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Jake and Elle made sure that Mum ruled

MKR contestants (front) Jake and Elle Harrison at their family home in Minyama, with parents Richard and Josie.
MKR contestants (front) Jake and Elle Harrison at their family home in Minyama, with parents Richard and Josie. Iain Curry

IF Jake and Elle Harrison had taken after their father in the kitchen their My Kitchen Rules grand final dreams might have turned out very differently.

"We did not take after our father. Guess why? Because he forgot to butter the tin and his cake had to be served it in the tin because they couldn't get it out," Elle explains with a giggle.

"That was at the Brisbane Ekka when he was a kid."

But jokes aside, the brother-sister team - the youngest in MKR history to make the grand final - credit their mother for their success and skills in the kitchen.

"She taught us a lot of flavours. When we were young Mum would cook with anchovies or capers or we would eat fish.

None of this 'Mum I don't eat that'. That wasn't allowed," Elle said.

It was hard-working mother Josie's busy schedule that equipped the pair with the skills to be organised and excel under pressure.

"The one thing that is a little frustrating is how the kids have been portrayed as Mummy and Daddy giving them everything," Josie said.

"And that they're just the rich kids.

"Which is a little disappointing as they're not.

"I was so busy working 24/7 I used to drop Elle off at the grocery store with my EFTPOS card and she would buy all the groceries for the week and organise all the food.

"I think what I have taught them from being a working mum is that things have to be done quick and precisely and as a team."

Check out next Saturday's Weekend section of the Daily for an extended interview with Jake and Elle as well as some recipes of their favourite dishes.

The two-hour MKR grand final starts at 6.30pm today on Seven.

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