My Kitchen Rules hosts Manu Feildel, left, and Pete Evans.
My Kitchen Rules hosts Manu Feildel, left, and Pete Evans. Channel 7

Fiery start to cook-off

GATE crashers are going to stir the pot in the new series of My Kitchen Rules.

The fourth series of the reality cooking competition debuts on Channel 7 on Monday, and this year's twist involves some unexpected guests.

"We've got some gate crashers, so at some point people are going to crash the party," co-host Manu Feildel told The Guide.

But otherwise, Feildel and his co-host Pete Evans are remaining tight-lipped on exactly who the gate crashers are.

State rivalries will heat up once again on the show as 12 teams go head-to-head in two instant restaurant rounds.

Plating up in the first group are high school friends Jessie and Biswa from Sydney, young South Australian couple Lisa and Stefano, Tassie father and son Mick and Matt, WA hipsters Josh and Andi, Victoria's childhood sweethearts Kerrie and Craig and Queensland's brother-and-sister Jake and Elle.

The Sunshine Coast siblings, who are the youngest team in the show's history, have featured prominently in the show's promos for their fiery start in the competition.

But both hosts have praised the young foodies for their innovative approach to food.

"They think outside the box; they're funky and young and they bring some great food to the show," Feildel said.

Evans added: "They're so knowledgeable about food at a young age. They're serious competitors. Just because they're young doesn't mean they should be written off."

The fourth series of My Kitchen Rules also sees the introduction of new guest judge Colin Fassnidge. The Irish-born, Sydney-based chef, will join judges Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Liz Egan.

My Kitchen Rules - Seven - Monday at 7.30pm