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My Kitchen Rules – Manipulating The Tension Between The Italian’s And The Asian Girls For Ratings?

How much manipulation was there to try and ensure there was tension between the Italian Houswives and Ashlee and Sophia tonight? First they were put on the same team to cook in the first challenge, and then when they lost ensuring the blame  for that loss was well and truly known to ensure resentment continued to fester.

It was a good first challenge with the eight teams cooking split into two and they had to serve a four course meal in thirty minutes. The meal had to have a common theme.

Jake and Elle, Sam and Chris, Kerrie and David, and Andi and Josh decided to go with Italian with Jake taking the lead, whilst the other four teams of Sophia and Ashlee, Dan and Steph, Angela and Melina and the Bondi Boys were cooking Asian with the NSW girl team taking the lead.

The reason they went Asian as because Sophia and Ashlee and Dan and Steph were strong in that cuisine, however the Qld team promptly went and made Ceviche something that is Mexican.

This also set up the scenario for Melina and Angela to fail, as they said they did not cook Asian food. They were to make Crispy Duck with an Asian Salad. The Italian girls are not great cooks. Angela can’t work out if the pan should be on high or low to crisp the duck skin, so she puts them on a cold frying pan whilst finding out.  She then asked Bondi Boys and Luke trying to play it safe told her to cook it on a medium flame.

In the end she burnt the breast. Steph playing quality controller turned to her and said I am not happy with that. Angela then redid it but plated up raw duck. It was unclear why she did that and did not just leave out the pieces that were inedible.

Over on the other team Elle and Jake ganache split so they started again in fact they tried three times, not realising it was their technique that was the issue. Considering there are only two ingredients in the dish it was a bit of a worry. There was better cooking on Junior Masterchef then what we have seen on this series thus far this year.

The Italian theme dinner was judged first. The Vic boys two soup shooter of capsicum and peas were oversalted and the tomato over powered the capsicum. Andi and Josh cooked a great Whiting and Zucchini and Fennel dish with the Pete saying it tasted of the sea.

Kerrie and Craig’s steak with tomato and anchovy sauce was said to be “yum” and Jake and Elle’s Zabaglione the judges thought the flavour of the coffee cream was good.

Even though Dan and Steph’s Ceviche was not thought to be asian, Pete thought it was an exciting way to start a meal. Angela and Melina were criticised for the raw duck.

Sophia and Ashlee were told their Lemon Dipping Sauce elevated their  Marinated Beef to another level, and the Bondi boys said the Sago was the dish of the round and Manu would have given it a ten. Everytime Pete eats Luke and Scott’s food he gets a culinary boner.

In the end the Italian theme wins, which is a bit strange considering there appeared to be three standout dishes on the Asian team and only three good dishes on the winning teams.

But then Pete would not have been able to say “Sorry it was the raw duck that put you there” which was code to the Asian girls to rip them apart.

Sophia and Ashlee moaned “I can’t believe it they are killing my life, when will they ever go away”.

Those four team had to cook again this time as individual teams.

Angela and Melina who half an hour previously said they did not cook Asian decided they would cook Tom Yum Soup otherwise known as Hot and Sour Soup. “They are so dumb” said Ashlee and at this point I had to agree with them. They put their own twist on it by putting tumeric and cumin in it.

“This is not fusion cooking it is confusion” said Sophia.

Luke and Scott were making Herb Crusted Lamb as were Dan and Steph were making Lamb Rack with a Mint Chimichurri with a parsnip puree. At one stage the Bondi Boys looked like they were going to serve up raw lamb, which would have had Pete say “I know I said I am into raw food but this is ridiculous”.

Dan and Steph was told their lamb was great, and the Asian girls were also told their Steamed Fish and Ginger and Shallots were faultless.

Ashlee said “We got it perfect in last showdown and a faultless in this showdown, so I think that means we are perfect.” Sophia had been saying earlier that she had given everything she had in the first showdown and had nothing left for the other one. She admitted she had not cooked a third fish to test it.

The Italian Housewives did not fair as well with Pete telling them once you add different ingredients it changes the balance.

The Bondi boys were told their lamb was cooked just, but there was a little bit too much on the plate and the judges wondered whether there was too much mint?

It was no surprise the Italian girls were put in the elimination challenge they have not made a decent dish in the last three challenges.

The Asian girls could not stop smiling when they heard the result, however if they are eliminated who will Ashlee and Sophia have to snipe about.

My Kitchen Rules on SEVEN at 7.30pm Monday to Thursday.


1 A.P { 03.14.13 at 8:16 pm }

Well, the luau would have been good if it hadn’t started pouring the minute the food was served, we were all given white poncho raincoats to wear, 500 people looking like we were at a Klu Klux Klan meeting (hope thats not racist)
It consisted of a ceremonial unearthing of the pig, fried chicken, salads, rice ,corn, pineapple, some sort of coconut dessert that looked a bit like tofu, choc cake and jello, bread rolls etc, not really all that exciting.
The show after had to be cancelled unfortunately.
In the International Market place was the biggest array of Asian food I have ever seen.

