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David Jamieson leaves MasterChef NZ

David Jamieson became the seventh contestant from the Top 16 to leave MasterChef New Zealand on Sunday 7th April (7.30 pm - 8.30 pm) on TV ONE.

In tonight’s show the Top 10 contestants had two hours to bake and decorate a sponge cake for guest chef Natalie Oldfield, from Auckland food store and cake shop Dulcie May Kitchen.

Jennis Hayes and Kelly Kaihea rose to the challenge and for their efforts won High Tea for Two at The Langham.

From the start, David Jamieson was up-front about his lack of baking experience.

"This is definitely not a challenge that’s designed for me," he said. "I don’t know a lot about cake making, especially making a sponge!"

Ever adventurous, he opted to make a strawberry sponge cake with balsamic vinegar, mascarpone, port and basil.

"I know the flavours all work pretty well together," he said.

"And I might want to put some black pepper in with the strawberries."

The radical detour from the traditional sponge caught the attention of the MasterChef judges.

"That’s strong!" exclaimed Josh Emett, sniffing the filling.

"I’m quite excited to try it because it’s sort of different," said Simon Gault.

"It sounds pretty original, good luck!" offered Ray McVinnie.

Finishing the challenge first, and with time to spare, David pondered on his creation.

"I’ve gone out on a bit of a limb today. It could work in my favour, doing something different, or I could have completely ballsed it up and the judges hate it."

Guest judge Natalie Oldfield was the first to taste.

"I don’t like it," she declared. "The liquid filling has made the sponge doughy in the middle, and it doesn’t taste that great."

"It’s not sweet enough," chimed in Ray. "It just reminds me of chips with vinegar on it."

"Why did you make this?" Simon asked David. "You know you’re better than this!

"I’m cross with you because I think you should be in this competition, but you’ve given us a cake that should be sending you home."

In the Bottom Two alongside Dana Leaming, David realised his risk taking hadn’t paid off.

"I had a pretty bad day today," he said. "I took a risk when I shouldn’t have."

Saved by her coffee butter cream, Dana was told she was through.

"David, I am sorry but that means your journey with us is over," Josh told him.

"You got beaten by the baking challenge, which is a tragedy as we know you are a great cook," he continued.

"But sadly, one bad day in the MasterChef kitchen means someone gets sent home."

"You’re not the first or last cook to have faltered on a baking challenge," said Ray.

"But you made the Top 10, and I’ll never forget what you managed to do last week with those pig’s trotters. And your prime roast for the Last Supper was nothing short of incredible!"

Disappointed in himself, David tried to remain upbeat.

"This has just given me more passion for food and for cooking," he said.

"I’m going to travel! I just want to experience more food and more countries, and have as much fun with it as I can!"

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