M-chef: 'Arranged marriage' unravels
Masterchef contestants Cerry Sim and Jack Tan may have been thrust together in a shock twist but their elimination was far more subdued.
The duo went out last night after delivering sub-standard spaghetti and meatballs and tiramisu during a five-way cook-off.
They had entered the competition in separate duos but were forced together in what Sim described as a kind of "arranged marriage".
Sim, 30, said a faulty icecream maker meant she was limited in what she wanted to do with her tiramisu.
"I've had a tiramisu before and I wanted to do a coffee icecream but it turns out the machine was actually broken.
"In half an hour I think I could have made it because it is a very small batch.
"I wanted to push myself harder and if I can do an icecream in half an hour that is quite a good accomplishment."
The shock elimination of her sister, Mel, from the show two weeks ago still did not sit well, Sim said.
"I was a little bit gutted, because I really thought I was the one going home.
"I was thinking that Mel had put her studies on hold just to come with me to Masterchef and I felt a bit sorry that I was staying and she was going.
"A lot of people ask me if I had the chance to do it again, would I change my mind and sometimes I think yes, sometimes no."
Tan, 25, said a lack of experience with meatballs contributed to them going home.
"In the cook-off, I'm no big fan of meatballs and I haven't made a lot of them before."
It was tough the way his flatmate and former team member, Catherine Chen, had to leave the show, Tan said.
"It was because of Catherine that I stayed this long in the competition, I couldn't have done it without her."
Tan and Chen have been busy since filming finished, running cooking lessons and starting a catering company, all the while still working as engineers at the Whakatane Mill.
"It's been absolutely hectic, because we have the cooking class then work and the catering is picking up, " Tan said.
Sim has plans to start some form of culinary business with her sister but for now is focusing on her two children, aged 4 and 2.
"I would like to concentrate more on them because a business you can start any time but kids only grow up once."