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MKR 2014 grand final live blog: Chloe and Kelly v Bree and Jessica

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Did trash-talking West Australians Chloe and Kelly succeed over South Australian mums Bree and Jessica? All the highlights and results below.

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The victors ... season five winners Bree and Jessica.

The victors ... season five winners Bree and Jessica.

Well, that's it for MKR for 2014. It was a compelling season and hard fought finale.  There were only two points in it in the end: 54 v 52. Audience favourites from SA Bree and Jessica have taken the crown. Could a food business be in their future?

We know what Chloe and Kelly are doing. Kelly is working as an apprentice chef and hopes to open a cafe with Chloe in the future.

I know I posted this earlier, but here are my top 10 memorable moments: the good, the bad and the send straight back to the kitchen. I'd love to hear yours too:

1. When Thalia and Bianca dropped those plates en route to the table. A proper #omigod moment.
2. Harry v knives. DANGER! DANGER!
3. Bree and Jessica’s semi-final peach and apricot tarte tatin. I swear I dreamt about it last night.
4. David in his undies drinking red wine while "trophy wife" Corinne ironed his trousers. #tbt #1950 #scarredforlife
5. That rather large saucer of milk a certain two teams seem to have drunk from prior to every challenge. You know who I’m talking about. As for whether it’s memorable for the right reasons, I’m not quite sure...
6. Thalia and Bianca’s deep fried ravioli.  I’m still scratching my head about that one.
7. Twinning!
8. ‘Pastry-gate’: When Chloe and Kelly used store-bought puff pastry in their first instant restaurant. Sprung!
9. When Josh told Daniele to "shut up" on national television. Awkward and quite a few shades of wrong.
10. Carly and those Carlyisms. So many moments...


Thanks for reading and commenting!

Cheers

Sarah

Jessica: "this has been the most amazing thing to ever happen to us"

WOAH!

Except for kids and getting married ''and all that''! 

Cue glittery confetti and running children!

Scores

Bree and Jessica

Karen: 9
Guy: 9
Liz: 9
Colin: 9

Manu: 9
Pete:9

TOTAL: 54/60

AND THE SA MUMS WIN!

Here come the scores!

Chloe and Kelly

Karen: 9
Colin: 8
Liz: 8
Guy: 9

Manu: 9
Pete: 9

TOTAL: 52/60

Very good score. It's going to be close!

I put my bid on for ''cooked to perfection'' as the most overused phrase on MKR earlier. @Ricksta has some more to add:

 

Here come the scores!

ARGHHH! Ad break.

(ah, Channel 7 has to plug its next reality TV extravaganza)

Bree and Jessica

-salmon carpaccio: cured perfectly, great start to a five course meal. BUT not enough horseradish. It was a ''tease'' says Manu.
-Scallop lasagne: perfect pasta, beautifully cooked scallops
-Squab with carrots: "hard to fault", says Karen. "you guys nailed it'', says Guy of the squab, although carrots needed longer.
-lamb in consomme: ''perfect dish, nothing to fault,'' says Pete.
-deconstructed tart: reminded Colin of his childhood. Liz loved that the rhubarb was used in so many elements on the plate.

 

WOW! Some serious rave reviews from the judges.

 

THE JUDGING!

Chloe and Kelly

-rave reviews for the caprese salad
-confit trout: nicely cooked, but Pete and Guy had bones in their fillets
-veal sweatbreads: for the first time (possibly) ever, a sauce is a the ''hero of the plate''.
-pork trotters: Chloe and Kelly came and they conquered, although maybe it was a little salty.
-figs: nice dessert but the sugar shard ''not perfect''.

And as Manu says: ''if it's not perfect, don't put it on the plate''

 

"Nerves of steel" for sure. Chloe and Kelly were a really slick unit tonight.

Can anyone call it?

Both teams have really stepped up tonight. This dishes have looked stunning and based on the judges' feedback, it doesn't look like there were any big mistakes (with the excpetion of those fish bones).

