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The boys have been mates ever since Artie, 42, employed Johnny, 26, to work at his award-winning butcher shop - Nambour Plaza Meats – a few years ago. Since then, Artie has inspired his young protégé to reach new culinary heights. "I really started taking a liking to cooking when I was in high school," Johnny recalls. "But my passion for it grew when I met Artie. His love for food encouraged me to take it further." Artie adds: "Food's always been a big part of my life. Being Mediterranean, i'’s who we are. Life’s about eating and enjoying food." Both men take pride in the food they prepare and the meat they sell. Artie's butchery has been singled out for a Retail Excellence of the Year Award twice and his snags last year made the state finals of the Queensland Sausage King.
Hosting everything from tapas nights to dinner parties, Kane, 28, and Lee, 25, make one formidable duo. "We probably work better as a team than as individuals," Kane says. "We're not just team-mates, we're house mates and good friends." They define their cooking style as Asianfusion with a twist. Growing up with a Chinese mother, Lee borrows heavily from her Asian heritage. "I always try to incorporate Asian ingredients into my food," she says. "Whether it's something simple like wombok, soy sauce or delicacies like black fungus – I always try and see what I can add to make it different."
For Sydney sisters Sammy and Bella, cooking is a family affair. Their grandmother Ursula was a chef in Poland who cooked for many high-profile politicians including former US president Bill Clinton. "She worked as a caterer for all the embassies so whenever there was a diplomatic event or a big political function she was part of the catering team," Sammy says. "She cooked for a lot of influential people, including Bill Clinton, which was the highlight of her career." Bella adds: "Cooking is definitely in our blood. It's been passed on from one generation to the next in our family." Not only have the sisters paired up for the competition but they used to work together in fashion; Sammy, 22, as a buyer and Bella, 27, in marketing. But in a strong indicator of their passion they both quit their jobs to take part in My Kitchen Rules.
The Adelaide couple have been running their own business for the last 12 years and use cooking as a means of escape from their work. They love it so much they even knocked down a wall in their home to create a bigger kitchen. "We love the whole experience; everything from the shopping to the preparation and the actual cooking," Reade says. Reade, 46, actually wanted to be a chef when he finished school but a mix-up cost him his dream. "I did my work experience as a chef and absolutely loved it," he explains. "The skills I have now are the skills I learnt during that time. I really wanted an apprenticeship at this restaurant but when I turned up they'd already offered it to someone else because they didn’t know I was coming."
Melanie, 37, was married for 12 years to a chef who dominated their kitchen. "I didn't cook at all during that time," she says. "He just did it all. When we split up, I had to start cooking for myself and my two children. I found that not only could I cook, but I was pretty good at it too. "When I was married I only had four dishes to my name. Now I have hundreds and I realise what fun I missed out on." James, a 36-year-old jazz musician, was a notoriously bad eater. Tomato sauce on pasta was about as extravagant as he got. "I'd never had an interest in food until I met Melanie," he says. "I was like, 'Can you deep fry that?' Being a musician, a lot of the eating I did was between one and three in the morning."
Their passion for food is infectious. "I just love to see people eat my food and enjoy it," Daniela says. "Cooking relaxes me. I could do it at 12.30 at night. Any time... I just love it." Stefania adds: "We're Italian! Of course, we love our food. I enjoy seeing people's expressions when they taste the food I've made. It makes me happy." The women are so close they're more like sisters. "We're very alike," Daniela, 43, says. "We like the same things. Stefania is fun to be with; everyone who meets her likes her." Stefania, 41, is equally as kind about her cousin adding, "Daniela's a beautiful person inside and out." The Perth duo get along so well they're worried it may pose a problem for them during the competition. "We muck around too much," Daniela says. "We find it hard to be serious."
Queensland couple Mal and Bec live and breathe food. They have been working in and managing cafes and restaurants for years - but never as chefs.
Victorian couple Kelly and Ash are complete opposites in the kitchen but they always deliver when they're entertaining.
Tasmanian friends Esther and Ali have not only joined forces in the kitchen but they're also partners in the fight against crime. The Hobart girls met while they were both at the Tasmanian Police Academy.
NSW mates Bill and Alex are cool customers both in and out of the kitchen. Exuding plenty of confidence, they're sure of themselves and their skills.
For South Australian newlyweds Ann- Marie and Nick, food is something that draws people together. The pair describe their cooking style as Mediterranean with a rustic edge.
West Australia's Kerry and Holly are the first mother and daughter duo to appear on My Kitchen Rules. The Perth pair definitely see it as an advantage. "We are close as we are family", Holly says. "If we were friends and something wrong happened, then there could be a huge falling out. But we'll always be family.
The 12 teams are taken out of their comfort zones and must cook in other people's homes for an entire street of people for their annual street party. For the first time, real people will get to vote on the contestants' food.
The teams compete to create the ultimate meat-and-three-veg meal. However, a surprise twist will have them scrambling to beat the clock. Who will risk facing the sudden-death cook-off?
The lowest ranked teams battle it out to avoid elimination. Hosted by Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, with guest judges Guy Rossi, Tobie Puttock, Liz Egan and Karen Martini
The teams must cook breakfast on the go for the cast and crew of Home and Away. The team with the best dish, as judged by the cast and crew, will win the People's Choice and be safe for the week
The teams must create their meals at the kitchen headquarters, but just before time starts, the judges throw them a surprise curveball they don't see coming.
Tonight, the contestants cook for the most difficult clients - children. Who will end up on the bottom?
There is a 30-minute rapid cook-off with a twist followed by a spectacular cooking showdown. The lowest ranking team will be sent to the sudden-death cook-off. Who will face elimination?
The lowest ranking teams face off in this episode's battle for survival. They must impress the judges and the guest judges. Who will go?
The teams must make the perfect picnic basket for the hungry hordes at an international food festival. The team with the best dish, as judged by the people, will be safe for the week. Who will be sent to the sudden-death cook-off?
The remaining seven teams arrive in the Red Centre to compete in the first of three Northern Territory challenges. The team with the best dish as judged by the cattle farmers will win the People's Choice and be safe.
The Northern Territory adventure continues as the teams board the Ghan. For this test, the teams are forced to cook in the world's tiniest kitchen aboard a moving train on the way to Darwin.
The Northern Territory adventure ends in Darwin and the competition is turned on its head by an unexpected turn of events
The teams will cook a Chinese banquet at one of the biggest Chinese restaurants in Australia. While the experience leaves them reeling, they are hit with a surprise that nobody saw coming.
The teams begin with a rapid cook-off in a challenge with an international flavour. The lowest-ranking team will be sent straight to the sudden-death cook-off. Who will impress the judges and who will face elimination?
The lowest-ranking teams face off in a battle for survival in the competition. They must cook their best three-course meal for the judges and guest judges Guy Grossi, Tobie Puttock, Liz Egan and Karen Martini.
In the first semifinal, two teams must cook their best three-course meal for the judges. One team will be eliminated and the other team will head straight to the grand final.
In the second semifinal, two teams must cook their best three course meal for judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel and guest judges Guy Grossi, Tobie Puttock, Liz Egan and Karen Martini. One team will be eliminated. The other team will head straight to the grand final. Who will rise to the top and who will get the chop?
In the grand final, the two remaining teams must prepare a five-course meal for the judges. Who will be crowned the champion and walk away with the $100,000 cash prize?