ELIMINATED: Jessie Spiby tips Billie McKay to win Masterchef. Photo by Martin Philbey
ELIMINATED: Jessie Spiby tips Billie McKay to win Masterchef. Photo by Martin Philbey Martin Philbey

Wild time and emotional exit for Masterchef's Jessie

MASTERCHEF wild card entrant Jessie Spiby has plenty on her plate after leaving the show.

The 28-year-old South Australian was eliminated in tonight's episode but has since been making of the most of her experiences with a number of projects.

"I've been quite busy - I'm planning some pop-up dinners in spring, doing my market stall on Sundays at the Market Shed in Adelaide and I'm also writing recipes for an online magazine that will start appearing at the end of the month," Jessie told APN.

"After the show I did a guest spot with Duncan Welgemoed and also some more work experience with chef Paul Baker and they have both been amazing and really supportive."

Up against Reynold Poernomo and Georgia Barnes in the elimination round and under pressure after a tense time auction for ingredients Jessie's chicken dish, while perfectly cooked, wasn't original enough to keep her in the competition and a bitter sauce sealed the deal.

"I knew it was going to be me from the moment I saw my food at the end of the cook... I felt like the time was right for me to go because I felt like my dish was the worst."

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"I was a little bit disappointed that I didn't go out on a dish that I was proud of but I'm really proud to have made the top ten... and I can definitely hold my head high."

"Obviously being eliminated was quite emotional but the whole experience was one that I felt lucky to be a part of," she said.

Jessie said that she had learnt a lot from her time on the show and particularly appreciated judge Matt Preston's feedback.

"He just understood my personality quicker and knew how to push me and get me thinking by just saying a couple of words."

"I think the biggest thing that I'll take forward is just to believe in myself a bit more from the start - looking back I'm annoyed that I didn't because I had no reason not to and I realised how adaptable I was."

"I have so many ideas and so many passions but the long-term goal is to have my own Asian street food warehouse space so I still want to aim towards that but I think it will be a bit more of a long process."

With just six contestants remaining she tipped Billie McKay as one to watch.

"If I had to put my money on someone I'd put it on Billie. She is quietly confident and really talented and I don't think we've seen everything that she can do yet. I also think Reynold has a good chance."

MasterChef Australia airs Sundays through Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel 10.



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