Kit’s fight­ing fit

Manu Feildel shares his take on some of his My Kitchen Rules mem­o­rable mo­ments from this sea­son with Deb­bie Schipp

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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.

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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!”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.

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