The real price of fame: MKR’s Ibby and Romel reveal they blew $30,000 of their own money on the show in an attempt to win after exceeding Seven’s tight budget
They narrowly missed out on winning My Kitchen Rules and the show’s staggering $250,000 grand prize on Sunday night.
But for runners-up Ibby Moubadder and Romel Kouyan, the defeat has cost them much more than that.
The pair have revealed they blew a staggering $30,000 of their very own cash while filming the show, after spending all of the budget money given to them by Seven for their extravagant Instant Restaurants.
The real price of fame: MKR’s Ibby and Romel have revealed they blew $30,000 of their own money in an attempt to win the show after exceeding Seven’s budget for their Instant Restaurants
‘In our first Instant Restaurant alone our flowers cost us $2,000 and then there’s everything else on top of that,’ Romel told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.
‘Each week you all get the same budget [from producers], which not only needs to cover groceries but decorations. Anything else comes out of your own pocket.’
The business owner laughed that Seven’s budget didn’t even cover the decorative pair’s floral arrangements – let alone ingredients for food.
Among their extravagant extras was a graphic designer, stylist, decorations and helping hand in the kitchen to assist with chopping and cleaning.
Money well spent? The socialites (L) complained that Seven’s budget each week for teams didn’t even cover their $2,000 flowers – but they still lost against Matt and Luke (R) on Sunday night
‘It was money well spent and we don’t regret it’: Among their extravagant extras was a graphic designer, stylist and helping hand in the kitchen to assist with chopping and cleaning
‘We wanted to do everything really well and wow everyone. It was money well spent and we don’t regret it,’ boasted Romel.
The My Kitchen Rules star then took a swipe at his co-stars, who were allegedly unable to use their own personal finances to get ahead in the competition.
‘We’ve got our own business, whereas everyone on the show was either unemployed or had left their jobs [to film],’ added Romel.
Money talks! Romel (right) went on to take a swipe at his ‘unemployed’ and ‘jobless’ co-stars that allegedly could not use their own money to get ahead in the competition
Matt Gawthrop and Luke Stewart shocked everyone when they won the My Kitchen Rules grand finale on Sunday night with a refined five-course menu.
Newcastle cricket mates Matt, 27, and Luke, 28, finished with a high score of 92 out of 100, beating favourites Ibby and Romel by four points.
They were a long shot to win from the start, and even the mates themselves were surprised to make the final, adding people thought they’d drop off before now.
Tight competition: Matt Gawthrop and Luke Stewart shocked everyone when they won the My Kitchen Rules grand finale on Sunday, beating Ibby and Romel by just four points
‘Ibby and Romel have certainly been considered front runners for this competition. I think many teams thought that Matt and I would be a team that would just fall by the wayside at some point,’ the winners said.
But we’ve just kept on chugging along in our own little way, doing our own thing and… Bang, here we are.’
Ibby and Romel took the loss well, with Romel saying to camera: ‘That is huge. I don’t care. We are both winners in my eyes you guys’.
Good sports! Ibby and Romel took the loss well, with Romel saying to camera: ‘That is huge. I don’t care. We are both winners in my eyes you guys’