It’s nearly finals time again on My Kitchen Rules

IT'S nearly that time again on My Kitchen Rules - finals time!

We can't believe it's been almost 12 months since we won MKR and what a whirlwind, huge year it has been for us.

We know how the teams are feeling.

As some of you may know, MKR is filmed in advance and all the filming is done by the time it starts on Channel 7.

Our season took six months to film, from July to December, and we had only three days off.

Here's a little behind-the-scenes of the making of MKR.

Network Seven really look after you. They pay each team member every week to be a part of the show, as we all still have bills and rent to pay.

They flew us everywhere, transported us and put us in great accommodation when we were doing the instant restaurant rounds.

There wasn't much downtime - basically every third day we were on a plane headed to the next destination. On these planes we did a lot of reading and typing of recipes. It was never-ending, but we always reminded ourselves - one chance to change our lives. Sleep when it's over!

Once we were in Kitchen Headquarters, in Sydney, each team had their own fully self-contained apartment with tiny kitchen.

Every day we were on the bus to the studios at 4.30am for a full day of filming and cooking, then home on the bus by 10pm.

Throughout the big filming day, in our breaks we would figure out what we wanted to practise cooking in the apartment, make a shopping list and then at 10pm while all the other teams went straight to bed or the pub, we went to Coles. A couple of hours of cooking before four hours of sleep.

Every second day of MKR was "interview day". This is when you see us talking in front of the red screen.

These interviews would last anywhere between three to eight hours. Our grand final interview lasted 14 hours!

We were lucky enough to meet the new teams in Brisbane last year when they were filming. The producers asked us to have a chat to them all as they were all at a "rut" stage of competition and halfway through filming, and no one could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We had a great chat to them, told them to stay focused, stay positive.

When we were talking to them, Steph was emotional - they were happy tears, as our lives have changed so much. We heard back from the producers later that week and they said our talk encouraged all the teams - it was game on again!

 Since winning last year's series of My Kitchen Rules, Dan and Steph have opened their own restaurant, EAT at Dan and Steph's, in Hervey Bay.

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