Fi­nal cook-off turns up heat

MasterChef field finale down to last two young guns

South Burnett Times - - YOUR TV GUIDE -

UNI stu­dent Laura Cas­sai and skid steer op­er­a­tor Brent Owens bat­tled it out in the MasterChef fi­nals last night.

The young guns were the fi­nal two am­a­teur cooks stand­ing in the sixth sea­son of the re­al­ity cook­ing show.

Health science stu­dent Cas­sai is just 19, mak­ing her the youngest ever grand fi­nal­ist, while Owens is 24.

“It’s amaz­ing to be 19 and cook­ing at the level she cooks; it’s in­cred­i­ble,” said Emelia Jackson, who was elim­i­nated from the show on Sun­day night.

Jackson said both fi­nal­ists de­served the crown.

“I would love for Brent to win. He’s got a re­ally wide skill set,” she said on the week­end.

“He’s very tal­ented but so is Laura. I’d love both of them to win re­ally.”

Owens, who works for his fa­ther’s ex­ca­va­tion busi­ness, hopes to star in a food travel show, and Cas­sai wants to open an Ital­ian cafe in McLaren Vale, South Aus­tralia.

Last night was the last time the two fi­nal­ists donned their white MasterChef aprons.

Jackson said she still felt like a win­ner de­spite miss­ing out on the grand fi­nal.

Judge Ge­orge Calom­baris sur­prised the 24-year-old mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor with an in­vi­ta­tion to work with his pas­try team at his

Emilia Jackson I’d love both of them to win re­ally.

res­tau­rant The Press Club.

“It was a com­plete sur­prise,” Jackson told APN.

“I sort of stood there in shock. I didn’t know what to say. I prob­a­bly look stunned at the time. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it.

“It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful kitchen and the staff is in­cred­i­ble.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FI­NAL TWO: Laura Cas­sai and Brent Owens bat­tled it out last night for the MasterChef ti­tle.

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