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After a brief hiatus, My Kitchen Rules is officially returning to screens later this year with international star Nigella Lawson joining Manu Feildel on the search to find Australia’s best home cooks.
Channel Seven released the first teaser for season 12 on Thursday giving viewers a glimpse of what to expect in the revamped series.
The trailer opens with Nigella wearing a red dress in the back of a black luxury car driving through the streets of Melbourne as she speaks about her love for home cooking.
“When you think about the food you love, it's nearly always home cooking,” the British food writer says.
“I’m a home cook and it’s the food that I want to eat. I’ve come 17,000 kilometres to find Australia’s best home cooks!”
“They could be behind that door, or that one,” she continues as her car drives through the suburbs. “Someone could be cooking it right now, the best recipe I’ve ever tasted. A hidden family treasure only they know.”
Nigella eventually meets up with Manu, who says “Welcome home”, before they walk through a pair of white doors onto the beach.
The judges then stroll past a few of the teams set to compete on the show, including pairs from Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
After the clip was shared on social media, a number of fans took to the comments to praise the new judging combo and express their excitement for the show’s return.
“Wow this is exciting I will definitely be watching this,” one person wrote, followed by another who added, “Looks like a great show”.
“Nigella and Manu, can't wait for the show to begin to see the chemistry between them,” a third shared, while someone else said, “Yesssss! Two of my faves! So excited”.
“Could almost be worth watching again now! Hope it really is going back to its roots, the early seasons were brilliant,” a different user remarked.
Plenty of followers also begged that the new season features “less drama and more cooking”, unlike the show’s most recent seasons.
“As long as they don't destroy it like they did the last few seasons by allowing toxic people on it may be ok,” one social media user remarked, with someone else adding, “Hopefully there won't be any cringe bullying this year.
“They lost me years ago when the main focus turned from food to fighting,” another agreed, while one person wrote, “There are enough drama shows already, keep cooking shows for cooking, plain and simple”.
“Hated how the show went downhill and was all about the drama. Hopefully, this can be about the cooking and be fun again!” a fan commented.
Nigella joins MKR
It was first announced back in April that Britain’s cooking goddess Nigella Lawson would be replacing Pete Evans on the next season of My Kitchen Rules.
“Going to restaurants can be a treat, but for me, the true story of food is told through the cooking we do at home,” she said in a statement from Channel Seven.
“So, to have the chance to champion home cooks and be given the intimate privilege of being invited into people’s homes to eat their food fills me with gratitude and excitement in equal measure!
“I’m so looking forward to working with Manu too. Although he’s a chef and I’m a home cook, the fact is we both just want to eat good food. I feel I’ve got a lot to learn from him, but just know we’ll have a lot of fun in the process. I can't wait!”
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