MKR DRAMA: MANU AND PETE TELL ALL

There’s even more dra­mas in – and out of – the kitchen, as My Kitchen Rules re­turns in an all-new sea­son

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These two ring­mas­ters ex­plain what is needed to make it to the top.

For­get Sum­mer Bay and Ram­say Street – some of the best drama to be found any­where in the new 2018 TV sea­son is in the kitchens and din­ing rooms of the new My Kitchen Rules. This TV favourite, now in its ninth sea­son, has be­come leg­endary for the way a scan­dal can boil up out of a sauce and a feud can erupt over a fon­due! The two ring­mas­ters who over­see the ac­tion, chefs and judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans, share their in­sights into what it takes to keep the new batch of as­pir­ing home cooks in line, and the best way to cook up a storm!

MANU FEILDEL What qual­i­ties should the as­pir­ing home cooks pos­sess if they want to go all the way in the com­pe­ti­tion?

They need to re­spect the pro­duce they use, don’t over com­pli­cate what they cook and just make de­li­cious food. It’s pretty sim­ple!

This year we see su­per­sized in­stant restau­rants where teams have to cook for 16 guests. What should teams be mindful of?

It is tougher, be­cause most houses we use have nor­mal size kitchens so space is a prob­lem. Also, with the bat­tle against the clock, it seems to tick faster ev­ery year.

Now en­ter­ing its ninth sea­son, MKR is still one of Aus­tralia’s most watched shows. Why?

MKR is like a recipe – a pinch of this and a pinch of that and it all works well.

Can you re­mem­ber the first dish you ever cooked at home?

A rasp­berry bavarois (cream dessert) around the time I was an ap­pren­tice. When I took it out of the tin, it all fell apart and I was very up­set. I think I have im­proved since then.

What is your favourite, go-to, home-cooked meal these days?

My wife is an ex­cel­lent cook – her laksa is un­be­liev­able!

What are your tips for host­ing a suc­cess­ful din­ner party?

A good spit on the bar­be­cue is great, be­cause you don’t have to do much. Just put it on and don’t com­pli­cate things.

Be­tween Pete and your­self, who washes and who dries?

I am not shy to wash or dry, but I think dry­ing is use­less – you just let it dry by it­self. So Pete can do the wash­ing up and I will watch TV.

Fi­nally, is there such a thing as too much sauce?

Silly ques­tion – there is never enough sauce!

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