My Kitchen Rules judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans.
My Kitchen Rules judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans.

Can I have a side of reality with TV, please?

MY SAY: Letea Cavander

MY KITCHEN Rules is marking 10 years on our small screens.

I love the show but lately have started to wonder if they could change the format to make it resonate with parents a wee bit more.

During dinner time prep, for instance, they need to release a few crawling or just walking babies on the floor in the kitchen.

These babies are at that stage of pulling themselves up on the contestants' legs constantly or trying to hop into the dishwasher every time it opens.

That will make sticking to time limits interesting.

Or, just as the main is served, cue three adorable and well-groomed but also tired children to approach a team and start whingeing that they're bored and want to go home.

Or pull up a high chair with a one-year-old in it who points at everything on the table as if she wants to taste it. She doesn't want to taste it. She wants to throw it.

Imagine a perfectly cooked piece of ravioli landing on Manu's lapel.

He would pick it off and eat it like a champ, I'm sure.

Pete might also be pretty relaxed when it comes to dealing with babies and small humans.

But he would also wipe sunscreen off them during those all-day outdoor challenges and insist on serving them 45 kinds of bone broth.

Imagine popping a couple of newborns into the mix during Married at First Sight.

They would have no need for psychologists or get-to-know-you 'honeymoons'.

There is nothing quite like cleaning up a poo-plosion at 2am, after waking to feed bub only an hour before, to either cement a relationship or give it a few irreparable cracks.

On I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here I reckon some purees would go down a treat (or come back up) during those food challenges.

My stomach churns when I think about some of the leftover mushed-up meat I have eaten when my baby has had enough.

Now that is what I call reality television.

And who would really want it any other way?

I'll take the reality of parenthood any day of the week.

Letea Cavander is a freelance journalist on the hunt for great stories. Get in touch on Facebook via Letea Cavander Journalist or follow on Instagram @leteacavander.



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