 

So, the final course.

Deconstructed chocolate and rhubarb tart v Rose chocolate with spiced figs

Chloe and Kelly's figs bring back Guy's jaded palate. But the judges aren't sure about the sugared 'glass'.

Bree and Jessica's chocolate tart

Guy Grossi is transported to an English garden. Colin is ''quite happy'' with it. And Karen likes the textures. ''Clever cooking'' she says.

The eliminated contestants rave about the ice-cream.

Again, it's a close one. Perhaps a strong finish for Bree and Jessica? Hard to tell.

There's a lot of love (or playing nice) in the greenroom tonight.

They're done! Desserts are on the plate. High fives and hugs all round.

For the first time this episode, Chloe and Kelly look under the pump.

Course four is plated and ready to go.

Ouzo and tomato braised lamb v Pigs trotter crepinette with crispy pig ears

Chloe and Kelly's pork trotters are up first. So what does the ''poet of pork'' think? Colin gives points for the whole animal approach. But Karen and Liz take issue with the course progression and two rich sauces in a row.

And Carly says what many in the room are probably thinking "I have to keep pretending it's just a rissole".

Bree and Jessica had some issues getting the dish onto the plate. But the ''floater''-free consomme has the judges in raptures. ''It's the star or the show'', says Guy Grossi of the consomme, describing it as ''perfect''.

"Unbelievable," says Manu.

"Perfection," says Liz.

Enough said.

And MKR goes where I never thought it would: ''floaters".  Let's just leave it at that.

 

''Go mummy!"

And Jess is back on track.

Ouzo and tomato braised lamb, hold the tears, thanks.

 

Pull it together Jess! She's ''on the edge'' says the peanut gallery. Wilted greens with a side of tears coming your way judges.

Team Chloe and Kelly seem a lot calmer than team Bree and Jessica. There's also a lot of talking themselves up going on in Team WA, however.

The ice-cream is taking a soft-serve turn for Team SA.  The kids will be happy.

Chloe and Kelly 'fess up: they're pitching the trotter dish at "the poet of pork" aka Colin Fassnidge. Can't quite tell if that's a compliment.

 

Wow, Kelly has a convert. #missionaccomplished

 

There's yelling, sweating and swearing but course three is served:

Spiced squab with heirloom carrots v veal sweetbreads.

Again, both dishes are beautifully presented.

Guy Grossi loves the SA Mum's squab: "It feels like you're sitting in a restaurant, and a very good one at that''

One quibble from the judges: the carrots could have been cooked for a bit longer.

Chloe and Kelly's veal sweetbreads get kudos from Colin for taking a risk. Liz is ''blown away''.

And hallelujah, that sauce-fiend Manu Fieldel is finally happy: after five seasons it's the best sauce he's had on MKR.

Again, it's close. But my sense is Chloe and Kelly reigned supreme on course three.

A two Michelin-starred restaurant in London, morel mushrooms...Kelly on her one woman mission to raise the bar at MKR.  (shhhh, don't tell anyone about the bones in the last course!)

Are sweetbreads like fairy bread? Hmmm, not quite Twinning with that one girls!!

 

Course two: Open scallop lasagne v Confit ocean trout with pesto broad beans

Karen and Liz love Bree and Jessica's 'elegant' lasagne. Did Karen just describe it as ''perfect''?!

CRUNCH! That's the skin on Chloe and Kelly's trout. But those bones have come back to bite them on the bum. Guy has three large ones in his fillet.

(but breathe a sigh of relief ladies, Colin's piece was bone-free).

Hmmm, it still seems close, but perhaps Bree and Jessica for course two?

A big call from @erincoates.   I'd say most overused phrase is "cooked to perfection".

Course two is nearly here. Open scallop lasagne v Confit ocean trout

Looks like the sticking points could be bones in the fish OR overcooked pasta.

 

 

Could Manu's purple jacket be tomorrow's meme?

