POPSUGAR Celebrity TV My Kitchen Rules 2013: Meet the Contestants Meet the Teams From My Kitchen Rules 2013 by Jessica Chandra 28/1/13 29 Shares Like us on Facebook View in slideshow The cooking shows are off and running for 2013. Competing against Network Ten's MasterChef: The Professionals tonight is Channel Seven's popular food offering My Kitchen Rules — both shows will air on their respective channels at 7:30 p.m. Last year, clever TV casting saw a colourful bunch of people clashing during instant restaurants — remember "Dr. Evil" contestant Peter from Queensland, or "Princess" Jen who went on to win the series? — which viewers seemed to love, if the ratings were anything to go by. In 2013 it appears we'll have more people to love and hate, as well as a new judge — The Four in Hand's Colin Fassnidge has deflected from his MasterChef guest appearances to replace Tobie Puttock once the competition moves to MKR HQ. And yes, it will once again be hosted by Manu Feildel and Pete Evans. Click through to see this year's batch of MKR contestants as well as fun facts about them. Photos courtesy of Channel Seven Jessie and Biswa What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 High school friends They like to eat out at high-end restaurants but both learned to cook when they were young Jessie, 25, is a student Biswa, 23, is an assistant sales manager for a linen supply company 1 / 12 Jake and Elle What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Brother and sister They like to cook freshly-made pasta and each have a signature dessert. Jake's is a Black Forest cake and Elle's is a lemon meringue pie Jake, 20, studies performance and dance Elle, 22, studies business and law 2 / 12 Kerrie and Craig What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Childhood sweethearts They started cooking together as teenagers and have built up a wealth of food knowledge after travelling to France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Turkey and Morroco Kerrie, 53, and Craig, 52, have been together for nearly 40 years 3 / 12 Stefano and Lisa What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Newly dating Italian-born Stefano loves Australian food and discovered Asian cuisine when he came here Stefano, 32, and Lisa, 41, have been dating for two years and say their nine-year age gap "is not an issue" 4 / 12 Josh and Andi What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Dating hipsters They like to cook food that is "simple, fresh and clean" on weeknights after long days at work Josh, 24, is a business development manager Andi, 28, is a buyer for a chain of fashion stores 6 / 12 Mick and Matt What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Father and son They say they are farm people and love to cook "meat and three veg" meals, but try to make them more interesting Mick is an abalone diver 6 / 12 Luke and Scott What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Personal trainers They're on a health crusade and want to spread the word about healthy food that's also delicious Luke, 29, is the youngest of four boys Scott, 36, is father to four-year-old Tashi 7 / 12 Dan and Steph What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Married Dan likes to make his own sausages — he says he has invented 120 different types — and Steph is passionate about baking Dan, 31, and Steph, 30, have been together for six years, married for three 8 / 12 Sam and Chris What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Cousins Sam prefers to do savoury food while Chris likes desserts Sam, 26, and Chris, 24, are both single 9 / 12 Jenna and Joanna What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Domestic goddesses Jenna likes to take care of the sweets while Joanna often eats Italian at home Jenna, 25, works in a cake shop, and Joanna, 27, a mother of two, runs a barbecue manufacturing business with her husband 11 / 12 Lisa and Candice What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Former beauty queens (also mother and daughter) They don't share cooking tasks — Candice does the sweet and Lisa does the savoury Lisa, 52, and Candice, 28, are both school teachers 11 / 12 Ali and Samuel What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mates Ali's love of food came from travelling with her academic parents and Samuel was taught to cook by his Nan Ali, 28, is a teacher, and Samuel, 36, is a public servant 12 / 12 Read More TVMy Kitchen Rules 2013Australian TVReality TVMy Kitchen Rules Get the scoop with our newsletter Enjoy the latest news on the celebs you love. Sign up with What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Reactions bmwvanboxtel 1 year I love MKR. In the Netherlands we are halfway season 2013. But I can't tell you how annoying people can take away my enjoyment of seeing people cook who love to cook. Ashley and Sophia think that the world is turning