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My Kitchen Rules – Even Contestants Admit They Can’t Cook

In a cracker TV Week article this week has a lot of juicy gossip on the My Kitchen Rules teams.

First Chris and Sam admit they made up their application form. Chris told TV WEEK ” Sam and I made up our entire application pricess – it was a whole lot of lies to get us on the show.”

He added ” We said we cooked for our families all the time, but we hadn’t cooked together before the show. My dad never thought I could cook – he still doesn’t!”.

To think two non-cooks made it to finals week! Which raises the question are they actually cousins? And isn’t Chris going into a catering business with Kerrie?

Also the article reveals Melina nd Angela’s friend ship is over. Mike said “Ange asked more dumb questions than I’ve ever heard in my life. Poor Melina was rolling her eyes. They barneyed a bit, as Melina is always getting more attention, but Melina is always going to get more attention because she has a personality.”

It is not like Mike is a rocket scientist either however he has managed to ink a deal with a Tassie radio.

But I do agree with his view on Luke and Scott’s food as he thinks they should not have made the finals. He told the mag “Luke ad Scott’s food had no flavour – others said the same”.

Other gems from the TV Week article are:

  • Dan and Steph are hoping to win the $250,000 to pay for IVF;
  • Jo and Jenna went through a rough patch after the show finished but they are now all good;
  • Mick was not keen to come back to Comeback Kitchen, he did not want to cook again and since he had returned home to Tassie had not cooked at all; and
  • He also said he did not like being told what to do all the time and said this might have contributed to his crabbiness.

Also because being on a reality show does not pay well, which means contestants take a financial hit particular on these shows like this one and Masterchef which can have a long filming schedule. Something they should acknowledge and increase the pay for the contestants who are filming longer.

Mick said he suffered financially as a result of being on the show. Though he admits he got the experience of a life time and they got their radio gigs. Dan and Steph also suffered as well as Steph had difficulty finding work on her return.

For the full article check out TV Week.

My Kitchen Rules on Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

The Grand final is on this Sunday a two hour special from 6.30pm.


1 Danielle { 04.23.13 at 4:56 pm }

The cousins seem to be interested in the fame game. They did admit that the dishes they cooked at their instant restaurants they had never cooked before, which is something they regret. They are very lucky guys.
I had heard they all do cooking classes before the show, which I don’t mind. Ali and Samuel admitted they knew they were going to cater at Melbourne cup and had a few ideas. So they must be warned when they are cooking for other people.
Jake and Elle are my favourite and they work together well and are passionate about food. They plan to release cookbook and ice cream range.
Josh has admitted he can’t cook so it must have just been Andi who could cook really well. The British guy admits that he doesn’t cook desserts. I cooked the BB dessert at their instant restaurant and the spelt pastry was not right. It just tasted like a coconut tart, nothing special.

2 layla { 04.23.13 at 5:08 pm }

I do think Chris seems to have grown a passion for cooking since he’s gone into business with Kerrie. You can tell she likes to cook so she wouldn’t start a business with someone who was going to be half assed about it.

Sam posted a pic on his instagram today telling his followers to convince ch7 to hire him on Sunrise.

I remember other contestants in previous series said it was hard for them financially as well. Matt was the one who wanted to audition for the show I remember reading in any older interview with them.

That’s suprising to hear about Angela and Melina. Melina posted a photo of the two of them together just 8 weeks ago. I’m sure it was Angela I read that wanted to be on reality TV and asked Melina to audition with her? In No Idea mag, a few of the contestants said they were the team most didn’t get along with.

3 daisy { 04.23.13 at 5:13 pm }

Welcome back Emma, if you ARE back.
I hope all is as well as can be under the circumstances.
We have missed you.

4 brain dead dave { 04.23.13 at 5:20 pm }

Cry me a river , Tassie Pops. You were a back biting arsehole since day one. Tell it to the crickets listening to your beige personality soil the airwaves.

5 Littlepetal { 04.23.13 at 5:22 pm }

When the show first started, I thought Angela and Melina will be the real villains as it was stated on their bio that they are outspoken. Somehow they got overshadowed by A&S.

Yes, I think Sam and Chris are cousins as Chris’s mum has posted on FB and talked about the nephew.

Can’t blame people to go to cooking classes etc if they want to enter a cooking show. My sis in law has a friend who was going to cooking classes so she can apply to go onto MC the following year. Didn’t follow up whether she got in or not.

So far none of the eliminated teams have mentioned the BB as the likely winners. Sam and Chris think Jake and Elle or M&M can win. Some have mentioned that Dan and Steph are strong contenders. So far no one think the BB are good enough to win. But you don’t need to be good to win, just be the judges pets and you will be safe.

6 Jenny { 04.23.13 at 5:42 pm }

Missed you RR. Hope all is well as can be under the circumstances…

Yes interesting article. Seems that most reality tv is just a chance for people to get their faces out there and not always just about talent…I think i might apply to mkr only just for a chance to stand close to Manu…oooh

7 Veronica { 04.23.13 at 5:48 pm }

For a long time I thought ch7 filmed 2 endings to keep the winners a secret but, after everything that’s gone on this series, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s so they can simply keep their options open.

8 Reality Raver { 04.23.13 at 5:56 pm }

Daisy – yes I am back thanks.

Little Petal – BB have the strongest brand, but Steph and Dan have the best back story.

9 Littlepetal { 04.23.13 at 6:06 pm }

I still think they will have filmed 2 endings to stop spoilers. Thus they can still decide which team is the winner.

I would think Jake and Elle will be the strongest brand as they have shown they can cook and Jake also has a personality.

Hayden and Andy from MC didn’t do much for the TV stations. I have to say Andy is hotter than Luke but fail in the cooking department.

