Queensland teams ready to set the bar on My Kitchen Rules
THE new season of My Kitchen Rules is the "friendliest" of them all, according to co-host Pete Evans.
The celebrity chef said there were no villains in the show's sixth season, premiering on Monday.
Evans made the comments at the reality cooking show's Queensland launch in Brisbane on Thursday night, where regional Queensland teams Jacqui "Jac" Bakhash and Sharon "Shaz" Sellings from Mount Isa and Emilie Biggar and Sheri Eddington from Toowoomba got their first taste of the media spotlight.
But there will still be plenty of kitchen-based drama on MKR, with cousins Jac and Shaz the first team to cook on Monday night.
"That was massive because we went in blind. We didn't get to sit around anybody else's dinner table and watch what they went through or taste their food or see how hard it was," Sellings told APN.
"I think we were at a distinct disadvantage, and it is nothing like what you see on TV.
"Our biggest nemesis was that clock."
The two mums credit their honest style of cooking to growing up in Outback Queensland.
"Obviously we don't get exposure to some of the really 'out there', different sort of ingredients but it's fabulous, quality food (in Mount Isa), no doubt about that," Sellings said.
"Even on the restaurant front we don't have the exposure they get in the big cities.
"I guess for us it's (about) keeping it real. It's real, everyday food and we have to make it a little bit special."
Mates Emilie and Sheri were also the first team to cook in the second instant restaurant group.
"We had no idea what hit us and it really did hit us," Sheri said.
"We were star-struck. We were like 'whoa Pete and Manu are in our house'. We were nervous, we were shaking."
My Kitchen Rules debuts on Monday at 7.30pm on Channel 7.
The MRK Queensland teams answer your Facebook questions:
Q: What is your favourite meal to cook at home?
Emilie: I've got Paleo thanks to Pete so we're really eating healthy at home. That aside, I would cook Creme Brulee.
Jac: Mine is a Lebanese dish we call beans and rice. It's a meal the whole family likes to sit down and eat. It's lots of lamb with heaps of garlic and fresh beans on a tomato-based sauce and we have it with rice.
Q: Are the judges really as delicious as they look?
Sheri: A lot of women gaga over them but we like to see them as our daddies.
Shaz: The judges are fabulous. They're better in real life than they are on TV.
Q: Who is your biggest competition?
Emilie: Vicky and Celine were really traditional.They cooked traditional Greek food and that's strong.
Shaz: At this point Gina and Anna are very confident and Ash and Camilla are very confident as well. Those two teams we would be most wary of.
Q: Why do teams cook dishes/elements they've never done before at their instant restaurants?
Shaz: The pressure just gets to you and you just start doing thing or something will go wrong and you go 'I need to fix this. I've never done it like this but I'm going to do this now'.
Emilie: It's all about experimenting. The whole show itself is about experimenting on top of what you do at home.