Hunter and ve­gan team up in kitchen

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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.

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