MasterChef Australia contestant Jimmy Wong.
MasterChef Australia contestant Jimmy Wong. Channel 10

Jimmy exits MasterChef, Miles survives to cook another day

CENTRAL Queensland ranger Miles Pritchett is safe to cook another day on MasterChef after narrowly avoiding elimination.

Tonight's Nigella Lawson-themed pressure test came down to Miles and Jimmy Wong, whose under-cooked lamb proved to be the deciding factor.

Jimmy, whose sister Theresa Visintin remains on the show, was full of praise for his roommate.

"Miles is such an incredible person," Jimmy told APN.

"We were roommates and he was a good mate of mine in the house.

"It was so hard to cook against him and Chloe (Bowles) because they are both fantastic friends.

"It was a strange feeling because I wanted to stay but that would mean one of them would be in trouble. It was weird to be in that position."

Chloe, Jimmy and Miles compete in a pressure test set by MasterChef guest judge Nigella Lawson, pictured second from right.
Chloe, Jimmy and Miles compete in a pressure test set by MasterChef guest judge Nigella Lawson, pictured second from right. Channel 10

But Jimmy is thankful he didn't have to cook against his sister.

"That would have been horrible," he said.

"It's a lot of pressure with or without my sister, but it would have been incredibly hard to be up against her. Instead I had her cheering me on. I could hear her voice and that helped me a lot."

Needless to say, Jimmy will now barrack for his sister as the reality cooking competition continues to play out on the small screen.

"Of course I want Theresa to go so well, but the other two I think are doing sensationally well are Matt (Sinclair) and Elise (Franciskovic), who are both from Queensland. The water must be good up there."

Since leaving the show, the 49-year-old has already undertaken work experience at some of Sydney's top eateries including Quay, Icebergs, Marque and Flour and Stone.

On Thursday Jimmy starts his new, paid job with MasterChef alumni Reynold Poernomo at his Chippendale dessert bar Koi.

"Reynold has been a guiding light for me; I can't wait to keep learning with him," he said.

"His creativity is off the charts so I'm hoping to pick up some of his techniques and round myself off in the dessert area.

"I do have a real passion for plating and make sure things are well done, and that aligns with what he does."

He still plans to one day run his own cooking workshops in Tasmania.

MasterChef continues tomorrow night when the top three cooks from Sunday's invention test, including Rockhampton-born bartender Harry Foster, will be surprised with a midnight snack challenge set by this week's guest Nigella Lawson.

The winner will then compete against a professional chef for an immunity pin.


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