PS: Was there anything you were looking to prove by returning to the MasterChef kitchen?
Chris: I think I just wanted to prove to myself that I could give it another crack. It's been 12 years and things change. I'm that much older, this whole wave of new contestants have gone through, and the kitchen's now in Melbourne — I was in Sydney — there's all this new equipment, there's just all this new pressure, there's new judges. It's like, I can't say no to this. Not many people get to do it once and I've done it three times now and I've got to say I'd say yes again. It's kind of addictive.
PS: Who do you think will win?
Chris: I think Simon is incredible with what he does with vegetables and he's got such a good message. I think his ethics and his food is so good, I'd like to see him championing the brand with that message.
Sarah Tiong makes tasty food. Every time I got to cook next to her, I'd just want to eat her whole dish — it was incredible — and she's such a great person.
And Emelia — she's easily the best pastry chef out of everybody. And she's just solid and I reckon she might be the real dark horse of the competition, because she doesn't screw up, she's never in the bottom, she's got a great sense of humour, good personality, doesn't get fazed by stuff. I reckon she's one to watch.
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