Sweet exit for Con as MasterChef mates Matt and Charlie stay
CON Vailas isn't crying over the cake that sent him home from MasterChef last night.
The musician and food enthusiast was the second victim of the reality cooking show's Nigella week, tripping up on a cake quiz set by 'domestic goddess' Nigella Lawson.
He then served up a dense and unevenly cooked pound cake to the judges; it was enough of a misstep to get him eliminated.
"I'm pretty new to cooking for someone who decided to go on MasterChef. I haven't been cooking as long as people might think," Con told APN.
"I love cake and I love eating cake... but it's something I did not know much about cooking.
"You'll never catch me cooking a cake at home."
The 31-year-old only started experimenting in the kitchen after moving to Melbourne with his fiancé Sarah two years ago. They put their wedding on hold so he could go on the show.
"I applied the night before auditions closed and the only reason I did was because of my fiancé," he said.
"I jumped to the fun end of cooking. I love people like Heston (Blumenthal). I love new-age cooking, so for me I think it was probably a lack of going back and cooking the basics (that sent me home)."
Con also quit his job as a restaurant supervisor to go on the show.
"Our attitude was if I'm going to do this, then I'm actually going to give it a go," he said.
"I was not going to be thinking about other things and luckily she was happy for me not to be at work."
Since leaving MasterChef, Con and Sarah tied the knot and moved back to his home state of Tasmania to open a cafe.
"My time on MasterChef made me really driven to go out there and do something," he said.
"We want to bring Hobart a little piece of Melbourne with food that's a bit upmarket but not too scary. We also want to locally source all our produce and be as self sufficient as possible. We've got a herb garden out the back and we're thinking about starting a communal garden next door."
Con tips Noosa coffee roaster Matt Sinclair as a serious contender for the show's title.
"I've honestly never seen someone of his calibre in what you'd call a home cook. I hope he wins," he said.
"There are a few dark horses, though, who will grow throughout the series. I reckon Harry (Foster) could be one of them. He's very creative and loves that modern style of cooking."
MasterChef continues on Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.