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My Kitchen Rules – Some Behind The Scenes Secrets

Each year there is an article about what actually does go on behind the scenes on My Kitchen Rules and this year it is Woman’s Day who has put it together. Some you will already know, but one particularly surprised me.

Women’s Day reveals:

They’re fed storylines

There’s really no difference between MKR and a soapie like Home And Away – there’s a script and contestants must follow it. “During post-production interviews, producers bring with them a script from which they prompt contestants what to say and how to react,” we’re told.

The final dishes are also cooked by chefs

A group of chefs cook copies of the finalists’ dishes so there is enough to taste-test.
“When the meals are served, you’re not advised which are original and which are replicas,” our source reveals. (Ed’s Note: this was the one that surprised me. I wonder if they undercook/overcook them like the contestants do!)

They don’t cook at their real homes

It’s no wonder some teams struggle to find their way around the kitchen – it’s not theirs. Teams cook in hired or borrowed homes that meet the producers’ strict criteria. “The kitchen must be separate from the dining room so guests don’t hear what is going on and vice versa,” reveals Woman’s Day insider. The bathroom also has to be well away from the action.

They get sent to cooking school

Yes, you read correctly. Teams don’t even have to know how to cook in order to be accepted on to the show. “They’re sent to weekly classes at Simon Johnson Cooking School,” says our source.

 The door bell’s are fake

“It’s not real,” las years “supervillain” Sophia Pou has said.

Drama is the order of the day!

Do you sometimes think the casserole look like a watery mess but judges are raving about depth of flavour? There’s a reason. Despite what is served up, the judges are encouraged to heat up the drama. “They might overlook faults when needed and focus on positives,” our source tells. “This is to ensure viewers feel that it is a tight battle right up until the very end.

They don’t pick the food – they get given a menu.

The [teams] only find out their theme and menu at 6pm the night before. Producers pluck meals from three theme ideas and eight menus submitted by the teams at the audition stage.  “The contestants are strongly encouraged to try unfamiliar techniques,” reveals a former MKR talent. We hear in season three Helen and Steve submitted their family moussaka but were told they had to deconstruct it. “Then they were slammed for not keeping it true to their family’s tradition format!”.

They’re won over with champers.

After every elimination, the departing contestants are invited to a briefing with the show’s creator and leading producer over a bottle of champagne. “This ensures you depart on ‘good terms’ so when they need you [for guest appearances], you are there.” [RR’s note: Maybe the champagne was not good enough for the captain or his lady as I did not see them in the Grand Final line up]

There are no surprises – they’re briefed about challenges.

It may look like the contestants are surprised by the exotic ingredients they have to cook with or the massive scale of a task, but the truth is they’re briefed in the days leading up to a challenge and “advised of the climate and parameters of it”.

They get help with their menus.

“Grand finalists are given a few days to design their menu and submit it for approval,” Woman’s Day are told. “The ‘food team’ then works with the teams to refine and modify the menus to satisfy both producers and contestants”.

The finalists can’t have friends.

“Over the two days, grand finalists are kept in lockdown from all other contestants,” says our source. “They stay at  alternative accommodation so they’re unable to assist each other or communicate”.

They get long breaks

“Cooking timelines are formulated to ensure the day runs smoothly and the best possible results are obtained,” the source asserts. “After each dish is served, an interval takes place in which finalists are held in their dressing rooms and guests are given a break.



1 daisy { 04.29.14 at 2:34 pm }

We have purple carrots at the farmers’ mart and I tired them but they didn’t taste much different from orange, and maybe weren’t quite as good, if anything.

2 Sandi { 04.29.14 at 2:35 pm }

the WA team’s restaurant name Nouveau – I’m guessing they are going to win.
they can then change that to nouveau riche
(ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French nuvo riʃ)
1. (often plural) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces

kinda fitting, dont you think?

I can’t see how a doting mother of a 7 – 8 yo son (Chloe) can claim to be a good role model for her son with all the WA team back-stabbing and nasty comments.
not the kind of role model I would want my kids and grandkids to be influenced by.
Yes, I know I’m not setting a good example with my comment here too. But I’m not bullying others on national TV.

3 Sandi { 04.29.14 at 2:39 pm }

I just loved Carly & Tresne’s outlook on everything.
always positive, always polite.
but nice and polite doesnt give ratings unfortunately.

