Hunter and vegan team up in kitchen
A hunter and vegan baker may seem like a baffling cooking team.
But a blend of chia seeds and traditional meat and veg could give the two My Kitchen Rules New Zealand contestants a winning edge.
Liam and Eden McPhillips will represent Taranaki when they battle it out with five other teams in the latest season. They have a chance to win $100,000 and the championship title.
Together, the father and daughter duo make a huntergatherer team. It should help that the pair are ‘‘best mates’’ who have spent plenty of time in the kitchen together.
The first episode of the season kicked off on October, 7, with Pa¯pa¯moa couple Sindy Coetzee and Roger Smith.
Food is being judged by celebrity chefs Pete Evans and Manu Feildel.
Eden, 21, who lives in Hamilton and works as a raw vegan baker at Two Birds Eatery, said initially it was her mum who wanted to apply for the show with her.
She was ‘‘absolutely heartbroken’’ when Eden chose to apply with her dad instead, Eden said, with a little laugh.
But her dad Liam is probably the better cook. ‘‘I’ve always baked and cooked with [Dad] growing up. And I know he’s pretty good in the kitchen. Mum’s more of a mum cook, you know? Lasagne. That kind of thing.’’
Besides, they didn’t expect to actually get picked. ‘‘[Dad] just kind of did it, like, ‘Oh, it’s another one of Eden’s ideas’. One thing led to another, we ended up being on the show and he was like, ‘Oh, didn’t see that coming’.’’
Liam is a keen hunter and fisherman who dishes up a tasty meat and three veg.
‘‘He’s good at making pasta and bread too. He’s pretty much a jack of all trades,’’ Eden said. ‘‘Whereas I’m more into plant based and that kind of stuff.’’
Liam McPhillips likes hunting and fishing but daughter Eden is a vegan.