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
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!