Everyone who has been eliminated from MasterChef Australia so far

These are the cooks who have crumbled under the pressure.
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Things are heating up in the MasterChef Australia kitchen as a new batch of talented home cooks battle it out for the winning title and a life-changing $250,000. Already, many have left. But who will reign supreme?

Across fifteen seasons, the beloved culinary cooking competition has launched the careers of some of Australia’s most celebrated celebrity chefs.

While it isn’t possible for every contestant to return as a judge – like season one runner-up Poh Ling Yeow and season four winner Andy Allen – many past winners have gone on to open food venues, release cookbooks, and even star in their own cooking programs. 

Who has left MasterChef 2024?

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Josh Clarke

It was tough times for this New York-raised, Queensland-based coffee roaster as he was challenged to create a meat-centric dish with only plant-based products.

“Honestly, this was probably my least favourite challenge of all the challenges,” the 27-year-old admitted to 10Play after his elimination aired.

Admitting he could have “one hundred per cent” executed his dish better, Josh says he wasn’t surprised to be sent home just short of the top ten.

“I think I knew in the back of my head because there was such a lack of confidence delivering it. I was turning that into acceptance that this might be my time,” he continued.

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Sue Bazely

The 58-year-old called her elimination “traumatising” after falling behind in a cook-along with celebrity chef Curtis Stone.

While initially feeling confident, the cook was far from the fun Sue first imagined.

“It was not an enjoyable cook for me whatsoever. It was great to cook along with Curtis Stone as an experience, but it wasn’t the pleasurable experience I would have dreamt of,” she shared with 10Play.

Sadly her dish wasn’t up to scratch and Sue was sent home.

“It makes me feel very sad because I felt like I could have gone further, you have to just accept it. It’s a competition and I’ve come out better for it than I went in. There’s nothing lost,” she added.

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David Tan

After being tasked by certified culinary genius Rick Stein to plate up a dish that featured raw seafood, David opted into creating a dish of tuna with raspberries and an apple puree covered in beetroot.

Unfortunately, the balance of flavours wasn’t quite right and David was sent into the second elimination round of the cook where he made a hot smoked salmon dish with couscous and fennel salads on the side.

Ultimately it wasn’t enough to keep him in the competition and the “neurologically spent” David was sent home.

“I used all my creativity at the start and, by the time I hit that second round, my brain left the room,” the pharmacologist shared with 10Play after his on-screen elimination aired.

“It’s all about celebrating the wins…every chance to cook in the kitchen, the people I met and the opportunity of cooking with them and learning, that for me is a win,” he added.

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Savindri Perera

Fans were left devastated when 30-year-old Sav was eliminated from the competition just weeks before the finale.

The South Australian is a passionate Sri Lankan home cook and has impressed the judges all season long with her zinger dishes.

Sadly, however, she was eliminated after failing to adequately recreate Darren Purchese’s Cherry Blossom dessert.

But in a plot twist an episode later, Sav was given the opportunity to re-enter the competition alongside her fellow eliminated contestants and successfully did so, much to her, and her fans tuning in from home relief.

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Stephen Dennis

In an all-or-nothing elimination where the contestants were tasked with cooking a dish that featured egg in “an interesting way,” Stpehen’s dish didn’t come together as he hoped.

“Initially, I had a well-defined dish in mind and I was pretty confident with doing it,” he shared with 10Play after his shock elimination.

“I’ve cooked with eggs a lot, so I was pretty confident that I was going to be fine. Going into the challenge I wasn’t worried at all, but as I went through I started having cracks come apart and I suddenly realised I wasn’t working as well as I normally do. I wasn’t as calm as I normally was,” he added.

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Snezana Calic

Pastry queen and MasterChef Dessert Masters alumna Anna Polyviou turned the heat up when she tasked the remaining contestants with recreating her newest creation – a Sunny Side Up dessert – in a pressure test.

While it looked deceptively simple from the outside and was plated to look like a runny egg yolk over toast, the actual construction of the dish was something else entirely.

Unfortunately for Snezana, after mistakenly leaving out a key ingredient, she was forced to re-make the dish from scratch, putting her 30 minutes behind her fellow chefs.

Ultimately, while she was able to plate a dish that she felt looked complete, the judges criticised her for failing to balance the flavours and the integrity of the pastry construction.

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Juan De La Cruze

From the very first episode, Juan cemented himself as a fan-favourite in the competition.

