“I can’t cook”: Mental health too much for MasterChef’s Brent
Feeling the pressure and distance from family, contestant tells MasterChef his mental health is more important than winning.
MasterChef Australia contestant Brent Draper quit the show last night citing the pressures of the competition and mental health concerns.
After Round 1 of a two round competition, Brent put up his hand to declare, “I can’t cook. Mentally, I’m just not there.”
Admitting he had nothing more to give he was taken aside by judge Jock Zonfrillo.
“I just need to go home. I can’t do it. It’s my mental health.
“I just can’t get it out of my head. It’s just affecting my cook, my sleep, everything.
“I don’t want to but I think it’s the only thing – it’s the right thing. I’ve come to the point where, that’s all that’s going to help me. Getting home, sorting myself out.”
The Queensland boilermaker, 31, indicated he was missing family, but he had also spoken to his wife about his decision.
“She’s supporting me 100%. I just can’t break it,” he told Jock.
But he was also told quitting would be a point of no return.
“I’ve just got nothing left,” said Brent.
There were hugs and tears when he eventually made his departure, effectively cancelling the need for a second round and elimination.
It was a candid yet authentic moment, but Brent is not the first contestant to quit over the 13 seasons of the 10 show.
In addition to the pressures of the TV competition, MasterChef contestants face extended periods away from family. In the past those conditions have included isolation from newspapers, radio and television so ‘focus’ on the cooking contest.
10 also screened a Lifeline alert at the conclusion of the episode.