This year's home cooks promise to bring diversity and delicious dishes to the show.
Producers say there is a "keener focus" on one important aspect as production continues in Melbourne.
The young contestants faced stiff competition in a round that involved putting their 'dream on a plate'.
The former 'MasterChef' winner's 11-year-old son is bringing his own cooking skills to the TV kitchen.
"Looking forward to seeing my old mentors back on screen," said one star, referring to former judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.
The celebrity chef has her own cooking show called 'Poh & Co'.
Arnold Poernomo has appeared on the cooking show since 2013.
Psychologists say that even if you hate being in the kitchen, it's not unusual to binge-watch The Food Network.