Port kitchen rules
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.
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