But not to worry, straight after this jaw-dropping statement, Declan revealed that he had healed just fine.
“There was no pain in the moment, there was just so much adrenaline. But I did have a battle scar now.”
Whilst tuning in to watch from the comforts of his couch was Declan’s original plan given he had already lived it, he did change his tune very quickly.
“I’ve watched every single episode. It’s just been so amazing, it’s such a special production to be part of and it was just put together so beautifully,” Declan admits.
“It’s been really nice watching it with [my girlfriend] Talya and my family, having an insight into what I actually did day to day.”
Surprisingly, this was the first time the semi-finalist had ever applied for the reality cooking competition.
But based on his experience, he does have one pearl of wisdom for any home cooks looking to follow in his footsteps.
“My word of advice is do not prepare! If you start preparing you are already setting yourself up for failure!”
“You’ve just got to go in with ambition and intuition and know that you can think fast on your feet at the challenges that get thrown your way.”
“If you go in trying to prepare for the unknown, you are setting yourself up for failure.”
The beach-based home cook also touched up his heartwarming relationship with 65-year-old Robbie Cooper who he describes to us as his “adoptive father.”
“We created such a special bond and a special friendship.”
The pair haven’t seen each other in a few months, with Declan planning a trip to the Northern Territory soon: “I just want to go see him,” Declan says.
Another especially heartwarming moment from this season saw Declan step in to assist fellow contestant Theo Loizou when he was falling behind during a pressure test challenge.
“Obviously the 250,000 at the end of the path wasn’t going through my head [in that moment],” Declan tells us.
“Theo or not I would have helped anyone out. I was glad that he pulled through and he ended up plating a finished dish.”
So what about the future?
“I will approach the future with an open mind and the determination to make the most of opportunities that come my way.”
“I’m keen to hone my skills and expand my culinary knowledge even more [as well as] collaborating with Robbie and some other contestants that I really clicked with this season.”
As for who Declan thinks will take out the title of MasterChef champion for 2023, you’ll have to click here.