4 Littlepetal { 04.29.14 at 2:52 pm }

Just heard Kelly on the radio. She has finished her apprenticeship at Trustee at $16/hr. At least she got paid. Volunteers dont get paid at all.

5 Littlepetal { 04.29.14 at 2:53 pm }

Kelly also said they already have a venue for a cafe. Thalia and Bianca will be going to Chloe wedding in New York

6 Georgietake2 { 04.29.14 at 2:56 pm }

Sandi – I agree with the Nouveau Riche comment – vulgar and ostentatious indeed. I don’t care how pricey the ingredients, if you massacre them they are going to taste rubbish. Eating in Michelin star restaurants doesn’t make you a Chef. MKR and Real Houswives – both delivering nasty bullying as something to be rewarded. Horrible. Drama is one thing, no one wants to watch a boring show, but this sort of BS is not interesting. It is depressing how many young people view this behavior as strong, assertive, telling it like it is blah blah blah. Being kind, positive and well mannered does not equal being weak. But bullies rule on TV.

7 Georgietake2 { 04.29.14 at 2:58 pm }

Ugh someone wants to marry Chloe??? I can understand the kid – drunken sex or whatever. But stone cold sober marriage?? – oops sorry – I think I was just being a bully – sorry!

8 Sandii { 04.29.14 at 2:59 pm }

Err just to be clear… the Sandi above isnt me.. huh?

9 Gabby { 04.29.14 at 3:11 pm }

Sandi @ 52 I agree with everything you said, good one!

10 The choppy { 04.29.14 at 3:12 pm }

Sarah, while agree those two are true. I feel that the cooking school one is also true. Because looking at what Kelly and Chloe cooked up first time around is leagues behind what they did in the second round.

11 Sandi { 04.29.14 at 3:13 pm }

I think Georgietake2 was referring to my comment, Sandii.
re: their restaurant neme Neauvea..
they can then change that to nouveau riche
(ˌnuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ; French nuvo riʃ)
1. (often plural) a person who has acquired wealth recently and is regarded as vulgarly ostentatious or lacking in social graces

I totally agree with Georgietake2 about dining at michelin star restaurants doesnt make you a chef.
and the scoring thing on the app (I think it’s Fango) how do you rate something you view on tv ?
sure, you may “eat with your eyes” as Colin said .
but looks can be very deceiving.
it may look like the most beautiful meal, but may taste disgusting.

personally I don’t think I would ever want to have a meal from one of these expensive restaurants after seeing all these cooking shows and how much the food gets man-handled.
I don’t want food that has been handled so many times.
it is dissrepectful to me as a consumer and to the produce they use.

12 Sandi { 04.29.14 at 3:19 pm }

one of the recent teams eliminated actually moved interstate to get on this year’s show. they couldn’t get on it in their original home state in past years and were prompted to move to be accepted.
and this is from a close source to the team.
so that is scripted tv right there.

13 kess { 04.29.14 at 3:42 pm }

Sandi everyone knows the twins originally come from SA.

Cooking school has to be real, Carly & T applied for Amazing Race and were put into this instead.
Insider – we are aware that filming means a lot of stuff HAS to be manipulated.
Clearly teams have big breaks – when they get the little clips done to camera, and get set up ready to film the next bit, that is just common sense.

Deny the fakery all you like, it’s bleeding obvious what we see isn’t strictly REAL.

This show has shot itself in the foot, it has made me appreciate MC more – and I haven’t watched that for a about 3 seasons, now I’m interested again if the food porn turns up.

MKR is doomed, Pete’s leaving for the USA, Manu now runs a restaurant with George – how long before MC steals Manu???

14 Colleen { 04.29.14 at 3:45 pm }

I’m pretty sure the mum and daughter from Walcha were at the mums home, would you admit to being from Walcha if you weren’t? Harry and Christo said that they were in Christos mums house and “naughty nana” would not put that painting in someone elses house. Does it really matter anyway?

I’ve always known they are given a menu, but surely you would be up all night practicing from the moment you get it.

Overall there has been some quite good episodes this seasons, problem is we are left with a bad ending. I need to mute Brees voice.

15 Ali { 04.29.14 at 3:48 pm }

Georgie @40

“I guess we can now expect a No Idea article to blow the lid on a singing show.”

