Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Waikato couple Libby and Elliot win The Great Food Race

27 April, 2014

Waikato couple Libby and Elliot win The Great Food Race

Waikato sweethearts Libby Buchanan and Elliot Jones were tonight crowned the inaugural winners of The Great Food Race LIVE on TV3, after an intense, hour-long head-to-head cook off.

The 13 week competition has seen Libby and Elliot showcase their cooking talents not just in New Zealand but across the world taking them out of their comfort zones and on their first overseas experience as a couple.

In tonight’s Grand Final, Libby and Elliot along with fellow finalists Sarah and Danny, were up against each other and the clock for the last time in the most crucial challenge yet. During the Final, #greatfoodface was the number one trending topic in New Zealand on Twitter.

While Sara and Danny were strong contenders, Libby and Elliot managed to snap up the all-important extra point by completing the Maize Maze challenge first.

Tonight, Libby and Elliot cooked a pumpkin and blue cheese ravioli entrée, a trio of duck as their main dish, and a white chocolate mousse with lemon and feijoa curd for dessert.

The judges were impressed and with the addition of their extra point they had a final score of 19, beating Sarah and Danny, who scored 16 points.

Judges Leonardo and Lorenzo Bresolin felt Libby and Elliot were the quiet achievers of the contestants. “They were the dark horses of the competition who never gave anything away. As a team they always had a calmness about them and could deal really well with anything that was thrown at them” says Lorenzo.

Leonardo felt it was Elliot’s skill set and the pair’s teamwork that held them in good stead. “Elliot was good at showing a range of technical skills. He and Libby worked really well as a team, were great at strategising and always gave 100 percent.”

As well as the coveted title Libby and Elliot take home the grand prize of $10,000 worth of Countdown groceries, 10,000 Air New Zealand Airpoints Dollars and $20,000 cash.

Elliot Jones says: “I was terrified about the dessert but now we have won it is incredible!”

Libby Buchanan says: “It’s so surreal! What a cool experience to share with each other.”

Elliot adds: “We wouldn’t have wanted to do this competition with anyone else.”

Sue Woodfield, Head of Commissioning for MediaWorks TV, congratulated Libby and Elliot on behalf of TV3:

“It’s been a fantastic journey. Libby and Elliot have worked so hard under extreme circumstances and I really admire what they’ve achieved. Well done to all eight teams who gave it their all, but most of all a well-deserved congratulations to Libby and Elliot.”

The Great Food Race is an original format produced by Eyeworks for TV3, with broadcast sponsor Countdown, and Programme Partner Air New Zealand.

Hosted by Zoe Marshall and judged by restaurateur brothers Leonardo and Lorenzo Bresolin The Great Food Race blends food, entertaining, racing and travel in a competition where contestants believe they can provide a culinary experience to remember anywhere in New Zealand – or the world.

TV3.co.nz/greatfoodrace
www.facebook.com/greatfoodrace
#greatfoodrace

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Until Dawn - Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. More>>

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks

Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>

ALSO:

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news