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Lorna eliminated from MasterChef as Secret Garden dish fails to enchant

Only four amateur chefs remain in MasterChef, after Lorna got the chop.


MasterChef contestant Lorna has been given her marching orders after her meal inspired by The Secret Garden failed to enchant the judges.

The 22-year-old, from London, said she was “so proud” of herself for getting to finals week as she was eliminated from the BBC competition.

“It’s quite emotional,” she said, wiping away tears. “But I am so proud to have come this far – to be 22 years old and in the final five.

“Yes, I’m so proud of myself.”

Monday night’s instalment saw the remaining five hopefuls visit Winfield House, the official residence of the American ambassador to the United Kingdom.

They were tasked with preparing a lavish five-course meal for ambassador Matthew Barzun and guests including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, with each cook whipping up one of the courses.

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Aided by chef Paul Ainsworth, the group rustled up a feast including pumpkin pie, rib eye steak, clam chowder and monkey bread.

But despite all the tasty treats on offer, fans on Twitter had a question – where were the Ferrero Rocher?

In the second round, the finalists were asked to cook a meal inspired by something or someone they admired.

Steve impressed with his lamb and Chianti dish inspired by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence Of The Lambs, and Alison visibly moved judge John Torode with her duck recipe inspired by Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

Giovanna and Saliha also did enough to make it to the next stage, which meant the chopping block fell on Lorna – whose crab and scallop ceviche plate drew a lukewarm response from John and fellow judge Gregg Wallace.

Both felt there were some positives about the delicate meal but they agreed Lorna had been too heavy-handed with the chilli.

“It is starting to rob the dish of its natural flavours,” said John.

The next instalment will see the four remaining contestants travel to Cape Town.