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The lovebirds of MasterChef are torn asunder

MasterChef New Zealand on TV ONE and TVNZ Ondemand

Masterchef New Zealand on TV ONE and TVNZ Ondemand

It's a cruel blow to the lovebirds of the MasterChef NZ house as the latest contestant found out. 


Nurse Andrea Bathgate was struck off the MasterChef kitchen roster and shown the door after finding herself in the bottom two, with fellow paramour, Matt Gilray. The pair had failed the latest challenge which saw the finalists told to cook something from the tinned, frozen and packaged food in the pantry.

We caught up with andrea as she readied himself to head home from MasterChef.

1) How have you found the whole MasterChef experience? 
Amazing, incredible, mind-blowing and life changing.
MasterChef was an intense experience, which at times made me wonder why I put myself through the scrutiny and intense (and at times) nausea-inducing experience.  But in all honesty, the experience made me realise that food and cooking are the pathways I need to now follow. Also that a career in food is definitely my dream and passion.  I've also met some amazing, talented and hilarious bunch of people whom I believe we will all be friends for life.

2) How did it feel when the judges gave you that initial apron and then a chance to be part of the final 16?
At first dumb-founded, I wanted to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming.  It felt incredible when Josh gave me the apron and told me that I had earned it.  I received amazing feedback about my audition dish and I pretty much couldn't contain the elation I was feeling at that moment.  All I wanted to do was jump and scream for joy as well as celebrate.

3) How did you feel when you were told to leave the MasterChef kitchen?
Very sad and devastated, because I felt that I wasn't ready to leave the competition, there was still much more I needed to learn and prove. 
It was also really sad to say goodbye to the remaining contestants.  I literally could not stop crying when I left the MasterChef kitchen. I was also angry at myself, because I knew I had screwed up that dish I left on and would have preferred to have left the competition knowing I tried my best and cooked an awesome dish.

4) How have your friends and family reacted?
Excitement that I am on TV and that I got onto MasterChef - they can now tune in and watch someone they know. There's also been lots of laughter and giggles (at my expense), and plenty of support for my future food endeavours.

5) What's the dish you created that you're most proud of?
My audition dish which was the pan-fried snapper with butternut squash puree, bok choy and sambal .  I believe this dish resembled my cooking style (simple, Asian fusion) and represented my Indonesian heritage. I felt very proud when all three judges gave me lovely feedback about this dish.

6) What have you learned most from the experience? 
It's showed me that food is the pathway I need to follow and I need to stop making excuses and start following my dreams.  I've also been taught the importance of listening, having your mise en plus ready before service and how to cope with pressure in the kitchen. 

7) Who will you miss seeing most? Why?
Haha, I guess Matt...and I think you can fill in the gaps as to why!

8) What's your biggest regret about not getting further in the competition than you did?
My biggest regret? That I didn't win! I wanted to learn more about food and cooking, and immerse myself deeper into the whole culinary experience.  I also regret missing out on the opportunity to travel with the finalists.

9) What would you have changed about the challenge which led to your eviction?
I don't think I would have changed the challenge because I think it was an awesome idea to have free reign and cook whatever you'd desire with just pantry and frozen goods.  I think I would have thought more carefully about the dish I was going to do and realise that re-poaching tinned pears (that are already cooked, duh) was a silly idea and that placing the tart with the caramel back in the oven and over-cooking it was a big "uh-oh" mistake as well.  If I had to do that challenge again using only pantry and frozen goods, I would definitely steer clear from that dish.

10) Fill in the gap: the kitchen utensil I look like the most is... 
A wooden spoon.

11) What's next for you?
MasterChef made me realise that food and cooking is my dream and it is possible to achieve. 
I am enrolling in Le Cordon Bleu which is opening in Wellington later this year to study culinary arts to help me pursue my dream of becoming a chef and one day owning my own food establishment.  I also want to learn photography and get my hands on a DSLR camera and start taking food pictures and begin a food blog dedicated to recipes and drool-inducing food porn photos.  Also, to keep on cooking, having adventures, travel and continue learning.

Take a look at Andrea's MasterChef New Zealand audition dish here.

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