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Matt’s our man in Masterchef final

Sun, Jul 24, 12:22pm by Staff Writer

Masterchef - Matt and ElenaPunters continue to rally behind schoolteacher Elena to win Tuesday night’s Masterchef Grand Final, with the field now down to two.

Elena is now the $1.55 favourite to win MasterChef, with Matt the outsider at $2.35.

Matt, who usually roasts coffee for a living, hits the final full of running having dominated Monday’s semi-final with a mains of a confit duck leg with harissa pumpkin, roasted baby beets, dukkah and a date reduction. He followed up with a brioche doughnut with orange and coffee for dessert.

He had the judges in raptures and was the first through to the final two.

“At this stage of the competition I’m cooking as well as I ever have,” Matt says. “I feel good, I feel comfortable in the kitchen. I feel ready.”

Sportsbet reports that there are more individual bets on Matt but Elena has 54% of punter support.

“It’s been a long road to the final and there’s not much in it between the two but the punters are confident Elena will be Australia’s MasterChef 2016,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.

Elena made it into the final courtesy of an Australian take on the Nicoise Salad and a dessert which was a variation on apple, cheese and bikkies with a combination of apple sorbet, goats cheese mousse, fennel salted caramel sauce and crumb.

Elena has been the surprise packet of the popular series, and was a $21 outsider at one stage.

“I didn’t mind not being seen very much in the beginning because it gave me an opportunity to grow and develop,” she said. “I’m super-excited to be in the final two.”

Harry and Elise bowed out over the final two days, leaving Elena and Matt to fight it out in Tuesdays final.

Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is the guest star of the final show, which will see three rounds of cooking from the pair.

Thirty points are up for grabs in the first round with contestants having 60 minutes to hero one ingredient, while the second round, for another 30 points, is a main course with no rules.

The final 40 points will be awarded based on a dessert by Blumenthal and his head chef at Dinner by Heston, Ashley Palmer-Watts.

Suggested Bet: We know we tipped Elena last week, but all over Matt now at the $2.35.


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