Andy Allen, Audra Morrice and Julia Taylor will battle it out in the MasterChef Australia finale 2012.
This evening’s challenge gave the final four contestants the chance to cook their signature dish alongside one of Australia’s best chefs.
But Mindy was a shock elimination in the penultimate challenge that required contestants to serve up a dish worthy of ’3 hats’, but her fish was undercooked.
As the clock wound down for Mindy, panic rose as her fish looked like it would not be cooked properly in time. Despite transferring it from the oven to the pan, the fish remained raw, leaving it inedible.
Mindy had been tipped as favourite to win the contest, and had impressed throughout the series, including winning an Immunity pin.
“I’ve literally been living a dream. I’ve had the time of my life, there’s no other way to describe it,” she said.
Her elimination now sets up the finale as a tight three-way battle.
On Wednesday night one will be annointed as the 2012 champ winning a publishing deal and $100,000 in a 2.5hr finale.
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