MasterChef's Lisa Chased Her Dreams So She Could Inspire Her Son To Do The Same

"I'm still pinching myself."

Lisa Diep is still pinching herself after her time in the MasterChef kitchen.

"I mean, I've been watching since the first season as a viewer," she told ten daily, "I've been sitting at home like 'I can do that,' but actually being in the garden for the first time... it was crazy."

Unfortunately for Lisa the pressure test was one designed by Alla Wolf-Tasker, an incredibly challenging dish made up of so many precise elements.

"When you do something and emotions are involved, even though you just want to do a good job, sometimes the outcome is different than if you were just doing it with out all the emotions," Lisa explained.

"I kept thinking I really wanted to get through, but the pressure got to me in the end."

One of Lisa's main motivators going into the house was her son, Hunter, who when she first went into the MasterChef house was only 18-months-old.

"It was so hard to be away from my family," she explained, "Hunter was having so many of his 'first moments', learning to talk and new words".

"I felt guilty as a new parent, but I needed to remember: If I wanted to one day tell my son to follow his dreams... I needed to do the same."

Despite putting her life on hold and leaving her family for several weeks, Lisa was surprised at how quickly the bonds formed with the other contestants. "The love of food really connected us," she said.

The intensity of being in the kitchen, the challenges and pressure tests were a lot to handle, but it was an even bigger shock to the system leaving the competition.

"When you leave you're like, 'Oh okay... it's not about a pressure test anymore. You just have to readjust and think about what you're going to do next."

For Lisa, part of that was working with another MasterChef alum, Reynold Poernomo at his dessert bar KOI.

"Desserts were never my strong point so when I left the kitchen I really wanted to work with Reynold and get more experience there," Lisa said.