‘Soul sisters’ excited for future
Their kitchen might not have ruled but these two Rotorua soul sisters are ‘‘too blessed to be stressed’’ about it.
My Kitchen Rules contestants Natasha Whitewood and Hera Waitai created a sizzle with viewers thanks to their upbeat attitude even when they were beaten in sudden death against Wanaka couple Chris and Bex on Monday’s show last week.
The pressure was on the girls from the start with not only their culinary idols Pete Evans and Manu Feildel to cook for but also the cast of Shortland Street.
Their crayfish entree was a hit with the judges, their Risotto main fell short of the mark. Their poached pears for dessert looked to secure them the win but they were beaten out by two points in the end as Chris and Bex’s menu.
Competing on MKR was always on the bucket list for the best friends, Hera said. ‘‘We are big fans of the show,’’ she said. ‘‘We have always been challenging each other putting on dinners or seeing what we could cook with only a few ingredients. The opportunity came up and we took it.’’
Tash said cooking for Pete and Manu didn’t add any pressure to their gameplan. ‘‘It was really just a privilege to cook for them,’’ she said.
Hera said growing up in Roto- rua helped prepare them for the competition, especially cooking for large groups at the marae. ‘‘We used that as part of our game plan and you have to have a game plan,’’ she said.
‘‘In the kitchen we are fully in our element but you have people filming you and the clock counting down. You never feel you have enough time in there. Everything that went right and wrong in that kitchen we own it.’’
The pair left the competition with a smile on their face.
‘‘Kai is a love and passion of ours. Our time on the show has been amazing and we pushed each other and ourselves through a challenging opportunity,’’ they said.
‘‘We remained true to who we are, have no regrets and believe everything happens for a reason. This is only the beginning, not the end.’’
That new beginning will involve a wedding ring for Hera who is getting married in December. ‘‘I’m focusing on that for now,’’ she said.
Tash is focusing on her foodie Facebook page, Tashzkai, and wants to travel around New Zealand and abroad tasting indigenous cuisine. The health warning issued by the Medical Officer of Health last month for Otautu Bay has now been extended to include all of Lake Rotoehu.
The public are also advised that Lake Okaro, near Rotorua, is unsafe with an algal bloom.
Routine monitoring conducted by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has confirmed blooms of potentially toxic blue-green algae at both locations.
‘‘These health warnings mean that people should avoid any activity which results in significant contact with the lake water,’’ said Dr Phil Shoemack, Medical Officer of Health.
Contact with water affected by blooms of blue-green algae can cause asthma and hayfever attacks, skin rashes, stomach upsets, and in some cases neurological effects such as tingling around the mouth, headaches, breathing difficulties and visual problems.
Signs will be erected at both Lake Rotoehu and Lake Okaro advising of the risk.
Monitoring will continue and any changes in advice will be communicated accordingly.
The public can obtain up-todate information on this health warning and others by phoning 0800 221 555 or on the website ttophs.govt.nz/health_warnings
MKR contestants Natasha Whitewood and Hera Waitai of Rotorua were eliminated from the competition last week.