Before instant restaurants turn into fast-food fights, WHO gets the scoop on MKR Season 9's Group One contestants.
Josh & Nic, soccer bros, NSW
Josh, 36, and Nic, 33, gained local fame in Italy as soccer stars. Now the brothers are most passionate about the cooking skills they learnt from their nonna, mum and chefs at their parents' restaurant.
Kim & Suong, Melbourne mums, VIC
Stay-at-home mums Kim and Suong, both 38, want to treat their peers - and Australia - to the Vietnamese cuisine their families eat every day.
Stuss & Steve, Brothers-in-law, QLD
Corner-shop owner Stuss, 56, and archeologist Steve, 52, have shared many laughs together since Stuss married Steve's sister 20 years ago. But will their banter suit everyone's taste?
Jess & Emma, stylish siblings, NSW
Sydney sisters Jess, 31, and Emma, 38, are ready to quip for their dinner. "I can seem bitchy when, in fact, I am just sarcastically funny," says Emma.
Alex & Emily, cocktail couple, QLD
Freelance drinks consultant Alex, 35, and waitress Emily, 28, live, cook and dream together, hoping to own a venue of their own.
Roula & Rachael, hip-hop girls, VIC
Dancing buddies Roula, 34, and Rachael, 21, promise to spice up the show. "I wanted to show off some cooking shills, be in a reality-TV show and get famous," says Roula.
Ash & Matty, cowabunga cooks, QLD
Exercise physiologist Matty, 26, can carve a great wave when surging. But can he carve a roast? He'll find out as he helps girlfriend Ash, 35, live out her MKR dream.
Stella & Jazzey, sassy serves, WA
Waitresses Stella, a singer, and Jazzey, both 21, have logged more hours at the front of the house than in the back. "Me and Jazzey work very well together," says Stella, "It's all about communication."
Olga & Valeria, kitchen comrades, NSW
Olga, 33, a business consultant and Valeria, 26, an event photographer, are on a quest, Valeria says, "to educate Australia about Russian culture."