But, sadly, his endless optimism wasn’t enough to save him from an elimination challenge after serving up a lacklustre tuna ceviche.

In an effort to redeem himself to the judges, the Argentinian plated up empanadas that whilst plated up beautifully, failed to impress with their flavour and fillings.

“I was happy with the idea and execution. I think the flavours were there but I never got to try all the elements together,” Juan shared with Ten after he farewelled the MasterChef kitchen.

“I just loved this journey so much.”

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Lourdes Leschen

During a French-themed Mystery Box challenge, Lourdes found herself in a Pressure Test where she was tasked with recreating a Smoked Egg Yolk Raviolo with Truffle and Asparagus. 

While starting the cook strong, ultimately it got away from her, the end result being overcooked pasta and egg.

“Even though I failed that challenge, I was ultimately still happy with how I had done so far in the overall competition. I didn’t find much reason to stress about it,” she shared after her time in the MasterChef kitchen came to an end.

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Lily Davies

After failing to identify the secret ingredients in a blind taste test challenge, the 30-year-old found herself in the bottom six where she and her fellow competitors were told they could only use ingredients from the first round and had no access to the pantry.

“I just knew, going into that cook, I felt really deflated,” Lily admitted to 10Play after her elimination aired.

“I was really struggling to think of what to make with the limited pantry. There were so many ideas in my head I couldn’t do because certain [ingredients] weren’t there.”

Ultimately, after plating up undercooked chicken and raw leek, the NSW native was sent home.

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Khristian Walker

After landing in the bottom four, Khristian was tasked with recreating judge Jean Christophe-Novelli’s Jack-In-The-Box dessert – an intricate dish that features a whiskey-soaked brownie, dark chocolate vanilla mouse, white chocolate crème, fruit, and roasted hazelnuts.

Oh, and did we forget to mention the fragile sugar work that garnishes it? 

In short, plating up this dessert was no easy feat, and sadly Khristian fell behind his fellow contestants who were more experienced when it came to cooking with the sweet stuff than he was. 

“Desserts are not my forte, as much as I love eating them and making them,” Khristian shared with 10Play after his elimination. 

“[But] it was a privilege to recreate [Jean Christophe-Novelli’s] dish.”

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Jonathan Hooper

In an elimination round, the contestants were tasked with recreating one of Andy Allen’s mum’s favourite family meals, reminiscent of the 1980s, but with a twist.

Ultimately, while his dishes had great potential, a series of mishaps in the MasterChef kitchen sent Jonathan home.

From an inedible cheesecake that was stuck to the pan in round one to a “clumsy” pappardelle pasta in round two, it just wasn’t his day.

Speaking with Ten shortly after his elimination aired, Jonathan reflected upon his final challenge, revealing that he “wasn’t feeling good going into that cook.”

“Instead of trying to create a better dessert, in my mind, I just thought I’d make the same thing but better…I knew it at the start of that cook. I just wasn’t feeling inspired.”

“I don’t think I appreciated how much of a mental game [MasterChef] is,” Jonathan added.

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Steph Griffen

Things didn’t go to plan for Step following guest judge Jamie Olivers‘ recipe for ‘Trevor’s Chicken’ – a dish that had featured on the menu of his father’s pub in the UK for more than 15 years.

After making a small mistake during the cook, the 38-year-old fell behind and was forced to improvise, the result being overcooked and dry chicken, and pastry that wasn’t as brown as it needed to be.

“During the cook, I made one wrong move and I knew then I was screwed,” she shared with 10Play following her elimination, adding that she pondered whether it was worth even continuing. 

“[In this cook] I was feeling very uneasy and super overwhelmed. I think those nerves got the better of me, I was too much in my head.”

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James Holmes

When tasked with plating up his “food dream” to the judges in a free-for-all creative challenge, British expat James Holmes failed to meet the mark with his squid dish which was described as “tough” and “undercooked” by the judges. 

Given his calamari with a parsley and tahini sauce was described as “one of the least impressive dishes” of the night by newcomer judge Poh Ling Yeow, it was no surprise that the 38-year-old became the first contestant to be eliminated from MasterChef Australia in 2024. 

“It has been a wonderful experience. It has been a privilege to be with these guys and cook in front of their watching eyes. And I would like to thank you for the opportunity, but also for the compassion with which you give us not-so-good news,” the aspiring restauranteur lamented before leaving the kitchen.

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