MKR is back and as competitive as ever, but with a twist
MY KITCHEN Rules fans can expect a colourful new season, says chef Manu Feildel.
The lovable Frenchman returns with co-host Pete Evans for a sixth season of the popular reality cooking show tonight.
The latest crop of home cooks representing their home states and territories include a Texan cowboy, a former tennis pro and the oyster-farming cousin of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth.
Then there are the Queensland teams: Mt Isa cousins Jac and Shaz, and Toowoomba soul sisters Sheri and Emilie.
"They're a colourful bunch of people," Feildel tells APN.
"We meet for the first time at the first instant restaurants; we never meet the contestants before (that).
"We pretty much arrive at the first house, sit down in our chairs and they're looking at us like we're superstars or whatever they want to call us.
"Some of them are a bit star-struck, but that changes very quickly when a disaster happens and we give them a really low score."
This season is likely to be less bitchy than last year, when Perth mates Kelly and Chloe faced a social media backlash.
"There's no one that we dislike this year," Feildel says
"They're all competitive and they're all working really hard."
He doesn't even have a bad word to say about posh Melbourne ladies Ash and Camilla, who have featured heavily in promos hinting at a possible rivalry between the pair and loud Mt Isa larrikins Jac and Shaz.
"They're (Ash and Camilla) outspoken; they've got things to say but when they say it they say it to your face," he says.
"I don't think I would call them bitchy myself.
"They are competitive and they decided to go and follow the French style of cooking.
"(You'll see) some great dishes coming out of them and also some nightmares unfort8unately."
A mystery twist will be introduced in the show's initial instant restaurant round.
"Someone is coming in who is doing a different job," Feildel says.
"Every year we try to add or change something to make it more interesting.
"It keeps them on their toes. When you've seen the show you think 'Oh, that's what's going to happen'. Well it's not going to happen this time."
Last year's restaurant on wheels, the MKR Food Truck, will also be replaced by other challenges and another "little twist", adds Feildel.
My Kitchen Rules debuts tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 7.