Top 5 reasons why MKR really rules

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Pho­to cred­its: Logo from MKR offi­cial website

As we near the grand finals of MKR, a list of the top 5 rea­sons why MKR real­ly rules is called for.

My Kitchen Rules (MKR), a cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion game show aired on Chan­nel 7, has been one of the top rat­ing pro­grams on Aus­tralian TV. It’s huge! There have been a few times that I’ve chanced upon peo­ple talk­ing about it or watch­ing an episode on their mobile phone.

The first time I saw it on TV, I thought it was over the top, and the cooks weren’t that great. I didn’t see the rea­son why a lot of peo­ple were hooked. This opin­ion was from sev­en years ago. Now, I’m a con­vert — I’m a fan, a fol­low­er, a cer­ti­fied MKR addict. Here are my top 5 rea­sons why I think MKR real­ly rules.

Top 1 Reason why MKR rules: On a good day, you get home cooked meals at their best.

So I was wrong! Watch­ing MKR gives me ideas on what to cook. So diverse, the meals rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent cul­tures on a plate. The dish­es expose the con­tes­tants and, of course, the view­ers to tra­di­tion­al meals from var­i­ous parts of the world and some­times out-of-this-world com­bi­na­tions that sur­pris­ing­ly work from the braver lot.

Top 2 Reason why MKR rules: The TV format makes for better viewing.

The con­cept is sim­ple with a con­tro­ver­sial twist: Invite guests (oth­er con­tes­tants) over and cook for them a 3-course meal. After din­ing, the guests rate the meals out of 10. Under­stand­ably, some com­peti­tors apply strat­e­gy and turn into fault-find­ing com­mit­tees in their attempt to pull down the host con­tes­tants’ score. The TV for­mat allows the right amount of deceit which can be trumped by the chef hosts because of the well-designed scor­ing system.

Top 3 Reason why MKR rules: The hosts are great, not to mention good-looking.

Not only are they experts, but the MKR hosts are also ooz­ing with charis­ma and always look dap­per. It’s easy to under­stand why the young and not-so-young female con­tes­tants swoon at the sight of Pete Evans and Manu Feildel. Their exper­tise shines as they give pro­fes­sion­al and artic­u­late com­ments for every dish. The judges in the sud­den death cook-off chal­lenges, Liz Egan, Guy Grossi, Karen Mar­ti­ni and Col­in Fass­nidge, are equal­ly fantastic.

Top 4 Reason why MKR rules: It’s inoffensive and easy to keep track of.

On days I need to do some work or want to blog, MKR has proven to be an excel­lent com­pan­ion. It’s very inof­fen­sive and doesn’t require much of my busy brain, so it can effec­tive­ly keep me awake and enter­tained with­out ruin­ing my concentration.

Top 5 Reason why MKR rules: There’s nothing else on TV that’s as compelling.

Admit­ted­ly and unfor­tu­nate­ly, Aus­tralian TV isn’t great. The list of pop­u­lar shows includes a hand­ful of soap operas, some news pro­grams (some of them dwell too much on the weath­er and non-broad­cast-wor­thy top­ics), sports and real­i­ty TV shows, which seem con­trived and painful to watch. There are also TV com­e­dy series from Amer­i­ca and some shows from the UK. That’s it! Because there’s noth­ing equal­ly excit­ing, it isn’t any won­der MKR is the view­ers’ top choice when­ev­er it’s on.

Pho­to cred­its: Ban­ner lift­ed from MKR Offi­cial website

Sad to say, MKR is about to come to bid us farewell. The 2017 Grand Finals is on Sun­day at 8 PM. It’ll be a bat­tle between fam­i­lies, Bris­ban­ites and great flavour com­bi­na­tions, but that’s where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end. Moth­er and daugh­ter team, Valerie and Court­ney, are expect­ed to once again pull out three fan­tas­tic recipes from Valerie’s dad’s book, while sis­ter and broth­er duo, Amy and Tyson, are pre­dict­ed to wow us with their con­tem­po­rary dish­es and excep­tion­al plat­ing skills.

No one call me from 8 PM onwards on Sun­day. I can only respond to emails and text mes­sages. I’m going to be busy ‘cook­ing’. 🙂