My Kitchen Rules

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For the most recent series, see My Kitchen Rules (series 5).
My Kitchen Rules
My Kitchen Rules Logo.png
Genre Cooking
Format Competition
Directed by Mark Adamson (Series 1-3)
Nick Davies (Series 4-)
Judges Pete Evans
Manu Feildel
Narrated by Septimus Caton
Opening theme "Tik Tok" by Kesha (Series 1-3)
"Best Night" by Justice Crew (Series 4-)
Ending theme "The Pink Panther" by Christophe Beck (Series 1-3)
Composer(s) Jay Stewart
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 180
Production
Executive producer(s) Rikkie Proost
Producer(s) Matt Apps
Greg Swanborough
Evan Wilkes
Cinematography Tim Hawkins
Running time 60-120 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 1 February 2010 – present
Chronology
Related shows My Restaurant Rules
House Rules
External links
Website

My Kitchen Rules is an Australian competitive cooking game show broadcast on the Seven Network since 2010.[1] The series is produced by the team who created the Seven reality show My Restaurant Rules, and was put into production based on the success of Network Ten's MasterChef Australia.[2] My Kitchen Rules was renewed by the Seven Network for a fifth series which began screening on 27 January 2014.[3]

Format[edit]

Contestants[edit]

The Australian show initially had teams of two contestants with pre-existing relationships—from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia—competing against each other to "transform an ordinary home into an instant restaurant complete with theme and table decorations for one pressure-cooker night."[4] From 2011, the number of competitors grew as teams from Tasmania joined the show. A team from New Zealand took part only in the third series. In the fourth series, there were fifteen teams made up of two teams from each state, plus three additional teams—the gatecrashers—from New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.[5][6] Season 5 has introduced a team from the Australian Capital Territory.

Number of teams participated per series
Home Series
1 2 3 4 5
New South Wales 2 3 4
Queensland 2
South Australia 2
Victoria 2 3
Western Australia 2 3 2
Tasmania 2 1 2 1
Australian Capital Territory 1
New Zealand 1
Total 10 12 12 15 15

Judging panel[edit]

The current judging panel consists of celebrity chefs Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, with guest judges to give critique in Sudden Death cook-offs, namely: Liz Egan, Colin Fassnidge, Guy Grossi, and Karen Martini.

Judges Series
1 2 3 4 5
Current
Pete Evans Main
Manu Feildel Main
Karen Martini Guest
Guy Grossi Guest
Liz Egan Guest
Colin Fassnidge Semi-main[a]
Former
Tobie Puttock Guest
Jacqui Gowan Guest
  1. ^ Colin occasionally presents challenges to the teams and has a more active role on the show then the other guest judges, hence giving him a semi-main status.

Original format[edit]

Applicable only during the first series, the show followed a sudden death format—where two teams will cook a three-course meal and the losing team of the will immediately eliminated from winning the competition.

  • Initially, participating teams were split into two groups of five to compete in a separate round of instant restaurant.
  • A team who placed last (fifth place) in each instant restaurant group will be eliminated from the competition. However, teams who placed third and fourth will compete in a cook-off, and the two lowest scoring teams will be eliminated.
  • After the cook-off, the remaining six teams competed in quarterfinal of three rounds, wherein:
    • #2 teams in both instant restaurant groups competed in first quarterfinal round;
    • #1 team in the first instant restaurant and #1 team in cook-off competed in second quarterfinal round; and
    • #1 team in the second instant restaurant and #2 team in cook-off contended in last quarterfinal round.
  • Losing teams of each quarterfinal rounds were immediately eliminated. However, the overall highest scoring team in quarterfinals advanced straight through the grand final. The remaining two teams contended in a semifinal, the last berth to the finale round.

Current format[edit]

Instant restaurant round[edit]

Grouped into two, the teams initially are to compete in an instant restaurant round. Each episode focuses on one team's day of cooking, setting up their instant restaurant and serving a three-course dinner—entrée, main, and dessert—for the judges and their opposing teams. Teams could only start cooking three hours before the other teams and judges arrive at their house. After the team served all three meals to the judges and their opposition, each opposing team must rate the total meal out of ten, then each main judge must rate each of the three courses separately out of ten. The lowest scoring team will be then at risk of elimination.

