My Thoughts on ‘My Kitchen Rules’ Australia 2019

My Kitchen Rules is an Australian television series, and I watched an episode or two a night for a month or two. This was the 2019 series, and they were celebrating the 10th anniversary of it. I have been watching it for the past few years, but I am annoyed I didn’t watch it sooner. It began on 28th January 2019 – I started watching it online after Married At First Sight finished up. Watching online was so much better than watching it on live TV as there were so many less ads! This is probably going to be a chunky post, so I would get a drink and a snack before continuing!

My Kitchen Rules, or ‘MKR’ abbreviated, is an Australian cooking game show. Celebrity chefs and co-hosts Pete Evans and Manu Feidel have appeared in every season in the show. They have been responsible for all challenges and judging across the series, with Colin Fassnidge acting as a judge in the challenge and as a mentor in the kitchen. This series initially had teams of two contestants with pre-existing relationships from all over the country – all teams competing against each other to transform their homes into an instant restaurant with a theme for one pressured night. The prize in the end is winning $250,000.

I love how each episode takes you into a different team’s home and state. Each team has to do a entrée, main and dessert for all their guests (the other teams) and the judges. As the show goes on and teams get illiminated, the challenges get harder. As an example on this season, they had nights where they had to do two of each course, instead of one. After the night is over, they rate the team that cooked out of ten. After the ‘Instant Restaurant’ part is over, they head into the MKR Kitchen – located in Sydney, Australia.

A while ago I found out that pretty much the whole show is fake and a put on. This didn’t really surprise me; I still enjoy watching it anyway. I believe this would make a lot of people stop watching, though.

Now I am going to go through with you all the teams for this year, and go through a little bit about them and what they like to cook. Each team has a ‘relationship’ status, stating how they know one another.

Matt & Luke (Cricket Mates), New South Wales

Team food philosophy
“Simple food that is delicious – if it looks good and tastes good, then it’s good.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes
Matt:
Scotch Fillet with Creamy Mash and Veg
Luke: Pappardelle or Fettuccine with Beef Ragu

Matt & Luke seemed like really down to earth dudes that love a good feed and a good game of cricket, I’m glad these normal guys won the competition. Still surprised they won though, as I don’t think they were the strongest team when it came to cooking.

 

Ibby & Romel (Socialites), New South Wales

Team food philosophy
“Cook food that we love eating, is wholesome and beautiful to look at.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes
Ibby: Fettuccine with Pesto Chicken
Romel: Chicken Schnitzel, Twice Cooked Potato Chips and Mushroom Sauce

Hated these two, they were so up themselves and thought they were the best at everything. They were pretty good at some things, but they just missed out on the win.

 

Andy & Ruby (Passionate Peruvians), Queensland

Team food philosophy
“Food should be fun, simple and full of flavour.”

Savoury or sweet?
Andy:
Sweet.
Ruby: Savoury.

Signature Dishes:
Andy:
Tres Leches (milk cake)
Ruby: Aji de Gallina (chicken stew)

These two were SO annoying, they really didn’t seem to respect Australian food at all. Though they were very good cooks, I am surprised they didn’t win. I hope they got deported after the show finished ha ha.

 

Pat & Bianca (Frenemies), Victoria

Team food philosophy
“Play with classic Italian flavours and add a modern twist.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes
Pat:
Homemade Fettucine Carbonara or Bolognaise
Bianca: My Sauce for Lasagne, Meatballs, Mussels etc.

These two were at eachother the entire show, constantly bickering and complaining throughout. Bianca always said what was on her mind and was fully honest and blunt.

 

Lisa & John (Mother & Son), Western Australia

Team food philosophy
“Yummy family food, honest servings, made with love.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury

Signature dishes
Lisa:
Pan-Fried West Australia Dhufish with Lobster Croquettes and Lime Dill Mayonnaise
Josh: Crayfish Fettuccine

Lisa and John seemed like a lovely mother & son team – they were the first team ever to get 10’s for entree, main and dessert. I thought these two were going to win, but unfortunately they didn’t.

Josh & Austin (Home Schooled Brothers), New South Wales

Team food philosophy
“If it tastes good, it is good!”

Savoury or sweet?
Both.

Signature dishes:
Josh:
Ribs
Austin: I’ve always cooked with my brother so, ribs.

Everyone hated on these guys but to be honest I found them funny and entertaining – I think they made the show this season! They were both brutally honest and it was hilarious. They weren’t good cooks at the start and served raw chicken, but as the show went on they improved. They knew they were only ameture cooks, and were on the show to help improve. I was thinking they would have been sent home near the start but they were lucky to get close to the end!

 

Victor & G (Barmen), Victoria

Team food philosophy
“Flavour, intensity and simplicity. Building on basics and understanding of food, before fusing our cuisines and creating our own dishes.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes:
Victor
: I can’t say I have a signature dish but I love cooking with mussels
G: Bak Kut The (pork bone tea soup)

I thought these guys seemed down to earth at the start, but as the show went on they became caught up in the drama and became rude. Glad they didn’t win.

