Cecilia pursues dessert dream after MasterChef exit
A FLAVOUR guessing game sent mum Cecilia Vuong home on MasterChef last night.
The teacher and her teammates from yesterday's Hellenic Republic challenge were asked to identify the flavour of small cubes of food while blindfolded.
Confusing ham for chicken, 31-year-old Vuong then had to cook a dish championing the ingredient.
"I knew it was a very salty protein and when George (Calombaris) was like 'hurry up' I screamed the first protein I could think of," Vuong told APN.
"If I could have made a dessert then that would have been sweet, pardon the pun, but making something savoury with a very salty ingredient was a huge challenge for me."
Vuong, who was forced to pull out of last year's Top 24 after a snowboarding accident, found it hard to be away from her children and at times it affected her cooking.
"George, he has kids as well, thought me to use my kids to motivate me in a way that didn't blur my focus on what I was doing," she said.
"I experienced a lot of good stuff in MasterChef, but when you get out you appreciate thing in your life. I appreciate time with my kids more now."
Since leaving the show, the dessert specialist has completed work experience at Melbourne eateries Om Nom and LuxBite and hopes to also spend some time with MasterChef regular Darren Purchese at his Chapel Street dessert shop Burch & Purchese.
"Hospitality is so different to teaching or anything I've done before," she said.
"The environment is very supportive. I love making desserts where I know I'm creating something someone's going fall in love with."
Vuong, who also works part-time as a children's entertainer, hopes to either open a fairy themed cafe or launch an educational food truck to tour primary schools.
She tips Noosa coffee roaster Matt Sinclair, who used his immunity pin last night, and Karmen Lu as the competition's two current front runners.
"Matt was really nice to everybody and he genuinely loves food and Karmen has been wonderful," she said.
"I reckon he could be savoury king and she could be dessert queen of MasterChef."
MasterChef continues on Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.