Kitchen heats up

Ten celebri­ties put them­selves in the fir­ing line of fear­some chef Marco Pierre White in Hell’sKitchenAus­tralia, writes AMELIA SAW

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

LIFE is un­usual in the Warner house­hold – and not just be­cause it is headed by fa­mous sporting cou­ple David and Candice.

It’s un­usual be­cause the Warner kids, Ivy Mae, 2, and Indi Rae, 1, have spent their young lives sub­sist­ing on a diet of room ser­vice and ready-made meals.

“I’m not a great cook. I can’t poach an egg,” former iron-woman Candice says.

“I can boil pasta … but I don’t think that’s too hard. I just don’t have much con­fi­dence in the kitchen. I don’t know what spices go with what and I’m ter­ri­fied of the stove.”

The fear she feels when meal­time rolls around was enough to con­vince her to go on Hell’s Kitchen Aus­tralia.

Fronted by omi­nous Bri­tish chef Marco Pierre White, the re­al­ity cook­ing show sees 10 celebri­ties com­pete for a job as head chef in a restau­rant.

“It’s su­per hard work. They don’t call it Hell’s Kitchen for noth­ing,” Candice says.

Join­ing her be­hind the hot­plate will be po­lar­is­ing politi­cian David Old­field, Ge­ordie Shore heart­throb Gary “Gaz” Bea­dle, The Chase Aus­tralia’s “su­pern­erd” Issa Schultz, ac­tor Lin­coln Lewis, Olympic ca­noeist Jess Fox and Real Housewives of Mel­bourne star Pet­ti­fleur Berenger. TV sweet­heart Sam Frost will also be test­ing her culi­nary prow­ess, as will former NRL player Wil­lie Ma­son and ac­tor De­bra Lawrance, best known as Pippa on Home and Away.

Bro­ken into two teams, the celebri­ties progress through a series of chal­lenges to pro­vide a three-course meal for a 70-seat restau­rant.

How­ever, as with any good re­al­ity cook­ing show, the chal­lenge doesn’t fin­ish with what’s served up on the plate but sim­mers con­stantly be­tween contestants.

Candice has found an ally in Lawrance, whom she de­scribes as “like every­one’s mum”, and an en­emy in Old­field, “who does a re­ally good job of rub­bing peo­ple the wrong way”.

Equally, the man in charge is as pas­sion­ate about his food as he is fear­some, and was not hired to smooth over ten­sion.

“It’s very tough and we’re on edge,” Candice says. “We’re scared, quite hon­estly. We’re scared of the kitchen, we’re scared of Marco and we’re scared of stuff­ing up.

“He’s so fierce and such a pres­ence, and such a bril­liant chef. I don’t want to let him down or make my­self look like a fool.”

Be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion, Candice’s culi­nary reper­toire con­sists of three dishes: chicken schnitzel with salad, steak and ve­g­ies, and salmon with mashed potato.

Home-cooked meals have never been a pri­or­ity for the Warn­ers, who have spent much of their life on the road as a re­sult of David’s cricket com­mit­ments.

“I want to be able to cook for my fam­ily. I want to be able to bring my fam­ily to­gether with food, just like my mum used to,” Candice says. “I know it’s a very old­fash­ioned way of think­ing but I feel as if a wife should be able to cook for her hus­band and kids.

“For me, I feel like I should be able to cook for my fam­ily, and if I can’t then I’m let­ting them down.”

The former model, who once grilled her fin­ger while try­ing to make a cheese toastie, will cer­tainly have her work cut out. And she’s aware noth­ing but dili­gence and de­ter­mi­na­tion will see her suc­ceed, as Marco isn’t likely to be won over by “fem­i­nine charms”.

“He’s too much of a pro­fes­sional for that,” she says. “He can see through any­one who’s not on the show for the right rea­sons, or if some­one’s not pulling their weight in the team. So I just plan to learn, ob­serve and do the best job I can do. And if I can do that, then I’ll know I’m do­ing a good job.”

Now we’re cook­ing: Marco Pierre White looks over the shoul­der of former iron-woman Candice Warner.

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