This year's hotly contested MasterChef title looks more and more likely to be taken out by a female cook after one of two remaining male contestants was eliminated last night two days before the grand finale.
Unfortunately for Tasmanian schoolteacher Ben Milbourne plating up the least impressive steak for the judges sent the 30-year-old packing.
Though he admitted he wasn't 100 per cent confident his creation would be a winner among the judges, he thought it would be enough to get him to the finale.
"I wasn't stoked - I thought I probably wouldn't win the day but maybe it was good enough to scrape through," he told _AAA _ over the phone from Sydney, where he is preparing to film the show's finale.
"I hoped that (if) I cooked everything perfectly, the judges would put me through on that, but everyone else did such an amazing job."
Since entering the top 50, Milbourne has produced some stand-out Mexican-inspired dishes, and now his love of the cuisine is something he wants to make into a career.
After the show wraps up, he and fellow contestant Andy Allen plan to head to Mexico to learn more about traditional and regional cuisine, with the idea of eventually opening a restaurant together.
"We want to get over and look at regional and traditional Mexican food and then we'll come back and put our spin on it and spend some time at a few restaurants in Melbourne and then go from there," he said.
On the love front, Milbourne - who broke up with his girlfriend Sally last year in order to do the show - hopes to sit down with his former flame and discuss whether they have a future together. "We're going to catch up back in Tassie and sort of sit down and look at what we'll do next and where we're at.MasterChef airs at 7pm today on Ten.
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