New Rules, new dreams for My Kitchen Rules
IT APPEARS "awesome" might be the new "babe" in the upcoming season of My Kitchen Rules.
The reality cooking show has a crop of new food-loving personalities trying to impress judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans.
One of the more colourful home cooks featured in the show's promotions is Canberra resident Andrew, who is competing on the show with his new girlfriend Emelia.
The first ACT team to feature on the show, "awesome" Andrew has also been called "awkward" by some of the other teams.
"This guy is just loving life," Feildel told The Guide.
"He's a little bit crazy but funny crazy if you know what I mean.
"I would think it would be dangerous to come into a competition when you're just starting dating, but they seem to handle it well."
Another much-talked about team is the cheese-loving Annie and Jason from country NSW, who use different kinds of cheese in all three courses of their instant restaurant menu.
But Feildel believes the husband and wife will prove they're not one-dimensional cooks.
"I love cheese, too, but those guys are living and breathing cheese on a daily basis, which is a good thing I think (laughs) but there are other things than cheese in life," he said.
"Obviously cheese is their first love - that's why they love cooking - but they offer more than just cheese."
This new, fifth season will see more perfect scores of 10 awarded than in any previous season.
"The food is getting better every year," Feildel said.
"We've got a contestant this year who wants a life change. They want to fight all the way to the end. They're fed up and bored with their own lives and want something better for themselves."
There are a few new twists this year.
The first is the MKR Food Truck, which will see the teams cooking for the public in a mobile semi-trailer.
"This is probably the best challenge we've ever seen," he said.
"It's a big 38-tonne truck travelling around the country and we are really pushing the contestants to the limits."
The teams will also judge each other in blind juries, rather than simply watching challenges from the sidelines.
"It's to put a little bit of spice into it, I suppose," Feildel said.
"Pete and I choose one and they choose the other."
"The blind tasting brings another layer to the show as well. They don't know who's cooking what, so they can't pick the dish because of the person."
My Kitchen Rules - Seven - Monday at 7.30pm
Instant Restaurant Teams Round 1
- Queensland - Gold Coast surfer dads Paul and Blair
- New South Wales - Married cheese-lovers Annie and Jason
- Western Australia - Well-travelled friends Chloe and Kelly
- South Australia - Married couple Deb and Rick
- Australian Capital Territory - newly dating Emelia and "awesome" Andrew
- Victoria - Twins Helena and Vikki