COOKING WITH MANU AND PETE
MY Kitchen Rules adds some spice to the format but this won’t spoil the show’s rich flavour, says host Pete Evans.
Channel 7’s hit reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules returns on Monday with a few new twists and turns.
Evans says the series remains true to its format, which is about amateur chefs cooking amateur meals.
However, there are some slight variations, including gatecrashers and blind tastings.
‘‘Hopefully we can do what we did last time and create a show that everyone likes to watch,’’ says Evans.
‘‘There are going to be gatecrashers and I can’t elaborate on what that means. The producers are fully aware of what the audience loves and we are giving them more of that.
‘‘But we are still keeping to the original formula and keeping the common thread running throughout.’’
Evans and Frenchman Manu Feildel return to host and judge the homecooking battle.
Irish chef Colin Fassnidge, who once worked under Gordon Ramsay, joins Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Liz Egan as a guest judge.
Twelve couples, split into two groups of six, will contest the series.
The teams include a couple of former beauty queens, a brother and sister combination, high school friends, cousins, personal trainers and a father and son duo.
The winners take home $250,000 in prizemoney.
MKR started in 2010 and last year averaged 1.8 million viewers across 37 episodes. About 2.89 million people watched South Australia’s Leigh Sexton and Jennifer Evans win the title.
The win was not without controversy. After the series ended, viewers bombarded social media to support runners-up Nic Mazzone and Rocco La Bella after it appeared during the final episode that they were likely to win.
Evans had to turn to Facebook to explain the winner’s decision and that a whole day’s filming had been reduced to two hours.
‘‘If they (the producers) gave away who was going to win after the first course then it would be a one-horse race and people would switch off,’’ Evans says.
‘‘It’s a very fine line but at the end of the day, and that’s why I went on Facebook, the team that cooked the best food that day, won the competition.
‘‘I wouldn’t do the show if it was rigged in any way, shape or form.’’
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Manu Feildel and Pete Evans.