Cleo Kerameas
Cleo Kerameas

Cleo sent packing from MasterChef

A TECHNICALITY sent executive assistant Cleo Kerameas packing on MasterChef last night.

The 45-year-old from Sydney only plated up two out of four dishes after not following directions in a 75-minute dessert elimination challenge.

All 10 members of the blue team, which lost the Cronulla Beach sausage sizzle challenge despite having the knowledge of professional lifeguard Hayden Quinn, had to showcase four pastry cooking skills by making a sponge, custard, toffee and ganache.

The catch was they had to complete one element before moving on to the next.

Kerameas was caught with her toffee and ganache on the go at the same time.

“It was a bit of a shock, but more of a disappointment in myself for misinterpreting instructions and going out on a technicality rather than going out on cooking,” she said.

“I was really anxious before this particular challenge because it was my first elimination ever. I was really, really anxious and misinterpreted the instructions. I completed the process but didn’t physically take it off the stove before I went on to the next item.”

Kerameas is the fifth contestant eliminated from the Top 24 but unlike the previously eliminated amateur cooks, she did not have to quit her job to go on the show.

“I was fortunate enough that my employer was very supportive and saw this as a great opportunity and a great challenge,” she said.

“I had enough annual leave and long service leave to get me through.”

She is now juggling a full-time job and house renovations with her dream of opening a café providor.

“It’s a food store, like a spice market come deli, bakery and café,” she said.

“I would love to get that up and running as soon as I can. I’m in the process of working on those plans, looking for financial investors. There’s a lot of homework and work to do before things get off the ground.”

Kerameas predicts young gun Quinn, Brisbane journalist Alana Lowe, publicist Dani Venn and film projectionist Michael Weldon will make it to the Top 4.

In tonight’s Masterclass, Gary Mehigan makes a veal osso bucco and George Calombaris teaches the remaining contestants how to cook spanner en papillote.

Food stylist Donna Hay also drops in to demonstrate how to make a photogenic baked cheesecake.

In other MasterChef news, judge Matt Preston had a playful Twitter exchange with Australia’s Got Talent judge Dannii Minogue over ratings.

Minogue started the banter when she tweeted “So happy to wake up to #Australia’sGotTalent ratings #ThatIsLikeBreakfastInBed” followed by “#MasterChef you still hungry? @mattscravat”.

Preston, who is in New York City, replied a few hours later. He quipped: “@DanniiMinogue Thanks but still full from 6mill plus viewers a week…you must still be peckish then with just 3mill!!! #masterchef” followed by “…but then we are a 6 course dego & you’re a 2 course lunch! We still love you though!!!”.

MasterChef Australia airs Sundays through Fridays at 7.30pm on Ten.

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