M-chef: The tearful end to a troubled run

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 05:00 11/03/2014
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DOWN AND OUT: Elizabeth Marshall, 36, and Jenn Clark, 27 dated many years ago before pairing up for Masterchef.

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They battled and scrapped throughout the competition but it eventually became too much for the latest duo eliminated from Masterchef.

Elizabeth Marshall, 36, and Jenn Clark's, 27 , troubled run - which routinely saw them in the bottom - finally came to a tearful end last night.

Marshall said she was grateful that Clark had supported her in her quest to win the show, but ultimately Clark's lack of cooking experience told.

"It was a bit of a shock to the system because I didn't realise how much lower her cooking level was in comparison to mine," Marshall said.

"So when we started having a few practise sessions I said to my partner 'I don't think we're going to make it very far so I'll just have fun."

The pair dated many years ago and it was only when Marshall was buying a coffee from Clark that the idea to team up came, Marshall said.

"I was actually having a rant to Jenn - I used to pass by where she was working and get coffee from her - saying how much I wanted to do this but can't find anyone who wants to do this.

"She was like 'I'll do it'.

"I did a double take because I couldn't even remember what her cooking skills were like and we had dated years and years ago but were quick to figure out we were just good friends."

Clark said she was probably the person with the least experience in the competition but gave it her best to help Marshall realise her dreams.

"I went into the competition to really support Elizabeth because I know she has a huge dream of doing something with food.

"Being me, I put my hand up and said I would give it a go and support you."

A hatred of fish provided a real struggle for Clark with many fish challenges throughout the competition, including the final whitebait cook-off.

"I don't like fish very much, it is my arch nemesis," Clark said.

"In the last challenge when I knew it was whitebait I thought it was going to kill me and it did."

The whitebait also proved problematic for Marshall, even though she watched a master class from a previous Masterchef which included the fish.

"I've never even tried whitebait, it's going to sound silly but the little eyes put me off.

"I'm a bit of a geek and have got all the Masterchef master classes on my MySky.

"I was watching one of them where I think it was Ray showing them how to do whitebait fritters but I didn't really pay 100 per cent attention because I thought they were never going to do that again."

Since the competition Marshall has been focused on working her way up from the bottom of the culinary world, including a three-month stint at Martin Bosley's now liquidated restaurant in Wellington.

"I think the key thing that I'm assuming a lot of contestants don't think about is even though you've done Masterchef you're not guaranteed work in the industry.

"You still have to start from the bottom and so that is exactly what I did.

"I was at the bottom at Martin Bosley's but it was a great experience and I learnt heaps.

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"If you really want to do something sometimes you do have to start at the bottom so that you can grow and also be respected by other chefs, it can't just be handed to you on a silver platter."

She has now started a catering company called Colour Me Kitchen, while doing some volunteer cooking with Clark, including a fundraisers for charities such as Wellington Free Ambulance.

Clark has also gone back to her job at the James Cook Hotel.

- Stuff

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