“Throwing together 12 contestants that have been here before and have gone out into the world and achieved their own sense of self within the world of food – then throw in 12 superfans who have grown up watching the show and are really very sophisticated in what they can achieve. That’s an interesting dynamic,” Melissa told WHO.
“I think for the returning contestants, they are invigorated by that rush of new blood. And for the brand new superfans, they are really working with people who have been their heroes and who they aspire to be,” she added.
“You see a lot of incredible food, you see a lot of personal, individual styles being struck very early, and that’s something that doesn’t happen for a long time with people who are trying to find their identity in the kitchen. It’s really a testament to the quality of [the contestants].”
With the competition now whittled down to two faves it’s tough to know for sure who will come out on top.
There is one name, however, that has remained bookies’ favourite to win throughout much of the competition.
TAB and Sportsbet both have season 7 winner Billie McKay as the one who’s tipped to claim the crown, with her odds of winning at $1.06 and $1.12, respectively.
Despite being a seasoned professional in her own right, Sarah Todd hasn’t got the bookies backing. Over on TAB and Sportsbet her odds sit at $9.00 and $7.00, respectively.
Last night we saw superfan Daniel Lamble hang up his apron. On his way out Fireman Dan told New Idea, “if I was a betting man I would put my money on Billie.”
“She is so damn talented and good at what she does, but she is so humble and she puts in so much work.”