Series three will be served up after the tennis in 2012 and for the first time a New Zealand team will be coming to dinner. Whether it’s on the rugby field or out on the cricket pitch, the cross-Tasman rivalry is always intense. And things are sure to heat up when the Kiwis take on the Aussies in the kitchen.

Manu Feildel and Pete Evans return to host and judge this ultimate home cooking battle as do guest judges Guy Grossi, Tobie Puttock, Karen Martini and Liz Egan. It’s plate versus plate as 12 teams-of-two attempt to out-dine and out-wine each other to see whose kitchen rules. Each team will take turns to transform an ordinary home into an instant restaurant for one pressure-cooker night. They’ll
serve up a three-course menu designed to impress not only their fellow contestants but our esteemed judges.

There’ll be thrills and spills as they battle the clock and their nerves to plate up on time. Expect lots of twists and turns as the judges tour the country and for the first time, New Zealand, visiting the instant restaurants of each team.

New South Wales – Steve & Helen (Siblings)
Western Australia – Angela & Justine (Teacher and Truckie)
South Australia – Leigh & Jennifer (Florist and Princess)
New Zealand – Simon & Meg (Kiwis)
Queensland – David & Scott (Solider mates)
Victoria – Thomas & Carla (Just friends)
New South Wales – Sam & Jillian (Potential in-laws)
Western Australia – Emma & Andrew (Engaged scientists)
South Australia – Nic & Rocco (Childhood mates)
Tasmania – Megan & Andy (Sales Reps)
Queensland – Peter & Gary (Lawyer and Doctor)
Victoria – Carly & Emily (Competitive Sisters)

The top two teams will battle it out in the grand final where they will present their ultimate dining menu to a full restaurant. With $250,000 in prize money on offer, the knives will definitely be out.
Who will rise to the top? Who will crash and burn? And will our Kiwi neighbours be able to challenge the Aussies?

The home-grown Seven production has built a huge following since it premiered in 2010. The last series attracted an average audience of 1.4 million viewers and last year’s final – which saw Sydney sisters Sammy and Bella declared the winners – was watched by more than two million people. Keep up to date with all the MY KITCHEN RULES news on the show’s official website

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