MKR sweethearts create Cookbook

By Harata Brown
  • Auckland

My Kitchen Rules semi-finalists Jay Wanakore and Sarah Chase have added another project to their busy lifestyle. The high school sweethearts are now writing a new cookbook following their time on the popular television show.

The Chase-Wanakore duo are making their own recipes for success. At 26-years-old, they're self-employed, engaged and with three children in tow.

“We're crazy, I don't know how we do it, I ask myself every day, how do we do it? Because you know, we have three kids, got this one here, that's four kids, we just make do with what we've got,” says Sarah Chase from Ngāti Tuwharetoa.

Since becoming semi-finalists in the My Kitchen Rules programme, they thought they'd share their recipes for all to enjoy. They're writing a cookbook with a mix of Māori ingredients that are healthy and affordable.

“We've got a lot to do to complete this book. We need to write and cook 100 recipes,” says Jay Wanankore from Waikato-Maniapoto.

Chase says, “Writing the recipes, it's been a challenge, but it's been fun, especially working with different types of food, and changing up recipes to suit our lifestyle.”

Outside of cooking, the parents run their own website and social media campaigns in between contract work in the television industry.

“One of our biggest challenges is finding time for our family and our three children, and doing our family activities together,” says Wanakore.

Penguin Books NZ are set to publish the new cook book, Sarah and Jay's Fresh Flavoursome Family Food, in early 2017.