10 LB { 04.23.13 at 6:42 pm }

LittlePetal, I agree with you that Jake & Elle are a better brand than BB. J&E are vibrant & quite funny and seem to have a great relationship which could work in several areas of media. Whereas BB are just bland & seem a bit thick at times. That look of a deer in the headlights is starting to become their trademark.

Nice to see you back, RR. Take care of yourself.

11 Veronica { 04.23.13 at 7:01 pm }

Yes I think J&E are the better brand but admit I don’t know much, actually I don’t know anything, about that sort of thing.
To me the BBs are pleasant and polite but that’s where it ends.
I don’t have a problem with where they live and don’t hold their favoured status against them. I just think they’ve been lucky.

12 Techhater { 04.23.13 at 7:28 pm }

Welcome back RR please take care of you and your family.

I think Jake and Elle would make perfect hosts of a cooking show.

13 Jaycee47 { 04.23.13 at 8:01 pm }

Welcome back RR…..I am so sad to hear Angela and Melina’s friendship has ended…they were my faves….I thought they would get their own show even…..Seems they go the way of Jennifer and Leigh from last year….looks like these reality shows are a killer for friendships. Thought A &S would axe each other during the show….more’s the pity!!!! Their friendship went through a tough phase as well according to mags…..

Agree BB are not that marketable…whereas J&E would appeal to a younger audience as well as the more mature….didn’t like him at first but warmed as the series went on…..they do know more about food than they showed at the beginning. Everyone bagged Julie Goodwin when she won for being a “home cook” but most people could identify with her…not the BB health aficionados. But then again with Pete supposedly being a health nut what more can I say! Looks life the gf is a hard nut as well…..his ex wife lives at North Bondi as well!!! Must be a Bondi thang!!!!

14 Gabby { 04.23.13 at 8:33 pm }

I can’t believe the way Dan and Steph are cooking now compared to their two instant restaurant meals. They were atrocious and now they are plating up first class creations.

15 Veronica { 04.23.13 at 8:45 pm }

Fingers crossed for Dan and Steph but it looks like it will be close as the boys have done well too.

16 Anna { 04.23.13 at 9:37 pm }

Emma, welcome back!!

Good to see the show is a lot more of a farce then originally thought!

17 Techhater { 04.23.13 at 9:42 pm }

Just watching Michael Caton Who Do You Think You Are? And you see where I live and 3 of my neighbours. We knew they filmed it but wasn’t sure how much would be shown.

18 A.P { 04.23.13 at 9:54 pm }

Oh damm, I wanted to see Who Do you Think You are, Techhater but forgot all about it due to MKR.

19 Littlepetal { 04.23.13 at 10:00 pm }

TH-I will try to watch it online so I know where you live

20 daisy { 04.23.13 at 10:10 pm }

TH, we,ll try and catch it somehow. I hope you and Desi are out the front waving.

21 VioletsRBlue { 04.24.13 at 12:11 am }

I’m so happy that the BB are finally out! They did not deserve to be in the top 4. Their food always looks rather ordinary. Even today that fish dish looked super simple to cook and definitely not something that could be served at a good restaurant. D&S first and second course on the other hand not only looked like something one could get at s hood restaurant but something that would not disappoint even at a really good restaurant! Both dishes looked modern, very elegant and super tasty. In my view different class to BB. So glad that they are in the final! Finally some decent judging!

22 A.P { 04.24.13 at 6:58 am }
23 Reality Raver { 04.24.13 at 7:01 am }

Thanks for all your kind wishes last ep recap of MKR will be up shortly.

24 cuisinaire { 04.24.13 at 11:00 am }

Does Mick’s comment that Steph had difficulty finding work after filming possibly suggest that D & S did not win? Further, where exactly have those contestants who claim that they have learned so much, actually learned? Those who worked with Colin would have picked up some new techniques and how to survive in a professional kitchen but I fail to understand how some of the poor dishes prepared in the early days can have been made by those turning out “restaurant quality” dishes in the last weeks. There have been no classes on skills (bar watching Sophia’s knife work) yet we have watched contestants cook with greater skills in preparation, taste and presentation and often with the tag that “we cook this at home”. L&S have bashed the healthy food, “the body is a temple” philosophy but last night delivered a sensational “heart attack in the making” chocolate cake. Where and when have they learned their new found skills and repetoire?

25 Littlepetal { 04.24.13 at 11:35 am }

Kerrie mentioned that Dan and Steph have been practicing all the time when they were in the apartment, much more than any other teams. I guess that is where they learned.

26 layla { 04.24.13 at 11:45 am }

cuisinaire@24 The thing is, none of the contestants know who actually wins the competition until the finale airs. They find out at the same time as us the viewers because they film 2 endings and the producers decide who wins after the filming has wrapped up. Like I said with Mick and Matt starting on radio, it means nothing. They can’t sit around twiddling their thumbs thinking “oh I better not bother with finding a job incase I win MKR”. If filming wraps up in early-mid December and the winners aren’t announced til April, then that’s 4-5 months out of work with no income.

27 Anna { 04.24.13 at 12:17 pm }

As one irritating show is wrapping up, another about to begin

Masterchef ad with all the sexism, pinks/blues & Jowlsy eating cream of Gary’s jacket is not a good start!!

28 Anna { 04.24.13 at 12:20 pm }

How the hell did Tassie pop get a radio gig? He’s as boring as …. His voice doesn’t make one sit up & listen either. ….

29 Littlepetal { 04.24.13 at 12:36 pm }

Anna-maybe that is the attraction for Tassie Pop! Just don’t sit up and listen lying down. Sorry, I have to say this. :)

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