MKR contestants Sonya & Hadil

“Nobody in MKR has done it justice before,” Hadil says.

“Arabic food isn’t all about hummus and tabbouleh,” Sonya explains. “It’s about spice with lots of flavour and colour and that’s what we’re going to deliver.”

“We aren’t going to get amateur dishes out there,” Hadil adds. “I’m here to win and I’m not going to make any apologies for being confident. We’re going to kill it.”

The ambitious friends work in fashion and beauty and believe it’s important to look the part.

“We’re 100 per cent real except I get a little bit of botox,” beauty therapist Hadil says. “Once you go botox you never go back.”

Sonya runs a fashion PR and events company.

“I love fashion but no-one knows that I can cook and I love cooking,” she says.

“Both Hadil and I are successful businesswomen because we’ve been very determined,” Sonya continues. “We’ve come into this the way that we would treat our own businesses. It’s all about great organisation, being focused and working to a plan.”

“There’s no ‘I can’t’ in our vocab and there never will be,” Hadil says.

“I can’t eat bland food though,” she laughs.