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Interview MKR winners Neena and Belinda

By Regan In Throng Date February 10, 2015

When Neena Truscott & Belinda MacDonald won MKRNZ last year, I was happy. From the moment I saw their approach to healthy living the way they approached the world as a supermarket I thought there was a lot of potential for great things. The gimmicky label, the modern day hippies, may have worked from a TV perspective but in reality, the two women are simply living and eating as many of our grandparents and great grandparents did, dining off the land.

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Interview MKR winners Neena and Belinda

MKR Winners launch website with ideas that will raise eyebrows

By Lynley Bilby In NZ Herald Date February 8, 2015

The reigning queens of reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules are taking their unique brand of cuisine and whipping up a new recipe for this year.

After wowing the judges with restaurant-quality meals made using ingredients found growing wild at the side of the road, Cambridge-based Neena Truscott and Belinda MacDonald are using their winnings to turn their foodie passion into a business.

The pair will launch their website The Green Kitchen tomorrow. It will contain recipes, workshops and cooking demonstrations featuring a menu that is sugar and gluten-free and filled with foraged food.

The pair will also offer a boutique catering service for events and in-home dinner parties.

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MKR Winners launch website with ideas that will raise eyebrows

MKR Winners Neena and Belinda address those nasty comments

By Kelly Bertrand In NZ Womens Weekly Date November 4, 2014

It all started with “a bottle of wine and a chinwag”, and that’s how it finished when “Modern-day Hippies” Neena Truscott and Belinda MacDonald took out the title of My Kitchen Rules NZ 2014 winners last week.

The friends presented a stunning five-course degustation menu and took out the title by just one point, 52 to Aaron and Heather’s 51 points.

But it hasn’t all been a piece of cake, the best friends and cousins-in-law admit, despite their calm and collected appearance on the show.

As well as enduring some nasty public backlash, anxiety, sleepless nights and being away from their daughters – five of the collective six aged under five – the Cambridge pair have had to deal with terrible personal heartache. Belinda’s beloved father, John, passed away only three weeks ago.

“He was in palliative care when we were filming,” says Belinda, through tears.

“He’d been battling cancer for 10 years. He’d try to watch the show and make me out; I don’t think he saw much. But I know he was very, very proud.”

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MKR Winners Neena and Belinda address those nasty comments