Cameron Petley became the seventh contestant from the Top 12 to leave
MasterChef New Zealand on Sunday 17 April (8.30pm – 9.30pm) on TV ONE.
In tonight’s show the Top 6 contestants faced both a mystery box
challenge and pressure test. Expert cakemaker Mathew Metcalfe revealed a
large chocolate cone surrounded by four chocolate discs, each decorated
with cupcakes – known as the chocolate tower of terror.
When the tower is brought in, the terror is written all over the amateur
chef’s faces. Jax Hamilton says, ‘I actually couldn’t believe there was
expectations of me to make such a thing, if you were say to me this man
needs brain surgery, it’s the same kind of thing.”
Stuart Todd is bemused, “I kind of thought – well what part of that do
you want me to cook – because obviously you don’t want me to cook the
whole thing, cos that’s crazy.”
Petley remained determined through-out the day despite his recent set
backs with mystery box challenges, “I’ve got to have a go at it, no
matter what.” He continues, “I haven’t done any baking but the recipes
they give us are pretty idiot proof, you’ve got to really do something
wrong to muck it up.”
When Tracylee Hooton and Nadia Lim had a meltdown when their chocolate
rings cracked, Petley was calm but started to show concern as his
cupcakes weren’t going to plan, “some of them are looking a bit huge, I
had about 40 mins to go when I see them bubbling over the top, I just
wanted to pack it in and go home right then and there. They’re just all
joined up like a loaf of bread.”
After the challenge is over he said, “I was a bit disappointed about how
it turned out but at the end of the day I gave it my best shot. They
say real men don’t use recipes!”
‘I’m proud I didn’t give up, that I didn’t walk away,’ he added.
Todd and Hamilton were the top 2 in the challenge again this week, with Todd the overall winner.
It was a close call between Michael Lee and Petley in the bottom 2 but Petley was sent home.
Josh Emett said, “that venison you gave us in the auditions, I have
eaten venison all over the world and that was one of the best bits of
venison I have ever tasted. You have been an inspiration to us all.”
Petley concluded, ‘ [I am] a little upset I am going home but at the end
of the day it’s a competition and someone’s got to go home and its me. I
was hoping to go all the way but I know there are some talented cooks
out there, just not as strong as them up to now. It’s been a tough
journey and I am proud to have given it a go.”
MasterChef New Zealand continues Sundays at 8.30pm on TV ONE. At stake for the remaining contestants is the MasterChef New Zealand title and more than $100,000 worth of prizes.
The remaining contestants are: Michael Lee (Auckland), Nadia Lim
(Auckland), Traceylee Hooton (Taupo), Jax Hamilton (Christchurch), and
Stuart Todd (Dunedin).