Contestants do not necessarily cook in their own homes, for example in third series, eight of the twelve couples did not use their own kitchens mainly due to their homes being too small to accommodate the production.[7] In most cases when this happened it is the home of a family member or friend or a holiday home of one or both members of the team.

Team progress and eliminations:

There were variations on format in team progress and elimination process in this round.

  • During the first series of the show, the lowest scoring teams (fifth place) of each instant restaurant round were eliminated immediately from the competition. Meanwhile, top two scoring teams on both rounds advanced through to quarterfinals round. Teams placing third and fourth on both instant restaurant rounds have to compete in a Kitchen Cook-off, where two losing teams will be eliminated and the other two will proceed through to quarterfinals.
  • On the second series, the lowest scoring teams of each instant restaurant round competed in a Sudden Death cook-off, wherein the losing team was eliminated from the competition. The remaining teams advanced to the People's Choice Challenge—a new competition format replacing quarterfinals round.
  • During the third series, the three lowest scoring teams of each instant restaurant round competed in yet another instant restaurant, thus having three rounds for this season. The losing team of the third instant restaurant was eliminated from the competition.
  • During the fourth and fifth series, there were two rounds of instant restaurant with six teams each, wherein the lowest scoring team of each group was immediately eliminated from the competition. However, after the second round, the tally of the instant restaurant scores for both groups were combined and the three lowest scorers out of the remaining ten teams competed in another instant restaurant round with new set of teams—titled as the gatecrashers. The losing team of the third instant restaurant was also eliminated from the competition.

Pre-finals round[edit]

After the instant restaurant, the remaining teams compete in a four-round format which was introduced in 2011 series. In 2014, a fifth round, The Food Truck was added.

  • People's Choice Challenge – During this offsite challenge, teams would all have an hour and a half to prepare their dish relevant to a theme or event. The team with the most number of guest votes (sometimes, the best-selling dish if all are tasked to sell their meal) is declared as the People's Choice and will be safe for the rest of the round (For series 5, some winning teams were given an advantage for the next Food truck challenge as an even number of teams were required to compete). A team with the worst dish will be chosen by the judges and will proceed straight through the Sudden Death round.
  • Food Truck - Introduced for the first time in series 5 (2014), during the rounds from Top 12 to Top 9, remaining teams from the People's Choice will compete in a new Food Truck challenge. This sees teams split into two even groups (dependent on the number of teams remaining in the competition) and will each run competing restaurants, cooking in a large semi-trailer which opens up into two kitchens. Patrons dining will pay for what they believe the meal was worth. To win, the group must earn the most amount of money. The losing group will continue onto the rapid cook-off, whilst the winning group, become safe from elimination and formed as the team's jury.
  • Rapid Cook-off – In Kitchen Headquarters, teams are challenged to create a dish using a key ingredient in 30 minutes. All teams will be reviewed by the judges with certain number of teams who will be safe from elimination, and who will be competing in a following showdown. In series 5, dishes were not only judged by Pete and Manu, but also by a teams' jury, which is formed by all teams currently safe for the round. They were able to select one of teams to be safe.
  • Showdown – Teams with the worst dishes during rapid cook-off compete in this round by cooking a meal using a core ingredient in 60 minutes. A team with the worst dish, again, will be chosen by the judges and will proceed straight through the Sudden Death round.
  • Sudden Death – Two losing teams from People's Choice Challenge and Showdown will battle it out producing a three-course meal for Pete and Manu, as well as for the four guest judges. Both teams must prepare their dishes for a total of three hours—90 minutes prior to serving entrée, 60 minutes for main course, and 30 minutes for the dessert. Each judge will score the total meal out of ten and the lowest scoring team will be eliminated from the competition. From the fourth series, blind tastings were introduced and the guest judges will critique the dish without the knowledge who cooked it.

Finals round[edit]

Finals round consists of three rounds: two sets of semifinals, and a grand final. All follow a sudden death cook-off format where in teams will produce a three-course meal for the main judges and for the four guest judges. Teams will be scored their total meal out of ten by the judges and the lower scoring team will be eliminated.

Semifinals[edit]

Prior to grand final round, four remaining teams compete in a semifinal round. Teams going head-to-head in this round is determined variously in different series.

