Seven has now officially locked in My Kitchen Rules for January 30.
Manu Feildel and Pete Evans are back with an eighth season of Australia’s number one program, . Acclaimed chefs Colin Fassnidge, Karen Martini, Guy Grossi and Liz Egan also return to Kitchen HQ in 2017 to judge the new batch of aspiring home cooks. And when the MKR doorbell rings this year, expect new twists and a new face at the dinner table.
The teams for MKR 2017 are:
Damo & Caz, TAS – Tassie Sweethearts
Proudly taking on the mainlanders are Tassie sweethearts Damo, 30, and Caz, 30, who are parents to two energetic young boys.
Damo is a sparky at the local hospital, while Caz is a social worker, working with children and young people.
Food Philosophy: K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) and don’t overcomplicate things.
David & Betty, NSW – #JustFriends
Hailing from Sydney’s western suburbs, SMB category manager David, 32, and social media influencer Betty, 27, might be #justfriends but they’re hoping to go all the way in the competition.
The main thing that brought them together after meeting in a body piercing parlour was their backgrounds – David’s family came to Australia on a boat from Vietnam, while Betty’s family are from Laos.
Food Philosophy: Sticking to our roots and cooking authentic Southeast Asian flavours that our mothers have taught us.
Karen & Ros, VIC – Midwives
Karen, 50, and Ros, 55, have been best friends and midwives for more than 20 years. With three and four adult children respectively, these Melbourne mums enjoy a shared passion for their families, their work, keeping fit, the footy, cooking… and champagne.
Food Philosophy: To cook fresh, nutritious and flavoursome dishes, that we plate up and serve with love, which make our families and friends feel nourished and nurtured.
Bek & Ash, WA – Flirty Flatmates
Bek, 27, and Ash, 30, are best friends from Perth who confess their favourite two T’s are tea and Tinder. The two besties, who met playing soccer, think of themselves more like sisters than friends and share a lot of the same interests.
Food Philosophy: Simple and tasty food, cooked well. Get the taste right, get the textures right and voilà, you have a good dish.
Tim & Kyle, SA – Pub Mates
Adelaide best mates Tim, 30, and Kyle, 27, bonded over their love of beer, beards and food.
Bartender Kyle works to live, not lives to work, while Tim works in advertising sales but has quit his job to pursue his real passion – food. They describe their cooking style as Modern Australian hunter gatherers.
Food Philosophy: If we love the food, everyone else will too!
Amy & Tyson, QLD – Serious Siblings
Brisbane siblings Amy, 29, and Tyson, 26, are out to prove they’re anything but average cooks.
“Our food is pretty different to the normal style of food on My Kitchen Rules,” says Tyson, an Uber driver. “We like to challenge ourselves. And we’re here to win.”
Tyson admits he’s confident, verging on arrogant, with his palate and critiquing of food. “We call Tyson the angry, angry man because he can get quite hot headed very quickly,” says Amy.
“Physically I swell up in the neck and some veins might pop in my forehead and I go red and really tense,” he reveals. “We don’t suffer fools,” Amy confesses. “People say I’m really tough.” Or as Tyson puts it bluntly, “You’re a bitch.”
Food Philosophy: Cook and eat food that has interesting ingredients, flavour and texture combinations. It doesn’t have to be crazy or fancy, just fun and delicious.
Albert & Dave, NSW – Brothers
Brothers Albert, 35, and Dave, 28, from Sydney’s northwest are hoping to show everybody that Cantonese cuisine is the best.
“We’re originally from Hong Kong but moved to Australia when I was three and Albert was 11,” says Dave.
The boys were taught to cook by their mother, Cecilia, who is herself a popular cook and broadcaster in the Chinese community, and believe that will give them a “humongous” advantage in the competition.
Food Philosophy: Never be afraid to be adventurous, try out different recipes and learn from different people. Food should be exciting to eat and bring out smiles in everyone tasting it.
Kelsey & Amanda, NSW – Sisters
From a family of five sisters come southwest Sydney siblings Kelsey, 22, and Amanda, 36, who want to liven up the competition with their unique approach to life.
Married mum-of-three Amanda sells makeup while Kelsey and her partner recently welcomed their first child, a girl, and she is currently on maternity leave from her career as a banker. However she readily admits she cannot do maths and definitely uses a calculator!
Food Philosophy: Make it taste good!
Court & Duncan, VIC – Married Hipsters
Happily married Melbourne couple Court, 29, and Duncan, 34, love cooking and they love their fur baby Ted, an English staffy.
Court was a vegetarian and a vegan for a lot of her life. Now she eats meat, but tries to do so responsibly. Meanwhile, meat lover Duncan’s pride and joy is his offset smoker which he’s fondly named, Willie Nelson.
Food Philosophy: Ethical, sustainable, generous, delicious.
Josh & Amy, WA – Seafood Lovers
Married seafood lovers from Broome, Josh, 25, and Amy, 26, plan to put their money where their mouth is, promising the best seafood the competition has ever seen.
