My Kitchen Rules on Channel 7 – Sweet and sour. Amber and Mel fail to impress with family favourites.

Tonight on MKR, childhood friends Amber and Mel delivered sweet success in dessert, but their lacklustre entrée and main caused them to crash to the bottom of the leaderboard with 61 points.

Amber and Mel’s Instant Restaurant, Salty Secrets, started living up to its name as soon as the guests settled in as head-to-head confrontations emerged around the table. 

For their entrée, the team chose Mel’s mother-in-law’s recipe of Spiced Lamb with Hummus, Pomegranate and Pita Bread. While cooking, Mel mentioned: “The lamb isn’t really the hero of this dish, but it is there to add that flavour and texture to it.”

The guest teams, who were expecting lamb kofta or kebabs, were in for a shock when a plateful of hummus arrived with minced lamb sprinkled on top. “When you are promised lamb, you’re hoping for lamb. I just got sort of like a speckle of dust of lamb,” Marcus said.

Colin agreed with the table and said: “To me the lamb, which is the bride who’s getting married, was sort of the bridesmaid to the hummus.”

Manu was further disappointed after finding out the team didn’t use traditional spices: “I don’t want to be rude, but [this is] an Australian version of Lebanese food here. From what you promised, it was a little underwhelming.” 

Not happy with the feedback, Amber and Mel returned to the kitchen to start on their main. “Although we are disappointed with the critique, we just need to pick ourselves up,” Amber said. 

The team’s main of Baked Fish with Tahini Sauce, Roasted Almonds and Caramelised Onion – another recipe by Mel’s mother-in-law – failed to impress the judges and the guest teams. “This is a competition and this is not a competition dish,” Claudean said.

Before hearing the critiques, Mel told the judges that plating 12 dishes was a bit challenging as they usually make share platters, which made a lot of sense when Manu said: “All of the elements, individually are okay. But together it’s a bit of a mess.”

After serving two failed dishes, Mel was gutted as she felt she was letting her family down, especially her mother-in-law.

At the end of the evening, Amber’s dessert of Upside-down Orange Cake with Orange and Ginger Ice-cream saved the day and ended the night on some good feedback.

The judges and the guest teams scored Amber and Mel 61 out of 110.

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Next on MKR: Melbourne’s culinary connoisseurs and OGs, Nick and Christian, return to the kitchen where there’s more than redemption on the menu. Can they beat the BBQ champions at their own game, as their rivalry reaches smoking point?

My Kitchen Rules on Channel 7 and 7plus – Continues 7.30pm Thursday (Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth) and 7.30pm Monday (Sydney, Brisbane)

About the Show

MKR on Channel 7 – Real people, real food. Meet the MKR 2023 teams.

Meet Australia’s most passionate home cooks, the MKR 2023 teams, and share their food dreams before an exciting new season of My Kitchen Rules premieres at 7.30pm Monday, 4 September on Channel 7 and 7plus

In the attached media kit, discover each team’s delicious signature dish, their must-have pantry staples and their top tip for stress-free entertaining. Uncover how each team learned to cook and who they think is their competition in MKR.

MKR co-host and judge, Manu Feildel, talks about the recipe for success on MKR and the biggest mistake a team can make in the kitchen. 

Colin Fassnidge, co-host and judge, reveals what makes him feel embarrassed about being a judge on this season. He also divulges one thing he learnt from his home cook hero (and crush) Nigella Lawson. 

International superstar Nigella Lawson, joining as a judge in MKR Kitchen HQ, shares the markers of a good home cook and her most recent food discoveries in Australia.

MKR is produced by ITV Studios for the Seven Network.

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My Kitchen Rules on Channel 7

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