MasterChef Australia contestant John Carasig.
MasterChef Australia contestant John Carasig. Channel 10

John keeping cool after MasterChef exit

MEN are becoming an endangered species on MasterChef.

Only three male cooks remain in the reality cooking show's Top 11 after John Carasig's elimination tonight.

Based on numbers alone, the show's seventh winner is likely to be a woman with two of the three remaining men, Matthew Hopcraft and Stephen Rooney, consistently ending up in elimination challenges.

"I think it comes down to who handles the pressure the most, and I guess the girls have been doing that better than the guys this year," Carasig told APN.

Carasig was eliminated after failing to identify more than a third of the ingredients in a blind tasting of a Korean dish.

Limited to the ingredients he correctly identified, which did not include salt or oil, the Qantas flight attendant struggled to come up with an impressive dish for the judges.

"When we had to list the ingredients all I kept thinking was what could I make? I was thinking ahead of myself and that's where I faltered," he said.

MasterChef Australia contestant John Carasig.
MasterChef Australia contestant John Carasig. Channel 10

"On MasterChef the learning process for me was about focusing on that ingredient and not overcomplicating it.

"I was trying to impress the judges and in hindsight I should have just focused on one ingredient."

The 36-year-old has returned to his job as a Qantas flight attendant while he develops a range of desserts inspired by his Filipino heritage.

"I mainly work in first class and I was so surprised when people were asking for photos with me," he said.

"I grew up eating cheese ice cream in the Philippines but coming to Australia there weren't any of those flavours I grew up with. We've got the best dairy products in Australia, so why not take advantage of it?"

Is he worried about Australians warming to the idea of cheese ice cream?

"I think in the past few years Australia has opened up to different flavours… I think people are ready to try different things," he said.

"I want to share the flavours I grew up with and adapt that to our amazing produce."

He tips best mate Georgia Barnes to win the show, and that young gun Reynold Poernomo will be the last man standing.

"I am biased but I think Georgia's an amazing cook," he said.

"For his age Reynold is very mature and he's putting up some great dishes. That pays off in avoiding eliminations."

MasterChef Australia airs Sundays to Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel 10.


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