Hayden Tells Us That the Hibachi Grill Is Not to Blame for His MasterChef Elimination
Hayden Quinn was the latest contestant to be eliminated from MasterChef: Back to Win, thanks to undercooked dumplings and overcooked rolled beef.
In the first round of Sunday's Elimination — which also saw the sudden, though not unexpected, departure of Ben Ungermann — the contestants were pitted against one another in a cook-off. Each pair were challenged to cook a dish from a particular cuisine in just 60 minutes, with the least impressive dishes landing seven contestants in round two.
Sixth place in season three, Hayden was making Chinese food, up against Tracy Collins, who made Stir Fried Swimmer Crab with Black Bean. His Pork and Ginger Dumplings weren't cooked through, landing him in round two.
Round two saw Hayden go up against Laura Sharrad, Sarah Tiong, Callum Hann, Sarah Clare, Brendan Pang and Tessa Boersma. They were tasked with making a dish in 60 minutes that "heroed" a flavour combination of their choice.
The bottom two both used beetroot and horseradish, Sarah Clare creating a Beetroot and Horseradish Beef Tartare, while Hayden cooked Rolled Beef with Beetroot and Horseradish Ketchup. The beetroot in Sarah's dominated the dish, but Hayden's didn't seem to hero the beetroot and horseradish at all, with overdone beef and an unpleasant texture to the sauce. That was enough to send Hayden home.
As the other contestants became emotional at his departure, Hayden explained that he'd had the "most incredible experience" returning to MasterChef, "hanging out with the best of the best".
Read on for our interview with Hayden: