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My Kitchen Rules reveals return date We can confirm that our top-rating cooking program My Kitchen Rules will return for its fifth season on Monday, January 27. 2013's most watched TV event of the year will return with a new batch of home cooks stepping up to the stove in what promises to be one of the most hotly contested series in My Kitchen Rules history. Manu Feildel and Pete Evans return to host and judge this ultimate home cooking battle. And this year, they're bringing some big surprises to the table. The My Kitchen Rules Food Tuck, a massive red transformer style semi-trailer decked out with a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, is just one of the twists the contestants won't see coming. It's going to be one of the toughest challenges MKR contestants have ever faced. It's going to push even the best cooks to breaking point. And in a competition first, there will be more instant restaurants than ever before. The judges table will see the return of familiar faces, guest judges Colin Fassnidge, Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Liz Egan. The top two teams will again battle it out in the grand final where they will present their dining menu to a full restaurant. With $250,000 in prize money on offer, it's a fierce battle to decide whose kitchen rules. This year's contenders are: GROUP 1 New South Wales - Annie and Jason (Married cheesemakers) Western Australia - Chloe and Kelly (Well-travelled friends) South Australia - Deb and Rick (Married 38 years) Australian Capital Territory - Andrew and Emelia (newly dating) Queensland - Paul and Blair (Surfer dads) Victoria - Helena and Vikki (Twins) GROUP 2 New South Wales - Uel and Shannelle (Newlyweds) Western Australia - Jess and Felix (Designer and miner) South Australia - Bree and Jessica (Proud mums) Tasmania - Thalia and Bianca (Besties) Queensland - David and Corinne (Couple two years) Victoria - Harry and Christo (Best mates) MY KITCHEN RULES 2014 premieres Monday, January 27. New MKR series to cook for public My Kitchen Rules (MKR) judge Pete Evans is used to juggling treats and tension on the cooking series. MKR, the most watched reality show in 2013, became more of a soap opera than a cooking program following personality clashes and an unrivalled competitiveness among the contestants. Evans says he's doesn't how this series will unfold in its edited version because he has yet to see the final cut. But he assures AAP the mind games are apparent from the opening round and the series has been well cast with each team in contention showing they are desperate for the $250,000 first prize. "For me it's all about the food," Evans says. "The competitive nature hasn't diminished, that's for sure. "They do make good friends and some do rub each other up the wrong way and all of that is captured throughout the series." MKR was brilliantly cast in 2013 with contestants Sophia Pou and Ashlee Pham letting loose with tactless comments and polarising the viewing public from the first episode they appeared in. Evans says no matter what the contestant say, good or bad, he and fellow judge Manu Feildel ignore the table trash talk. "I'm pretty impartial to it," he says. "My role is to judge the food and that's it, I wouldn't say I'm oblivious to (what they say), but it doesn't affect me. "I'm sure they are going to put the boot in if they slip up, because there is $250,000 on line." Evans says a food truck segment adds a new dimension to the series, which in the past has been predominantly based in a purpose-built studio kitchen. This time the teams will cater for the public on occasions, which will give them a perspective of what it would be like to run an eatery based on their cooking skills. "The teams are basically opening their own restaurant and taking orders and their fate is in the customers' hands so to speak," Evan says. "That for me was the highlight of the series and they get a glimpse of what it is like to be chef for a few days." Since the 2013 series ended, Evans' life has been bubbling along at an enormous rate. He's now a qualified health coach after graduating from the Institute for Integrated Nutrition in New York. Evans will also make a second series of Moveable Feast for US TV network PBS and a Healthy Cooking show for another network. He also plans to release several books later this year. He says it will be a relief to sit down and watch the show for the first time, possibly before it goes to air, and take in what transpired during filming. "We judge purely on what we put in our mouths," he says. "Our job is to purely find the best cooking team there is, it doesn't matter about the personality, it's about what they put on the plate." My Kitchen Rules 2014 Sneak Peek "Twinning"
My Kitchen Rules NZ The pinnacle of food television is set to make its debut on New Zealand television screens next weekend and Scotland based NZNewsUK Editor Ally Fabish couldnt be more excited to find it via TVNZ On Demand as her niece (pictured right and on the left) is one of the many contestants, aptly named the "Modern Day Hippies". My Kitchen Rules New Zealand has been launched today and it promises to deliver all the tears, backstabbing and drama of its Aussie counterpart. Hosted by top chefs Ben Bayly and Gareth Stewart, MKR NZ will follow teams of two as they compete against the clock to deliver knockout meals and win a $100,000 prize. Masterchef winner Nadia Lim, MasterChef US contestant Grace Ramirez, international award-winning chef Robert Oliver, and restaurateur Sean Connolly have been confirmed for the hit TV show tasting panel. Entering the MKR NZ kitchen are the Bogan Besties, Christchurch Cuties, Polynesian Cooks, Corporate Dads, Modern Day Hippies, Social Media Buddies, Newlyweds, Beauty and the Beast, Fireman and his Flame and the Hawkes Bay Sisters. My Kitchen Rules NZ will air three nights a week on TV ONE. The tasting panel for New Zealand's first season of My Kitchen Rules has been unveiled. Masterchef winner Nadia Lim, MasterChef US contestant Grace Ramirez, international award-winning chef Robert Oliver, and restaurateur Sean Connolly have been confirmed for the hit TV show expected to hit screens later this year. "I'm beyond excited to be a part of MKR NZ and seeing what Kiwi teams can bring to the table. Having been on the other side, I've certainly experienced first-hand how tough it can be in such a pressured environment," Nadia says. "I'll be looking for the team who makes best use of local, seasonal produce to create nutritious and delicious dishes in this competition." Fellow panellist Sean Connolly is also looking forward to see how the teams develop and is promising to give an "honest critique". "I'm looking forward to tasting restaurant-quality dishes on this series. I'm going to be honest in my critique of the food that's put on the table, and I can't wait to see how the teams develop each week." The high-pressure game show sees teams of two transform an ordinary kitchen into a restaurant where they must cook a three-course meal for their fellow contestants and judges. The tasting panel judges first appear in the Kitchen HQ phase of the competition, following the instant restaurant rounds. My Kitchen Rules NZ is coming soon to TV ONE hosted by Ben Bayly and Gareth Stewart. After enjoying several years of success with the Australian series, TVNZ announced a local version of My Kitchen Rules going to air mid-late 2014. The show will air on TV One, unlike the Australian edition which airs on sister channel TV2. The show is set to air on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:30pm from 24 August. MKR NZ Manu Promo http://youtu.be/bd5hP76LJTY