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Goodbye to MKR NZ's Manawatu Sisters and Auckland Gatecrashers


In an intense double elimination, country sisters Kimberley & Brooke and Auckland Gatecrashers Ben & Reagan were sent home after the competition’s first Sudden Death Cook-Off tonight.

It was Group Two versus the Gatecrashers this evening: Waikato Couple Jay & Sarah, Manawatu Sisters Kimberley & Brooke, Wellington Besties Jess & Stella and Auckland Mates Ben & Reagan - each cooking their best three-course meal to impress judges Ben Bayly, Gareth Stewart and the Tasting Panel: Robert Oliver, Nadia Lim, Grace Ramirez and Liz Egan.

Entering Kitchen HQ, Ben Bayly rallied contestants to “step it up” as the two teams who didn’t deliver a knockout meal would be sent home. With a double elimination on the cards, nerves went through the roof and adrenaline was pumping.

Kimberley & Brooke's menu reflected their love of fresh produce from the garden with a rotollo of silverbeet and ricotta for entree, scotch fillet main with parsnip puree, carrots and brussel sprouts, and an ode to “nan” with a lemon meringue tart for dessert.

Despite Liz Egan loving their entrĂ©e, claiming she could “eat this all day”, a technology trip-up, when Brooke forgot to hit ‘start’ on the oven, preventing their beef from cooking, coupled with a meringue fail landed the sisters in serious trouble at the bottom of the scoreboard.

Sentenced to Sudden Death after their first challenge at Britomart, the judges were keen to see what Ben & Reagan could bring to the kitchen. The lads knew they had to go all-out, but struck problems almost immediately when Ben sliced his finger open with a mandolin, leaving Reagan to soldier on solo while Ben received medical attention.

Elements of the boys’ meal had the judges singing their praises. The lamb rack’s cumin and pistachio crust was so good it had Grace Ramirez asking for the recipe. But it was poor presentation and lack of seasoning that saw the boys join Kimberley and Brooke in the bottom two, ending their short time in the competition.

It was a closely fought battle but at the end of the night it was Ben & Reagan and Kimberley & Brooke who hung up their aprons for the final time.

On their MKR NZ experience, Kimberley said it was “awesome”, while Brooke added: “We’ve learnt so much and are just happy that we actually got to be here.”

For Ben & Reagan it was short and sweet. “It’s been a few tough days back to back,” confessed Reagan. “But we’ve had a lot of fun.”

“There are some great cooks here and we’re really excited to see how the rest of the competition goes for them,” added Ben.

Tomorrow on MKR NZ, it’s People’s Choice challenge number two where teams cook for a tough crowd of rugby players. Who can kick it out of the park and who will be sent to the sin bin of Sudden Death?


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Kate Simmonds | Senior Publicist | (09) 916 6851


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