In 2015, former bankers and My Kitchen Rules contestants Steve and Will didn’t just win Australia’s hearts with their charismatic and cheeky personalities, they also won the cooking competition crown.
Four years later, the best friends have continued their food dreams with their signature dish of humour.
Talking to Mamamia, Will and Steve remember their experience on the Channel 7 television show as “tough and stressful,” but nevertheless a “phenomenal” event in both their lives, that changed the course of the their careers forever.
Before the show, the pair moved to Sydney from London to work in different departments of the same bank, but didn’t know each other. One thing led to another, they recall, and they became acquaintances before Steve got Will involved in his football team and their friendship was born.
“We shared an interest in food,” Will remembers. “I loved eating food and Steve loved cooking food so it’s a pretty good combination,” he laughs.
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Steve applied for My Kitchen Rules on behalf of the pair, without Will’s knowledge.
“My aspirations at that time was to move into the food industry and do something that harnessed my passion for cooking,” Steve comments. “I came into contact with a producer from Channel 7 at a food festival and they sold it to me as a great opportunity to take a step in the right direction.”
And for Will, the timing was serendipitous, after being made redundant at the end of 2013 and being in between jobs when Channel 7 came calling.
“From my perspective, it opened my eyes to other alternatives, because I was very much somebody that if I’m in a job, I think I have to stay focused on that one thing and not move outside of my comfort zone.
“But what I’ve actually learnt is that by going on reality TV, it’s opened these other doors but it’s also given me a confidence that I can try new things.”