THE Fraser Coast will play a starring role in the upcoming series of the hit reality cooking show, My Kitchen Rules.
Hervey Bay husband and wife team Dan and Steph will represent the region in a battle for $250,000 against 11 other teams from across Australia.
A September visit to the region from MKR hosts Manu Feildel and Pete Evans sparked speculation that a local group was involved in the popular show's forthcoming season.
The Bay contestants are said to be passionate horseracing fans who went to school together and share a love for rock festivals, barbecues and beer.
Dan's particular culinary delight is the 120 variations of sausages he has invented - with a creative Mexican number his favourite discovery.
"It's beef, then I toast up taco shells, really, really toasted so they've got that pungent corn thing happening, then put them through mortar and pestle to a powder, do up my own Mexican seasoning, roasted capsicum, red onions and all I do is serve it with sour cream," Dan said.
"My friends are like: 'It's like a taco in a sausage'."
Dan says he dreams of becoming "the sausage king of Hervey Bay", and he has his own smokehouse that he has used to refine the art of perfecting smoked mullet.
Steph says she loves baking: "Chocolate ganache cake, lime tarts with toasted coconut on top. I will try anything, give anything a crack."
Last season, MKR averaged 1.8 million viewers and, should the pair make the final round, they could be asked to cook off in front of an audience of more than 2.5 million people.
The young couple are in group two and will feature later in the season.