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It was a tough night in the kitchen for Auckland duo Jaryd and Ben - the third team to leave My Kitchen Rules New Zealand after tonight’s final Sudden Death Cook-off.

Christchurch friends Heather and Mitch won by a landslide, scoring 18 points more than the Auckland mates’ disappointing 43 out of 90.

It was an important night and the heat was on, with each team serving up a three-course meal to judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, the remaining two teams and some of New Zealand’s sporting elite including: Olympic Para athlete Liam Malone, Olympic rower Mahe Drysdale and Olympic BMX rider Sarah Walker.

It wasn’t smooth sailing for either team throughout the three courses, but it was clear from the start that Jaryd and Ben would struggle if they didn’t get their timing under control. As the evening went on and the pressure built, things steadily deteriorated for the boys by the time dessert was served.

When it came to plating up, Jaryd and Ben discovered the custard in their trifle hadn’t set, and it seemed their fate was sealed.

The judging didn’t start well with Manu saying he had high expectations and was a little disappointed in the dishes served up by both teams.

The VIP guests scored Heather and Mitch an impressive 8 out of 10 and the boys a dismal 5. Then, once the two remaining teams delivered their scores, Heather and Mitch were 4 ahead.

Although Manu said seasoning was missing from both the entrée and main and the dessert was unbalanced for Heather and Mitch, their total score took them to a grand total of 61.

When the judges started scoring Jaryd and Ben’s dishes, it was clear that they wouldn’t be able to claw back enough points to win. Manu said their main dish ingredients didn’t go together and Pete called their dessert a "warm milkshake" that was scored a lowly 3. And with that, the boys would leave the competition.

The boys have always brought fun and good banter into the competition and Manu said: "It’s always great to see a team that puts in 110% and you did that, and even though you’re going home tonight, I think you should still be really, really proud of yourselves. I love your friendship, sportsmanship, comaradree, your bromance. It’s been a pleasure to have you around."

Jaryd and Ben said: "We gave the competition our all and feel really proud for making it this far. We went into tonight having taken on board all the feedback received from the judges in our Instant Restaurant and had high hopes of showing everyone what we are capable of.

"We are disappointed in our performance. We know we can cook a lot better than the dishes put up tonight and we had ambitions to go a lot further.

"It is safe to say that we’re never going to talk about custard again in our house," they joked.

Next week on MKR NZ, the competition reaches boiling point with Heather and Mitch and Chris and Bex joining Teal and Sophie in Sudden Death, catering a wedding of 80 guests.

This is the final elimination round before the Grand Final where four special guest judges join Pete and Manu to decide who will be announced MKR NZ champions and take home the $100,000 cash prize.

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

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:

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