With Andre Ursini eliminated from MasterChef last night, the TEN reality series now has its Top 6, who will battle it out next week.
In a taste test on Sri Lankan curry, Andre incorrectly guessed curry powder as an ingredient, allowing Chris to proceed to the final week.
“I can’t believe that a curry would seal my fate in MasterChef,” Andre said. “It’s disappointing but if this is my journey so be it. I wanted to discover if my passion translated into the commercial kitchen and I know it does and I thank the competition for that. There is a real positive for me. I am going to be a chef.”
Gary Mehigan said: “We hope it was a positive experience. You were one of my favourites.”
George Calombaris added: “There is a soft spot I’ve got for you. I love your aggressive positive energy. Please don’t change that. If there was anyone I could bank money on going out there and becoming a chef like me and Gary, it’s you.”
Excitingly, Andre is now considering several opportunities, including a job offer from internationally renowned chef Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre in Singapore.
TEN now looks to a huge week for the cooking contest, as four contestants will be eliminated over five nights, leaving just two for the final on Sunday July 19th.
The remaining contestants, Justine, Poh, Chris and Julie are re-joined by Lucas and Julia to battle it out.
CHRIS BADENOCH: Beermason Chris from Melbourne has been one of the strongest competitors from the start. Often in the Top 3, Chris has consistently impressed the judges with his inventive style of cooking. Chris has cooked against celebrity chef Alex Herbert and has also been in the pressure test twice, most memorably in the croquembouche episode.
JULIA JENKINS: Food obsessed Julia from Melbourne (originally from Perth) proved that the amateur can do it, when she beat celebrity chef Peter Evans. Fast-tracking to the final week of MasterChef, Julia has spent the past 9 weeks being mentored by Peter, working in his restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne. With invaluable experience of service in professional kitchens under her belt, Julia comes back into MasterChef determined to win.
JULIE GOODWIN: This working mum of three from the Central Coast has been on an amazing journey. Conquering her nerves, Julie has survived several pressure tests and gone on to compete against two celebrity chef’s, the legendary Donovan Cook in Hong Kong, and Adrian Richardson. While she didn’t beat the chef, she has certainly earned her place in the Top 6.
JUSTINE SCHOFIELD: Ex sales executive Justine, from Sydney, consistently proved herself to be among the top of the crop, cooking against Matt Moran and Guy Grossi in celebrity chef challenges and leading her team to victory in several team challenges. Justine was eliminated on a stir fry challenge in Hong Kong after she was pitted against Julie. Returning to MasterChef, Justine has been firmly back on top and her most recent highlight has been winning the navy challenge, where contestants cooked lunch for 200 hungry sailors.
LUCAS PARSONS: Ex professional golfer Lucas, from Sydney, caused a stir in the competition when he beat celeb chef Ben O’Donoghue and fast-tracked to the final week of MasterChef Australia. Rejoining the contestants for a surprise challenge in Hong Kong, Lucas has also spent his time being mentored by celebrity chef Manu Feildel. Working in professional kitchens around Sydney also puts Lucas into the unknown quantity bracket with Julia.
POH LING YEOW: Poh was eliminated from the kitchen after the high octane wedding challenge. The contestants had just 12 hours to prepare a three course wedding menu, and Poh also elected herself to stay up all night making the cake. Her dishes suffered as a result and she was eliminated. Rejoining the competition with Justine and Tom, Poh’s cooking continues to impress the judges. Her abacus beads dish during the first round of auditions still remains one of the most popular dishes the judges have tasted.