After a nail-biting hour of viewing last night, Arrowtown
friends Jaimie Stodler and Bec Stanley lived to cook another
day in the Masterchef New Zealand kitchen.
The pair are in the final three of the world's first
televised Masterchef duo competition, tied for second place,
three points behind Maketu sisters Kasey and Karena Bird.
They were among 15 pairs selected from hundreds of hopefuls
and while they made it to the top three, were battling to
stay in the show after a ''bad day'' in the kitchen during
part one of their challenge on Sunday.
For that, the teams had to prepare two dishes from their
proposed cookbook for judges Josh Emett, Ray McVinnie and
While the Bird sisters and mother-daughter duo Nicola and
Jordan Shearer, of Lower Hutt, had clear visions, Ms Stodler
(35) confessed she and Ms Stanley (39) had ''never discussed
this at all''.
Scores were not divulged on Sunday night, but it was clear
after a series of kitchen disasters Ms Stodler (35) and Ms
Stanley (39) were in danger of elimination last night when
they were tasked with presenting a main and a dessert.
After an intense and at times chaotic two hours of cooking
''Cyclone Jaimie and Bec'' presented their creations to the
Mr Gault said the pair was on ''death row'' and asked Ms
Stanley if it was the last dish she presented in the
competition, what she would say to her children.
Ms Stanley said she would thank her ''darling husband'' for
allowing her the opportunity to ''follow my passion''.
''I feel more sad for him if I go home now, but I'm proud of
what I put up ... I know it tastes amazing and if it's what
sends me home I think I can hold my head high and I know my
kids would be proud of that.''
During judging Mr Emett described the pork belly as ''one of
the best bits of pork belly I've ever had'' and Mr McVinnie
described their dessert as ''perfect''.
However, the judges had one more twist for the teams - after
the sisters were announced as going through to the next
round, the judges divulged the Shearers and the Arrowtown
friends were tied on 16 points, scoring 8 and 7 on Sunday
night and 8 and 9 respectively on Monday.
While a tied score would normally be resolved with a
cook-off, the judges felt that would be unfair, and instead
decided the scores would be carried through to this Sunday,
when one team would be eliminated.