My Kitchen Rules heart-throbs Luke Hines and Scott Gooding admit their four perfect 10 scores from judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel last night have set the bar high for not only their opponents but also themselves.
The self-confessed health fanatics told AAA that while they were “over the Moon” to have landed the highest overall score in the competition so far — which has placed them at the top of the leaderboard — they admit the pressure is now on to continue delivering top results.
“Getting those four 10s was really phenomenal,” Hines said. “It really solidified why we do what we do in regards to healthy cooking. But I definitely think we’ve set the bar really high. When we go into kitchen headquarters, we’re going to have to really step it up because there are massive expectations to perform at that level, so I hope we can match it.”
Gooding added: “To cook for those guys and receive those scores is amazing. It’s so good for our confidence ... we’ve definitely set a standard for ourselves as well as for the competition. Let’s hope we can keep it up.”
Having watched the series since it started airing, the duo also said they were shocked to learn that South Australian “domestic goddesses” Joanna Stirn and Jenna Jaede had fooled them during filming into thinking they were “sweethearts” but now they see they’re not so sweet.
“We had no idea that was going on, so it has been a massive shock,” Hines said. “It’s a really interesting strategy to play in that we saw nothing but a bubbly side of Jenna and Joanna throughout the competition, so we’re certainly seeing another side to them now.”
Gooding was also taken aback by the girls’ sneaky tactics.
“I’m really surprised because they do come across as super sweet and a little bit innocent,” he said.
“So to hear some of Joanna’s critiquing behind the scenes is a bit of an eye-opener. But it is a competition and there’s $250,000 at stake, so I guess it kind of brings out the best and worst in people.”
Hines insisted they were not out to play any backstabbing games.
“Anything Scott and I want to say, we can say to people’s faces and play a really fair, honest game,” he said. “We want to make sure that we’re exactly who we are from day one and we’re not going to put on any faces to win people over just for scores. We’d rather get through on our cooking.”
On being touted “hunks” on the Seven cooking show, single Hines said he wouldn’t mind the attention.
“I’m unspoken for, so I’m in a fortunate position,” he said.
Gooding, on the other hand, is off the market but insists his girlfriend is “very supportive” of him being on the show.
“She backs me 100 per cent and she’s pretty happy in our relationship so I don’t think it will be an issue,” he said.