My Kitchen Rules contestants Dan and Steph Mulheron with judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel.
My Kitchen Rules contestants Dan and Steph Mulheron with judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel.

Bay’s duo set to take on personal trainers in MKR semi-final

HERVEY Bay's Dan and Steph Mulheron will face off against personal trainers Luke and Scott on Tuesday night in a My Kitchen Rules semi-final showdown, after winning through Monday night's challenge.

The return of Mick and Matt Newell motivated some teams and discouraged others in Monday night's five-way cook-off on My Kitchen Rules.

Melbourne's Sam and Chris were eliminated after losing their sudden death cook-off against Tasmania's father-son duo.

"I think when Mick and Matt walked back in the boys got a bit deflated," Dan Mulheron said.

"I think it took the wind out of them."

The two Queensland teams, Sunshine Coast siblings Jake and Elle Harrison and Hervey Bay couple Dan and Steph Mulheron, won last night's amuse-bouche challenge, where they had to create a bite-sized dish showing off their personalities and techniques learned on the show.

The Mulherons said they were initially shocked at the surprise Comeback Kitchen twist, but that the Newells' return to Kitchen HQ motivated them to work harder.

"It was what we needed," Dan said.

"In the top four you become a bit complacent. Mick and Matt amped us up a bit more."

As the two lowest-scoring teams from the amuse-bouche challenge, Sam and Chris and the Newells had 90 minutes to plate up a signature dish.

Dan said the Newells' time in Comeback Kitchen seemed to make all the difference.

"I was actually a little bit jealous of what they'd done (in Comeback Kitchen)," he said.

"They were like a different team.

"We couldn't believe how good they were."

He said Sam and Chris didn't seem to recover from their sluggish start to the challenge.

"There was no sort of urgency with the boys," he said.

"It was a 'this is it' sort of thing."

Sam and Chris's elimination means there is a 50 per cent chance at least one Queensland team will make it through to the final.

It would be the first time a Queensland team has cooked in an MKR grand final since Brisbane's Veronica and Shadi Abraham won the first series in 2010.

The Mulherons will face off against personal trainers Luke and Scott in tonight's semi-final showdown, which will determine the first team through to Sunday's grand final.

The Harrisons will cook against the Newells tomorrow

My Kitchen Rules finals week continues tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 7.