EXCLUSIVE: MasterChef star reveals behind-the-scenes setback

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

MasterChef star Katrina Dunnett was sent home on Tuesday night after failing to impress the judges with her version of macaroni and cheese and then her bread and butter pudding.

Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, the 25-year-old revealed she had a slight struggle behind the scenes that may have contributed to her eviction.

MasterChef star Katrina has shared how tough the show is and the surprising setback they may have lead to her eviction. Photo: Ten
MasterChef star Katrina has shared how tough the show is and the surprising setback they may have lead to her eviction. Photo: Ten

"It's pretty ironic for me because I actually have coeliac disease, so I can't eat gluten, which is both pasta in the first challenge, and then bread in the second, so I guess it's pretty classic in a way," she joked.

Not being able to taste the dishes certainly seemed to put Katrina at a slight disadvantage, but she added that it almost made her feel better about the whole thing.

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"I guess in a way it almost makes it better, because I wasn't going in there thinking it tastes amazing, so in a way I feel a little OK," she said.

"Bread has never been my friend," she jokingly added.

When asked about whether or not contestants actually have to come up with the recipes on the spot, Katrina revealed that is how it actually is on the day.

Katrina said she didn't mind so much leaving after a bread challenge as she didn't go into the judging knowing if her food tasted great. Photo: Ten
Katrina said she didn't mind so much leaving after a bread challenge as she didn't go into the judging knowing if her food tasted great. Photo: Ten

"The pressure is so intense, so we're told the time we've got and then you've got to think on the spot. So, if you start something you've got to try and go with it to make it work, or take a risk to try and do something else," she said.

"I guess for me, I'd taken a bit of a creative approach to the first round, the mac and cheese, so the second round I just instantly thought I needed to do something safe and traditional, unfortunately, that didn't pay off for me, but that was my thought process in that moment.

"There's really no time to second-guess anything you've got to try and think on your feet, which is the hardest thing, the pressure is so intense."

Katrina added that she had a feeling she might be going home when Andy put her in the bottom two, but she wasn't "completely sure".

"At that point, I think, I wasn't completely sure, but I thought I could be going home, but I was standing there with one of my best friends Dan, so no matter what happened, I didn't want him to go home either," she said.

"So, it's one of those things where I was OK with it. I think when you're on the show it's really life or death, that's how it feels, but there's a huge world outside of this and it's also a wonderful life to be out, so I'm excited to watch all the other contestants too."

The chef also said she can see Tom taking out the crown, explaining, "[Tom's] so incredibly skilled and technical, he also has this mindset that I haven't really seen in any other contestants, he's an absolute weapon, so he's one to watch!"

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