around them and try to kick every other couple that is trying new things (something they can't do because they just cook what they know) hard in the stomach with there very unsympathetic comments. Ashley and Sophia can cook Asian, that I believe. But that is all they can do! Big mouth and look at her mouth when she talks! It's like a wooden doll. And the words that come out of it! So stupid. But with all there comments I can't even feel sorry for them. I rather watch and listen to sympathetic people compete. I'm waiting for them to be send home so I can enjoy the show again. Believe me, no one will cry over it. Compliments for Pete and Manu who don't show any personal feelings during there judging. And to the other teams to keep on going cooking and take chances, something they love to do for the good of there love, cooking. So good concept, bad screening. I have a soft spot for Aussies but with people like Ashley and Sophia it's hard to keep that up. 2 years OMG!! absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Mick and Matt!! True blue boys who love cooking and trust each other!! Love the proud father moment from Mick when Matt cooked an excellent main for the instant restaurant!! Hope you guys have your own restaurant soon!! I would so fly to Aussie to eat at your restaurant. LOVING ABALONE!! 2 years THOSE THREE PAIRS GOT TO BE PAID TO DRAMATISE THE SHOW SO AS TO GET MORE PEOPLE TO WATCH THIS PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM MKR , THE VIEWER NUMBERS ARE DOWN ACCORDING TO THE SERVEY . THOSE THREE PAIRS- THE TWO ORIENTAL GIRLS, THOSE TWO ITALIANO HOUSE WIVES AND THE ONE WITH AN ITALIAN TOY BOY WHO DELIBERATELY PROPOSED IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, THEIR ACTIONS ARE UNNATURAL AND SOMEWHAT WEIRD. THEY ALL GOT TO BE PAID TO DRAMATISE THE SHOW BUT SIGNED CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENTS TO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL. IF THEY TELL OTHERS THEY WILL BE SUED. WE ( ME , MY FAMILY AND OUR FRIENDS ) DON'T LIKE THOSE VERY WEIRD AND PAID DRAMAS. WE JUST WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE COOKING AND THE EXPERIENCES OF IT. IF WE WANT TO WATCH DRAMAS, FRANKLY THERE ARE BETTER ONES OUT THERE. IF MKR KEEPS HAVING THESE SORT OF PAID DRAMAS, WE WILL NOT BOTHER TO WATCH IT NEXT TIME. 2 years THE WHOLE THING SEEM UNNATURAL AND SOME PEOPLE THERE GOT TO BE PAID TO DRAMATISE THE PROGRAM SO TO GET VIEWERS WATCHING. SINCE THE COOKING SHOWS HAVE BEEN RUNNING FOR A WHILE AND THE VIEWER NUMBERS ARE DOWN ( SURVEY SHOWS ) , SOME OF THEM GOT TO HAVE BEEN PAID TO DRAMATISE THE SHOW. THEY WILL NEVER ADMIT IT BECAUSE THEY HAD TO SIGN CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENTS AND IF THEY TELL , THEY WILL BE SUED . THOSE PEOPLE WHO PAID TO PERFORM THE DRAMAS AND SIGNED THE CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENTS MUST BE THOSE TWO ORIENTAL GIRLS, THOSE TWO ITALIANO HOUSEWIVES AND THE ONE WITH AN ITALIAN YOUNGER MAN WHO DELIBERATELY PROPOSED IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. THE ITALIAN TOY BOY WITH HIS OLDER LOVER ALSO JOINTED THE WHOLE ARGUMENTS THING WITH THOSE TWO ORIENTAL GIRLS TO CREATE MORE DRAMAS. REWATCH THOSE CLIPS RIGHT FROM THE MOMENTS THOSE GATE CRASHERS JOINTED YOU WILL SEE WHAT WE MEAN- UNNATUARAL ACTING HERE AND THERE AND WAY OVER THE TOP HERE AND THERE. THOSE THREE PAIRS GOT TO BE PAID TO DO SUCH. WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN PAID DRAMAS. WE JUST WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FOOD AND THE COOKING + LEANING EXPERIENCES. WE DON'T LIKE THE PIAD , OVER THE TOP , UNNATURAL AND SOME WHAT WEIRD DRAMAS. IF MKR KEEPS GOING LIKE THIS, WE WON'T WATCH IT ANY MORE. 2 years Who did her tattoo? 2 years How the h3ll does someone "live" on tv get away with threatening to shoot someone. Or is this an aussie thing. The girl tells everyone that she'll shoot people. WTF Woo Hoo - Wollongong - 2 years Saw San and steph at my work today flying out, both nice people :) Good luck! 2 years What's happened to MKR?? It's not about food anymore!! It's about character assassination. I can't bare to watch it anymore. Thank goodness for SBS food shows. 