Real estate agents, hairdressers and self-confessed ‘foodies’ are just some of the contestants competing on this year’s season of My Kitchen Rules New Zealand, which returns to TVNZ 2 on Monday, September 25.
With judges Pete Evans and Manu Fieldel back at the table for this season, the six teams of home cooks will do their best to battle it out for the $100,000 prize.
As per MKR tradition, the first round of competition will see each team transforming their homes into Instant Restaurants to plate up a three-course meal for the judges and their fellow contestants.
From there, the five teams who earn the highest scores will continue to face off against each other for the chance to take out the grand prize and be crowned MKR winners for 2017.
So who will be facing the heat this season? Meet the six teams below.
Tash, 31 and Hera, 34 – Rotorua
Friends for five years, the larger than life pair have a zest for life and cook with aroha. Their mantra “too blessed to be stressed” will help steady their nerves in the kitchen.
Jaryd, 26 and Ben, 26 – Auckland
Friends since childhood, the keen sportsmen are highly competitive and play their cards close to their chest. Could they be the dark horses of the competition?
Teal, 51 and Sophie, 43 – Wellington
The hairdressers have been together for 20 years, they live and work together and this experience could give them the upperhand in the kitchen.
Charlotte, 19 and Maddie, 20 – Auckland
The inseparable besties may be the youngest cooks in the competition but you won’t find many teens dishing up sophisticated dishes quite like this pair.
Chris, 35 and Bex, 32 – Wanaka
These real estate agents have a passion for their beloved hometown of Wanaka that is only rivaled by their love of good food and local produce.
Heather, 30 and Mitch, 39 - Christchurch
These foodie friends love nothing more than impressing a room with their culinary creations. The outspoken duo has every confidence that their cooking will outshine the rest, but how will they compare?