MKRNZ: 2017 Champions Crowned
Spoiler alert! After 10 weeks of epic showdowns and delicious dishes, the 2017 MKRNZ winners are...
The competition has come to an end, and Wanaka's Chris and Bex have walked away with $100,000 and the coveted MKRNZ title.
CONGRATULATIONS CHRIS AND BEX!
In a nail-biting end to the series, team Wanaka went head to head with Christchurch foodies Heather and Mitch.
A near-faultless menu impressed the judges, and saw Chris and Bex come out on top. Their final score was 52 out of 60, five points ahead of their opposition.
It was monumental night, and the results came after a marathon cook-off.
Each team had to plate up four courses, an entrée, a seafood dish, a meat dish and a dessert. They then served a full house of family, friends, ex-contestants and VIP judges.
Cooking at the stunning Gusto at the Grand, the competitive duos pulled out all the stops to impress the diners.
In a brave and daring move, Chris and Bex opted to retry a dish that didn't go down well in their Instant Restaurant. Their gnocchi and ragu failed to hit the spot the first time around, but their "redemption dish" was hailed "perfect," by guest judge Ray McVinnie.
Heather and Mitch were worthy opponents. Complex flavour combinations and impeccable presentation saw them start on a high. But the title started to slip from their grasp, after they delivered a beef dish overpowered by onions.
Chris and Bex have delivered creative and technically-advanced dishes throughout the whole competition, so it was a well-deserved win.
Having appeared on screen as a married couple, the pair recently announced their separation. Despite the change in their relationship, they're still immensely proud of each other and their win.
"We're absolutely thrilled to be the winners of MKRNZ 2017! It's been a huge privelege, working with the other contestants, the judges and the entire production team. We couldn't be prouder of each other, and we look forward to serving up more delicious meals to more awesome people."
On missing out on the top spot, Heather and Mitch said, "we feel so proud of making it through to the Grand Final, even though we didn't come away with the win. Congratulations to Chris and Bex, it's been great cooking with them and they certainly know their way around a kitchen."