Brisbane best friends Emi and Marie won Nine’s Hotplate series, taking out the $100,000 on offer.
The pair from Japanese restaurant Bird’s Nest defeated Sydney husband and wife team, Aron and Vanessa, from Rocksalt.
The final two teams were required to cook four courses in four hours judged by Tom Parker Bowles, Scott Pickett and guest judge Guillaume Brahimi, at Pickett’s own Melbourne restaurant.
Marie, who admitted to shunning her own Japanese ethnicity, also revealed that she is pregnant with a baby girl whom she plans to name her after her mother who passed away when she was thirteen.
The series wrapped a controversial series for Nine, which Seven accused of cloning from its own My Kitchen Rules. While a Federal Court judge declined Seven’s injunction request, the dispute will proceed to a full copyright case.
But unlike Seven’s own Restaurant Revolution, Nine managed to carve out an audience for their show. Ironically the Seven series, which concludes next week, will give away double the amount of money of Nine’s.