My Kitchen Rules Season 3 is here. We start of with a preview highlight for what’s coming up with the contestants this season. We see that this year there will be more time in people’s homes and that means more rivalry. There will be strategy, clashes, tears and group 2 boys look especially nasty.
The teams come together for the very 1st time – Let the battle begin! All 24 contestants await as Manu and Pete enter and welcome them all to MKR headquarters. Everyone’s excited and Pete tells them all that this year, the stakes are higher and the prize is bigger – it’s now $250,000 (was $100,000)
Manu announces that the first couple to cook is – Steve and Helen from NSW. They are terrified! So in south western Sydney, brother and sister team Steve and Helen tell us that they are 1st generation Aussies from a Greek Cypriot heritage. Steve’s an electrician but his passion is running the soccer canteen on weekends. Their passion came from their mum and as she passed away when Helen was only 16 – she had to learn to cook. Steve looks like he’d be great fun at a party.
Their entree is their mum’s recipe. They are making saganaki prawns with tomato, feta with homemade bread. Their main is their own creation – Steve and Helen’s open style moussaka with Greek salad. The Dessert recipe was passed down by their Grandma. It is Cypriot pancake with vanilla ice cream and walnut preserve.
They set up their Greek restaurant, “Glendi” (Greek for joy), with Greek columns, statues, Mediterranean paintings. They are really getting into it. With the clock set at a three hour countdown they start to cook. They have a brand new oven and start to warm it up!
They do their prep. The lamb will take 4 to 5 hours! Hello?? it’s still not in the oven with 2 hours 30 minutes on the clock! Helen checks the lamb and the oven’s not on – didn’t they realise that when it was put in? Or is this “scripted” drama? They say the oven was installed last night, why, oh why, use a new oven. Steve has fixed the oven and the bread and lamb go in.
They get the drinks ready for the guests/contestants arrival. Steve gives them all a warm greeting and a Cypriot Sling cocktail. Everyone talks and introduces themselves. First up is Victorian duo Thomas and Carla who are just friends (unless she is 40 and desperate). From Queensland there is Dave and Scott who are mates that joined the army only a week apart.
Best mates Angela and Justine are from Western Australia, where Justine drives a truck at the mines and Angela teaches hospitality. Justine seems a riot. Justine thinks that South Australian friends Leigh and Jennifer are beautiful – until “Princess” Jennifer opened her mouth …..yeah. Princess, oops, Jennifer is originally from Thailand and Leigh is a florist. But where’s the other team?
Pete goes to the door and brings back Simon and Meg. They are the first team from New Zealand, transforming this competition into a trans Tasman rivalry. Bring it on! Poor Princess is all wide eyed and shocked!
Helen and Steve serve up their entrée. Steve wants it rustic where Helen wants it all clean lined. Manu loves the entrée; it is the best he has had and poor Steve cries. Pete disagrees, he thinks it looks too bare – it tastes great but wants more sauce – Steve was right. Justine and Dave love it. Leigh and the Princess don’t. Justine and Jennifer are going to clash!
The Kiwi’s say they don’t have Greek restaurants over there (???) but they cook a lot of ‘fush’! Manu is happy he is not the only one with an accent now. Here comes the moussaka – with sauce, sauce, sauce. It looks bad – but Pete likes it, Manu doesn’t like the sauce. It’s not a winner.
Thomas likes it, Carla doesn’t think it tastes like moussaka. Meg, the Kiwi, tastes it and thinks NZ will win the competition. Now it’s Princesses turn – she hammers them and you see Justine get her back up – there is going to be fireworks this series. But Jennifer does condescendingly say; ‘good effort… yeah’!
Caught in the headlights, princess asks Manu if he is really French – or if he is just pretending. WHAT?! She’s a fool! Manu heads to the \kitchen where the pancakes are being made with cinnamon and sugar – yummy. He’s never seen anything like it before but is excited to try. Enter the desserts – Pete says that the first two dishes missed the mark but this is a triumph, Manu thinks it’s amazing.
Dave says it’s bloody good, but wait. Of course Jennifer has to complain. ‘The ice cream is too eggy…yeah’. Simon’s not impressed with the comment and again, neither are Justine and Angela. Now we go to judgement time. Each team will score Steve and Helen out of 10 while the judges will score each dish out of 10. The scores are as follows.
WA – Angela & Justine: 7/10
SA – Leigh & Jennifer: 6/10
NZ– Simon & Meg: 7/10
QLD – David & Scott: 7/10
VIC – Thomas & Carla: 7/10
Manu Feildel -
Pete Evans -
Steve and Helen end up with a total score of 75/110
Tomorrow Night – Angela and Justine from WA.
For the recipes from tonight’s show – go to mykitchenrules.com.au