Mark & Chris

MKR8 Teams - Group 3 - Mark & Chris

Group 3 - Footy Friends - Victoria

Footy loving best mates from Melbourne, Mark, 32, and Chris, 33, met in high school and admit they don't take themselves too seriously.

"I've got two of the best kids in the world," says single father Mark. "I'm teaching them to be Hawthorn supporters".

"More like brainwashing them!" teases newly married Chris. "I met my wife Bianca 11 years ago. She's probably the best thing that's happened to me… besides Mark."

Mark and Chris liken the stress of cooking on MKR to playing footy, which they've done together for a number of years.

"You're in the same zone because you're physically and mentally stressed, but there are no other teammates to rely on except the two of us," says Mark.

"We both have an Italian background so cooking's literally in our blood," he adds. "My nonna will be spitting chips if I stuff up pasta."

"Cooking for Colin is going to be the biggest match of our lives," admits Chris.

"I want to prove that the footy guys aren't just going to hand down the traditional meat pie kind of dish," says Mark. "We want to surprise our guests and show them what we're capable of."

"We're going to be hard to beat," promises Chris.

Food Philosophy:
Simple yet creative dishes, full of flavour.


In The Kitchen:
Mark is the workhorse while visionary Chris enjoys plating and being creative. Being teammates, they know how to work well together and push each other to be their best. They hand the lead role around depending on what they are doing. Chris is a better cook in Mark's eyes so he has more input but Mark helps him to implement his vision. They rarely clash in the kitchen unless they make silly errors. But even then, they work them out well together.

Home Cook Heroes:
Mark: My now deceased grandfather, Frank.

Chris: It's a toss-up between my mum and mother-in-law.

Signature Dish:
Mark: Peking duck wraps. It was the first dish I got very comfortable with. I've entertained a lot of guests with it and always received great reviews.

Chris: Mushroom risotto - it may seem simple but is actually hard to get right. I learnt a traditional way of making it from Italian Food Safari and love adding lots of butter, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese