MasterChef Favourite Brendan Devastates Fans With His Shock Elimination
And it's all down to a silly sausage.
"If you told me this time last year I'd be in MasterChef I wouldn't have believed you," Brendan Pang told ten daily.
The funny thing is, if you had told us this time last week that we'd be talking to Brendan, we wouldn't have believed you.
The 24-year-old was a favourite to go all the way to the end of the competition, even after a bit of a stumble during Nigella's brunch battle resulted in an almost competition-ending injury.
"When I cut my hand," Brendan told us, "I thought I was going home".
"It was a big thing for me to overcome. I cut my hand pretty badly but going into the next week with Gordon Ramsay I really fought hard to stay."
Brendan sliced his hand on a bottle of oil he had dropped, and despite needing 13 stitches, he was back on the gantry the very next day watching his fellow contestants cook.
"I'm right handed so I had to learn to cook with my left pretty quickly."
Brendan landed in the pressure test after failing to identify a Cumberland sausage correctly, something that also tripped up fellow contestant Chloe.
During the cook Brendan wanted to do a traditional Mauritian dish, something that was important to him throughout the competition.
"The pressure just got to me," he explained, "I took on too many elements so walking into the judges tasting I had a feeling I could be going home".
It's easy to see the effect Brendan had on the competition watching back the reaction the other contestants had to the news of his elimination. The room broke down, the chefs he cooked against in the challenge couldn't help but tear up.
Like many of the now eliminated contestants ten daily has caught up with, Brendan explained the unique circumstances of MasterChef.
"It's weird," he said, "it's a competition and it's really full-on, but at the same time it's a healthy competition".
The gang all bonded quite quickly, and after spending long days together during challenges, and living and cooking together in their downtime, the group forged some pretty tight bonds. Ones that will last even after the show crowns a winner.
For Brendan his heart is set on opening a café, something quite literally close to home.
"I'd love to open up a small café in Perth with mum," he told us. Brendan comes from a talented foodie family, with his mum running her own cake business.
"I could focus on savoury food and local produce and mum could help out with her cakes."
After leaving the MasterChef kitchen the foodie favourite did some work experience at some of Perth's best kitchens where he learned tricks of the trade and "professionalism in the kitchen".
"This isn't the end," he said of his leaving the competition, "it's only the beginning".