My Kitchen Rules – Episode 1 – Helen and Steve From NSW Are Cooking
Normally on My Kitchen Rules we see contestants in this stage of the competition cook dishes they have never tried before which is ludicrous enough, however I thought it had reached new heights when this Helen and Steve revealed they had not used the oven before as it had only been installed the previous evening. I was thinking wouldn’t you at least bake a cake to test it?
However before I castigate them too much it has been revealed today in the Herald Sun that they had not been cooking in their homes but in their brothers. In fact only four of the 12 couples cook in their own kitchens and this is because of logistics. They need to have the space for the control room and generator.
Also it appears, the kitchen and where the contestants dine has to be separate and considering the trend is open plan living this must be an issue for a lot of people who want to go on the show.
From the ads we could see Leigh and Jennifer from South Australia were being set up as the villains. Leigh looks the most surly, but Jennifer is going to get a lot of air time due to her Paris Hilton type qualities including carrying around a small dog and appearing completely vacuous. Oh and she also has the annoying habit of sighing “yeah” alot.
However I also found Tom who is partnered with “friend” Clare to be rather arrogant. Both Clare and Tom declared they were just friends, and they don’t want anything else but I am not convinced. For Tom to only think of Clare as a friend would go against the Ladder Theory which states that guys cannot think of girls as friends.
Steve and Helen from Sydney were the first to cook for the other teams their menu was Saganaki Prawns, Open-style moussaka served with Greek Salad, and Cypriot Pancake with vanilla icecream and walnut preserve.
Their big issue in the kitchen was they could not work the stove so the lamb shoulder for the moussaka was transfered to a frypan, but Steve finally figured out the cryptic instructions and they were able to start cooking.
Their “restaurant” was obviously a greek theme and they went the full kitschness with it including greek statues. This set up the atmosphere nicely.
However Leigh and Jennifer wanted more Greek. How they thought this could be achieved was unclear. Did they want a mini version of the acropolis as the centre piece on the table?
After the judges arrived the other “surprise” of the mystery couple, Simon and Meg, the New Zealand team. I dont’ know what the big deal is about having a NZ team there is more rivalry between NSW and Queensland at State of Origin time. There is no way the NZ people will win as the aussie viewers would be peeved to see the $250,000 go off shore.
Helen and Steve argued about the presentation of the entree. Steve wanted lots of sauce and Helen was not wanting to go the rustic route. Again did these people not watch the last two seasons, Manu Feildel is always going on about how he likes lots of sauce.
Leigh and Jennifer thought it needed seasoning. Justine the truck driver from Perth snapped back there is enough salt in the cheese.
It was then revealed by the New Zealand team that they had not had Greek cuisine before as there are no Greek restaurants in New Zealand.
Ironically it was Pete Evans who complained about the lack of sauce not Manu.
The main course was Moussaka and it looked like stew on a plate, very unappetising. Pete thought it was a good honest home cooked meal. Manu was not liking the sauce he thought it was far too reduced.
Jennifer picked on every aspect of the moussaka and then at the end said “good effort”. She also thought the ice-cream was a bit eggy. She wasn’t going to win a popularity contest anytime soon around the dinner table.
The Army boys from Queensland, David and Scott, who appear quite droll scored them a 7, the WA girls gave a 7, Thomas and Carla gave a 7, the New Zealand team gave a 7, but Jennifer and Leigh gave a 6. This gave Steve and Helen a total of 34 out of 50.
The judges scored as well with Manu giving an eight for entree, a five for main, and an eight for dessert. Whereas Pete scored the entree a seven, the main a five and dessert an eight.
This came to a total of 75 which if previous seasons are anything to go by should not land them at the bottom, as usually one team totally tanks.