Kit’s fighting fit
Manu Feildel shares his take on some of his My Kitchen Rules memorable moments from this season with Debbie Schipp
MIDWAY through its fi fth season, My Kitchen Rules is again proving rolled- gold reality television.
A casting triumph, since February it’s thrown up a cast of characters viewers love to hate, some epic kitchen fails and a plethora of indescribably awkward moments. Now well into its “morph- into
MasterChef” stage, having left contestants’ homes for the trials of kitchen headquarters and challenges conducted out of the back of a whopping big truck, it continues to reel in the ratings.
TWINS ARE STILL STANDING
IDENTICAL twins Helena and Vikki Moursellas ( above) trip up on their words occasionally – Vikki famously said they shared one brain between two people – but rarely set a foot wrong in the kitchen. They made MKR history by equalling series three contestants Nic and Rocco’s highest score of 95/ 110 at their home restaurant.
MANU SAYS: “Obviously the girls share everything in life, even someone else’s scores! But saying that, they are both equally talented cooks as individuals. They are great to watch in the kitchen; like fi re and ice!”
THE CAPTAIN AND CORINNE
EARNING the lowest score in
MKR history ( 27/ 110) couldn’t silence the Captain ( David Kirk), dim his dodgy Jack Nicholson impersonation or erase that image of him drinking wine in his undies as “trophy wife” Corinne Wieland ( above with Kirk) ironed his pants. The duo with a penchant for “shampoo” ( as David described champagne during their second epic kitchen fail) then sailed into the sunset, taking David’s acerbic comments with them.
MANU SAYS: “The MKR ship is not the same without him. A beautiful couple with a great rapport, but maybe they should have spent less time on ‘ shampoos’ and more time perfecting their entrée.”
PASTRY GATE IT’s a little known fact ( except they’ve told us countless times) that WA besties and resident mean girls Chloe James and Kelly Ramsay ( below) have travelled to 42 countries. The pair aren’t known for their humility, subtlety or politeness, so many found it hard to conceal their delight when they scored a paltry 49/ 110 for their fi rst restaurant. We remain mystifi ed that one of them claimed to hate cheese, but served up a trio of the stuff as an entrée. That got lost amid the scandal that they used – gasp – store- bought pastry in their mille- feuille dessert.
MANU SAYS: “Good cooks are like puff pastry. It’s made of many layers and sometimes all cooks make the decision to make shortcrusts … oops, sorry, shortcuts! They might be outspoken but watch out; they can cook!”
THE NAUGHTY NANA
NAUGHTY Nana Deb Payne had a penchant for Manu, and talking about herself in the third person. Neither of which seemed to worry husband of 38 years, Rick ( above with Payne). The pair had their stresses in the kitchen, but it was Manu who made Deb all hot and fl ustered. “I much prefer Pete’s eyes but your accent,” she told him as she fanned herself with a menu, then raised the stakes by proudly showing off a nude portrait of herself at her home.
MANU SAYS: “Who doesn’t love a bit of harmless fl irting ... The only one I was worried about was poor Rick. I might have the picture, but he has the real thing!”
5 RAW PORK, TWO WAYS
COCKY Jess Anderson calmly sniped at everyone else’s dishes, talking one heck of a culinary game. Which set the scene for the perfect storm when she and partner Felix Kemmer ( above with Anderson) headed to the kitchen. Sadly, her painstakinglyprepared, cross- checked and printed action plan didn’t cover what to do when you serve up Pork Belly: Two Ways for entrée, and both those ways are raw.