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Dan and Steph Mulheron.

Queensland's self-proclaimed "sausage king" *Dan Mulheron *failed to live up to his culinary title in last night's roller-coaster of an episode on My Kitchen Rules, as he and wife *Steph * hosted yet another disastrous instant restaurant.

Things for the couple got off to a bad start after they served up "dry" and "disappointing" duck sausage - Dan's signature dish - to judges *Pete Evans *and *Manu Feilde * *l *.

Hoping for a better result with their main course, the pair soon discovered that their pork knuckles were severely undercooked despite sitting in the oven for close to three hours.

It left the couple no choice but to serve up shredded braised pork, despite having pork knuckle on the menu.

While Feildel enjoyed the couple's apple-infused gravy, Evans was again left dissatisfied.

"I'm disappointed guys," he told the couple, who looked close to tears.

Moving on to their third and final dish of the night, the couple pinned their hopes on Steph's tangy orange cheesecake dessert to save the day.

Thankfully, the fruit-infused dessert proved to be a winner with the guests and judges, ending the Mulherons' dismal night in the kitchen on a high.

But despite the stellar dessert feedback, the couple landed a mere 52 out of 110 - putting them ahead of Victorian housewives *Melina Bagnato *and *Angela Kennedy *, who remain at the bottom of the leaderboard of the third round of instant restaurants. Viewers also got a taste of more nastiness from MKR's newest villains, * Ashlee Pham *and *Sophia Pou * * *, who made several mean-spirited comments about the Mulherons' dishes.

At one point, Pham labelled one of the dishes as "revolting" then went on to say that her "dog eats better than this".

Tonight at 7.30pm on Seven/GWN7 *WA *'s *Nastassia Jorre St de Jorre *and *Kieran Reidy *will tackle the heat of the kitchen in their first instant restaurant since gatecrashing the competition on Monday.

This week, MKR has once again proved to be a ratings bonanza for Seven, with the series claiming top spot nationally and in *Perth * on Monday (2.118 million; 289,000) and Tuesday (1.978 million; 266,000).

The cooking reality juggernaut's success is at the expense of Ten's much- hyped MasterChef: The Professionals, which has fallen to its lowest ever numbers.

The Ten show's rating are similar to those of its 2012 worst performers such as Everybody Dance Now, I Will Survive and The Shire.

On Tuesday, MasterChef came in lower than afternoon soap The Bold and the Beautiful, with just 411,000 tuning in nationally and 49,000 in Perth.

The couple pinned their hopes on Steph's tangy orange cheesecake dessert to save the day.