MKR Winners 2013
Dan & Steph love food + family.
This down-to-earth Hervey Bay couple are serious foodies. After winning the fourth series of Australian ‘My Kitchen Rules’ in 2013, they gained a variety of experiences and many cooking techniques that they use now every day in life.
They applied to be in the competition, as they were at a cross road in their lives.
The next 5 months was an enduring application process, but then they were finally selected. This was the change in their lives they needed.
They left their jobs, packed a suitcase each & headed off on this new adventure where neither of them knew where it was going to take them. It was daunting yet exciting. The show took 6 months to film, each day between 14 to 16 hours long.
They didn’t start off that great, but they were sponges, they listened to everything & listened to the judges. They practiced so many different techniques in their small one bedroom apartment in Sydney. Babied meat that was in the oven between midnight & 4am, got up on the hour every hour to check how it was going.
They see now, that this was the dedication, commitment & hard work that allowed them to win.
They had been trying IVF to start their family back in 2012, we work very hard in our day to day jobs to make ends meet. They rented, saved for 12 months to go on a holiday every year, so I suppose you could say they were & still are the every day Aussie.
They weren’t great cooks prior to the show, but they loved to entertain friends & family, they enjoy making people happy with food & loved the preparation of, lets say a ‘service’.
The night of the negative IVF result in 2012, they spoke for hours about what are they were going to do next. Then there was an ad on the TV that said ‘have you got what it takes to be the next My Kitchen Rules champions?’ They looked at each other & shrugged their shoulders.
“Why not?? Lets give it a crack” they said – they filled in the on line application, then the very next day received a phone call from network Seven.
It was an experience of a life time, they are so appreciative of every opportunity throughout the show & post show that has come their way. It was very overwhelming for them to see how much support they have received, they can’t thank everyone enough.
Life has changed so much over the years & they are s happy. They have been together since 2006, married in 2009 and they went to the same school together. “We knew of each other but didn’t associate with each other, I was a year above Steph,” says Dan.
Years went by then, explains Dan, he noticed her on Melbourne Cup day at the local pub. Dan proposed the following Melbourne Cup day and they married the Saturday post cup day the very next year.
They have a passion is food. “Dan is the strong cook & always was, prior to the show,” says Steph. “I wasn’t a great cook before we got together. But Dan has taught me so much & is my inspiration” We cook every day at home for our family + we love to have friends over regular to put on a spread” Dan says
Since taking out the title of ‘Champions’ in 2013, they have continued to work extremely hard over the years on goals they have set for themselves. Dan & Steph have opened their own restaurant called EAT at Dan & Steph’s in their home town of Hervey Bay Queensland.
They also published their first cookbook in November 2014 ‘EAT @ Home’ and published their second cookbook ‘Meat & Sweet’ in July 2015. Their biggest goal in life was achieved when Dan & Steph introduced their first child into the world, a daughter Emmy born in late April 2015.
This was the reason why Dan & Steph applied themselves throughout the My Kitchen Rules experience & competition – TO WIN – and use funds to travel the IVF route to achieve their goal – and now she is finally here!
Dan & Steph have a huge passion for food & family.They have built a reputable brand for themselves & are branching out with many new adventures all the time. They thank you all for the support over the years + following their journey. Small business certainly isn’t an easy adventure.
eBooks by Dan & Steph
The way we eat – 50 recipes for the whole family
EAT with Emmy eBook
Dan & Steph’s Lifestyle ebook