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MKR NZ'S Youngest Team Sent Packing In First Elimination


It was goodbye to Auckland students Charlotte and Maddie tonight after the final MKR NZ Instant Restaurant - and the competition was fiercer than ever!

The girls were the youngest in the competition but what they lacked in experience they made up for in enthusiasm and creativity. Cooking in week four, their inventive menu included a bacon crumbed green tea panna cotta with popping candy, but they struggled in the kitchen and were left in danger at the bottom of the leader board with their Instant Restaurant, Fresh, netting them a score of 54.

Tonight, all eyes were on Christchurch foodie friends Heather and Mitch as they stepped up to the plate and hosted the final Instant Restaurant: Smoke and Mirrors. The outspoken duo pulled off a sophisticated menu that impressed judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel and the other teams. Despite a dessert disaster, they shot up the leader board with an impressive score of 75, sealing the fate of Charlotte and Maddie.

But it wasn’t enough to knock Wellington hairdressers Teal and Sophie from the top spot. Sitting proudly at the top of the leader board with a score of 77 gives them a huge advantage and Pete Evans announced that they have won a fast track to the final round of the competition.

The remaining four teams will all face a Sudden Death Cook-Off, with two teams facing off against each other over two major VIP events.

Charlotte and Maddie have an infectious zest for life that was evident throughout the competition.

Judge Manu Feildel said: “Thank you so much for bringing a breath of fresh air to the competition. It’s been great to have you and we wish you all the best for the future.”

Being part of the show was a “dream come true” for Charlotte and Maddie.

Maddie said: “We’ve learnt so much and got to meet some pretty amazing people on the way. Being able to cook for Pete and Manu was something I will always remember and I feel very privileged to be given such an opportunity."

The girls look forward to what the future holds with Charlotte adding: “Our journey has come to an end sooner than we would have liked, but this is not the end of the Charlotte and Maddie story, it’s the beginning. My passion for food has only grown through this incredible journey and I aspire to inspire Kiwis about how to lead a healthier lifestyle, for themselves, their family and future generations. Watch this space!”

Next week on MKR NZ things heat up when Wanaka pair Chris and Bex battle it out against Rotorua soul mates Tash and Hera in the first Sudden Death Cook-Off.

They’ll have to pull out all the stops in a bid to impress the judges as well as special guests from New Zealand’s most popular soap, Shortland Street.

Catch all of the MKR NZ action every Monday, 7.30pm, TVNZ 2.

Missed an episode? You can stream the show on TVNZ OnDemand after it airs.

If you’re passionate about cooking and want to dish up your best for Pete and Manu you can still apply for the next season of MKR NZ airing in 2018:

APPLY NOW at tvnz.co.nz/mkrnz

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