Port kitchen rules

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

COM­PE­TI­TION is heat­ing up on re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show My Kitchen Rules and the bat­tle is go­ing trop­i­cal with the Port Dou­glas episode air­ing next Mon­day.

When the cast and crew filmed the episode in Oc­to­ber last year, hosts of the show and ac­claimed chefs Manu Feildel and Pete Evans got to re­turn to one of their favourite trop­i­cal desti­na­tions.

“I loved it, it was fan­tas­tic - I come up to Port Dou­glas ev­ery year or two and con­sider my­self a semi-lo­cal tourist,” Pete said.

“I gen­er­ally write my cook­books up there be­cause it’s nice and peace­ful.

“I go shop­ping out at Sco­maz­zon’s, Blood Orange and the Port Dou­glas fish shop and then I dis­ap­pear and re­lax and spend time with my kids.”

The two fa­mous chefs spent time vis­it­ing lo­cal restau­rants while here and Manu Feildel said they have “pretty much tried all of them”.

“I’ve been about half-a-dozen of times, I love it there and there are some good restau­rants, Salsa is very good,” he said. “The weather is fan­tas­tic and ev­ery­body’s got great hos­pi­tal­ity and ev­ery­body’s got a smile on their face - it makes it eas­ier to work.”

It was still tough work for the judges film­ing in Port Dou­glas, par­tic­u­larly as they have to wear suits for the show, but the con­tes­tants kept them dis­tracted.

“We’ve seen some great food and some not too great food and we’ve got some opin­ion­ated con­tes­tants this year who are not scared to tell what they think,” Manu said.

Pete said view­ers were en­joy­ing watch­ing the drama un­fold and the dif­fer­ent types of food be­ing cre­ated.

“Up there was the camper­van chal­lenge and we did the mar­kets, which was a def­i­nite high­light, we had 16 of us at the time all with camper­vans and cook­ing for the lo­cals - it was an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Pete said.

To catch the fa­mous chefs sweat it out in their suits as they judge the con­tes­tants in Port Dou­glas, tune in to Chan­nel 7 on Mon­day from 7.30pm.

Top tal­ent: To­bias Mold­en­hauer

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