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My Kitchen Rules – The Show Is Amping Up

Tonight was the episode that morphs the show from Come Dine With Me into Masterchef Australia for the teams, and it appears this season they have amped up the challenges by taking it out of the studio kitchen for some of the episodes.

Like Masterchef, they are pinching ideas for challenges from Top Chef.

Tonight the teams had to cater for a street party and the twist was they had to cook in one of the residents house. I loved the way they tried to make it look random, but everyones kitchen was pristine, and with benches bare.

Also they only had two hours to cook. The good news for the two NSW teams they have been given immunity this week as scored the most points in their respective groups for their home restaurants. I wonder if the boys used it as an opportunity to chat up the attractive Polish girls. So wanting a MKR romance this year.

However, the team that has the worst dish tonight will have to go in a cook off against the worst team from tomorrow nights challenge.

Also the judges told the teams there were to be five savoury dishes and four desserts, and as usual no one really wanted to do dessert except the Tasmanian girls. They were instructed by Manu to think Australian, think Summer, think big.

Speaking of Tasmania, Mel and James did not seem as bad as they were previously now we have had a couple of weeks with Kelly and Ash. However she still speaks to James like he is a child.

Stefania is still getting flirty with Manu and Daniela is too laissez faire, and I think that attitude will see them not be in the competition towards the bitter end.

I thought Manu was being unreasonable when he told Mel that in two hours she could have made her own pastry, blind baked the cases and cooked the lemon tarts. There is no way an amateur chef could do that.

Also the Ali and Esther from Tassie got a swipe from Manu about how they should have done more than the brownies in the two hours. As they pointed out they were flat chat.

Artie and Johnnie from Qld had that butchers obsession with stuffing things. This time some lamb mince with sun dried tomatoes and boccaccini. Seriously sun dried tomatoes should be outlawed when they were in every dish and sandwich in the ’80’s.

Ann-Marie and Nick were having a bit of trouble in newly wed paradise, with Ann-Marie getting shirty about his lack of attention to detail. Manu was critical of their chicken schnitzel, however there were kids at the street party and they did need to be catered for.

Donna and Reade skewered and peeled a mountain of prawns, plus made risotto over two hours I thought that was impressive. However Pete Evans criticised them for the rissotto said it goes gluggy once it sits more then five minutes.

Mal and Bec made Bush Spiced Lamb with a Couscous Salad, and they admitted they had made their dish to appeal to the judges.

Kelly and Ash made a rhubarb and strawberry cheesecake which Manu gushed over, so maybe they can cook.

Also Kane and Lee hit some goals with their Turkey Sang Cho Bow, which looked great, but is that hitting the Australian part of the brief?

The twist was the winner would be voted on by the people at the street party, and Mal and Bec won which means they have immunity for the rest of the week.

The worst dish was the dried lamb swags or oversized meatballs by the Qld butchers. That was a no brainer they will be fighting it out in a sudden death play off.


1 Richard { 03.01.11 at 8:41 am }

I noticed all the kitchens were pretty glamourous – how about making them cook in a 1960’s kitchen in a fibro house street?

2 Paula { 03.01.11 at 9:11 am }

Totally agree about the sun-dried tomatoes!

3 Reality Raver { 03.01.11 at 9:28 am }

Robert – exactly that would test them indeed. Maybe that could be a challenge for the masterchef series cooking on a campfire.

Paula – semi-dried I may have coped with

4 sourkraut { 03.01.11 at 1:38 pm }

You are too sophisticated for me. I happen to like sun dried tomatoes, but what can you expect from an old fart of a sour kraut. (Sob)
OK I get it at last. Its a tv show. Thus more interest in touchy-feely bullshit than in cooking. (which explains the large % of the demography of viwers) and there is obviously a very large dose of politics in the recipe as well.
If they want to be fair and fair dinkum next series I suggest
1 For the street party cooking draw lots to see who gets to cook what
2 Make the contestants grow their own raspberries (in 2 hours) in lieu of buying pastry, shock horror
3 Show the votes of the street party contestants so that we poor innocents then know that the end score was not taken as 20% sum total of the “streeties” and 80% of Manu and Pete
4 Get someone else to judge the cook-offs to avoid pre conceived judges bias
5 show the show live so that judging does not play to the audience
6 Make them cook in their own homes, NOT in Mummy and Daddys mansion a la both NSW couples
7 Make them cook a BBQ as something different
8 Ban bloody beetroot soup and gnocchi FFS
9 dont give some contestants extra cooking time
10 get rid of those bloody in between interviews with the contestants to try and maintain the tension the buzz the atmosphere etc in trying to show they have stuffed up and lo and bebloodyhold out they come and get perfect, yes perfect ie 100% scores
11 etc etc etc

5 Reality Raver { 03.01.11 at 1:55 pm }

Sourkraut – Hey if you make the Sydney teams cook in their own kitchens, none of the teams will be below 40, as the rents are so high for absolute crap holes in this town.

The too camera pieces if you over analyse them as I do give away who is going to be bottom or top.

6 brain dead dave { 03.01.11 at 3:59 pm }

Stefania and Daniela’s fridge was like something from “Hoarders”.

7 Izobel2 { 03.01.11 at 4:55 pm }

Just read the last comment and cracked up laughing… then I saw that it was none other than our mate doing the commenting!!! Well done BDD (again). I watch Hoarders and it’s EXACTLY what I thought when all that raspberry sauce went everywhere! Yes agreed, the kitchens were all fabulous with most having island benches and perfectly clean, but all had a touch of ‘home’ on them with flyers and magnets on fridges. Those massive lamb rolls looked way too big. But still like the Butchers.

8 sourkraut { 03.02.11 at 1:17 pm }

Are you saying that it is no advantage to have a million dollar kitchen to cook in? No I dont think you are saying that ! and yes rents are high in Sydey, but if people want to go on a show like this they should consider where they will be cooking and if their own kitchen is not up to scratch.. dont enter. At least mastercrap starts from a level playing field.