  • In 2011 series, there were four knives on a table, two of which have Semifinal 1 label and the other two have Semifinal 2 on the blade. The labels were covered, leaving the knife handle visible. Each team are asked to select which knife. Teams who picked Semifinal 1 knife competed on the first semifinal, while teams who chose Semifinal 2 contended in second semifinal.
  • In 2012 series, teams competed in a seeding round. Teams competed in two challenges, and their dish on each challenge was scored out of ten by the judges. The highest scoring team (#1) of the seeding round cooked against the lowest scoring team (#4) in first semifinal, while #2 and #3 teams competed in second semifinal.
  • For the 2013 and 2014 series, the final 4 were divided into 2 semi-final match ups based on their rankings in the final 5 round. Like last time 1st cooked against 4th and 2nd cooked against 3rd.
Grand final[edit]

Winners of each semifinal will go straight through the grand final round, the last stage of the competition. Each team will be scored and the higher scoring team will be declared the My Kitchen Rules champions.

Series details[edit]

To date, five series have been broadcast, as summarised below.

Series Premiere date Finale date Number
of teams
Winners Runners-up Competing teams Host &
Main Judges
Guest judges
NSW QLD SA VIC WA TAS ACT NZ
One 1 February 2010 22 March 2010 10 Veronica &
Shadi Abraham
Clint Yudelman &
Noah Rose
Mossy & Gabe
Deb & Ben
Tanja & Gen
Veronica & Shadi
Paul & Mel
Matt & Melissa
Clint & Noah
Rowan & Sophia
Marc & Natalie
Holly & Grace
Pete Evans
Manu Feildel
Jacqui Gowan
Guy Grossi
Karen Martini
Tobie Puttock
Two 31 January 2011 13 April 2011 12 Sammy &
Bella Jakubiak
Kane Lillywhite &
Lee Chan
Sammy & Bella
Bill & Alex
Artie & Johnnie
Mal & Bec
Donna & Reade
Anne-Marie & Nick
Kane & Lee
Kelly & Ash
Daniela & Stefania
Kerry & Holly
Mel & James
Esther & Ali
Liz Egan
Guy Grossi
Karen Martini
Tobie Puttock
Three 30 January 2012 27 March 2012 12 Leigh Sexton &
Jennifer Evans
Nic Mazzone &
Rocco La Bella
Steve & Helen
Sam & Jillian
David & Scott
Peter & Gary
Leigh & Jennifer
Nic & Rocco
Thomas & Carla
Carly & Emily
Angela & Justine
Emma & Andrew
Megan & Andy Simon & Meg
Four 28 January 2013 28 April 2013 15 Dan &
Steph Mulheron
Jake &
Elle Harrison
Jessie & Biswa
Luke & Scott
Ashlee & Sophia
Jake & Elle
Dan & Steph
Lisa & Stefano
Jenna & Joanna
Kerrie & Craig
Sam & Chris
Angela & Melina
Josh & Andi
Lisa & Candice
Kieran & Nastassia
Mick & Matt
Ali & Samuel
Liz Egan
Colin Fassnidge
Guy Grossi
Karen Martini
Five 27 January 2014 29 April 2014 15 Bree May &
Jessica Liebich
Chloe James &
Kelly Ramsay
Annie & Jason
Uel & Shannelle
Carly & Tresne
Cathy & Anna
Paul & Blair
David & Corinne
Deb & Rick
Bree & Jessica
Helena & Vikki
Harry & Christo
Josh & Danielle
Chloe & Kelly
Jess & Felix
Thalia & Bianca Andrew & Emelia

Foreign series[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

After enjoying several years of success with the Australian series, TVNZ announced a local version of My Kitchen Rules going to air mid-late 2014.[8] The show airs on TV One, unlike the Australian edition which airs on sister channel TV2. The show airs on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:30pm from 24 August.[9]

Russia[edit]

A Russian version of MKR was broadcast on TV channel REN TV in December 2013. Only 5 episodes were shown.