2 years The second lot of contestants - mother and daughter fom WA. I could not stand them. I am glad they got their just deserves and were eliminated. I hope the father and son team and the lovely girls from SA do really well. 2 years I adore Sam. Ali irritates me a little. She bosses Sam around then expects him to be her rock when she turns to water. They seem to like each other though. God I hope Sam's gay. He needs a good strong man to support him rather than an Ali who sucks him dry (get your mind out of the gutter!). Please please please let them win this third round gate crasher challenge. For Sam's sake. 2 years Hope Luke and Scott get another chance and opportunity to serve other contestants their Kale dish. It's an amazing food and should be shared with viewers as well. 2 years I cant believe how bloody rude lisa and candice are (especially candice). I thought candice was really pretty but seeing how much of a cut throat cow she is has really shown me that there isnt anything pretty about her, inside and out. Hope they get everything coming to them in this competition because karma will bite you in the ass. I hope that some of the kinder competitors win and candice and lisa get voted out. All im seeing from both candice, lisa and the spice girls are all mouth and no talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 years I watched the show on Monday night 11/2/13 & all I can say is, I hope Joanna & Jena are b...... good cooks, because their attitude will not get them much past the table they were sitting on. Good Luck, I hope you loose! 2 years I think the producers of this show are purposely trying to bring disharmony to the public by bringing people into the show that are from ethnic backgrounds like the Indians and the Vietnamese communities like the Indian girls and the upcoming Vietnamese girls - who unfortunately, the western community won't know the difference and group them with other Asian/Chinese people :( These girls are totally obnoxious, rude and have been really badly brought up. They bring disgrace to their families and their ethnic communities as a whole by behaving so shamefully. Whether they can cook or not (in most cases, it is often "empty vessels make the most noise") there is no excuse for them or anyone to be so rude and disrespectful of others!! 2 years what evil eyes Candice has.....matches her personality, obviously its genetic 2 years I feel ashamed to call myself West Australian. Your manners are awful ladies. Ever thought of being nice once in a while? 2 years I'm ashamed to think we have have such rude and arrogant people living in W.A. I guess when your on the bottom of the board it's just soar grapes. I don't know how anyone can think Lisa looks young, she looks like a prune, hope they look at how ugly they look on T. V. They are just desperate to get a gig on T.V. Just hope no one gives them the chance. Rant over, toughen up princess. 2 years So the obnoxious,rude and opinionated spice girls are out only to be replaced with obnoxious,rude,and opinionated Mother and daughter Jessica and Chander. Shame on you Mum for teaching your daughter to copy your bad behaviour. Fruit dos'nt fall far from the tree. 2 years Lisa and Candice are just jealous because other people in the show can cook better than them.Congrats Scott and Luke on last nights meals you both did great and i wish i could cook like you. I know Mummy and daughter with FAIL .They are both a pair of so and soes. They need to keep their mouths shut or actually prove that they can cook ,for what i seen i think my cat could do better. 2 years Very disappointed in Lisa and Candice i am from WA and wanted them to do well.I thought to be a beauty Queen you had to be beautiful inside and out and you are far from that.Two nastier people in one family would i hope be hard to find. 2 years Glad the horrid spice girls are gone, cause if they didn't I would not be watching the show anymore. now it is he WA ladies. why do we need to have such nasty people on the show. I really enjoyed past shows, but this year may be soon switching off 2 years glad so very glad the up them selves spice girls are out otherwise i would of stopped watching the programe stupid bitches 2 years I hope those two idiots read these comments, or maybe their reading skills are as bad as their so called cooking skills. 2 years Jessie and Biswa are fantastic!!! Finally some spicy TV. Yes, sometimes they are inappropriate, but honest! Think about how boring this show will be without them. They were criticising the food, never the contestants. Just wait for Lisa and Candice,now they look like they can really bite. Jessie and Biswa were harmless, and very entertaining!! 2 years Is it just me, or do the competitors seem to be nastier and more negative this year? Last year they seemed to be more enjoyable to watch and certainly enjoyed each others company more. I was so excited and I stay rivited to the TV looking forward to each episode, but it is harder to watch. Having said that, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Matt and Mick and loving the fact that the Jessie and Biswa got eliminated. As Mick said, it is a cooking competition and these girls just didn't try anything - it was an insult to watch. Perhaps next year they can actually spend time putting in contestants that love to cook and showcase their abilities rather than go on TV just to humiliate and run down other people. PS. Pete and Manu... You guys make the show worth watching,.. I love the fairness in your judging and the fact you NEVER over dramatise or run contestants down.