Things are heating up in the MasterChef Australia kitchen, as 12 household names and 12 aspiring chefs battle it out for the winning title.
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With the return of former contestants and winners like Julie Goodwin, Billie McKay and Tommy Pham, the contestants will need to give it all they’ve got to really impress the judges and stay in the competition.
Series judges Melissa Leong, Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen are the ones who will taste-test each and every dish as it’s plated up to determine who will be the season’s winner.
But in order to get there, viewers will need to say goodbye to their favourite cooks as they’re sent packing throughout the season.
So, who has handed in their apron and walked out those MasterChef doors? Scroll on to see every eliminated contestant as they are revealed.
“I just had a really efficient time on MasterChef.”
The very first elimination round of the season saw Chris Tran, one of the fans, leave the MasterChef kitchen after his Mì Xào Giòn failed to impress the judges.
Despite his time cut short, Chris told 10 play that he still managed to get the most out of the experience after going from the top four competing for immunity down to finding himself battling in the elimination cook.
“It was the feeling of the highest highs down to elimination, which I guess is the lowest low,” Chris said. “I just had a really efficient time on MasterChef. I kind of experienced the whole thing!”
A marathon challenge got the better of Dulan.
During a marathon challenge, Dulan Hapuarachchi rushed his way through a Polly Wanna Waffle, sadly ending his time in the MasterChef kitchen.
“I wanted to show the judges what I can do, I feel like I wasn’t able to because my time was pretty short,” Dulan told 10 play after his exit aired.
“But the worst dish of the day goes home, that’s just how it works in MasterChef. Everything happens for a good reason, so I just have to believe that!”
“That’s the way the competition goes.”
MasterChef fans know all too well just how difficult it can be to recreate a signature dessert by Reynold Poernomo, and unfortunately for Max Krapivsky, he felt that firsthand.
But, when the judges revealed that Max was going home, no one was more shocked than his co-star Alvin, who was “just resolute” about going home.
“So, when the judgement came down that it was me going home I think Alvin was the most shocked out of everyone, but that’s the way the competition goes,” Max told 10 play.
“We’re not the ones tasting the dish at the end of the day, it’s the judges and it’s their call.”
“I just knew that I still belonged in the competition.”
Coming in as the very first Favourite to be eliminated this season, John Carasig lost out to a challenge involving eggs.
“I was actually confident, when I saw that one egg I thought I’ve got a few dishes I can actually do — it’s something I always cook with anyway, savoury or sweet. I felt quite confident going into that elimination,” John told 10 play.
“I just knew that I still belonged in the competition and I really wanted to stay and make sure I did my best on the day,” he said.
Despite his confidence, John’s lemon tarts just weren’t up to scratch, and a botched batch of meringue meant that one of his main elements didn’t make it to the plate for the judges.
The season five favourite was sent home after a tart gone wrong.
Despite the flavours being all there, Christina Batista’s smoked pecan and butterscotch tart was just slightly undercooked, ending her time in the MasterChef kitchen.
“I had a feeling that it was going to be me,” she told 10 play. “Seeing the other boys’ tarts, I noticed mine had sunk in the middle a little bit… once I heard Matt and Dan had done a good job, I don’t know, I just had this gut-feeling that it was going to be me.
“And I had already got all my crying out, so I didn’t have to cry on my way out, I just cried the entire episode,” she added, laughing. “I warned my entire family like, there’s going to be a lot of crying and I am sorry!”
“I was pretty chill about the elimination.”
Season 10 winner, Sashi Cheliah, was the next chef sent home, after a massive two-part all-in elimination.
It was the final moments in the challenge that sealed his fate as he plated up his overnight fish curry, dosa, coconut chutney and peanut and coriander chutney.
“Funny thing was, I was pretty chill about the elimination, I was going around consoling everyone like ‘Don’t cry, don’t cry,’” he told 10 play, laughing.
“When you cook, you know whether it’s a good cook or a bad cook. If something happens, I know it’s my fault, nothing else to blame.”
“That completely broke me, at the end I was just shattered.”
Tasked with recreating Alla Wolf-Tasker’s summer cucumbers with Murray cod without ever seeing a recipe, Minoli De Silva couldn’t handle the pressure.
Speaking to 10 play shortly after her elimination, Minoli admitted she was “mortified” that she had to serve Alla Wolf-Tasker her dish.
“It was just a mess at the end and my heart was broken that I was serving one of my favourite chefs food that I wasn’t happy with – especially her food!”
“That completely broke me, at the end I was just shattered,” she said.
Jenn lost out to a time challenge.
Choosing to make a signature dish of hers during a time challenge, Jenn Lee faltered on the simple elements and was sent into the second round, where she was then eliminated from the MasterChef kitchen.
Speaking to 10 play after her exit, Jenn, who was born in Taiwan, shared her hopes that her time on the show would bring more awareness to Taiwanese cuisine.
“Having this opportunity to show the rest of Australia what Taiwanese food really is and how amazing it can be has been absolutely amazing and it made me really proud and humbled,” Jenn said.
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