MKR ... Melbourne identical twins Vikki and Helena are 'not the sharpest tools in the shed' but they can cook.

MKR ... Melbourne identical twins Vikki and Helena are 'not the sharpest tools in the shed' but they can cook.

As resident bitches Chloe and Kelly of Perth are only too happy to remind us, Melbourne identical twins Vikki and Helena are “not the sharpest tools in the shed.”

Thankfully, unless you’re Heston Blumenthal, cooking isn’t rocket science, and what the twins might lack in brain power (they profess to share the one brain after all), they more than make up for in culinary skill.

Tonight, the twins hosted Manu, Pete and the other couples in their pool at their home restaurant dubbed Didima - it’s Greek for twins.

Helena and Vikki from My Kitchen Rules

Competition leaders ... for now: Twins Helena and Vikki from Melbourne. Photo: Supplied

The entree was a simple but mouth-watering looking dish of homemade pita bread with squid, tomato and tzatziki. The girls courted disaster early, causing the squid to congeal after leaving it too long in the bag with the flour, but a fresh batch was met with almost uniform approval, bar the predictable sniping from our Perth witches. “I’m surprised it’s this good,” said one. “Maybe they’ll stuff up the main,” said the other in a hopeful voice.

But the main was a hit too - with everyone but Manu. An olive pit had managed to get blended into the olive sauce and Manu got a chunk of it. His fish, a hapuka, was overcooked too, but he was the only one at the table with that complaint. I’m a first-time viewer of this show but I was struck by how nice these competing couples are to each other - with the one notable exception.

The Canberra couple currently at the bottom of the scoreboard had nothing but praise for the twins, and the couple on top, Hunter Valley cheesemakers Annie and Jason, were equally complimentary.

The dessert, a semolina cake with spiced mascarpone, was a sweet end to the night. The clementines that were supposed to be in the cake could not be found and had to be replaced with oranges, but this seemed to matter little to the end result.

Everyone loved it - everyone but you-know-who, who complained about the amount of spice in the mascarpone and lamented that the girls hadn’t made something a bit more “refined”.

It didn’t stop them from awarding their nemeses with an eight out of ten - a somewhat confounding score given that they mainly talked about the “room for improvement” - and with all the other couples giving Vikki and Helena an eight or higher, the “twinning” hashtag was well-deserved.

The twins’ grand total of 95 was the equal highest score in MKR history, spurring tears from Vikki (or was it Helena?) as the other one good-naturedly told her to “Toughen up, princess.”

They’re a likeable pair, these ditzy twins, and if they can execute other cuisines as well as they did with Greek tonight, will be strong contenders to take out the competition.

Who I’d really like to see taken out and stripped of their passports is Chloe and Kelly, who, if the ads are any indication, look to be exchanging barbs with the feisty twins tomorrow night.

I can’t wait for the episode in which it’s the Perth girls’ turn to cook. Something tells me their extensive globetrotting experience (they’ve been to 42 countries, they’ll have you know) is going to count for naught in the kitchen.

Tomorrow, it’s long-married South Australian couple Deb and Rick’s time to shine. Deb’s a fun-loving bird who isn’t averse to a bit of booty-shaking, but we’re yet to see if she has form with food. With a great mix of personalities, this is shaping up to be an interesting series.