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My Kitchen Rules – There Are Already Some Winners From Season Four

This year’s My Kitchen Rules contestants appear to be more successful even before the series has ended and the grand final is yet to air.

Luke and Scott have inked a deal with SEVEN to go on Sydney Weekender, and Mick from Tassie has his much wanted radio contract on 7HO and his son Matt has a position on SEA FM. They obviously went into the show with a firm idea of what they wanted to get out of it and they did just that.

Jake and Elle have also going to use the show as a platform to release a cook book and an ice cream range, and Ashlee and Sophia have said they are open to more reality TV saying they would love to go on The Amazing Race. They would make an entertaining team if that show ever gets renewed again. Another show Sophia would be great on is Celebrity Apprentice Australia!

Previously past contestants have had 15 minutes of fame and then faded out of the limelight.  Season Two winners Sammy and Bella are on Sunrise but also have a hamburger stall at Bondi Markets, Jen from last year has released a Thai product range, and the Italian boys in Adelaide were trying to get a cake business off the ground.

However as soon as Luke and Scott hit the screen you could see they were pitching for a healthy food show and they made sure they stayed on message the whole series. It worked they got their contract. Mick and Matt were not shy either in saying why they were on the show and it had nothing to do with the cooking.

Mick also told the Herald Sun that the show did not need to be controversial to get ratings.

Clearly having a go at Ashlee and Sophia he told the paper:

“I didn’t like the bitchiness in it and I didn’t like the Ashlee and Sophia comments,” Mick says.

“I know it (Ashlee and Sophia) was probably controversial and got publicity and everything, but I think just as many people would have watched it (MKR) without it as did with it.

“I really do think it (My Kitchen Rules) would be a lot better show without that.”

Well the ratings tell the story and that controversy does appear to attract the viewers as it certainly wasn’t the cooking from this year’s contestants!

Maybe he was miffed that the NSW girls got a lot of the screen time and media attention and it took time away from him.

He also admited you don’t have to be a good cook on the show saying:

“You don’t have to be a great cook but you have to like cooking and be willing to learn as you go along.”

“Matt and I put a barrier up from day one. We stuck to ourselves mainly. We didn’t socialise a great deal. We played our own game.”

Well props to him for going into My Kitchen Rules with a goal of changing his career from an abalone diver to career in the media career and he did just that. He has shown how reality TV can change your life and used it to benefit himself.


1 Techhater { 05.05.13 at 12:08 pm }

David No No No not dirt. Things like is it true you have to submit x amount of menues and producers decide what you cook. How much do producers actually influence what contestants do. That sort of thing.

2 Littlepetal { 05.05.13 at 12:42 pm }

Thanks David for the info. The other thing I really like to know is who decide on the 3 course meal you have yo cook in the sudden death cook off. Are these recipes submitted at the start of comp or submitted when you know you are in the sudden death cook off. Also do you have to submit more than the 3 courses and the producers decide what you have to cook.

3 LB { 05.05.13 at 12:44 pm }

Hi David, great to hear from you. Loved your positive attitude on the show & to see it carries through to your everyday. For mine, this is where this season of MKR fell short – too much negativity & too much manipulation by producers. Would be interested to get your views on that – not dirt digging, but as a past contestant what you thought of the pretty blatant manipulation & also of “innovations” like Come Back Kitchen? Also, what’s your twitter account, please?

4 david hopgood { 05.05.13 at 1:40 pm }

littlepetal… yes you submit LOTS of recipes along the way – with no idea if you are going to cook them or not. I only had one sudden death cook off on the show and that was the one we lost to L & J & were eliminated. We chose to cook the Lobster, Gnocchi Bisque dish as we thought it had a good chance to get us through.

LB: I didn’t like the option of Comeback kitchen (although as an eliminated competitor it would seem good to get a second chance) but i don’t think this is fair on the others – IMHO….

My twitter is @cheffette70.. – great to get such positive comments from everyone. thanks again :) David.

5 LB { 05.05.13 at 1:47 pm }

Thanks David, it’s nice to get an insiders perspective on how things work. Your new ventures look really interesting – am forwarding to my brother who is a bit of a foodie & has toured Vietnam battle fields a couple of times :)

6 Littlepetal { 05.05.13 at 1:54 pm }

Thanks David for giving us some insight of what goes on in MKR. You are a brave man to go into MKR. Love your passion for food.

7 Gabby { 05.05.13 at 4:04 pm }

Thanks David for your contribution today, really enjoyed reading your personal experiences. Very kind of you to answer the girls questions, thanks girls for asking him the questions on all our lips.

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