Kathleen Te Raki was the first contestant in the Top 12 to be eliminated from MasterChef New Zealand on Sunday 6 March (8.30pm – 9.30pm) on TV ONE.
In tonight’s show the Top 12 contestants moved into a luxury home on Auckland’s North Shore. On the morning of their first challenge, they were surprised by a visit from a special guest – New Zealand’s first MasterChef, Brett McGregor.
The MasterChef judges revealed the day’s challenge, an invention test showcasing modern New Zealand cuisine. The contestants had to choose from one of three core ingredients – snapper, lamb or fruit – and no more than 13 other ingredients from the pantry, then create a dish which they believed represented contemporary Kiwi cuisine.
At stake for the winner was a sneak preview of next week’s mystery box challenge. This was won by Cameron Petley from Putaruru.
Te Raki realised things weren’t going to plan when she took more than the allowed 13 ingredients from the pantry. “When I come out of the pantry I’m early. I’m quite confused why I’m early. I don’t think I have the right stuff,” she says.
Then as realisation sunk in she said, “I feel sick looking at my tray, I’ve got too much. I think I’m going home, I’ve done something wrong. Rules are rules and I accept if I get disqualified.”
The judges took a dim view of the rule-breaking and she narrowly escaped disqualification but faced a penalty as some of her ingredients were confiscated.
Unfortunately things deteriorated as Te Raki prepared the roulade pastry for her lamb dish, “I realised it was going wrong when I started wrapping the roulade up. I put it in the oven hoping like hell it would stay together then some of the juices started coming out of the cracks – oh no that’s not looking too good.”
Judge Simon Gault made his verdict, “its all bad it just tastes like a sort of uncooked crumb” and the judges sent her home.
She says “I did poorly on the day. I have set my goals so high and I didn’t reach them. I’ve got a lot of disappointment in myself but no-ones perfect. Everyone has a bad day and today was mine.”
Originally from Perth, Australia, Te Raki who lives in Christchurch concluded, “from now on I just want to spend some time with my family.”
To view an exclusive video interview with Kathleen posted at 9.30pm on Sunday 6 March go to: http://tvnz.co.nz/masterchef-new-zealand/s2-extra-elimination-interview-1-video-4042892
MasterChef New Zealand continues Sundays at 8.30pm on TV ONE. At stake for the remaining contestants is the MasterChef New Zealand title and more than $100,000 worth of prizes.
The remaining contestants are: Anthony McEntree(Auckland), Cameron Petley (Putaruru), Michael Lee (Auckland), Nadia Lim (Auckland), Sam Henderson (Auckland),Tracey Lee Hooton (Taupo), Jax Hamilton (Christchurch), Stuart Todd (Dunedin), Fiona Read (Kaikoura), Michelle Berry (Wairarapa) and Robert Jacobs (Christchurch).