I’ve got the scoop on The Voice:

Not content to merely use their hands, fists or feet like in the ad, when those men with gigantic egos hear a Voice which turns them on, they use their huge dongers to bang on that big ol’ red button so when the chair swivels around, the judge isn’t the only one who is surprised.

16 K&C { 04.29.14 at 3:59 pm }

I don’t understand why all the Kelly and Chloe hate. They seem like pretty good cooks and are real go-getters. I am very impressed by them being so accomplished at such a young age. And they are cooking really well too.

17 Georgie { 04.29.14 at 4:19 pm }

Rofl Ali #65 – I might even start watching it for that. 😆

18 brain dead dave { 04.29.14 at 5:04 pm }

I expect as much from Woman’s Day as My Kitchen’s Rigged , “Insider” Lol. Neither are to be believed.

19 daisy { 04.29.14 at 5:57 pm }

You have to win my vote. I have never been one to root for the home team.

20 WA { 04.29.14 at 6:39 pm }

Kelly and Chloe are such fun girls. How can people hate them. They are so knowleageble. Please win this.

21 Rosie { 04.29.14 at 7:16 pm }

I can’t help it – trolls amuse me.

22 Smythe { 04.29.14 at 7:20 pm }
23 brain dead dave { 04.29.14 at 7:22 pm }

Usually trolls can’t spell.This one’s no different@ 70.

24 Sandi { 04.29.14 at 7:40 pm }

well I am still going to be watching tonight, after all, it is only entertainment to me. may the best food win.
I’m wondering if they are showing it earlier in WA due to the time difference?
otherwise the Eastern states will know before SA or WA.
anyone know what they are doing?

25 Sandii { 04.29.14 at 7:51 pm }

Blue Sandi, not sure we in SA are starting in about 10 mins. I think other states might have already started

26 Sandi { 04.29.14 at 7:55 pm }

that’s so weird. eastern states will know who wins before the winners know. oh, well. may the best food win.

27 Sandii { 04.29.14 at 7:59 pm }

Ps nice name:)

28 Sandii { 04.29.14 at 8:02 pm }

Also don’t go to the live thread if you don’t want the spoiler

29 Bel { 04.29.14 at 9:18 pm }

Manu is channeling the Valiant Charger Mexicana. Purple check on a black seat. It was HAWT in it’s time.

30 Saddened { 04.29.14 at 10:11 pm }

OMG so many apprentices are dropping out because they can’t cook like the contestants. I’m horrified. The industry is hemorrhaging good talent because of these frauds. Manu and Peter you are a disgrace to the industry. Escoiffier would be mortified.

31 daisy { 04.29.14 at 10:31 pm }

I think Pete and Manu know they should hang their heads in shame but they love the money….and Manu’s furry friend would fall off.

Not something for which either Manu or Pete can be proud but remember the marsupial was probably held against it’s will.

32 daisy { 04.30.14 at 12:26 am }

Are you kidding? My neighbour had a gf called Svetlana who he brought to Australia and married. She fleeced him, left him after 3 months and wentvon welfare. But it turned out she wasn’t his first Svetlana so he got the first one out and she became the second Russian wife. Then she stripped him clean to the bare bones and also went on welfare, (even though they were still hubby and wife and living together) after one year, apparently on the advice of Svetlana 2/wife 1. Are you following this. Then he had to sleep on his lounge so that her kids and her could all have a bed room. After much drama, he moved out but eventually got his house back and the care of her son who she left behind. The daily dramas were exhausting, and even involved him getting his teeth knocked out (they weren’t tiny women). So reality isn’t always boring. But sometimes you just don’t want to know.

33 daisy { 04.30.14 at 12:28 am }

I suspect he got to S on the internet.

34 My Kitchen Rules – Grand Final Wrap Up and Media Links | reality ravings { 04.30.14 at 2:08 pm }

[…] year’s winner Dan has slammed the story doing the rounds in relation to the My Kitchen Rules behind the scenes secrets. He said there were no compulsory cooking lessons nor were their chefs plating up the final dishes. […]

35 cookie bearess { 08.07.14 at 8:39 am }

I am soo enjoying all these comments and somewhere I read on a comment site that Kelly’s mouth should be police taped lol but I used to love to hate them but now I’m a reformist and find them really funny and lets be honest guys, they can cook