A city of MasterChefs
New Zealand's newest MasterChef is yet to be crowned, but one thing's for sure - it will be an Aucklander.
Four Aucklanders remain in the competition after Rotorua contestant Charlene McGechan was eliminated last night for failing to replicate award-winning Auckland chef Michael Meredith's signature dessert.
Landscaper Tony Price, marketing executive Chelsea Winter, landscaper Brenton Thornton and stay-at-home mum Ana Schwartz are now all vying to make it to the final.
In last night's challenge, contestants had to recreate Meredith's dessert - a multi-layered spin on chocolate and tropical fruits, with dark chocolate mousse, a chocolate disc and chocolate shavings, banana cream, passionfruit jelly, honeycomb and a selection of intricate crumbs, as well as pineapple puree.
From the moment it was unveiled, each contestant was nervous, saying how much harder the challenge was than last week's dreaded Huka Lodge gig.
While the chefs are still fighting to prove they're the hottest in the kitchen, an online poll has seen 30 per cent of viewers vote Thornton as their 2012 winner.
Their second pick, at 28 per cent, was McGechan.
The other Aucklanders lag behind as fan favourites, with Winter notching up only 17 per cent of votes and Schwartz and Price getting just 13 per cent.
If last night's episode is anything to go by, challenge winner Winter could be a hot favourite for the title.
She impressed the judges with a near perfect attempt at chef Meredith's dessert, and won dinner at his Dominion Rd restaurant.
Winter, who is clearly secure about her place in the competition, was also surprised by last night's elimination, saying: "It's a bombshell. I had assumed Charlene was going to be in the final with me!"