My Kitchen truly does rule roost

Herald Sun - Switched On - - On The Couch -

DO you re­mem­ber when cook­ing shows were strictly the do­main of morn­ing tele­vi­sion, and only ‘ stay-at-home-mums’ (what a quaint, den­i­grat­ing term that now sounds) watched them?

Of course you do. It was about half an hour ago. Which means you also re­mem­ber when the only cook­ing men did was at a bar­be­cue, with long tools— sus­pi­ciously long tools— and they’d only han­dle meat? Not all men, ob­vi­ously, be­cause the other men who cooked were chefs who wore mas­sively tall hats. Where did those hats go?

Now if you go into a kitchen they’re wear­ing hair nets of the kind drug deal­ers wore on the first sea­son of Break­ing Bad.

I won­der about the work­place health and safety im­pli­ca­tions of some of those out­fits on My Kitchen Rules. That must be some li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance Coles is fork­ing out. But what a roller­coaster it has been — New Idea, March 5: Triple Wed­ding Here Come The MKR Brides! (‘‘We’d like a small wed­ding,’’ Me­gan says, ‘‘ I re­ally want it to be about us and make sure it’s the most won­der­ful day.’’)

New Idea, March 12: MKR Shock Love Cri­sis! (Me­gan con­fesses there were mo­ments through­out the show when things be­tween her and Andy, 41, reached boil­ing point and she was forced to ques­tion her up­com­ing mar­riage. ‘‘ There were times when I thought I don’t want to be with this guy . . . We got on each other’s nerves quite a bit.’’)

So we’ve es­tab­lished My Kitchen Rules isn’t about cook­ing then. Noth­ing is about what we think it is on tele­vi­sion. Most cook­ing shows are about travel. Masterchef is about the judges. Or it was. That may not be the case this year. I don’t know where they’ve got left to go. The Ren­o­va­tors may have hurt it, I think, in in­tan­gi­ble — and tan­gi­ble — ways. And so, you would’ve said, has My Kitchen Rules.

MKR isn’t even a very slick show. (Judges eat­ing out of the same bowl?)

It’s not the best cook­ing show on tele­vi­sion. But it’s the most pop­u­lar. And on TV that amounts to the same thing.

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