Billy Law was eliminated from MasterChef last night in a tight battle with golden boy Hayden Quinn and controversial contestant Mat Beyer.
Despite being praised for his tricky salt encrusted guinea fowl it was a raw beetroot salad that was his downfall.
“I think definitely the pressure was on me when other contestants thought I was a strong contender,” he said. “When people tipped me to win it was intimidating and, yes, I felt threatened.
“It was devastating to be told I was leaving and I really wanted to keep on going.”
“When I knew my dough wasn’t up to scratch I panicked and spent all my time trying to salvage the dish instead of moving on to making two perfect side dishes,” he says.
“I just didn’t have time for my side dishes and when I served up the raw beetroot and apple salad I was hoping that I’d scrape through.”
But all may not be lost….
Promos for Wednesdays episode indicate a bombshell when Matt Preston arrives at the contestants’ house to deliver the bad news that someone else is being immediately cut from the contest.
Media reports have previously indicated Mat Beyer was cut prior to the New York trip (which airs on Sunday).
If producers decide to return the last evictee, Billy may get a lifeline.
The 90 minute episode is ideally timed against the State of Origin match at 7:30pm Wednesday.