“Most of my skills in the kitchen are self-taught,” says Josh. “When it comes to the preparation and cooking of seafood, I would beat a five star chef. Our seafood that we put on for people is better than restaurant quality.”
Food Philosophy: Fresh is best! Western Australia has the best seafood and we want to share it with the world.
Della & Tully, QLD – Foodie Friends
Brisbane foodie friends Della, 30, and Tully, 30, can’t wait to show everybody what they can do.
Some say we’re extroverts and the life of the party and while we both enjoy a good laugh we do take our jobs very seriously,” reveals Tully, who has a rewarding career in indigenous health.
“Nobody can believe that I’m a construction lawyer, but I am,” laughs perfectionist Della.
Food Philosophy: We want to show people that food is fun. Take something simple, be a little inventive and make it great. Respect the produce, cook fresh and from scratch.
Alyse & Matt, QLD – Ambitious Newlyweds Ambitious newlyweds Alyse, 30, and Matt, 37, are betting on backing a winner – themselves! The married couple from Brisbane, who live with their dog, three cats and four chooks, have been competing in fashions on the field for the last eight years.
Physiotherapist Matt describes his wife as very cutthroat and “a little bit bitchy”.
“I will definitely make my opinion clear on how I feel about someone’s outfit,” says Alyse, an electrical tender coordinator who describes Matt as a perfectionist, gorgeous and “he has glorious muscles!”
Food Philosophy: Interpreting classic dishes in a modern way, whether that’s in flavour or presentation. Fresh, healthy and great tasting… and maybe a little bit naughty when it comes to desserts.
Mark & Chris, VIC – Footy Friends
Footy loving best mates from Melbourne, Mark, 32, and Chris, 33, met in high school and admit they don’t take themselves too seriously.
“I’ve got two of the best kids in the world,” says single father Mark. “I’m teaching them to be Hawthorn supporters”. “More like brainwashing them!” teases newly married Chris. “I met my wife Bianca 11 years ago. She’s probably the best thing that’s happened to me… besides Mark.”
Mark and Chris liken the stress of cooking on MKR to playing footy, which they’ve done together for a number of years.
Food Philosophy: Simple yet creative dishes, full of flavour.
Caitie & Demi, VIC – Besties
Melbourne besties Caitie, 22, and Demi, 22, are the youngest team in the competition. “We think that might be a bit of an advantage for us because we bring something a little bit different that maybe the others haven’t seen yet,” says Demi, who along with Caitie, is studying marketing at university.
The girls met in Year 7 during Food Tech and quickly became friends after realising they shared a similar sense of humour and a passion for fashion.
Food Philosophy: Fashion, food and fun. Cook the food you want to eat and make it look like it should be on a front cover.
Lama & Sarah, SA – Cousins
MKR’s first Lebanese team, Adelaide cousins, Lama, 34, and Sarah, 33, are set to bring Middle Eastern fire to the table.
“We’re cousins, we love each other dearly, but we fight a lot as well,” admits Sarah, a hair and make-up artist. “But no matter how much we bicker, we know we can put it aside,” adds finance broker Lama. “The love is there.”
The passionate duo have done almost everything together and enjoy the exciting things in life like skydiving and motorbike riding.
Food Philosophy: Real wholesome home cooking made with love and whole ingredients.
Brett & Marie, QLD – First Loves
Brett, 35, and Marie, 38, are a loving husband and wife team from Brisbane.
“Marie was my first love,” says Brett. “The first time I laid eyes on her I was just in awe but then she took off overseas. Years later we hooked up again and it was like we’d never left each other.”
“We both have a child from previous relationships and then we decided to add one more,” says Marie of their modern family of five
Food Philosophy: Good food that tastes great.
Valerie & Courtney, QLD – Mother & Daughter
Brisbane mother and daughter team, Valerie, 61, and Courtney, 29, are set to spice things up.
“My mum loves her spices,” says Courtney. “She carries raw chillies in her handbag.”
“If the food’s a bit bland, the chillies come out,” admits Valerie, a real estate agent who has been married to husband Errol for 40 years. Courtney, who works in media sales, is the eldest of their three children.
Food Philosophy: Food from the heart and keep the traditions alive.
Mell & Cyn, NSW – Business Women
Wollongong business women Mell, 40, and Cyn, 42, are planning on success.
“We’re definitely here to win,” says Cyn, who acknowledges that people can be intimidated by how confident and successful she and good friend Mell are.
“When people first meet us they tend to judge us as pretentious, stuck up cows,” says Cyn. “That’s their problem, not ours. I don’t really care what people think about me.”
“I tell it how it is,” adds Mell, a licensed conveyancer who works in the law firm Cyn owns with her husband.
Food Philosophy: Fresh, full flavoured food with a creative flair
My Kitchen Rules season 8 premieres 7:30 pm Monday January 30 On Seven