 

Veronica & Piper (Beauty Queens), New South Wales

Team food philosophy
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt – Charles M. Schulz. Experimenting with new flavours and ingredients.”

Savoury or sweet?
Sweet.

Signature dishes:
Veronica:
It’s a toss up between Spaghetti Bolognese, Paella or Crepes
Piper: My kids’ Birthday Cakes – I love getting creative with fondant!

These two (mainly Piper) were SO annoying. They thought they were Queens and were very up themselves.

 

Lyn & Sal (Fabulous Friends), South Australia

Team food Philosophy:
“Flavour comes first.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes:
Lyn:
Pork Belly with Parsnip Puree
Sal: Beef Stroganoff

These two seemed pretty genuine. They knocked out some good dishes for the judges and teams but unfortunately didn’t make it through to the end.

 

Mick & Jodie-Anne (Hubby & Wife), Victoria

Team food philosophy
“Champagne food on a beer budget.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature Dishes
Mick:
‘Mick’s Mix’ which is a throw together of potato, bacon, onion, peas, corn, capsicum, egg and any other leftovers in the fridge or pantry
Jodie-Anne: Kangaroo

Mick & Jodie-Ann live in a small town with a population of about 200, and the closest main town for them is Echuca, which is about a 30 minute drive away. These two seemed genuine but sadly they just weren’t good cooks.

 

Amanda & Blake (Sister & Brother), Western Australia

Team food philosophy
“You are what you eat Monday to Friday, but on the weekend everything is okay in moderation, Eat, drink and be merry!”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes
Amanda:
Breakfast foods
Blake: Pork Belly (with perfect crackling)

Just a genuine sibling team – I don’t really have too much to say about these two!

 

Stacey & Ash (Recently Engaged), New South Wales

Team food philosophy
“Keep things fresh and healthy with the occasional indulgence.”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes
Stacey:
Pasta with Chilli and Chorizo
Ash: Steak

This couple seemed so nice – unfortunately they had to leave the show early as Ash got an infection in his eye (he only has one eye as he lost one in an accident). I felt sorry for them that they had to leave – I would have loved to see more from them.

 

Anne & Jennifer (Psychic & Cougar), Victoria

Team Food philosophy
“Cook with passion and love”

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes:
Anne:
Ratatouille Omelette
Jennifer: Spiced Roasted Cauliflowers with Pomegranate and Fresh Herbs

These two were funny and entertaining – the perfect addition to any party. They couldn’t really cook though – I think they were just there for the laughs.

 

Chris & Lesley (Flight Attendants), Queensland

Team food philosophy
“Classics are classic for a reason but let’s pimp them up a bit with clever twists, new flavour combos and luscious fresh produce, while showing off as much technical skill as time will allow.”

Savoury or sweet?
Chris:
both
Lesley: savoury

Signature dishes
Chris:
Eggplant Meatball Parmigiana
Lesley: Moreton Bay Bug Risotto or Christmas Scallops

I don’t have much to say about these two either. I feel like I didn’t seem enough of them in the show to say anything.

 

Milly & Karolina (Perfect Strangers), Victoria/Western Australia

Team food philosophy
Time will tell…

Savoury or sweet?
Savoury.

Signature dishes
Milly:
Crepes
Karolina: Chicken Soup

This team were the first ever strangers team. They met each other for the first time on the first night of the instant restaurants. It was interesting. Milly seemed so kind and lovely, but Karolina was mean and horrible. They weren’t a good match, that’s why they ended up getting iliminated so early!

 

Karito & Ian (Married Couple), Western Australia

Team Philosophy
“Cook with love!”

Savoury or sweet?
Karito:
Savoury.
Ian: Sweet.

Signature dishes
Karito:
Bandeja de Pescado (fish traybake)
Ian: Egg Pasta in a Creamy Spanish Sauce with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms.

Karito annoyed me so much – so glad she left early haha. Ian was ok. They really didn’t seem like a good matched couple.. even though they’re married. They were terrible cooks and were the first to go home.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, sorry it was a long one! I believe you can watch this show on the Channel 7 Plus website.

Thanks for reading!

Chelsea x

2 comments

  1. I really like MKR! I got onto it late so I hate no idea who a lot of the contestants from past series were when they were on the show as judges for a bit. I completely agree with your critique of the contestants. I really like Matt and Luke but I think Iby and Romel should’ve won even if their personalities didn’t match up to their cooking ability 😂

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    1. I love it too, and the idea of it – I love seeing into peoples houses haha! Thank you, I am glad someone agrees with me about the contestants 🙂 Yeah all-in-all Ibby and Romel were better cooks – somehow Matt & Luke ended up smashing the finale haha

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