Dunedin couple Melissa and James Steiner reflect on their
time in a reality television contest. Photo by Gregor
Coming third in a reality TV race brought them closer,
while improving their cooking skills, Dunedin couple Melissa
and James Steiner say.
The couple were eliminated from TV3's The Great Food
Race in the contest's semifinal on Sunday.
Among highlights of the race, during which they often
prepared food in unlikely places, was a trip to Shanghai,
China, to compete.
They return to Auckland this weekend to appear in a live
final alongside other eliminated contestants.
Mr Steiner said the show was aimed at good home cooks, rather
than chefs, which suited the couple's skill level and
They ''bluffed'' their way through meal preparation,
improving their food skills along the way.
Mrs Steiner, a real estate agent, said tensions were
inevitable in a high-pressure environment, both between and
within the teams.
The couple had learnt more about each other during the show,
which first aired in early February.