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Episode 15 - Tumanako Tinirau

Tū and his whānau were the winners of the second series of Marae Kai Masters (2015). He worked as a renowned baker for the Totally Gluten Free Bakery and helped to invent New Zealand's first gluten-free croissant. He does the majority of the baking at home and loves to make cakes, biscuits, pastries as well as many different types of bread. He does make Rewena bread but his bug stays at home in Wellington.

Tu is planning to demonstrate a bread recipe four different ways on the show – plain bread, braided bread, pizza dough plus breadrolls.  He is also planning to bring in a croissant he has made (although not a gluten-free one – his old boss would kill him if he gave away that recipe!)

Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 14 - Delaney Mes 

Delaney is a freelance food writer, caterer, blogger and MC.

She originally trained as a lawyer before discovering that food was more fun!

She writes for Auckland’s Metro Magazine and Herald on Sunday.  Her original food blog was: Heartbreakpie which she began writing once she found herself alone in a cold flat in Wellington once her long-term partner had left her.  She began baking, cooking and blogging as a nice  distraction and has since been able to turn her passion for food into a career.

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Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 13 - Kevin Gilbert

We are really lucky to have Kevin with us as a gust judge!  We managed to nab him through Baking Industry Association of NZ (BIANZ).  Kevin is an executive member of the BIANZ and in charge of Industry Promotion.

Kevin takes many baking classes and is known as “the man behind NZ’s best gluten-free bread.”   

His advice for others in baking is: know the basics and understand the techniques.

Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 12 - Gundy Pryor 

Gundy's back!

He was the team leader of the winning team - Tūteao Marae of Te Teko  of Series one (2013) Marae Kai Masters.  The MKM blurb for him was: “Gundy, a truck driver and family man, currently lives in Brisbane and is always looking for creative ways to get his mokopuna to eat their dinner.”

Gundy learnt how to cook by watching his nan and mum.  His dad was also a very good cook, and could always make something out of nothing.  

Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 11 - Tumanako Tinirau 

Tu and his whānau (dad John Hamlin, brother Rawiri and sister Rongomaiwahine) were the winners of the second series of Marae Kai Masters, 2015.

Tu is planning to demonstrate a bread recipe four different ways on the show – plain bread, braided bread, pizza dough plus breadrolls.  He is also planning to bring in a croissant he has made (although not a gluten-free one – his old boss would kill him if he gave away that recipe!)

 

 

Episode 10 - Natalie Oldfield 

Natalie is a self-confessed “crazy sweet-tooth” and her baking is phenomenal.  She has five bestselling cookbooks and has appeared as a guest judge on Masterchef NZ.  She also recently contributed recipes to ‘The Great NZ Baking Book.’  

Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


 

Episode 9 - Jay Wanakore

Jay Wanakore is from Otorohanga but now lives in Auckland.

Childhood sweethearts Jay and Sarah Chase were contestants (Sarah & Jay) on MKR NZ in its second series last year.   Jay was known as a “Sonny Bill Williams look-alike” on the show – which is good as Sonny Bill is his hero!  They couple got engaged just before filming started and Jay now also presents the DIY segments on Stacey Morrision’s TVNZ show Whānau Living.

Jay has a background in TV Production Management and Promotions, and Sarah is a Make-up Artist and Mother Extraordinaire.

Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 8 - Rick Metcalfe

Rick was born in Kaitaia but moved to Auckland with his parents and older siblings when he was two years old.  Rick is the youngest child by thirteen years and his parents felt he and his brother and sister would have a better education in Auckland. Rick was also a guest judge in a previous episode of Whānau Bake Off. Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 7 - Jane Rangiwahia 

Jane is a food stylist, caterer and food consultant who has styled food for television, cookbooks and magazines.  She definitely knows when food looks good!  Jane recently took care of the food styling for Jo Seagar’s new cookbook and says we should all make an effort to make our food look beautiful because we “all eat with our eyes”. 

Jane grew up in Taranaki. She has four brothers and her love of cooking grew from helping her mum in the kitchen. Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 6 - Delaney Mes

Delaney is a freelance food writer, caterer, blogger and MC.

She originally trained as a lawyer before discovering that food was more fun!

She writes for Auckland’s Metro Magazine and Herald on Sunday.  Her original food blog was: Heartbreakpie which she began writing once she found herself alone in a cold flat in Wellington once her long-term partner had left her.  She began baking, cooking and blogging as a nice  distraction and has since been able to turn her passion for food into a career. Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 5 - Rick Metcalfe

Rick started his working life as a baker.  He’d wanted to become a chef but his dad ran into a baker while visiting his accountant and had soon arranged an apprenticeship for his fifteen year old son. Rick was born in Kaitaia but moved to Auckland with his parents and older siblings when he was two years old. Rick began working as a pastry chef while in the UK on his OE. In 2001, Rick started his law studies. After completing his degree Rick returned to Foodstuffs and is now Business Manager for New World Supermarkets. Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 4 - Michelle Pattison


Episode 3 - Gundy Pryor

He was the team leader of the winning team - Tūteao Marae of Te Teko  of Series one (2013) Marae Kai Masters. Gundy moved to Australia after his 60th birthday – not because he wanted to but because his partner Nancy did. Gundy and Nancy have been together for around 12 years. He says he was famous in NZ after Marae Kai Masters, but he is a nobody in Australia which is another thing he is really not enjoying. He has four adult children – 3 girls and one boy. All of Gundy’s children were born in Sydney. Gundy learnt how to cook by watching his nan and mum. Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 2 - Wepiha Te Kanawa

Wepiha was raised on his papakāinga nestled beneath the Pāpāmoa Hills in Tauranga Moana. He is the second youngest in a family of five children, all of whom were immersed in te reo Māori from a young age. He studied at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Otepou, Te Kura o Te Koutu and Tauranga Boys College and then went on to study a BA at Waikato University.   Wepiha is also a graduate of the South Seas School of Film and Television, where he fostered his love for Māori broadcasting and film.  This led him to pursue a career at Māori Television in 2012 and he is now a news reporter. Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.


Episode 1 - Allyson Gofton

Originally from Tasmania, Allyson is a trained chef and has been cooking for New Zealanders for over thirty years. She was the face of television’s ‘Food in a Minute’ for 13 years and has written more than twenty cookbooks. Allyson lived in France for 18 months, returning home to New Zealand recently along with her husband Warwick and two children, Jean Luc (13) and Olive-Rose (8). Photo Credit: Pablo Araus.