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In an intense double elimination, country sisters Kimberley & Brooke and Auckland Gatecrashers Ben & Reagan were sent home after the competition’s first Sudden Death Cook-Off tonight.

It was Group Two versus the Gatecrashers this evening: Waikato Couple Jay & Sarah, Manawatu Sisters Kimberley & Brooke, Wellington Besties Jess & Stella and Auckland Mates Ben & Reagan – each cooking their best three-course meal to impress judges Ben Bayly, Gareth Stewart and the Tasting Panel: Robert Oliver, Nadia Lim, Grace Ramirez and Liz Egan. Continue reading »

Hannah and Cathy MKRNZ2In 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. Continue reading »


Brand new My Kitchen Rules NZ is coming soon to TV2! Which region will you be backing?

Posted by My Kitchen Rules NZ on Monday, September 21, 2015

MKR-NZTVNZ and Imagination TV have opened the search for teams to take part in season 2 of My Kitchen Rules NZ.

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our_first_home_logoLast year, TVNZ dumped Masterchef New Zealand in favour of MKRNZ which it ran in the middle of the year and then in its place, last night launched its new home renovation show, Our First Home.

The fifth season of Masterchef New Zealand rated much lower than the previous seasons after the second lowest debut with 449,030 viewers. Overall, the season had an average audience of 464,971 viewers per episode. Continue reading »

With MKRNZ ending last week, it’s time to look at how the two series performed going head to head against each other throughout the week.

TV One’s new cooking series drew a higher total average audience of 367,311 viewers per episode compared to TV3’s home renovation show The Block NZ which only drew 293,119.

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TVNZ dropped Masterchef New Zealand in favour of MKRNZ, the former of which has been picked up by TV3. The new format was something the programmers were banking on as a better option, so how did it perform?

Not nearly as well.

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Modern Day Hippies, Neena and Belinda have been crowned NZ’s first ever MKR NZ champions after defeating Polynesian Cooks, Aaron and Heather in last night’s emotionally charged grand final.

It was a battle of epic portions from start to finish, with both teams battling the clock to deliver five courses to Ben Bayly, Gareth Stewart, the MKR Tasting Panel, as well as former contestants, family and friends.

Neena and Belinda’s Dandelion restaurant menu showcased their fondness for healthy food. Their marinated scallops and zucchini flower dish had mixed reviews, while their salmon was a highlight, their lamb cooked to perfection and dessert an absolute treat. Continue reading »

Who is going to be crowned the first winners of MKRNZ tonight? Aaron & Heather or Neena & Belinda?



It was farewell to Dai and Dal in last night’s semi-final of MKR NZ and straight through to tonight’s grand final for Neena and Belinda.

Both teams kicked off their three course menus with seafood entrees. While Dai and Dal stuck to a tried and true flavour combination of scallops, peas and pancetta, Neena and Belinda attempted a modern day surf-and-turf.

When it came to judging, Robert Oliver noted that the Asian dressing really put the x factor into Dai and Dal’s entree, but it was a bit on the small side. Sean Connolly raved about Neena and Belinda’s first course, confessing that while nobody liked to admit they loved surf and turf, he was very excited about eating the dish. Continue reading »