Alice and Peter - Father-daughter duo
Working together in the family café, Alice and Peter stand by the ethos that there is always “room for one more” at the family dinner table - but that doesn't mean they don't bicker in the kitchen.
"That's always how we show we love each other. Food is family. Food is love.”
"Being with loved ones and sharing food and stories is the most wonderful thing about my upbringing" explains Alice.
In a sneak peak, Alice reveals that the relationship between the Victorian father and daughter can be tumultuous at times.
"We are very similar in our approach to everything, which is why we often butt heads.”
"We are both very dramatic, so things often blow up in an epic way.”
Janelle and Monzir - Couple
Drawing on their blended Turkish/Cypriot and Sudanese heritage, this NSW couple have a unique set of skills and very different opinions.
Whilst Monzir is the king of the BBQ, Janelle, who is dubbed by friends the “Kardashian of cakes” brings an attention to detail and presentation.
Janelle, who runs a successful cake decorating business also reveals in the sneak peak an added stress of the season, admitting the couple have not yet announced their relationship to their families
“We didn’t actually tell our families that we were dating before coming on MKR,” confesses Janelle.
“We just decided to go on TV and announce it to everybody!”
Kate and Mary - High achieving friends
Queensland health care workers and friends Kate and Mary like the finer things in life and don't believe in wasting time on bad food.
The two friends bring a simple, no-fuss approach to their cooking and a passion for high-end, premium ingredients.
Kate and Mary aren't afraid to give constructive criticism, with Mary explaining, "If I don't like someone's food, I won't be able to hide it. I'm absolutely gagging for some high-intensity cooking and the chance to critique some of my fellow contestants' dishes."
"By nature, we are high achievers; that's how our friendship formed," self-confessed food snob Kate explains.
WATCH: My Kitchen Rules 2022: Meet Kate and Mary. Story continues.
Ashlee and Mat- Foodie parents
Western Australian husband and wife team Ashlee and Mat have an eclectic taste in food and believe they're a perfect combination of “loud and quiet, bossy and chill, fast and slow, so we balance each other out,” explains Ashlee
Whilst Ashlee is a speedy cooker, Mat takes things a bit slower in the kitchen, joking that his “wife is the leader!”
“My kids are such foodies; I feel like they’re judging me every night, so the professionals might as well judge me,” Ashlee jokes.
Arrnott and Fuzz - Fashionista friends
These New South Wales besties and coworkers are drawn together by their love of cooking, food, creativity and love of fashion.
Calling themselves the “fabulous Fijians” both Arrnott and Fuzz have grown up surrounded by family who love to eat and love to cook seafood.
The pair learned to cook from family members and are keen to showcase their Fijian heritage on this season of MKR.
“I don’t think many people know much about Fijian food, so we’d love to introduce them to it,” Arrnott says.
“Food is at the centre whenever we gather, whether to celebrate or commiserate. It’s how we express love.”
Steven and Frena - Engaged couple
This South Australian couple grew up between Singapore and Malaysia and loves a wide range of cuisines.
The loved-up pair combine their food backgrounds to create curry pastes, pasta and condiments from scratch.
“As a teenager watching MKR in Malaysia, I never thought my skills would match up, but having a supportive partner means a lot,” Frena explained.
Che and David - Chilli mates
WA mates Che and David met on the "chilli scene" and quickly bonded, with Che owning a hot sauce company and David a big name in the competitive chilli-eating world.
Che is also a coeliac, so learning how to cook was imperative explaining, “I love to make all meals gluten-free to show people you can make gluten-free food taste good."
Rosie and Hayley - Aunt and niece
This aunty and niece duo from Queensland grew closer as they have gotten older and love cooking casual Italian for friends and family.
Hayley believes her best recipe is her bolognese, explaining that her friends beg her to cook the crowd favourite.
“It’s my grandma’s recipe and makes me proud to be able to cook something from my culture and do it justice.”
Matt and KT - Best friends
Since meeting at a friend's 18th birthday party these Victorian friends have been inseparable and are passionate about using Australian native ingredients.
Matt grew up as a proud Yamaji man from the Gascoyne region in WA and says his go-to meal for guests would be Kangaroo, whilst KT would opt for a crispy skin salmon.
Leanne and Milena - Italian sisters
Best friends and sisters Leanne and Milena learnt to cook from their mum and love "easy Italian" cooking.
The Victorian team also make their own salami, pancetta, olives and pasta.
“As a child, I learned to make delicious Italian cuisine and make salamis, sauce, olives and bread,” Leanne explains.
“I was always visiting the kitchens of restaurants to watch the chefs.”
Nicky and Jose - Spanish foodies
Fitness fanatics Nicky and Jose met on the dancefloor six years ago and have been together ever since.
Influenced by their mixed Spanish, Polish and German heritage, the South Australian couple has a solid background in the food and hospitality industry.
“I’m the alpha, he has a very calm and easy-going attitude. I’m very loud and I find it hard to sit still. As they say, opposites attract!” Nicky explains.
Sophie and Katherine - Posh friends
Business partners and friends Katherine and Sophie met 18 years ago and own a successful food service company, delivering ready-to-eat meals.
The NSW team enjoy cooking and laughing together over a glass of wine or two.
My Kitchen Rules returns this Sunday, August 7, on Channel Seven.
This article first appeared on our sister site, New Idea.