }

Sourkraut – Oh I think my son made one of those in child care!!
Only joking. LMAO.

9 Sourkraut { 03.11.10 at 10:15 pm }

You’ll have to lock away the kleenex