Keep your aprons on as the most popular and hotly contested cooking competition show in Australia, My Kitchen Rules (MKR), serves up its seventh instalment on DIVA. The new season premieres Monday, 9 May at 9:25pm, with new episodes every Monday to Wednesday at 9:25pm.
With renowned UK chef Rachel Khoo joining as the newest judge, this season is bound to be even hotter than ever! Watch as 18 talented teams go face to face in “instant restaurant rounds,” where they cook up three-course meals in the hopes of demonstrating their culinary superiority.
“It’s nerve-wracking cooking for the judges and other contestants. I’m even feeling nervous!” says Rachel, who is of Malaysian Chinese and Austrian descent. “I will give each team praise or constructive criticism where appropriate. I want to encourage them to take on my feedback and improve their cooking skills. For me, the competition isn’t just about winning, it’s also about the experience of participating and becoming a better cook.”
MKR has provided her with the rare prospect of having other people cook for her. “Having the opportunity to see and taste how people cook at home is something I don’t get to experience very often. So being a judge on MKR is the perfect way to experience some Australian home cooking.
“It doesn’t need to be fancy. It doesn’t need to be complicated. The most important thing is that the dishes the contestants cook are ones they’re passionate about. They should cook with their heart and be fearless with their flavours. I don’t want any half-hearted efforts.”
And while teams this year have hopefully learnt that the way to judge Manu Feildel’s heart is through a healthy dollop of sauce, they’ll soon learn that Rachel’s motto is: “Butter makes everything better.”
“I don’t have a particular style. I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to cooking. I pick out flavours and techniques from around the world and like to mix them up.”
Don’t miss My Kitchen RulesS7 premiering Monday, 9 May at 9:25pm on Diva (Astro Channel 702, Diva HD 723).