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Nigella Lawson, Matt Preston join My Kitchen Rules.

New judges join returning judge Manu Feildel in rebooted Seven reality series.

In a coup for Seven, “domestic goddess” Nigella Lawson has joined the rebooted My Kitchen Rules, along with former MasterChef judge Matt Preston.

They join the previously-announced Manu Feildel.

“Going to restaurants can be a treat, but for me, the true story of food is told through the cooking we do at home. So, to have the chance to champion home cooks and be given the intimate privilege of being invited into people’s homes to eat their food fills me with gratitude and excitement in equal measure!” said Lawson.

“I’m so looking forward to working with Manu too. Although he’s a chef and I’m a home cook, the fact is we both just want to eat good food. I feel I’ve got a lot to learn from him, but just know we’ll have a lot of fun in the process. I can’t wait!”

Manu said: “I’m very excited to be sitting back at the head of the MKR table and even more thrilled to have the lovely Nigella Lawson at my side.

“As MKR judges, we make the perfect team with our years of experience in professional and home kitchens respectively. And as lovers of delicious food and a fabulous dinner party, I can promise you we’re also going to have a lot of fun. Bring it on!”

The rebooted series, produced by ITV Studios Australia, will also feature guest judges Colin Fassnidge and Curtis Stone. It isn’t clear how many judges will feature per episode.

Seven’s series will return to its roots, showcasing real people cooking real food, hosting dinner parties in their own homes.

The series is expected to screen after the Commonwealth Games.

13 Responses

  1. Checked the date….no, it’s not April 1st. This is so bizarre and unexpected, it’s finally going to make MKR worth a look again. They’d be paying Nigella a fortune to keep her in Australia for a whole series, and I have missed seeing Matt on TV. Surely they’d be borrowing from the MasterChef playbook with a very heavy hand, though.

  2. I didn’t think I’d be saying this about a new MKR after becoming really tired and quite resentful of the previous iteration in its later years… but I’m genuinely looking forward to watching this. It is on thin ice though… if it doesn’t grab me in the first episode, I won’t be back.

  3. Wow Nigella you traitor. You’re part of the MasterChef family & you dump them for this trash? Very disappointed. When she was here recently I assumed she was filming for MasterChef & was wondering why she wasn’t shown in the line up of guest chefs in the first episode. But interestingly Marco Pierre-White is back. So yay for that.

  4. In a previous article on TV Tonight about the new series, there was a rumour that they were going to bring back Rachel Khoo. Maybe it was considered. Though that would have been great, Nigella would be an exceptionally great attainment for MKR.

    1. Absolutely agree with you, surely Nigella will make it watchable to some extent but just having to watch Manu there makes me not want to watch it, if they had Matt and Nigella as hosts I’d consider watching..

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