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Kris Williams leaves MasterChef New Zealand

Kris Williams became the sixth contestant from the Top 16 to leave MasterChef New Zealand on Sunday 31st March (7.30 pm - 8.30 pm) on TV ONE.

In tonight’s show the Top 11 faced two challenges.

First, they had to identify 10 different species of fish including snapper, hapuka, terakihi, gurnard and flounder. The contestants had just one minute to identify as many of the species as they could.

Aaron Brunet won the challenge and was invited into the pantry to get first dibs on the day’s main challenge - to prepare and cook a cut of pork. He also got to assign cuts of pork - ranging from pigs cheek to trotters - to the other contestants.

His pork spare ribs with apple and lemon puree, date puree and coleslaw and Eliott Brookes’s pork sausages and mash were the best dishes of the day.

After mucking up the fish challenge, Kris Williams was relieved with the pork leg steak assigned him for the main.

"Aaron was very kind to me!" he said. "Leg steak is a pretty user-friendly piece of meat."

Determined to show more to the MasterChef judges, he decided to cook two dishes - an entrée and a main.

But presenting spicy pork balls with cucumber and chilli oil and a grilled pork steak with beans, kumara puree and potato puree for tasting, the Matakana builder wasn’t happy.

"I could be in trouble for my dirty plates," Kris confessed. "I would have liked to have cleaned the rim off my main plate better, but I just ran out of time."

The MasterChef judges weren’t letting it go unnoticed.

"That is one of the dirtiest plates I have ever seen," said Josh Emett. "Vanessa almost got sent home on a dirty plate last week!"

"If I look at this dish, I think this person doesn’t know what they are doing," said Ray McVinnie.

"I don’t think there’s anything left in the tank with Kris," said Josh. "Maybe he can hope that there’s a worse dish out there."

Kris tried to remain upbeat.

"I knew I was going to be grilled, but what can you do? You’ve just got to man-up and take it."

Come elimination, Kris found himself alongside Dana Leaming and Sushil Ravikumar in the Bottom Three.

"Kris, you disappointed us twice today, first on the fish identification then on your pork dish," Ray told him.

"It was under-seasoned, under-flavoured, I am afraid it was underwhelming. It simply wasn’t up to MasterChef standard," he said.

"It’s been great having you in the kitchen," said Simon, "but we’re sorry, you haven’t made it through."

"I’m gutted, but not surprised," was Kris’ response. "Everyone in the house is a really strong cook.

"I am really disappointed I didn’t get a chance to show off my seafood dishes, but from being here I can take away a lot of great skills that I’ve learned.

"Now, we’ll just have to wait and see where it takes us. So it’s not a complete loss!"

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