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Kitchen Rules: ‘We’re not so awful’ „„ By Bridget Rutherford THEY HAVE been labelled the villains of My Kitchen Rules New Zealand and been called nasty, evil and “the worst word ever.” But Christchurch’s Heather Andersen, 30, and Mitch MacDonald, 39, say they are not the “awful” people viewers think they are. On Monday, the friends will cook in the sudden death round against two other teams before judges, Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, decide who will go through to the grand-final. But it has not always been smooth sailing for the former St Andrew’s College students. Ms Andersen, a sales manager, said they were portrayed as the villains because they had stronger opinions than the other teams. “I know what I said, but only half the sentence ever made it into the episodes,” she said. “I don’t mince my words, I’m not a horrible person. If you ask me a question, I’m going to tell you what I think because you asked me.” She said they may have gone in a “bit hot” in the first episode, but they knew they could back

KNIVES OUT: My Kitchen Rules New Zealand contestants Heather Andersen and Mitch MacDonald say they are not the villains viewers think they are. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

it up in the kitchen and would score fairly. “Social media went crazy. People got really personal about how we look. Luckily, I have a thick skin, these people don’t know me.” Someone said she looked like

she had jaundice, while another said she had a beard, Ms Andersen said. “People talk behind your back. I was in Pak ‘n Save Northlands and someone said ‘there’s that b***h from MKR’. “Mitch got called the worst

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word ever on the golf course in Queenstown. They get so invested.” Ms Andersen said she had no regrets. She received backlash after she made comments about the other teams. But she said they were all good friends and the other teams thought it was funny. “There’s an ongoing situation about Wanaka, but Chris [Wright] called me and they are trying to get us down there. Everyone talks every day.” The pair say their cooking style was modern Kiwi cuisine with a twist. Ms Andersen specialises in desserts, while Mr MacDonald takes the lead cooking the protein. Mr MacDonald, a real estate agent, said they were humorous people and, at times, their comments were misconstrued. He said they were a bit surprised at the backlash, but at the end of the day, they entered a reality television show. “For me, I’m more protective of my children going to school and hearing things.” Ruby, 7, and Chloe, 8, liked helping him in the kitchen and learning how to cook, he said.

PRESSURE: Mitch MacDonald and Heather Andersen scored 61 out of 90 in Monday’s elimination cook off against Auckland mates Jaryd and Ben.

“If you see Heather and I on the street or out, come and have a chat to us. We’re not that bad,” he said. “Christchurch has been through a lot. We are Cantabrians and are very loyal. To cook well and make Christchurch proud is a very big thing for us.” If the pair end up being crowned champions, they have not decided what they would do with the $100,000 prize. •MKR NZ airs on TVNZ 2 every Monday at 7.30pm.

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