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Shock As Final Four Became Final Two On Masterchef New Zealand

The contestants were shocked when both Tracey Gunn and Steve Juergens were eliminated in last night's episode leaving just two finalists to go head-to-head in next week's MasterChef New Zealand: Grand Final on Wednesday 28 April at 7.30pm.

The four finalists created three dishes that had to convey their vision for a cookbook, in preparation of the winner's prize which is an exclusive deal to publish a cookbook with Random House. The four were judged by the three MasterChef judges, plus guest judge, bestselling cookbook author and chef Al Brown.

Despite a shaky start with his soup, Brett McGregor triumphed and Brown said, "lets face it he's pretty much nailed it." The judges were also initially unsure about Kelly Young's book concept around food and feelings, but were blown away by her dishes, and in particular her pineapple dessert.

However the judges were un-moved by Gunn's dishes, branding them 'safe, boring, bland but pretty'. And despite Juergens confidence the judges weren't happy with his tomato and kiwi-fruit combination, and felt he took too great a risk in cooking fish for an expert like Brown.

The judges agreed Juergens and Gunn had to go and both were eliminated. Gunn said, "it was a bit of a shock to hear that two of us were going home," and Juergens added, "I really wasn't expecting that today, the whole competition has been an emotional rollercoaster, obviously it's hugely disappointing I've come this far, the goal was to get into the final and I haven't met my objective but hey I've come really close."

Gunn became emotional after the elimination and said, "it's really hard to stop yourself getting upset. You know I'm really proud of myself, I'm certainly a much better cook than I was when I came into it, it's disappointing to come this far and then not quite make it, but when I came into the competition I didn't think I'd get to the top four so that's an achievement."

Gunn said, "the biggest thing I've taken from this, is proving to myself that I can do it, I'm still going to move to the South Island and open my caf. I've certainly learnt a lot here about what goes on in the real [cooking] world."

For eliminated contestants' thoughts on their eviction; the winning recipes; and exclusive MasterClasses, head to the official TVNZ MasterChef New Zealand site - www.tvnz.co.nz/masterchef-nz

MasterChef New Zealand continues Wednesdays at 7.30pm on TV ONE. At stake for the remaining contestants is the MasterChef New Zealand title and more than $100,000 worth of prizes, including a Toyota Prius i-Tech Hybrid car, state-of-the-art Izona appliances from Fisher and Paykel, a stunning range of kitchenware courtesy of Stevens, and an exclusive cookbook deal with Random House.

The final two contestants are: Brett McGregor (Christchurch) and Kelly Young (Auckland).

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