Australia’s most passionate home cooks will be welcoming viewers into their homes to share their food creations on the new season of My Kitchen Rules, premiering at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 4 on Channel Seven and 7plus.
Celebrity Chefs Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge join forces as co-hosts, judges and good mates as they travel across the country to meet Australia’s most passionate home cooks – real people, cooking real food, in their own homes, for the chance to be crowned MKR Champions and take home a $100,000 cash prize.
Joining Manu and Colin this season is international food superstar Nigella Lawson. Nigella returns to judge finals week at Kitchen HQ where the qualifying teams will compete in a high-pressure cook-off.
Meet the new contestants below:
Tommy, 30, and Rach, 30: Just Friends – Western Australia
Close friends Tommy and Rach can easily be mistaken for a loved-up couple with the amount of affectionate touches and glances they share, but alas, they are completely platonic.
Tommy is a self-confessed creative soul, freelancing in branding and graphic design. Rach works in fashion, styling and modelling. She moved to Melbourne in 2019 for a new pace of life, but still calls East Fremantle in Western Australia her home. They met over two years ago and instantly connected over similar interests and hobbies.
These confident and spiritual hipsters often host gatherings with other creative types and have been known to set up dining tables on the nature strip in the middle of the street. Their strength is their communication, but Tommy can push Rach’s buttons.
Radha, 26, and Prabha, 26: Identical Twins – New South Wales
Inseparable identical twins Radha and Prabha think they have the secret recipe to win the competition: their telepathic powers. They hope their ability to read each other’s minds will help them win the title of MKR champions.
Raised by a single mother after their father passed away when they were two years old, cooking has helped Radha and Prabha feel connected to their strong, caring mother while keeping their father’s memories alive.
The twins are passionate about helping others. Prabha works in cancer research and Radha is currently training to be a lawyer.
Sonia, 53, and Marcus, 23: Mother and Son – South Australia
Mother and son, Sonia and Marcus, are loud, passionate and sure to entertain in and out of the kitchen. These two love each other deeply but their relationship is tumultuous, and they fight like cats and dogs.
High-school teacher Sonia grew up watching her mother cook. She boasts an impressive library of over 1,000 cookbooks. Marcus describes his mother as a powerhouse and lioness who shows her love through food but he’s wary of her “Italian temper”.
Marcus is highly energetic, unfiltered, chaotic, and messy. He owns a food photography and videography business. He regularly posts entertaining food content for his thousands of followers on Instagram and TikTok.
Coco, 31, and Pearls, 36: Feisty Friends – New South Wales
These confident alpha-women are coming in hot to MKR and they have a plan. They know what they like, what they want and how to get it.
New Zealand-born Coco is a pop singer who prides herself on her good looks and personal hygiene. Headstrong and determined, Czech Republic-born Pearls confesses to stalking chefs online before selecting a venue, so she knows what she’s paying for.
These ladies are hoping to distract the other teams with beauty and charm before surprising them with their exceptional cooking skills.
Coco and Pearls are direct, outspoken and are sure to be critical. They confess to being “a little bitchy” when dining out and are well known in their friendship circle to send food back, complain to waitsta and write reviews online.
Nick, 36, and Christian, 34: Food Maestros – Victoria
These best mates met 12 years ago while studying drama at university when Nick was nursing a bad breakup and Christian took him under his wing. After they started living together, they realised their shared love for food, dinner parties, sci-fi and working in hospitality.
Restaurant supervisor Christian is quite competitive and loves watching the chefs at work to learn. Nick works as a venue manager for a pub. During lockdown, they began cooking on TikTok, amassing 900k views.
The duo work well together in the kitchen and believe they are in sync, but both admit they butt heads as they’re very competitive.
Claudean, 52, and Anthony, 49: Married Battlers – Queensland
A fiery Italian and a super chill Samoan with the hearts of gold and a dream to feed kids in need, Claudean and Anthony were brought together by destiny. Twenty-five years later, they have a blended family and two kids of their own.
The husband and wife duo are like chalk and cheese. Claudean is loud, opinionated and tough; Anthony is warm, friendly, patient and calm. Together they run a food market stall where they sell traditional Italian dishes, sauces and desserts. When Anthony’s not helping Claudean with prep, delivery and customer service for their stall, he manages his floor sanding business.
Claudean’s life before Anthony was full of trials and tribulations. She uses cooking as a tool to help deal with trauma.
MKR is produced by ITV Studios Australia for the Seven Network.
The new season of MKR premieres at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 4 on Channel Seven and 7plus.