The first time I met Matty, he was at the beach taking a shower,” Ash reveals.

“You were perving on me!” Matty exclaims.

“Yeaahhh,” Ash smiles.

“I first started surfing when I was four,” says Matty, an exercise physiologist who trains athletes.

“I surf because it’s my happy place.”

For Ash, who is a registered nurse, her happy place is in the kitchen.

“I absolutely love cooking, especially after a hard shift. It’s my passion.”

The pair share a love for the outdoors.

When it comes to food, Ash can cook while boyfriend Matty… can’t.

“I can’t cook. Without Ash I’m stuffed. I’m doing this to learn and to help my girl out,” he explains.

“My mates think it’s hilarious that I’m in this competition, but I know how much it means to Ash and I’m keen to give it a red-hot crack.”

“I’m going to have to guide him through a lot of things,” Ash admits.

“You’re going to have to be the boss in the kitchen, but I’ve got my heart in this and I want to do well,” Matty says.

MKR contestants Ash & Matty.
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