Newcastle’s Matt & Luke crowned 2019 MY KITCHEN RULES Champions

My Kitchen Rules
Source: Seven Network

Newcastle’s Matt & Luke have been crowned My Kitchen Rules Champions after delivering a five-course menu that showcased modern Australian cooking with a classic Italian twist.

The cricket mates got off to an average start in the competition, but their solid partnership saw them peak at the right time, winning People’s Choice at the final location challenge and coming in second on the Ultimate Instant Restaurant ladder.

Their opponents Ibby & Romel had been the team to beat all along and tonight they served a menu “full of attitude”, “skill” and “flavour”, but perhaps a little heavy on the spice leaving judges’ palates fatigued.

Meanwhile Matt & Luke saved their best til last according to Pete, and with the record number of 10 judges describing their food as “elegant”, “stunning”, “restaurant quality” and “divine”, the mates walk away with a life-changing $250,000.

 

 FACING OFF AT THE MKR RESTAURANT

Socialites Ibby & Romel vs cricket mates Matt & Luke in an all-male, all-NSW Grand Final

 

THE CHALLENGE

Teams have to produce a five-course menu, producing more than 100 plates for a packed restaurant of family, friends and previously eliminated teams plus, for the first time, 10 judges in celebration of 10 years of MKR.

 

MENUS

IBBY & ROMEL

 1st Course (2hrs to plate): Kibbeh Nayeh with Nigella Seed Lavosh

 2nd Course (60mins): Lebanese Shish Barak with Pine Nuts

 3rd Course (60mins): Chargrilled Octopus with Muhammara

 4th Course (90mins): Spiced Kangaroo with Freekeh and Labneh

 5th Course (45mins): Knafeh with Pistachio Ice Cream

 MATT & LUKE

 1st Course (2hrs to plate): Confit Salmon with Peas

 2nd Course (60mins): Duck Ravioli with Wild Mushroom

 3rd Course (60mins): Barramundi with Roasted Fennel

 4th Course (90mins): Beef Cheek with Parsnip Mash

 5th Course (45mins): Peach Bellini

                

SCORES

Ibby & Romel, NAJAH

Shannon Martinez   8

“I’m going to try and rip it (shish barak) off at home, fantastic”

Guy Turland   9

“The whole menu was full of attitude and a lovely representation of you both”

Rachel Khoo   9

“The shish barak was moreish, I just couldn’t get enough”

Sean Connolly   9

“Your shish barak… was a world class dish”

Liz Egan   9

“Your kibbeh nayeh, talk about playing to your audience, wonderful”

Guy Grossi  9

“Your kangaroo was an amazing dish, grand final worthy”

Karen Martini   8

“Loving these flavours”

Colin Fassnidge   9

“I commend you on cooking the octopus, not a lot of people would have done that in the competition”

Pete Evans   9

“You took us on an exciting adventure”

Manu Feildel   9

“An amazing five-course meal”

TOTAL    88/100

Matt & Luke, POWERPLAY

Shannon Martinez   9

“This team knows how to make sauces!”

Guy Turland   9

“For me the highlight was the barramundi, cooked to perfection”

Rachel Khoo   8

“Those beef cheeks were melt in the mouth, I really enjoyed the classic flavours”

Sean Connolly   9

“I love the beef cheek, it just made my knees go weak”

Liz Egan   10

“I can’t actually pick a hero on the plate because they’re all fabulous”

Guy Grossi   10

“Aside from the fact you guys have a really in depth understanding of the technical side of cooking, you also took me places”

Karen Martini   9

“Holy moly, that beef cheek was superb but you really brought it home with dessert, divine”

Colin Fassnidge   9

“You wowed me the whole competition and you wowed me again today”

Pete Evans   10

“You saved the best for last”

Manu Feildel   9

“This (confit salmon) is perfect”

TOTAL    92/100

 2019 MKR CHAMPIONS AND WINNERS OF $250,000

Matt & Luke, Newcastle (Matt Gawthrop, 27 and Luke Stewart, 28)

Luke: “Our experience has been nothing short of a miracle, from where we’ve come from to where we are now, this is something I’ll never forget. We bloody worked hard for this. This is going to change our lives forever.”

Matt: “It’s literally the toughest thing we’ve ever done in our lives, absolutely insane. This takes the cake against any cricket final I’ve ever been in.”

Luke: “Throughout the competition Ibby & Romel have been the benchmark for everyone, everyone’s chased them so to be standing here next to them tonight is an honour.”

RUNNERS-UP

Ibby & Romel, Sydney (Ibby Moubadder, 30 and Romel Kouyan, 42)

Romel: “We are so happy for the boys, We’re not ashamed of losing because I’m so proud of what we have done. This is one of my biggest achievements, something that I will never experience in my entire life ever again. It was an absolute honour.”

Ibby: “We’ve given it everything we have and we are proud with what we served so we have won in our heart. Before this competition we were friends but now we are best friends. Honestly I don’t think I could have done it with anyone else.”

 

TABLE TALK

·         Road to the Grand Final – highlights from our 10th Season

·         A series first – 10 judges to celebrate 10 years of MKR

·         Teams are back for the Grand Final “Long time no see guys”

·         Matt & Luke’s ravioli has come unstuck “This could be a $250,000 problem… they’re ruined!”

·         In a rush to plate dessert, Ibby drops the ice cream “My heart has also dropped to the floor”

·         Luke’s 1yo daughter Harriet steals Manu’s thunder “It’s my turn”

·         Matt & Luke are the My Kitchen Rules Champions “We bloody worked hard for this; this is going to change our lives forever!”

 

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