“Coming from a military background, it’s really been drilled into us - ‘prior preparation prevents poor performance’,” says Aly, a nursing officer in the Royal Australian Airforce.

“I’m the fourth generation of serving military members in my family,” she says. “I just always wanted to help people.”

“I’m proud to be a cavalry officer in the Australian Army,” Matt says. “In 2015, I deployed to Iraq mentoring the Iraqui security forces in their fight against ISIS.”

“Serving is in our blood,” he continues.

“Both my dad and grandad were in the army and my nan was in the air force. It’s a real sense of pride knowing that our job matters.”

The couple describe their cooking style as a little bit of everything.

“We’ll experiment in the kitchen,” Matt says. “If it’s tasty we’ll run with it, if it isn’t we’ll never cook it again.”

“We’re both fairly competitive people and that’s been part of our relationship from the start, at work, in sport and in cooking,” Aly says.

“We’re used to working in really high pressure situations,” she says. “Our jobs are literally about life and death. I’m hoping that and the teamwork that’s been drilled into us is something that will set us apart from the other teams.”

“And it’ll be really good to show Australia that young people in the military can put on a decent spread,” she adds.

MKR contestants Matt & Aly
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