Noosa pair face off in MasterChef final
TONIGHT'S MasterChef grand final is an all-Noosa showdown as two local talents cook for one final time on the reality cooking show.
Either coffee roaster Matt Sinclair or teacher Elena Duggan will be crowned the eighth annual winner after Harry Foster's elimination last night.
Their families and friends will be cheering them on from the Coast tonight, including Ms Duggan's father Owen Duggan, from Little Cove.
"It's going to be a big night in the Duggan household," he told Noosa News.
"I think she's a good chance (to win). Matt's very good too, but I think Elena has become very well versed in desserts and main meals and that should stand her in good stead."
Mr Duggan, who ran Dive Boutique on Noosa River until 1998 and now works in aged care, thinks his daughter has a future on the small screen.
"Her plan long-term is to be able to have a property, grow produce and teach people.
"I think that's a fantastic goal and I think she'll achieve that eventually, but after watching her on MasterChef I think she'd be great on TV," he said.
"Sure I'm probably very biased as her father, but she's smart, she's got very good language skills, she's pretty and she can cook."
Win or lose, he believes she'll likely return to California, where the reality show recently filmed, to gain more experience in the restaurant industry.
"Inglenook Winery (where she filmed with MasterChef) said she could go back there any time she wanted for work experience.
"I think that's a pretty good reason to go back to the States by itself," he said.
Mr Sinclair's wife Jess, who works at Hastings Street eatery Bistro C, said she has been blown away by the support for her husband.
"The support for him has been so impactful," she said.
"I've had nothing but words of encouragement to send to him.
"It's been nothing short of an amazing ride.
"Obviously working in hospitality I get to see a lot of people who come through the doors and they all express their excitement for him," she said.
The couple postponed their honeymoon so Mr Sinclair could go on the show, but it was a small sacrifice for the rewards he'll reap in his new career.
"I still get emotional when I watch him on TV."
The MasterChef grand final airs tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 10.