Short, back and side or­ders

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

ASK Manu Feildel and he’ll tell you – he’s kind of a big deal … in Rus­sia.

“I per­son­ally know I’m very ap­pre­ci­ated there,” he tells TV Guide.

“I was film­ing in France with Chan­nel Seven and this bus turned up and all th­ese peo­ple poured out and they saw me, saw the cam­era and re­alised who I was. They went crazy, it was funny.”

The self-ti­tled “Fr-aussie” (French-born Aussie) has trav­elled the world on the back of his pro­fes­sion as a chef, but both he and co-host Pete Evans know they have My Kitchen Rules to thank for their global stardom.

The show – cre­ated by Seven as an act of re­venge pro­gram­ming against Ten’s cook­ing jug­ger­naut, MasterChef nearly a decade ago – has proved as pop­u­lar as its judges; now broad­cast in 160 coun­tries.

The lo­cal for­mat – which mixes home cook­ing with lash­ings of din­ing ta­ble drama – has been adapted in 15 coun­tries, with deals done most re­cently in Is­rael and the United States.

And, as sea­son nine goes to air here from to­mor­row, Evans and Feildel are pre­par­ing to cross the Tas­man next month to host a sec­ond se­ries of the New Zealand ver­sion.

But that’s not where the work ends for the duo, who are build­ing personal em­pires on and off screen.

Evans part­ners in Bris­bane and Perth restau­rants, on top of TV com­mit­ments in the US, where he has hosted an­other cook­ing se­ries, A Move­able Feast, for the PBS chan­nel for five years.

“My other pa­leo show is on in Canada, the US, UK and New Zealand as well,” he says, still fly­ing the flag for the con­tro­ver­sial cave­man diet he con­tin­ues to evan­ge­lise.

Mean­while, Feildel has signed on to de­sign a new gourmet menu for Hoyts Lux cin­e­mas, hot on the heels of his re­cent film de­but in Shane Ja­cob­son’s com­edy The BBQ.

“You will prob­a­bly laugh when I tell you, but I played an ar­ro­gant French chef. Every­body says it must have been a stretch but it wasn’t,” he teases.

If that sounds like a full plate, it is – with Feildel ad­mit­ting “it’s get­ting hard to jug­gle, to be hon­est with you”.

“This year was tough and I’m try­ing to do less, but it’s hard when peo­ple keep com­ing and of­fer­ing you an­other project,” he says.

Still, Rikkie Proost, Seven’s head of in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion on MKR, says there’s no ap­petite to change a win­ning for­mula.

“Pete and Manu are su­per­stars [and] we hope to con­tinue our MKR jour­ney to­gether for years to come,” he says.

For fans, there will be more of what works: ex­plo­sive per­son­al­ity clashes, big­ger groups dur­ing the in­stant restau­rant rounds and a longer sea­son (in­ter­rupted by Seven’s Com­mon­wealth Games cover­age in April).

Play­ing down the mid­sea­son dump­ing of a fe­male team from NSW, who re­port­edly “crossed a line” and be­came phys­i­cal with other con­tes­tants while on lo­ca­tion in Tas­ma­nia, Feildel de­fended the show from those who claim it has be­come more about the fights than the food.

“When you put a bunch of peo­ple around a ta­ble, you will al­ways get dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters,” he says.

“We’ve got that this year, as usual, but Pete and I are there to judge the food not the peo­ple.”

In style: Manu Feildel and Pete Evans have found global fame as the co-hosts of MyKitchenRules.

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