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MKR NZ frontrunners sent home in shock elimination

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In a shock result, early favourites Hannah and Cathy from Group One became the third team eliminated from the competition tonight.

Having earned an unprecedented score of 81 out of 100 for their Instant Restaurant, Bloom, the prison workmates from Auckland were the frontrunners going into this next phase of the competition.

Tonight, teams braved the cold at Auckland’s Britomart to compete in the first People’s Choice challenge - where the public become the judges. Each team was to come up with a tasty dish to cook on a barbeque, and sell as many servings as possible to passers-by for gold coin donations.

It was a People’s Choice challenge with a lot at stake. Judges Ben Bayly and Gareth Stewart not only introduced two new teams to the competition - the Gatecrashers - they also revealed that at the end of the challenge they would decide which two teams were the least impressive. From those bottom two, one would be sent to the first Sudden Death, while the lowest overall would be eliminated.

Taking the weather into account, Hannah and Cathy opted to make Bolitas de Queso (deep fried cheeseballs) with zucchini and goats cheese.

But when, Hannah confessed that she had never cooked on a BBQ before, alarm bells rang.

Thirty minutes into service, still waiting for the oil to heat up on the BBQ to deep fry their cheeseballs, Hannah and Cathy had not served a single plate to the famished public - meaning no gold coins in their bucket.

After a rousing speech from Ben and Gareth the ladies regrouped and went to Plan B; abandoning the oil and turning what was to be deep-fried cheeseballs into fritters. But unfortunately, their fate was sealed. Having to put up second-rate food, Hannah and Cathy were left chasing the rest of the pack.

When it came to judging, both Ben and Gareth were disappointed to see that the service had got away on the girls. "Seeing you two in the bottom today really surprised me," said Ben Bayly. "Sometimes things don’t go right in the kitchen but when you’ve got customers that need to be fed you have to think quickly on your feet and you need to adapt."

"We know you’re great cooks but unfortunately in a competition like this, one day can change everything," added Ben.

And with that Hannah and Cathy’s My Kitchen Rules New Zealand ride, came to an end.

When asked how the ladies felt about the whole situation Hannah was quick to admit they were, "pretty gutted."

After big farewells to their fellow teammates Hannah and Cathy reflected on their time on MKR NZ, "I don’t think there are many people that I could do this kind of thing with," acknowledged Hannah. "I think we work really well together and I’m really grateful that I was able to do it with Cathy. It definitely has bought us closer together."

"We know we can cook," added Cathy. "What makes us sad is that we’re going early is that there were so many other things that we wanted to show New Zealand."

Tomorrow on MKR NZ, the teams get their first taste of Kitchen Headquarters as they apron-up for the first Rapid Cook-off and Showdown to determine who’ll be safe and who’ll be joining Gatecrashers Ben and Reagan in the first Sudden Death Cook-Off for 2015.

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