A MONSTER dessert became the undoing of sparky Trent Harvey on MasterChef tonight.
The 29-year-old was the first cook to be sent home from the reality cooking's show's finals week.
In a marathon four-and-a-half-hour cook Harvey, Matt Sinclair and Mimi Baines were asked to recreate pastry chef Christy Tania's Mystique cake.
Tania, one of the country's best patissiers, even described the dish she created as "terrifying".
The layered dessert, which is served in a smoke-filled dome and wouldn't look out of place on Game of Thrones, is made up of 17 individual elements.
"Seeing the dish come out I was definitely terrified right from the start," Harvey told APN.
"Matt and I knew we were up against it for sure. Mimi's very good with her pastry skills, so as the underdogs it was pretty scary."
A humble brownie, of all things, was Harvey's undoing.
"I felt like I was going pretty well for the first half and then the brownie got me unstuck," he said.
"It was the only thing on the recipe I'd done before."
Harvey, who quit his job as an electrician before going on MasterChef, is now working at Local Press café in Canberra in preparation for his dream of opening his own café next year.
"I found a place I wanted to do something similar to... the owner gave me a trial and then that was it. He said have as many hours as you want," he said.
"I've learned so much about running a commercial kitchen and a business in hospitality. I've been pretty lucky in the fact they gave me a chance straight away.
"I'm also working on an e-book. I had three or four different books full of recipes when I left (the show) so I've decided to compile them into one book."
He tips good mate Sinclair, from Noosa, to take out the show's title.
"Matt was my best mate in the house. We did a lot of cooking together and have a lot of the same interesting as far as food goes," he said.
"You can tell he's so passionate about it, more so than the other guys I think. He deserves to win."
MasterChef continues tomorrow at 7.30pm on Channel 10.