MasterChef’s Ben on drink-driving ban
MASTERCHEF finalist Ben Ungermann has spoken of his regret after losing his licence for drink-driving as he prepares for the show's final tonight.
The Courier-Mail revealed last week that the 32-year-old father of three was convicted of low-range drink-driving and was banned from driving for two months after police stopped him in Brisbane on May 26.
"I really don't condone drink-driving," Ungermann said. "It was an honest mistake."
He said had he waited another 45 minutes he would have been safe to drive.
"The thing is, people on TV are just normal, regular people and everyone makes mistakes," he said.
Ungermann will plate up against Diana Chan in the final of the Channel 10 cooking show tonight after Karlie Verkerk was eliminated last night.
Chan has been the bookies' favourite, but judge Gary Mehigan said Ungermann was her match.
"This is the most level playing field we've had for a MasterChef Australia grand final for a number of years," Mehigan said.
"Diana is very strong but I think we'll see a few chinks in the armour coming out in the finale.
"Ben has proven that he is an absolute workhorse. He is a dad who is trying to provide for his family and he is going to do whatever it takes to get this thing under his belt."
The pair will fight it out over three rounds to win $250,000 and a monthly column in Delicious magazine.
The rounds include a mystery box challenge, a free cook and a s-hour dessert showdown with a dish from world champion chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs.
Mehigan said neither Ungermann nor Chan weren't on his shortlist for the final at the start of the season.
"I thought, 'I'm not sure that this guy's going to go that far' and he has absolutely proven me wrong," Mehigan said.
"I always felt Diana was strong and a clever girl but I didn't have either pegged as the final two.
"I really thought Sarah Tiong was going to take it out. When we were in Japan she was cooking so strongly and singly put up some of my favourite dishes in the competition."
The final airs at 7.30pm on Channel 10.