Tue, 30 Apr, 2019
MKR winners Matt and Luke reveal their plans for the future
The underdogs of My Kitchen Rules Matt and Luke were crowned the 2019 Champions in the latest series, who took out the title and the whopping $250,000 prize money for their modern Australian menu.
The duo served five courses to 10 judges, who praised them for their technical skills and flavour choices.
They beat out their competitors and fan favourites Ibby and Romel by four points, with 92/100 to their 88/100.
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Wow, what a journey this has been! We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support we have received throughout our MKR experience. Not in our wildest dreams did we ever expect to be here on grand final day. We are so proud of what we have achieved and regardless of the result tonight we have proved that if you put your mind to something, anything is possible. It has been our friendship and determination to make our family and friends proud of us that has driven us to the Grand final. We can guarantee all of you we will give our absolute best tonight and hopefully continue to make you all proud. Best wishes to @ibbyromelau . We have looked up to you this entire competition and it is an absolute honour to be cooking off with you in the Grand final of MKR's 10th anniversary season! Love Matt & Luke #MKR
Matt and Luke told TV Week what it was like to be crowned champions.
“Yeah, I don't think it's really sunk in yet. Even waking up this morning, Luke and I were still high-fiving, we literally woke up like that,” Matt revealed.
Matt and Luke celebrated with their family and friends in Newcastle, NSW, and booked out a venue for the viewing of the final episode.
“We had quite a big turnout which was really, really good. And obviously found out the result and had a few more beers!” Matt said with a laugh.
Although spending time away from their families was initially difficult, Luke feels like the experience has been worth it.
“It was a big sacrifice for both of our families and I sort of feel like, now we've got the result we have, that makes it worth it,” he said.
As for their plans in the future, the duo are keeping their options wide open.
“We're going to do these pop-up restaurants in our local area,” Matt revealed.
“We've got two events that are fully booked already, we haven't advertised any more as we were waiting to get through this weekend basically, but yeah we'll be doing some pop-up restaurants in Maitland and in Newcastle.
“And we've been really well supported by family, friends and the local community already so it's pretty overwhelming, and with this prize money we can make sure we make the pop-ups really high quality.”
Luke agreed, adding: “We're sort of right at the start of our journey at the moment, I think, so we don't know what doors will open.
“The thing about Matt and I is we're really hard working and, while the show was airing in the past few months, Matt and I have been working tirelessly on ideas and making connections and networking to try and get ourselves in the position where we can make the most of this opportunity.”