Having dedicated their whole lives to food and drink, Gold Coast couple Alex (35) and Emily (27) are planning to raise the bar in MKR.
For drinks consultant Alex, looking after people and being hospitable is in his blood... just don't call him a mixologist ("That's a bit of a wanky name").
Bargain hunter Emily is a restaurant supervisor.
"I love talking to people so it suits me to a tea," she reveals.
The loved-up foodies have been together for three-and-a-half years after meeting while both working at a Sydney rum bar.
"Emily is my little pocket rocket," Alex gushes. "She's gorgeous as hell. We have so much love between us."
The perfectionists believe they have a bit of an upper hand coming into the competition.
"We love entertaining; we love being hospitable towards people and we know what it takes to run a great venue and the pressures that come with that," Alex says. "MKR is a vessel to take us to our dream. We want to have our venue one day. We want to win!"
"We entertain at home, we entertain at work, we do it every single day," Emily adds. "This is just on a much bigger scale."
Cook with love, creativity and passion. Put love on the plate, make it tasty and serve it with a smile!
IN THE KITCHEN
Alex is the freestyler while Emily is a recipe follower. They take turns at leading on different dishes.
Alex: Anything cooked on the BBQ. I like well-seasoned meat and smokey flavours.
Emily: Avgolemono, a traditional Greek chicken, egg and lemon soup that I have made from the day I could hold a hand beater. My yiayia taught me the recipe her father taught to her when she was a little girl.
To open our own venue with drinks matched to beautiful grazing food, where it feels like you're walking into our home and we entertain you as we would our friends and family.