MKRNZ 2017 contestants, Jaryd and Ben.

Project manager Ben and finance broker Jaryd, have grown up together and been friends since childhood.

The boys are super close. They say it’s like they are a married couple – so much so that they pretended to be one to secure their rental!

Sharing a flat in the city, the boys enjoy entertaining and hosting elaborate dinner parties.

It's all practice for the bar they’d like to open together.

Keen sportsmen, the boys are highly competitive and play their cards close to their chest.

Could they be the dark horses of the competition?

Why did you apply for My Kitchen Rules New Zealand?

Jaryd: I have always been a big fan of the show. I thought it would be a great opportunity and a huge challenge.

We’re not here just for a bit of fun, we’re here to win.

What is your cooking style?

Ben: We want to cook simple dishes with a twist, while showcasing local produce as much as possible.

What's the best thing about your cooking partner?

Jaryd: Ben follows instructions and does what he’s told!

No matter how bad the situation, Ben will always remain calm and make a joke. He’ll definitely get me through the tough times on the show!

What do you think your chances of winning are?

Ben: Jaryd and I have always said that we want to win on merit and ability.

We’re not here to play games. We want to win because we deserve to, and we’ll judge the other contestants on the same merits.