A big claim from Kelly - pork trotters are better eating than pork belly.

As for 'the captain', he's flummoxed by the prospect of scallop lasagne. (doesn't get out much!)

The judges are taking their seats. Guy Grossi has dusted off the tux for the occasion.

It's beetroot carpaccio with cured salmon v caprese salad with confit tomatoes.

It's 'mmmmmm's' all around for Bree and Jessica 's cured salmon. Although Colin and Manu are wanting more horseradish.

Chloe's home-made cheese gets her bonus points right from the get-go. The caprese with a twist has a few fans around the table. Ticks from the judges for confidence and technique for Chloe and Kelly.

Are we tipping Chloe and Kelly for first course?

 

There's a pasta-disaster!  Still, they're plating up with no probs at all. Both dishes look beautiful so far.

Bree and Jess aren't 'the captain's' only fans, it seems:

 

Props to Chloe for making mozzarrella from scratch. Both teams seem to be stepping it up for the grand finale.

Now it's family time.

Chloe's little boy Dylan, 7, gives his mum a flower. So sweet!

And now the SA mum's daughters arrive. It's a tear-fest!

 

 

A lot of love in the room as the eliminated contestants arrive.

Bree and Jessica love Corinne and David, apparently. Ah, OK.

And Chloe and Kelly have made some ''lifelong friends''.

But on a serious note, I'm pretty sure I spotted Harry in the crowd. Good to see he is recovering well after the accident that left him with a broken neck.

STOP TALKING CHLOE AND KELLY! START COOKING!

Same goes for you Bree and Jessica.

They've got two hours until the first course is served.

Bree and Jessica's menu:

Beetroot carpaccio with cured salmon

Open scallop lasagne

Spiced squab with heirloom carrots

Ouzo and tomato braised lamb

Deconstructed chocolate and rhubarb tart

Chloe and Kelly's menu:

Caprese salad

Confit ocean trout

Veal sweetbreads

Pigs trotter crepinette with crispy pig ears

Rose chocolate with spiced figs


What do you think of the team's menus?

Are the producers trying to see up the good v bad battle right from the outset? Check out the colours of the team's unforms.

And is Manu channelling the purple people eater with that velvet jacket. Golly!

Or...

 

OK, it’s time. The opening credits are rolling. Let’s recap: Team SA mums (aka Bree and Jessica) will face-off against Team WA world travellers (aka Chloe and Kelly) in a FIVE COURSE extravaganza.

Before it starts, let's play that game: if I was in the grand final of MKR, I would cook....

Would you keep it simple, given the time pressures? Or go all out and really push the boundaries of your skillset and experience? Share your menu in the comments.

For inspiration, I asked MKR judge and host, and Good Food columnist Pete Evans what he would serve in this situation. Here’s what he had to say:
“I would start with a small slice of the raw zucchini lasagne from today’s Good Food as it will blow people’s minds as to how delicious raw food can be. Then I would do perhaps an offal dish of duck liver. Then into a gorgeous wild caught gurnard (fish) dish. Fourth course would be all about grass fed meat, which would include marrow, heart and ribs. Dessert would be my raw cheesecake (dairy and gluten free from my "Healthy Everyday" cookbook).



It’s been a pretty entertaining (and, it seems, controversial) season – some good dishes, strong characters and challenges that have really put the contestants through their paces. I’m thinking breakfast for hungry commuters at Sydney’s Central Station, plus all those food truck rounds.

