Dan and Steph Mulheron from Eat at Dan & Steph's on the Esplanade at Torquay.
Dan and Steph Mulheron from Eat at Dan & Steph's on the Esplanade at Torquay. Alistair Brightman

MKR winners Dan and Steph share insights into finals

OPINION: It's nearly that time again on MKR - finals time!

We can't believe it's been almost 12 months since we won MKR and what a whirlwind huge year it has been for us.

We know how the teams are feeling.

As some of you may know MKR is filmed in advance and all the filming is done by the time it starts on Channel 7.

Our season took six months to film, from July to December - and we only had three days off.

Here's a little behind-the-scenes of the making of MKR.

Network Seven really look after you. They pay each team member every week to be a part of the show, as we all still have bills and rent to pay.

They flew us everywhere, transported us and put us in great accommodation when we were doing the instant restaurant rounds.

There wasn't much down time, basically every third day we were on a plane headed to the next destination. On these planes we did a lot of reading and typing of recipes.

It was never ending, but we always reminded ourselves: one chance to change our lives.

Sleep when it's over!

Once we were in Kitchen Headquarters, in Sydney, each team had their own fully self-contained apartment, with tiny kitchen.

Every day we were on the bus to the studios at 4.30am, a full day of filming and cooking then home on the bus by 10pm.

We had a Coles underneath our apartments in Waterloo which was open til midnight, this came in handy!

Throughout the big filming day in our breaks, we would figure out what we wanted to practice cooking in the apartment, make a shopping list and then at 10pm while all other teams went straight to bed or the pub, we went to Coles.

A couple of hours of cooking before four hours of sleep.

Every second day of MKR was "interview day" - this is when you see us in front of the red screen talking.

These interviews would last anywhere between three to eight hours.

Our grand final interview lasted 14 hours!

We were lucky enough to meet the new teams in Brisbane last year when they were filming.

The producers asked us to have a chat to them all, as they were all at a "rut" stage of competition and halfway through filming, no one could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We had a great chat to them, told them to stay focused, stay positive.

When we were talking to them, Steph was emotional - it was happy tears, as our lives have changed so much.

We heard back from the producers later that week and they said our talk encouraged all the teams - it was game on again!

Come on Queenslanders!

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