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MKR NZ's Wellington hairdressers miss out on grand final

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A risky menu that lacked wow-factor saw Wellington hairdressers Teal and Sophie eliminated from the competition, missing out on a place in the My Kitchen Rules New Zealand Grand Final!

Tonight, three teams embarked on an epic cooking challenge, but it was Wanaka duo Chris and Bex and Christchurch foodie friends Heather and Mitch that produced near-perfect meals, catapulting them through to the Grand Final next week. Both teams received 9s from judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, and an impressive final score of 18/20.

At the end of the Instant Restaurant round, Wellington hairdressers Teal and Sophie sat proudly at the top of the leader board and gained a special advantage - a fast track through to this final round. But it was unfamiliar territory for the team given it was their first time cooking in a Sudden Death environment, and the tension was high.

The three teams faced their biggest challenge to date, catering for a wedding. The teams strived for perfection for this very special occasion, providing a canape, entrée and main for 80 guests.

Throughout the competition Teal and Sophie have delivered dishes that showcased Teal’s Cambodian and Vietnamese heritage. But up against stiff competition, their menu failed to deliver.

Pete Evans was intrigued by their lychee and Chinese pork sausage canape but "didn’t understand" the addition of cream cheese. Their entrée hit the spot with Manu who praised Teal for cooking the scallops "perfectly", but the Asian slaw lacked "oomph".

Although their Thai beef salad main had the potential of being a 10 out of 10 dish, it was once again a sauce that lacked "punch" that had them falter at the final hurdle.

Pete Evans said: "You can leave with your heads held high, you’ve produced some amazing food for us and for that we thank you."

Teal and Sophie said: "To be part of the MKR family was a life changing experience and we have both felt honoured and humbled to be able to showcase our heritage in our cooking. As this amazing journey comes to an end, we discovered that this has never been just a cooking show, but rather, a journey to discover yourself, and for that, we are most thankful."

Next week, Chris and Bex will battle it out against Heather and Mitch in a nail-biting cook-off for the MKR NZ Grand Final! One team will be crowned MKR NZ champions and take home the $100,000 cash prize, the other team will leave with nothing.

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