DOU­BLE TROU­BLE

Sib­lings Jimmy Wong and Theresa Vis­intin are dis­ap­pointed that nei­ther of them man­aged to go fur­ther in the cur­rent sea­son of MasterChef

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From the com­fort of her couch, MasterChef didn’t ap­pear too daunt­ing to Theresa Vis­intin, who was evicted from the real­ity show this week.

The 44-year-old mum-of-three was elim­i­nated from the real­ity cook­ing show on Mon­day af­ter the dish she pre­pared for an af­ter­noon tea chal­lenge missed some es­sen­tial el­e­ments.

She now says she and her brother – fel­low con­tes­tant Jimmy Wong, who was sent home last week – thought they’d do bet­ter.

“You sit on the sofa in the com­fort of your home and you’re like, ‘Oh, I could bake that’,” Theresa says.

“It was def­i­nitely a lot harder than I ex­pected. (But) I do be­lieve that we had it in us to have gone fur­ther.”

Theresa plays down the sib­ling ri­valry with her older brother, 49, who in one episode told judge Ge­orge Calom­baris he was the bet­ter cook. “I love it,” she laughs. “He’s a lot more can­did than I am, I’m prob­a­bly a bit more diplo­matic.”

Theresa says the ex­cite­ment of shar­ing the

MasterChef jour­ney with Jimmy was huge.

“We never re­ally thought of ri­valry, but we did have a dis­cus­sion,” she says.

“We made an early pact that re­gard­less of who was go­ing to be fight­ing an elim­i­na­tion, you just do your best cook­ing.’’

Theresa, 44, is based in Van­cou­ver with her three teenage chil­dren for her hus­band Daniel’s work, but she has stayed on a bit longer to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence at top Syd­ney restau­rants, in­clud­ing Nel and at KOI with 2015

MasterChef con­tes­tant Reynold Po­er­nomo, be­fore head­ing home.

“My hus­band just said to me, ‘Do it ... just make sure you don’t have any re­grets’,” she says.

MasterChef, tonight, 7.30pm on Net­work Ten

Jimmy Wong and his sis­ter Theresa Vis­intin en­tered MasterChef to­gether.

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