CHELSEA Fammartino believes everything happens for a reason.
The 34-year-old former retail manager was the fourth contestant eliminated from MasterChef’s Top 24 in a massive 75-minute elimination challenge last night.
As sad as she was to be eliminated from the cooking competition, Fammartino believes it was fate that she left when she did.
The Melbourne native is now working for Donnini’s Italian restaurant on Lygon Street and caters for small events in her spare time.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more,” she said.
“It’s funny how everything happens for a reason. Had I not been on the show this opportunity wouldn’t have arisen. I get to not only make pasta but I get feedback from customers instead of judges.
“I’ve also found love since leaving the show, so I’ve got the best of everything right now.”
And that love is not fellow MasterChef contestant Alex Glasson, as speculated in the gossip pages of several newspapers.
“My dad is one of 14 children and all of my aunties were texting me asking ‘Is it true? Why aren’t you telling us?’,” she said.
“He’s (Alex) a great guy but it didn’t happen.
“It’s funny, I was very close to Alex in the house, but I haven’t even spoken to him since I left the competition.”
Fammartino said it was very difficult to cook against her two room mates and close friends – Rachel McSweeney and Ellie Paxton-Hall – in last night’s sweet and sour pork challenge described as ‘a pressure test on steroids’ by judge Matt Preston.
“Cooking against them made it 10 times harder,” she said.
“Rachel is like the mum in the house and Ellie is like my little sister. To have them next to me and know one of us is going home was heartbreaking.”
She tips frontrunner Hayden Quinn as a grand finale contestant, but doesn’t rule out Brisbane freelance journalist Alana Lowes.
“I was asked this yesterday and I started with Hayden but then I had a dream Alana won, so I’m not sure whether to go with my instinct or my dream,” she said.
“Hayden is such a humble beautiful person. He’s so focused in that house; nothing will stop him. He would be a great MasterChef winner.”
Tonight, the winning trio from Sunday’s ‘lucky dip’ Invention Test – Peter Vickery, Craig Young, and Sun Etheridge - face off against Melbourne chef Adam D’Sylva in the first-ever team immunity challenge.
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