Masterchef finalists Jaimie Stodler (left), with son Oran
(4), and Bec Stanley, with son Willi (5), watch the finale
episode with family and friends at the Arrowtown Bowling
Club last night. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Masterchef finalists Jaimie Stodler and Bec Stanley, from
Arrowtown, were last night proud of their achievements as the
competition finale aired on television, revealing the pair had
finished second to sisters Kasey and Karena Bird, from Maketu,
Bay of Plenty.
The last challenge, part of which involved a pig's head ''to
cut up and deal to'' was ''exceptionally full on'', Ms
Stanley (40) told the Otago Daily Times last night.
''It was an unfathomable amount of food to cook in such a
In the final, tight scoring shifted from favouring one pair
then the other but the sisters eventually took the lead with
a perfect 20/20 for one of their dishes.
Ms Stanley said she had ''absolute respect'' for the sisters,
who are aged 23 and 25, and was honoured to be considered in
the same league.
''At the end of the day we got out-cooked.''
The sisters won $100,000 worth of prizes, including two cars,
kitchen appliances, kitchenware and groceries, as well as an
exclusive cookbook deal.
It seemed the duo could not believe they had won, with Kasey
uttering, ''Holy moley,'' while Karena burst into tears.
The contestants have been living with the knowledge of who
won for months after being away from their families while
filming for more than three months.
Ms Stanley, who has a degree in food science, said cooking
had always been a passion so ''to be around foodies for three
months'' was a fulfilling experience.
The mother of three has a few ideas cooking, one of which is
about to come into fruition. She is on the cusp of launching
a bottled water product in China and is searching for a
Ms Stodler (36) said creating the finale fare was
''definitely challenging'' but ''it was a great episode''
which she and Ms Stanley watched at the Arrowtown Bowling
Club with family and friends.
''Those girls [the Bird sisters] next to us were awesome.''
Additional reporting APNZ.