Here’s my top 10 memorable moments: the good, the bad and the send straight back to the kitchen:

1. When Thalia and Bianca dropped those plates en route to the table. A proper #omigod moment.
2. Harry v knives. DANGER! DANGER!
3. Bree and Jessica’s semi-final peach and apricot tarte tatin. I swear I dreamt about it last night.
4. David in his undies drinking red wine while "trophy wife" Corinne ironed his trousers. #tbt #1950 #scarredforlife
5. That rather large saucer of milk a certain two teams seem to have drunk from prior to every challenge. You know who I’m talking about. As for whether it’s memorable for the right reasons, I’m not quite sure...
6. Thalia and Bianca’s deep fried ravioli.  I’m still scratching my head about that one.
7. Twinning!
8. ‘Pastry-gate’: When Chloe and Kelly used store-bought puff pastry in their first instant restaurant. Sprung!
9. When Josh told Daniele to "shut up" on national television. Awkward and quite a few shades of wrong.
10. Carly and those Carlyisms. So many moments...

And I haven’t even mentioned Bianca’s tears over Harry’s elimination (so adorable), when Josh and Danielle didn’t serve up those gels (heartbreaking) and Chloe and Kelly’s ‘brainy’ triumph (respect!).

What will you remember most about season five of MKR?

A semi-final winner ... Bree and Jessica's apricot and peach tarte tatin with cinnamon ice-cream.

A semi-final winner ... Bree and Jessica's apricot and peach tarte tatin with cinnamon ice-cream. Photo: Supplied

Hold on to your blenders and blow torches foodies, the MKR season five grand final kicks-off in a little under 30 minutes. Team SA mums (aka Bree and Jessica) will face-off against Team WA world travellers (aka Chloe and Kelly) in a five course battle for $250,000 in prize money.

Will you be watching, jumping on the boycott bandwagon, or pretending to be Team Paul and Blair on social media while the TV is tuned to Channel 7? Whichever way you choose to spend the next couple of hours, stay tuned to this live blog as we cheer, jeer and drool over the final instalment of MKR for 2014. Comments are turned on – we’d love to hear from you.

Bon appétit!

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  • Totally rigged. two mummy's VS trash talkers. rating gold. The best cooks were not always rewarded and the judges going forward and backward on home cooked vs restaurant style food. We will never see the winners again.Mark my words. Very disapointing as the real talent was let go to early, only beacause they didn't rate high enough or didn't fit the winning criteria. Remember TV is a business first, entertainment second.

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    cameron ob
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    Baulkham Hills
    Date and time
    April 30, 2014, 2:34PM
  • It was a hard fought battle and seemed like fair judging on this final episode. I wasn't convinced it was fair play leading up to the final but it really did seem fair and square on this one.

    I have a spot for Kelly. It's Chloe who led their bitchy ways. Regardless, they can certainly cook!

    Best of luck to everyone who participated and thank you for inspiring my cooking :) I'm twinning in my kitchen.

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    TG
    Date and time
    April 30, 2014, 12:31AM
  • Thank you for the end to this drivel - MKR + The Block + Masterchef = trash telly and Tele reader smarts

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    Boring
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    April 29, 2014, 10:05PM
  • I will never watch this show again - how they won is beyond me - I even barracked tonight for C&K because they deserved to win more than those two - totally rigged in my opinion

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    Sue
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    April 29, 2014, 10:02PM
  • Oh my lady gaga - what a great mkr season, and excellent live final coverage thank you!

    Highlights for me: Manu's hair, getting higher and stranger each episode, the great cast of initial characters (Hapless Harry, positive thinking Carly, the Captain and Tennille, sweet Uel and Shannelle, aggressive Josh) and the battle of the twinning against WA bitching - what a winner. More home restaurant rounds next year please!

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    LP70
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:57PM
  • I do not watch this as a rule although sometimes its on but wanted to see it tonight then bugga me from the judges comments to the annoncement of the winner ...........Stupid Digital television cutting out only during the show I missed all the fan fare. prerecorded? all the tears of the winners and the confidence of runners up well done all though.

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    Shaz
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    Brisbane
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:55PM
  • I'm glad the mums won. I never liked the trash talking "we ate that in XXXX".

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    not a chef
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    April 29, 2014, 9:51PM
  • My favourite MKR line this season is from wonderful Carly - "oh my lady gaga"

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    LP70
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:50PM
  • "Five courses worthy of any fine restaurant anywhere in the world". Bet Khloe^ is pissed off she didn't get to eat the great food from the mums, except there's no bogan - snob factor.