Serbia[edit]

In Serbia, local production company Emotion Production purchased the format rights. The show is called Moja kuhinja, Moja pravila (English: My Kitchen, My Rules). The first series premiered in 2014 on B92.[10]

United Kingdom[edit]

Following the show's national and international ratings success in 2013, broadcaster Sky Living has purchased the format rights to My Kitchen Rules for a United Kingdom version. The British franchise debuted on 25 January 2014,[11] hosted by cook and author Lorraine Pascale and chef Jason Atherton.[12][13]

United States[edit]

In 2012, US-based production company Kinetic Content acquired the format rights for an American version of the show during the MIPTV Media Market event in Cannes, France.[14][15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The reality program has received nominations on the following awards:

Year Award Category Result
2012 Logie Award Most Popular Reality Program Nominated
2013 AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series (Series 3) Nominated
2013 Logie Award Most Popular Reality Program Nominated
2014 AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series (Series 4) Nominated

Ratings and viewership average[edit]

Seasonal television ratings on aggregate figures for My Kitchen Rules on free-to-air Seven Network channel were gathered from TV Tonight covering only the five city metro across Australia, namely: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. The amount of viewers presented in the table below are in millions.

Series Premiere date Finale date Episodes Premiere
ratings
Rank Finale ratings
(Grand final)
Rank Finale ratings
(Winner announced)
Rank Average
series ratings
All Season Average Ref.
One 1 February 2010 22 March 2010 16 1.103 #9 N/A 1.525 #1 1.338 1.622 [16][17]
Two 31 January 2011 13 April 2011 33 1.206 #5 1.719 #2 2.020 #1 1.538 [18][19]
Three 30 January 2012 27 March 2012 37 1.484 #1 2.186 #2 2.675 #1 1.752 [20][21]
Four 28 January 2013 28 April 2013 46 1.384 #3 2.154 #2 2.952 #1 1.835 [22][23]
Five 27 January 2014 29 April 2014 48 1.671 #1 2.302 #2 2.596 #1 1.645 [24]
Six 2015 2015 - - - - - - - - -

Criticism[edit]

My Kitchen Rules Series 5 was criticised by angry viewers who set up a Facebook page to boycott the series 5 finale as the team that won "bullied other teams." [25]

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network Current broadcaster? Source(s)
Canada Gusto TV Yes [citation needed]
India Zee Café No [citation needed]
Ireland RTÉ One Yes [citation needed]
New Zealand TV 1 [citation needed]
Philippines Colours [citation needed]
South Africa MNET Series [citation needed]
United Kingdom Sky Living [citation needed]
Netherlands SBS6 [citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Devlyn, Darren (4 August 2009). "Channel 7 announces My Kitchen Rules, MasterChef Australia rival". Herald Sun. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Dunn, Emily; Elliott, Tim (5 August 2009). "MasterChef inspires imitators". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (11 March 2013). "Renewed: My Kitchen Rules". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Real food, real people". Yahoo!7. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Knox, David (15 January 2013). "My Kitchen Rules teams revealed". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shock revelation: new contestants for MKR". Yahoo!7. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "My Kitchen Rules contestants don't all cook in their own kitchens". Herald Sun. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Contestants wanted for NZ version of My Kitchen Rules". The New Zealand Herald. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  9. ^ http://images.tvnz.co.nz/planit-data/Peak_OffPeak_08_07_14.pdf
  10. ^ "Uskoro počinje 'Moja Kuhinja Moja Pravila'". SUTRA.BA online magazin. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.sky.com/tv/show/my-kitchen-rules
  12. ^ "My Kitchen Rules to screen in UK". Yahoo!7. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Knox, David (1 March 2013). "UK buys My Kitchen Rules format". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Byrnes, Holly (5 April 2012). "Channel Seven's My Kitchen Rules sold to producers Kinetic Content in a multi-million dollar rights deal at MIP-TV". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Knox, David (6 April 2012). "My Kitchen Rules sold to US producer". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Knox, David (1 February 2010). "Week 6". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Knox, David (22 March 2010). "Week 13". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Knox, David (31 January 2011). "Week 6". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Knox, David (11 April 2011). "Week 16". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  20. ^ Knox, David (31 January 2012). "Monday 30 January 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  21. ^ Knox, David (27 March 2012). "Tuesday 27 March 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  22. ^ Knox, David (29 January 2013). "Monday 28 January 2013". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sunday 28 April 2013". TV Tonight. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  24. ^ Knox, David (30 April 2014). "tuesday 29 april 2014". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  25. ^ [1]

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