'MKR on steroids': Colin Fassnidge says new season is the best one yet

EXCLUSIVE: MKR has learned from previous mistakes and is putting the fun first.

My Kitchen Rules' judge Colin Fassnidge has opened up about the upcoming new season, calling it 'MKR on steroids'.

The popular cooking show is premiering its 13th season tonight, and the new season is set to bring a whole lot of spice according to the Irish-born chef.

"We've had MKR in the past, but now we've got MKR on steroids," Colin told Yahoo LIfestyle.

"Man, the whole way, every week, every day together... we had so much fun."

What to expect from MKR 2023: 'You always need a little bit of drama'

Colin teased that the cast of MKR this year is one to watch, saying it was a great mix of people.

"It's one of the best years actually," Colin said. "We've gone from quiet to not quiet, people on steroids, a great mix of people."

Colin Fassnidge
Colin Fassnidge has called the 2023 season of My Kitchen Rules 'MKR on steroids'. Photo: Supplied

"There's a little bit of drama, you always need a little bit of drama," Colin elaborated. "It's like Christmas dinner at your house. But it's one of the funniest years we've done this show."

In the promos for the new season, MKR introduces us to a fiery cooking partnership, Coco and Pearls, who seem ready to bring the drama.


"Pearls drives a motorbike, and Coco just drives me mad," Colin joked.

"They talk a good game, from the start they said they were going to win the title. I like it when people talk a good game. I won't give too much away, but they're very strong-minded girls with their own views, so I like that."

What MKR learned from previous mistakes

My Kitchen Rules judges Nigella Lawson, Manu Feildel, and Colin Fassnidge
My Kitchen Rules judges Nigella Lawson, Manu Feildel, and Colin Fassnidge. Photo: Seven

After a dramatic season in 2018, Colin said if his wife wouldn't allow his kids to watch MKR then he knows the show has gone too far.

"The show started to turn into another show, it got a bit nastier, and it wasn't really about food. And my wife said that our kids aren't watching it. And it was a bit upsetting because you spend six months of your life making these shows and the end result isn't what you want.

This year, the whole family is going to watch it, and that's what it's about. We want the whole family able to watch it," he said.

"When you have $100,000 on the line, there's always going to be some sort of drama. Someone's going to say something about someone, some's going to score lower than they should.

But when it's nastiness, Manu and I are like school teachers, sometimes you gotta overrule them."

My Kitchen Rules premieres on Channel Seven tonight at 7:30pm.

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