My Kitchen Rules 2013 finalists Jake and Elle Harrison, left, and Dan and Steph Mulheron.
My Kitchen Rules 2013 finalists Jake and Elle Harrison, left, and Dan and Steph Mulheron. Contributed by Channel 7

Two teams from same state compete in grand final

FOUR Queenslanders are the cream of the crop in the most competitive series of My Kitchen Rules yet.

From 15 teams, including three sets of gate crashers, Hervey Bay's Dan and Steph Mulheron and the Sunshine Coast's Jake and Elle Harrison have battled their way to the grand final.

For the second time in as many years, two teams from the same state will be competing in the grand final.

Last year saw South Australia's Leigh Sexton and Jennifer Evans cook against Nic Mazzone and Rocco La Bella.

"We have such a mutual respect for one another," Elle told APN.

"Queensland is there all the way and it's good to have that in a grand final."

In Sunday's two-hour grand final cook-off the teams will prepare a five-course meal for 20 people, totalling 100 plates a team.

"That's a lot of prep," said Dan.

"Everything has to complement the other dishes. It's a massive thinking process."

The Gen Y versus Gen X battle will see Jake and Elle's refinement and creativity go up against Dan and Steph's classic, hearty flavours.

Based on their feedback and scores from the judges, Jake and Elle are the favourites to win.

Their winning three-course semi-final menu earned them 51 out of 60, compared to Dan and Steph's semi-final score of 46, and topped their previous high score of 50 out of 60 for their only sudden death cook-off against Angela and Melina last month.

Jake and Elle's recent Japanese eel dish "set the bar" for the quality of food expected in the grand final, according to judge Manu Feildel, who said the dish was perfect.

The brother and sister from Minyama have certainly come a long way since serving up oversized and overcooked T-bone steaks at their instant restaurant.

But Dan and Steph have also improved by leaps and bounds after barely surviving their instant restaurant rounds.

By studying cook books and recipes every night, often after long days of filming, the husband-and-wife duo emerged as one of the teams that "could go all the way", according to judge Pete Evans.

Jake and Elle plan to open their own restaurant if they win, while Dan and Steph are keen to start a family.

Both teams will be watching Sunday's grand final in Brisbane, celebrating the night in their respective styles.

Jake and Elle will be living it up at stylist Fortitude Valley nightclub Cloudland, while Dan and Steph will have a few beers with close friends.

"The outcome will determine how big the night is," laughed Dan.

The My Kitchen Rules final airs on Sunday at 6.30pm on Channel 7.