2 Daisy { 03.14.13 at 8:19 pm }

Ku Klux Klan, AP. Dripping wet. I hope you got a photo.

3 drb123 { 03.14.13 at 8:31 pm }

I don’t know if Colin’s criticism of the food is really adding anything. While the other experts are constructive as to what may have gone wrong, he seems to want to bignote himself with dismissive insults. “My time is valuable and this dish is a waste of my time”. Are you volunteering your time? I presumed the chefs got paid…..

4 Anna { 03.14.13 at 8:57 pm }

Drb123 Other Chefs are being kind, just like Toby was. Collin is just brutally honest.

His restaurants are good….

5 Littlepetal { 03.14.13 at 9:04 pm }

Not sure with the comments from the judges regarding the dessert from Ali and Samuel.

By listening from the comment I am not sure whether I want to try the recipe. Yes, the pastry was short and good. Yes, the ice cream was amazing (but the ice cream was an accomplishment and not the main component) So how is the flavour from the tart??? Was it good?? Should I try?? Not too sure.

Surprise result but also not that surprise when you watch them talk to the camera.

6 drb123 { 03.14.13 at 9:12 pm }

Anna @ 104

I think a bit of kindness is what the show needs now considering the current casting and producing decisions. From his remarks, you would think he was metering out Michelin stars rather than judging home cooks

7 Gabby { 03.14.13 at 9:41 pm }

How come the horrid ones are keeping their mouths shut tonight?
Do you think they were told?
Welcome back AP, you have been missed. Sorry you had rain but hope you and hubby enjoyed yourselves. Has it given you the bug?

8 brain dead dave { 03.14.13 at 9:49 pm }

Troll #100 Questions from racist trolls don’t count. Into the bin with them.

9 Morgan { 03.14.13 at 10:04 pm }

Sad to see Ali and Sam go, but there was just no way they were staying after that lamb dish. Ashlee and Sophia got very little screentime tonight which was nice for a change, and when they were shown, they weren’t being nasty.

Next week’s promo shows there’s still no bloody desert challenge! Which means yet another week of Kerrie and Craig.

Another week

10 Morgan { 03.14.13 at 10:07 pm }

Pete also says they’ve tasted some of the best food across of series of MKR, yet they’re only cooking canapes…

11 Littlepetal { 03.14.13 at 10:18 pm }

Morgan, Pete taste buds have gone to sleep with his new diet. Any dishes will be amazing to him !!! He likes A & S dishes. They were the best to him

12 sophy { 03.14.13 at 10:23 pm }

Wish Jessie & Biswa can make a comeback so that Sophia and Ashlee would have another set of people who would be killing Sophia’s life if Angela and Melina get eliminated..sooner or later.. :(

13 brain dead dave { 03.14.13 at 10:30 pm }

It was hilarious watching Sam agonizing over the least lame polenta to plate up. Then throwing in a handful of this and a handful of that. Why not try vinegar in the polenta? Or serve chunks of lamb that look like they’ve been prepared by Ivan Milat. The too tight shirt again just topped it all off. Manu pretty much nailed it when he remarked that Sam didn’t know what he was doing.

Collin assridge was mean tonight.

14 Anna { 03.14.13 at 10:35 pm }

DRB123, Manu & Pete are too kind, as are the other judges. Collin being brutally honest is refreshing.

You’d want to know if your favorite dish is bleah even if your family likes it, wouldn’t you?

15 Littlepetal { 03.14.13 at 10:38 pm }

Another one using MKR to try to get a profile for their career. Samuel would like to do some media work.

I am actually happy that the S1 winners did open a restaurant, S2 and S3 winners still involve with cooking.

From the remaining teams, who do you think are serious with doing something with food?

My guess:

Dan and Steph
Jenna and Joanna
Josh and Andi
Sam and Chris, maybe

The others I am not too sure

16 layla { 03.14.13 at 10:41 pm }

I can’t believe ch 7 showed the preview to the next episode during tonight’s ep. Who do I see centre of my screen? Angela and Melina…well it saved me from watching the rest of the episode and I had to pee so good timing ch 7 yet still very unprofessional.

Colin is a hit and a miss with me. Can’t wait to see him throw the fork (literally I hope) to Ashlee and Sophia when their time comes cause they deserve it, but dude needs to realise these dishes he’s insulting are from home cooks. They’re not on the same platform and have the same level of knowledge as he and the people he works with do.

17 A.P { 03.14.13 at 10:43 pm }

I thought the same @103, Colin may be brutally honest but he sounded like such a snob saying that tasting that food was a waste of his valuable time.
Why is he there then if not to taste the food? That”s what he is getting paid for after all and if he doesn’t like it then why did he agree to do the show?

