My Kitchen Rules contestants JP and Nelly from the Little Mountain on the Sunshine Coast. Supplied by Channel 7.
My Kitchen Rules contestants JP and Nelly from the Little Mountain on the Sunshine Coast. Supplied by Channel 7.

Coast cooks gear up for MKR's first round

FOUR Sunshine Coast cooks will be chasing their food dreams in the upcoming new season of My Kitchen Rules.

Mates Alex and Gareth and lovebirds JP and Nelly will fly the flag for Queensland in the second round of instant restaurants on the reality cooking show hosted by celebrity chefs Pete Evans and Manu Feildel.

Little Mountain couple Nelly, 25, and JP, 30, are likely to serve up a diverse range of food thanks to JP's French heritage - his father is a chef - and Nelly's Polish and Italian background.

"Both our families are European so we've been brought up with home cooking; no frozen meals, nothing from cans, everything fresh food, so I think that's how we got our love for cooking," Nelly said.

Nelly also plans to bring her special interest in tea to the MKR dinner table.

"My thing is tea-infused desserts," she said.

"I drink a load of tea. I'm a tea enthusiast. I'm a crazy tea lady; I just need a cat."

They will compete directly against fellow Coast residents Alex and Gareth.

The "miner diners" hail from Mackay but have moved to Maroochydore since applying for the show last year and now commute as fly-in fly-out workers.

The 25-year-olds hope their youth, ambition and freestyle cooking will put them in good stead.

"The only time we ever really follow a recipe is if we are trying to learn something super traditional like pasta dough," Gareth said.

"I like to think we are similar to Jamie Oliver in the kitchen. I like the way he cooks. It's always a splash of this and a dash of this."

They hope to put the show's $250,000 grand prize towards their own eatery.

"We have been saving money from our jobs in the mines so that we can open something of our own…like a bar and grill type of atmosphere where you meet your mates," Alex said.

"We're hoping MKR will help fast-track it."

My Kitchen Rules premieres on Monday, February 1, at 7.30pm on Channel 7.



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