My Kitchen Rules judge and host Pete Evans admits contestants will be put through their paces this series. But he says, if the food is honest, it will win him over.
"I'm looking for food that not only tastes great, but is also visually enticing. The look and feel of a dish is just as important as the taste. We have several teams this year who have mastered both," he says, but admits a few teams are struggling to establish a level of consistency.
Pete believes contestants will be challenged by new competition elements including the MKR teams' jury and the MKR Food Truck, which are set to take competition to another level.
"I am particularly excited about the MKR food truck; it's unlike anything we have seen before on the show. It will certainly keep the contestants on their toes!" laughs Pete.
Pete is a man of many talents - in addition to co-hosting My Kitchen Rules since 2009, he is a respected chef, businessman, author and dad.
Born in Melbourne and raised on the Gold Coast, Pete's passion for cooking was discovered early on.
"My cooking life really kicked off when I started working in my mate's pie shop at the ripe old age of 13. I carved my way through the pie shop, McDonald's and Sizzler before wondering where my real passions lay. At the age of 17, I turfed the Uni idea, became an apprentice chef and cooked all night and surfed all day."
After opening his first restaurant, The Pantry, in Melbourne's bay side suburb of Brighton in 1993, Pete moved to Sydney in 1996 to help launch the Hugos restaurant group. Pete's restaurants have gone on to win numerous awards, including the coveted Sydney Morning Herald Chef's Hat seven years in a row.
The keen fisherman and seafood devotee has a raft of cooking shows under his belt both locally and internationally and even boasts cooking for royalty having prepared dinner for Princess Mary and members of the Danish Royalty. He has also cooked for celebrities including Elton John, Martha Stewart and U2.
In recent years, Pete's love of fresh, healthy and organic food along with his passion for nutrition and wellness have influenced his recipes and cooking style. Looking to build on what he has learned in the kitchen over the years, Pete is currently studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Pete appears annually at some of Australia's most acclaimed food events such as Tasting Australia, The Good Food Show and The Great Barrier Feast. He travelled to New York and Los Angeles for the G'day USA promotion in 2009 and 2010 where he appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CBS Early Show.
An accomplished author, Pete released his seventh cookbook last year and there's an eighth on the way. He is a regular contributor to magazine titles Home Beautiful, Fine Cooking and New Idea.
In recent years, Pete's love of fresh, healthy and organic food along with his passion for nutrition and wellbeing have influenced his recipes and cooking style.
Now a health coach with qualifications gained from New York's internationally recognised, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, there's no stopping Pete revolutionising the way we eat through his exciting new brand: pete evans - healthy everyday.
Celebrity chef and author, MKR's Pete Evans chats to us about his new cook book 'Healthy Everyday' and his secrets to living and cooking healthier meals.
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