After a year on the chopping block, Channel 7 has announced that My Kitchen Rules will return in 2022 with Manu Feildel at the helm.

The series was plagued by dismal ratings, along with rumours that the series would be axed following a year-long hiatus. However, the beloved cooking show is set to return to “its original recipe” in the New Year.

With Manu back at the head of the table, Channel 7 teased that he will be joined by a mystery second judge who is described as one of the ‘world’s biggest food stars’. And if it’s not Gordan Ramsay, we riot.

After a year on the chopping block, Channel 7 has announced that My Kitchen Rules will return in 2022 with Manu Feildel at the helm.
After a year on the chopping block, Channel 7 has announced that My Kitchen Rules will return in 2022 with Manu Feildel at the helm. Source: Channel 7.

“I’m very excited to return to the head of the table and share my passion for food with you all,” Manu said in a statement released by Channel 7.

“I can’t wait to be back in Australian homes again, meeting more incredible home cooks and sharing their food dreams.”

But it’s not My Kitchen Rules without a slate of budding chefs. So do you have what it takes to add a bit of spice to the newest season?

Applications for My Kitchen Rules 2022 Are Now Open

In a sleek new promo, Channel 7 called out for “aspiring home cook[s]” who think they’ve got the skills to be the next My Kitchen Rules champ.

Do you have a secret baklava recipe that’s been in your family for years? Or maybe you and your partner know the perfect way to sear a steak. Whatever your foodie finesse is, grab your right-hand man because applications for MKR 2022 are open now!

However, you both need to be at least 18-years-old come March 2022 and be citizens, or permanent residents, in Australia.

You’ll also be required to attach some happy snaps of you and your partner together, so make sure you’ve got those handy. Plus, we heard there are bonus points on the table if you wear a chef hat (not totally true, but hey, have some fun!).

For those who aren’t camera-shy, there’s also the option to upload an introductory video, too!

You’ll be expected to answer what you love about cooking, why you work well as a team plus discuss how you’d describe each other.

Even though applications don’t close until March 13 2022, “the sooner you complete your application the better”.

Who Will Join Manu Feildel On My Kitchen Rules 2022?

Fans have already begun to throw out names as to who Manu’s unnamed co-star will be.

Chef Colin Fassnidge seems to be the top pick, considering he has been a guest judge every year since season four.

“No Colin Fassnidge?” one fan wondered.

Colin Fassnidge and Rachel Khoo have been suggested as Manu Feildel's MKR co-host. Source: Channel 7.
Colin Fassnidge and Rachel Khoo have been suggested as Manu Feildel’s MKR co-host. Source: Channel 7.

“[Colin Fassnidge]?!? Please be here too with [Manu] and no drama,” another wrote alongside the promo clip.

Several MKR die-hards have also suggested that cook and presenter Rachel Khoo might make an appearance. The British TV chef was previously a guest judge on the show’s seventh season.

Why Was My Kitchen Rules Cancelled?

After a decade of hearty homecooked meals, My Kitchen Rules was left on the cutting room floor following its 11th season.

The series’ poor ratings came as a result of being pitted against juggernauts in the likes of Married at First Sight. The axing also coincided with the Seven Network’s decision to sack long-time co-host Pete Evans, too.

Pete Evans (L) was sacked by the Seven Network after My Kitchen Rules' season 11. Source: Channel 7.
Pete Evans (L) was sacked by the Seven Network after My Kitchen Rules‘ season 11. Source: Channel 7.

The celebrity chef was given the boot after continued criticism over the skewed views and advice he expressed to fans.

Most recently, Pete was fined $25,000 from the Therapeutic Goods Administration. He was slammed for promoting a device he claimed would prevent people from contracting COVID-19.

“It’s programmed with a thousand different recipes and there’s a couple in there for the Wuhan coronavirus,” he said in a Facebook live video last year.

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