    ^ or is it Celly? The two are like Tweedledee and Tweedledum, or Rosenstern and Guildencrantz

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    Allan
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    April 29, 2014, 9:49PM
  • Great to be getting this live feed in Bavaria!

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    hotlap
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    Ansbach, Germany
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:48PM
  • OK I might be wrong - the mums sound like they have it from the comments...

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    LP70
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:41PM
  • Dont care who wins. The guys should have won. They ran rings around everyone. The SA mums should have gone a while ago. I am over her crying. Toughen up please it's only cooking. The WA girls are bitchy. Anyway its a tv show, doesnt mean a thing at the end of the day and we wont remember who won in a weeks time. Till next years group of dysfunctional people.

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    michaelm
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:39PM
  • Cool that I get the live feed here in Bavaria!

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    hotlap
    Location
    Ansbach, Germany
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:33PM
  • I reckon the WA girls have got it

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    LP70
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:33PM
  • The Mums by the skin of their teeth !

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    Lynne
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    April 29, 2014, 9:31PM
  • The Adelaide mums should win this because they have mentioned their familes and kids hundreds of times, looking for the sympathy vote from the judges. Its rigged anyway, the queensland blokes were the best chefs, they should have been in it.

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    Piesnchess
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    April 29, 2014, 9:22PM
  • i would of piped the rhubarb..it all looks too clumpy

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    maidy
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    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:20PM
  • This is not live. Wot a con!!

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    tim
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    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:17PM
    • I can assure you it is Tim!

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      Sarah McInerney
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      April 29, 2014, 9:20PM
    • If it was "live" then how come Channel 7 have combated the rigging claims by saying the series was filmed last year?

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      blu
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      April 29, 2014, 11:04PM
  • the mums have to totally screw up their dessert to lose it now

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    maidy
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    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 9:17PM
  • why the hell dont they tip the sauces into a pouring jug..so much easier to put on the plates

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    maidy
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    queensland
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 8:51PM
    • Time management, perhaps?

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      Sarah McInerney
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      April 29, 2014, 8:55PM
    • wouldn't it save time? instead of putting it on spoon by spoon

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      maidy
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      April 29, 2014, 9:03PM
  • Totally agree (8.15 post) - what is Manu wearing? It's completely fabulous!

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    LP70
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 8:16PM
  • Keep Harry away from any knives...

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    LP70
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 8:04PM
  • Jess breakdown and tears shocker! I bet Bree is pleased to get a break from her

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    Pr
    Location
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 7:50PM
  • i think the people boycotting this show are actually just been pathetically childish. What reality show is not steered by the producers? They know the outcome they are looking for. Just sit back and enjoy the final

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    maidy
    Location
    queensland
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 7:44PM
  • way to set a battle up. black against white..and guess who got black

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    maidy
    Location
    Queensland
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 7:41PM
  • The mums will win. No matter what anyone cooks, the mums will win. Only they can warm our hearts by constantly reminding us they want to make their daughters proud. It's about story not skill.

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    seen it all before
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 7:40PM
    • agreed, and the silly judges will fall for it, hook and line, the sympathy vote will get the boring mums home.

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      Piesnchess
      Location
      Date and time
      April 29, 2014, 9:24PM
  • it is not right to reward the WA couple with a finals birth for their disgusting bullying behaviour. This sends the wrong message to kids and fans.

    I for one am going to the shed to get some paint to redo the wall.

    I am not watching this show.

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    Not amused
    Location
    Date and time
    April 29, 2014, 7:30PM
  • My question is: When precisely are the semi final votes cast by the judges? At the time of eating the meal without knowing who cooked what or later when the decision is imminent. The former ensures a fair and transparent result while the latter potentially rigs the result.

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    fred
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    April 29, 2014, 5:26PM

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