Jess' Hopes Of Reaching The MasterChef Final 3 Went Up In Flames, Literally
Start like a mouse, finish like a lion.
With Season 10's finale just days away, we unfortunately had to say goodbye to the sweet queen herself, Jess Liemantara, as Sunday's pressure test saw her literally putting out fires.
Despite a minor fireball forming on the boat, Jess managed to plate up a stunning dessert we've come to know as the 19-year-old's signature, but unfortunately a few of the elements just didn't quite work, and she found herself sent home in the final days of the competition.
"It's devastating to not make it to the top three," Jess told ten daily, "but it was never in my mind to even make it as far as I did, so it was still an incredible experience".
Despite being the season's youngest competitor, Jess managed to show off a range of incredible techniques throughout the many challenges.
While she believed her age may have been a slight disadvantage, as she faced off against competitors with more experience in and around the kitchen, Jess had been working to perfect some incredible techniques from a pretty surprising teacher.
Her secret? "YouTube," she revealed.
"I spent a lot of time watching videos on YouTube, or if a restaurant has one of those windows where they're making things in front of -- I'd stand there for hours," she laughed, "they probably thought I was a stalker."
Throughout the competition Jess was able to hone those incredible skills, and picked up new ones along the way.
"Before the competition I never really cooked savoury dishes at all, I was only a dessert cook," she shared. "You also can't just make food look pretty, it has to taste great. I learned a lot about balancing flavours, and making savoury food into dessert."
With her out-of-the-box approach to desserts, Jess follows in the footsteps of another MasterChef alum who also left the competition in the final four.
"Reynold coming top four really made me believe that you can go that way and open your own place," Jess said of Season 7's Reynold Poernomo.
Since leaving the competition Jess has worked at Om Nom and The Press Club, and hopes to one day own a café as well as release a cookbook.