Exit interview with Chelsea Holmes

Last night we saw Chelsea Holmes being the first booted from the
Masterchef Top 16 after just moving into the house with the other
contestants. In the bread baking challenge her gluten free loaf was just
not good enough and despite being confidant she wasn’t going to be at
the bottom, she received the lowest score.
This morning I had a chance to talk with Chelsea, who was very gracious about her elimination,  about her time on Masterchef.

What do you think went wrong last night?
Choosing the gluten free
bread, I’ve never done it before and I didn’t taste it. I wont be making
gluten free bread ever again now.

What did you make of the TV creating process?
I had never done it before so I didn’t now what to expect. There is a
lot of pressure but I seem to thrive under stress. But it is much easier
cooking in your home with a little one under foot than having a camera
in your face: at home you can take your time and you keep an eye on bub
but in the Masterchef kitchen you have to be so conscious of everything
you do and everything you say.

Do you think you deserved to go home?
If it tasted bad and was the worst then it was the worst. And I was wanting to go home and be with my family.

How was your time in the house with the other contestants?
It
was fun, but I wasn’t there that long. I made friends with Alana
Harper, she’s pretty cool And with Zee Tana, we talked a lot about
cooking, he has such  wealth of knowledge about food and he is such fun
to cook with.

Last night we saw a lot of wastage, do you think that there should be a
way of ensuring that home-cooks on the show don’t waste so much food?
Well
thankfully I didn’t throw out all my eggs like Zee, I nearly did. But I
do think it could have definitely been handled better.

Favorite Judge?
Simon and Ray are really nice and sweet, but not Josh, hes very stern and tough, he is what you see on the TV.

What is your philosophy to your food and cooking?
Be
creative with what you’ve got, even when its not fancy. I teach
home-cooking classes in my home for mums in Manukau, help them to be
creative when cooking for their families and to help stop home-cooking
from being a dying art.

What are your plans for the future?
I still really want to do my own
cookbook which I started before Masterchef, ‘Mums & Bubs’. It’s
about making the family meal that caters to all the different ages and
needs in the family so you don’t end up having to making 5 different
meals every night. I have always been cooking and I will keep on doing
it, we all need to eat.

Chelsea and her husband are now expecting their second child due in August. Congratulations and all the best!

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About the author

Karyn Fisk

Former, not sour, Masterchef contestant from season one. Lover of food and now following my dream of making cakes with a little writing on the side, check out my Tempting Thomas Cakes page http://www.facebook.com/TemptingThomasCakes .
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