My Kitchen Rules very bland fare
THE first couple to cook on My Kitchen Rules on Monday night say they’re a bit like Packed to the Rafters. I kept watching anyway. And it was like the Rafters. I was bored witless. And I think so were the others at the table.
Julie was too busy arguing with Dave about the gelatine and had he thrown it in the rubbish. If she knew what gelatine really was she’d speak more quietly, I kept thinking. Whereas everyone else was just sitting in silence. I don’t know why. And if they did talk, they whispered. Seriously. Unless it was to the camera.
Pete Evans observed that Jessie and Biswa— this year’s equivalent of last year’s winners, whatever their names were — were a ‘‘ little bit star-struck’’ when he and Manu arrived.
He was gesturing to Manu, but I braced myself, because the theme of the dinner was 1970s, and you know how these things can turn.
But I was also wondering why Dave and Julie, who live in Melbourne, went to the Victoria Market to buy their wallaby (yes, wallaby) but then went to Coles to buy eggs and chocolate.
There were chocolate places right behind them where they bought their meat. Is this what sponsorship leads to? And how long before Coles and Woolworths launch an open-air market-style supermarket of their own?
I guess My Kitchen Rules will beat MasterChef: The Professionals in the ratings, because My Kitchen Rules styles itself as a home-cooking show and that’s hard to go past for a lot of people.
MasterChef: The Professionals is the better show, so far. My Kitchen Rules has a bit of an identity crisis, and its best chance to shine — when people are at home, putting on their dinner party— felt formal and contrived.
But if you don’t like it, who cares, because suddenly it’s as if the ratings have actually started. They haven’t — you only have to turn on Nine to know that. But Packed to the Rafters starts on Tuesday, and Parenthood (with Ray Romano in a very solid role) and a hilarious new show called The Mindy Project on Monday.
Wise move, easing Packed to the Rafters back in with not a lot of pressure. It feels very fragile. Like it’s had a surgical procedure and can’t walk properly. If only it had had work done.