18 chels { 03.14.13 at 10:58 pm }

did anyone else notice Sophia cheering on Angela tonight?

19 Gabby { 03.14.13 at 11:07 pm }

NO, Chels, definitely did not see that. Are you sure you did?
RR, I watched Celebrity Apprentice and I am hooked. I have seen a few of them in previous shows so it is good to see them up again, especially that whacko Gary Busy. I don’t know what to make of him, poor bloke, every time his team are up, he always gets chosen to stay behind, he doesn’t appreciate it. Anyway, I’m glad I discovered it was on and you gave it the nod, thanks.

20 Littlepetal { 03.14.13 at 11:42 pm }

I thought I saw Sophia saying ‘come on guys’. Does that include A & M, I am not too sure.

21 Daisy { 03.14.13 at 11:43 pm }

What Gabby, where did you see CA? I want to watch it too.

After you guys wrote that they didn’t show Ashlee and Sophia I ended up watching, even though I had already read who won. It didn’t stop me enjoying a relatively A&S free episode.
New judge seriously needs to wash his disgusting hair. I don’t care if that dirty look is supposed to be in, NOT in the same shot as food.
Gross! And “A waste of my time”? Arrogant you know what. Maybe we are wasting our time watching in that case.
Rolf’s joke: Salm ‘n’ Allie. (Salmonella). He’s watching but doesn’t know who wins.
I’m glad the Mama’s got through. But I wish we were seeing food that looked creative and delicious.

OMG inthe last 2 mintues Rolf dropped off to sleep. And that’s during the climax of plating up dessert.

22 chels { 03.15.13 at 8:59 am }

Gabby I am almost positive I saw it. goes to the argument that through whole thing is staged.

23 Gabby { 03.15.13 at 10:15 am }

Chels, If the nasty one did cheer for one of the Mamas, you could be right about the staging. It was nice to see them showing a pleasant demeanour for once. See they can do it if they try.
Daisy, Celeb. App. is the American Donald Trump one and it is on Fox 8. I think it is worth the watch.

24 Gabby { 03.15.13 at 10:31 am }

I am so glad Rick has finally told Hope about his lie. I thought it was never going to happen. Wonder what Liam will think, wonder what Stehy will think? I missed Wednesdays show, did they tell Hope about dastardly Bill getting Deacon out of jail for the wedding?

25 Georgie { 03.15.13 at 10:32 am }

What I saw at one stage last night, was S&A pissing themselves laughing at Angela and Melina’s troubles in the kitchen and it wasn’t put on laughter either, it was genuine glee.

26 Daisy { 03.15.13 at 10:42 am }

Gabby, no Bill is still squirming and plotting, confident that he can do whatever it takes to control everyone.
Will they ever find out he bugged the psych’s office?
But we know that whatever happens all will be forgiven, Bill will get away with everything, Liam will keep swapping between Stephie and Hope, meanwhile flirting and canoodling with both, and the Logan-Forrester rivalry will continue.
How weird was it the old girl choosing Brooke for her death scenes, professing her love when she had only recently tried to have her drugged to make her think she’s slept with her step-son.

27 Daisy { 03.15.13 at 10:44 am }

ANd what a bitch of a mother is Brooke. She knows about Bill and Deacon and is covering for him regardless of her daughter.

28 Littlepetal { 03.15.13 at 10:53 am }

I rewind and watch the episode again. When Angela and Melina were making the pasta, Sophia was shown saying something like come on Angela. The background noise was loud so can’t be sure.

29 Gabby { 03.15.13 at 10:58 am }

Thanks Daisy for that. Sorry for putting it in here. Just needed a quick update.
Brooke is so lucky to have two forgiving daughters. She has slept with both their men, but they forgive her. The only reason she is keeping the Bill stuff from Hope now is because she has the hots for him.
Georgie I must have missed that bit of genuine glee from the tarts when the Mummas weren’t doing well. I should have known the niceness was too good to be true.

30 Jack Myorff { 03.18.13 at 9:14 pm }

The whole thing is manipulated and edited down to capture the true essence of trash TV. Don’t forget the stuff was filmed last year since they were cooking at the Melbourne Cup in tonight’s episode. It’s trash TV that looks for and attracts the worst types of people, all for the drama and tension they bring. Those two Asian birds are more suited as dominatrices in BDSM porn, and not as contestants on a cooking show aired during a family time slot. They are simply the pits. Their parents must be ashamed of them.

31 Justine Vollert { 04.24.13 at 6:05 pm }

This is the first time I have watched my kitchen rules and it will be the last . The behaviour of Ashlee and Sophie is a disgrace and the two judges should have put a sto to it . They have contibuted to this lunacy. It is ashame that Sophie and Ashlee are good cooks because the dont deserve to bee in the show . The are rude and mean and very arrogant. Pride comes before a fall and I hope they fall big