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.
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’. 🙂