My Kitchen Rules


A stellar line-up of local chefs has been confirmed for the My Kitchen Rules NZ Tasting Panel.

Filling four spots at the Kitchen HQ judging table are local celebrity chef, Nadia Lim; former TV producer and MasterChef US contestant, Grace Ramirez; international award-winning chef, Robert Oliver; and acclaimed restaurateur, Sean Connolly. Continue reading »

How will the first of the Gate Crasher teams perform in this Instant Restaurant round?

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Tonight we’re off to Mandurah, just outside of Perth, Western Australia, for the final instant restaurant in Round 2 of the competition.

Friends Jess and Felix have been friends for almost 10 years. Felix works in mining, and Jess is an interior designer who reminds us that she bought her first house at 19, has travelled the world twice, and ran a sales team at 23.

Jess says that in the kitchen, she is a self-confessed control freak. Felix adds that they are “chalk and cheese, but when it comes to grub, we totally get each other.” Continue reading »

Tonight’s episode takes us to Adelaide, South Australia, to “Sage”, the instant restaurant of Bree and Jessica. This is the 5th instant restaurant of Round 2.

Bree and Jessica are both married mothers of two daughters. They describe themselves as “… busy Mums who love to get out and savour Australia’s produce.” They say that as Mums, they feel they put themselves last; this is their chance to follow their dreams and spread their wings a bit. People think they are sweet and nice, but they feel they are a force to be reckoned with.

Their combined dream is to take people locally around their State, gathering foods and finishing off with a cooking lesson. Continue reading »

Quickflix_throng_200x175Whether you’re a channel surfer looking for something to watch or someone who leaves your TV on one channel for the entire evening, here are our thoughts on what we think might be worth checking out this evening.

Must Watch:

Shortland Street (TV2, 7:00pm)
It’s an hour long special of Shortland Street tonight and it’s not even the winter season yet.  It looks like there’s going to be more drama unfolding over Chris Warner’s ever increasing lineage.

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The Great Food RaceI am going to assume that the problem that Nielsen TAM had with their data for 3 days last week has actually been fixed.  If not, I can expect to have to update this post later in the week.  In the meantime, here’s what their data tells us.

The Great Food Race was down 21% this week, resulting in an average audience of 131,290 viewers last night.  I really can’t see how this show can live where it is with these numbers continuing.  Masterchef New Zealand is clearly out-rating it but it suffered a fall of its own this week with the average audience for TV One’s cooking show down 22% to 386,360 viewers.

While TVNZ are banking on a new cooking show success with a local version of My Kitchen Rules, this rating is the lowest first night rating the series has had.  Last Monday’s show had an average audience of 374,500 viewers. Continue reading »

MKR_JudgesA local version of popular Australian cooking show My Kitchen Rules, has been confirmed for TV2. Below is the press release issued this evening:

The heat is on and the knives are out New Zealand. The biggest show on TV is about to get even bigger with a local version of reality phenomenon, My Kitchen Rules, confirmed for TV2!

Kiwis who fancy a shot at stardom can apply for MKR NZ here. Continue reading »


On Friday, TVNZ sent out a press release talking up the ratings for Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules.  Masterchef, they told us, had “more core viewers than ever before” in the key 25-54 demo.  Overall though, it was the lowest rating finale of the four seasons to date.

Last night, Sunday returned to hour long episodes and bounced back to an average audience of 662,450 viewers compared to the week earlier where it only drew in 507,170.  From 8pm, TV One dropped down to 383,410 for Food Truck and then 287,420 viewers for Packed to the Rafters.  Overall, TV One was down approximately 15% on last Sunday night.  With the numbers dropping away as they have post Sunday, one must wonder if TVNZ should just run it for two hours while X Factor is on. Continue reading »

mkrfinaleMy Kitchen Rules has trumped our very own MasterChef NZ in term of popularity.

TVNZ aired the finales of the two culinary shows over the long weekend and it seems the drama of MKR was slightly more of a draw for viewers.

Aaron Brunet’s win over Paula Saengthian-Ngam on Sunday night was seen by 532,510 viewers on TV One while Dan and Steph’s triumph over Jake and Elle on Monday night entertained 566,540 on TV2. Continue reading »

DanStephAfter an epic two-hour finale last night, Dan and Steph were crowned the winners of My Kitchen Rules.

The couple prevailed over fellow Queenslanders Jake and Elle, who finished just two points behind after the five-course challenge.

Despite the fact MKR spoilers have been all over social media in the past month or so, there was still plenty of interest in the finale last night with over 566,000 tuning in to the two-hour finale on TV2.

The finale outperformed The X Factor NZ by over 200,000 viewers. Continue reading »