Dee Williams Reveals She Almost Quit The First Pressure Test
You know it's never going to be an easy challenge when Darren Purchese walks into a pressure test, and unfortunately for Dee, her baked Alaska bombed.
Early into the challenge, Dee ran into a few issues while making her salted caramel ice cream, and things seemed to unravel quickly from there.
"That's when I lost it and the pressure really hit," Dee told 10 daily following her elimination. Having the gantry screaming, the judges counting down and the massive 'MasterChef' clock ticking away, the 37-year-old needed a moment to get her bearings.
"It was the first pressure test and I know they're hard because I've been watching them for the last 10 years," she said. "I thought I'd be alright, I thought I'd smash it but when Darren walked in... I was like, no."
For 'MasterChef' superfan Dee, it was a difficult position to be in, already behind Yossra and Nicole, there was a moment when Dee thought about giving up altogether. Even the judges questioned if Dee would make it back to her station.
"I was like, 'Should I quit?' But no. You've got to fight. It's hard to give up at that point," she said.
"When I came back, the others were already in front of me, I had to really push to get it on the plate. I waited for 10 years. I had to take a couple of minutes, came back and I was a new Dee."
Unfortunately, Dee explained, some of the elements in the Bombe Alaska didn't set properly, and for Dee, it would be her last cook in the MasterChef kitchen.
"I got a bit emotional watching it back, I didn't want to watch it!" Dee admitted. "You're in the moment on the day, and you forget about it," she said, adding that it was tough to have to revisit the pressure test all over again.
Despite leaving the competition early, Dee was still thrilled with her time on 'MasterChef', saying the whole experience was a "once in a lifetime opportunity".
"When you're watching other people you're like, oh she's crying???" Dee said, laughing, "And then all of a sudden I was the one crying. You should never judge people by what you see on the telly."
Since leaving the show, Dee completed work experience at Om Nom, which she explained was another completely surreal experience from her time in the MasterChef kitchen, giving her the "real world" experience of working for customers, working in massive quantities and learning tons of new techniques.
And there's no slowing down for Dee. She plans to launch her own YouTube channel very soon, with recipes, tips and tricks and techniques, and is looking into releasing her own range of spice mixes and pastes and -- eventually -- a cookbook.
If you're brave enough to give Darren Purchese's Bombe Alaska a try, check out the recipe here.