Showdown brewing? Chloe and Kelly amongst food truck losers
MILD-mannered newlyweds Uel and Shannelle helped lift the curse of the black apron group on My Kitchen Rules tonight.
Two faultless main courses helped their group raise more money from paying customers at their pop-up restaurant.
After two previous food truck challenge the contestants have nicknamed the mobile, doubled-sided restaurant the "red demon" and "hell on wheels".
Guest chef Colin Fassnidge, who is rumoured to be in line to replace judge Pete Evans if he chooses to leave the hit cooking show, returned to keep the two groups of home cooks in line.
Fresh from their narrow survival from sudden death on Tuesday, Carly and Tresne were nominated for the head chef and maître 'd roles for the white apron group.
Up against big-voiced Tresne was quiet achiever Shannelle and her hubby Uel, who vowed to break the black apron group's losing streak.
A few minutes before service and the black apron group was in a much better place compared to the white apron group.
Carly and Tresne hadn't plated up half of their salads, while Kelly and Chloe were struggling with their crab and pasta for their lasagna.
Harry and Christo came to help the "damsels in distress" with their entrée but their choice to cook a simple burger would come back to hurt the group.
Things just seemed to get worse for the white aprons with Carly tripping up the stairs and dropping two salads, but she didn't spill too many tears on the slip up.
The judges give her and Tresne's salad a big tick of approval, only wishing they'd had more dressing.
Despite Fassnidge warning them about the flavour, Shannelle and Uel's spiced gazpacho was still too strongly flavoured like vinegar.
Luckily for the black aprons Thalia and Bianca proved they could produce a main course on par with their signature desserts.
"Beautiful flavours, fresh, well-cooked lamb, beautiful flat brad, I've got nothing bad to say about this dish," Feildel said.
And there was equally good praise for Bree and Jessica's swordfish.
It seemed Shannelle's "leading with love" approach was working.
In contrast, Kelly and Chloe vowed to never work with crab again after both the girls cut their fingers trying to shell the massive amount of crab needed for their lasagna.
Then Chloe revealed she actually has a mild reaction to shellfish.
"One doesn't know how to shell a crab, one has a reaction to crab," Fassnidge said.
The judges were, not surprisingly, disappointed with the amount of crab that ended up in the dish.
"Out of all the dishes on offer today yours was the one I would have ordered before anything else," Evans said.
"I could only eat a couple of bites of yours ladies; it wasn't very enjoyable."
Things went from bad to worse for the white aprons thanks to Harry and Christo's "dude food" main course.
"This is not a food truck on the side of the pavement selling street food, this is a restaurant," judge Manu Feildel said.
"Don't get me wrong we all love a burger. What was in that burger was well done but it was just a burger guys."
And a blunder by Christo saw a vegetarian burger get served with pancetta.
"I was just in auto mode… but I can't believe I've done this," he said.
In the sweets competition both Paul and Blair and Josh and Danielle tried to bring it home for their teams.
Geelong couple Josh and Danielle did just that with their experimental twist on a classic apple pie.
"There's something evil about it. It's rich but it's not too sweet though," Feildel said.
"It was my favourite dish of the day."
Evans called it "near perfect" and "sensational".
"That wasn't home cooking to me, that was restaurant-quality cooking."
But it wasn't enough to save their group. Despite Paul and Blair's mediocre ginger cake their group pulled in the most money for charity.
So this means Kelly and Chloe are one step closer to potentially having to cook against their rivals Helena and Vikki in sudden death.
It would be the perfect storm for MKR fans. But we'll have to wait until tomorrow night to see how they go in the showdown.
Entrée: Twisted chicken Caesar salad
Main: Angus beef burgers with fries
Main: Open crab lasagna with pea puree and sage burnt butter sauce
Dessert: Fried apple pie with salted caramel
Entrée: Spiced gazpacho with pink ling
Main: Middle Eastern lamb with smoky Baba Ganoush and flat bread
Main: Pan-seared swordfish with green curry and Vietnamese salad
Dessert: Ginger cake with caramelized peaches and spiced syrup