MasterChef Australia Top 4 contestant Elise Franciskovic.
MasterChef Australia Top 4 contestant Elise Franciskovic. Channel 10

Elise's emotional exit from MasterChef quarter finals

DESSERT queen Elise Franciskovic is t he latest cook to get the chop from MasterChef as the reality cooking show enters it final days.

The Cairns pharmacy technician found it hard to concentrate after receiving a letter from her fiance Emanuele along with a mystery box of ingredients he chose for her.

"It isn't like me to cry and be that emotional," she told APN.

"I'm usually quite a happy person, but I just lost it and unfortunately that was my undoing."

Her panna cotta landed Elise in the second round of cooking where she had to choose from three different cooking methods: whisking, juicing or a setting agent.

"I had nothing in my head, no ideas, so I stuck to something I knew (a parfait)," she said.

"I was so emotional I forgot these simple little things I'm used to doing. It was a nightmare cook for me."

MasterChef's final four contestants, from left, Matt Sinclair, Elise Franciskovic, Harry Foster and Elena Duggan. Supplied by Channel 10.
MasterChef's final four contestants, from left, Matt Sinclair, Elise Franciskovic, Harry Foster and Elena Duggan. Supplied by Channel 10.

Elise has returned to her job at Cairns Hospital and plans to run a cake business part-time.

"I love to make big, extravagant-looking cakes and I'm in the process of starting my own cake business,; she said.

"I still enjoy what I do at the hospital and I want to have a nice balance between both."

She said any of the three remaining finalists - Elena Duggan, Matt Sinclair or Harry Foster - could win Tuesday's grand final.

"Honestly it's anyone's game," she said.

"Everyone's got their strengths, so say if there's a dessert challenge then Elena has it over the boys. But if it's a savoury dish then Matt and Harry are very strong in that regard."

The three finalists will cook off in the semi-final tomorrow night.


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