You know the year has officially gotten underway when My Kitchen Rules returns to air. Over the years, the cooking show has evolved to become so much more than, well, just a cooking show - the majority of the action, as history has indicated, takes place with the contestants. Dinner table drama, lovers' quarrels in the kitchen, preferences over the degree to which a steak should be cooked . . . It goes on.

Casting then, is pretty important when it comes to a show like MKR. As we gear up for its return to our screens on January 29, get to know some of the 2018 contestants below.