EMMA Dean has described her experience on Network Ten’s MasterChef as a “whirlwind” adventure.
The former Epsom resident is one of five remaining contestants battling it out for the coveted title of Australia’s best amateur chef.
Ms Dean said she never expected to make it to the finals and that the journey had been tougher than she ever imagined.
“It has been a lot harder than I imagined, it is so lovely to cook in your own kitchen, to have all your own ingredients and be in control of your surroundings,” she said.
“At the beginning of the show we were told to cook our own food and I came into the show not really knowing what that was for me.
“So it was a really good experience to go on that journey and work out what I like doing.”
Ms Dean said she enjoyed working with fresh and seasonal produce and had plans to open her own restaurant.
“In the next year I want to open up a restaurant with my boyfriend,” she said. “In the meantime I am making a website, trying to get my story out there and the food I want for my restaurant.”
The MasterChef finals week kicks off tomorrow night and by Friday only three contestants will remain.
The grand finale will be held on September 1.
Ms Dean said she was banned from providing details about the final week but that viewers could expect a roller-coaster.
“I can’t say anything except it is a good one,” she said.
Kyneton will feature in the final week of MasterChef.
In the Kyneton episode, the final five contestants and the judges will cook at the Royal George Hotel.
Well-known Kyneton chef Annie Smithers will also feature in the episode.
Masterchef judge George Calombaris and two contestants will also visit Trentham for a sourdough masterclass with John Reid at RedBeard Historic Bakery.