The ratings period is about to begin again, which means the networks are bringing out their big guns.
Last night, Channel Seven held the Sydney launch party of My Kitchen Rules, airing from February 7, and this year execs are confident they’ve got another blockbuster season on their hands with 12 new teams.
Let’s meet them.
Anna, 55, and Jordan, 23
A mother-and-son duo from Western Australia, they’re used to cooking Italian and and Maltese meals for their big family. Anna does not like hot dogs.
Alex, 25, and Gareth, 25
These two are best mates from Queensland. and they both work fly-in fly-out mining jobs in Mackay. They want to eventually open their own restaurant. Gareth got into cooking when he “found out about girls”.
Cheryl, 50, and Matt, 26
Cheryl and Matt are a Queensland couple who have been dating for 18 months, which means Channel Seven is throwing around the “cougar” word with abandon. They’re “100 per cent in sync” in the kitchen.
Gianni, 27, and Zana, 24
Lawyers and newlyweds, Gianni and Zana are all about traditional Montenegrin food (Zana’s of Montenegrin heritage, Gianni’s of Italian). They love cars.
Jessica, 30, and Marcos, 29
A childhood friendship was reignited over Facebook when Jessica and Marcos discovered they both liked the same things: choosing brown rice over white and vegan cheesecakes. They too are into cars.
JP, 30, and Nelly, 25
They sound like a rap duo but actually, they’re couple from Queensland. JP’s the son of a French chef and Nelly is “tea-obsessed”. He licks her face and she thinks he’s a terrible driver.
Luciano, 49, and Martino, 48
Martino moved to Australia 11 years ago and met Luciano at the Mardi Gras in Sydney. They’ve been cooking Italian food together ever since. Martino wants everyone to know there are at least 20 types of lasagne; Luciano sings when he does something wrong.
Mitch, 21, and Laura, 19
These two both have curly hair and love dinner parties, which makes sense because they’re siblings. They raised a pig, ducks and chickens on their Mornington Peninsula property and slaughtered them for her 18th birthday. They are “mature beyond their years”.