MasterChef Australia Top 4 finalist Jamie Fleming.
MasterChef Australia Top 4 finalist Jamie Fleming. Martin Philbey

Jamie's food career takes off after MasterChef exit

AN important life milestone is about to eclipse the MasterChef finals for Jamie Fleming.

The former bartender, who was eliminated from the reality cooking show tonight, is expecting his second child with fiancé Rhiannon any day.

"My fiance's official due date is Saturday so the process has definitely started and I'm just waiting for the call," Fleming told APN.

"And we're moving house next week. There's definitely a lot going on in my life (laughs)."

The 25-year-old missed out on a Top 3 spot in the semi-finals after losing tonight's pressure test, in which he and fellow finalists Brent Owens and Emelia Jackson were given three hours to recreate chef Martin Benn's elaborate chocolate forest floor dessert.

"I started out really well, charging ahead and getting things done, but if take your eyes off something for one second then it goes that little bit too far," he said.

"I'm not going to lie, I was there to win. Getting so close to the end was a bit gut-wrenching but I'm proud with how far I got through."

Fleming is already living his food dream, working as a full-time chef at Sydney's Steel Bar & Grill.

 "I'm very lucky to have been able to call in some favours from a couple of friends and not just get a couple of days a week work experience," he said.

"I got thrown into the deep end; I was given a section and prep list and they said 'go'. It's definitely learning on the fly, but I'm lucky it's something I've come quite adept at doing on the show.

"Being in that environment (of MasterChef) you're completely free to immerse yourself in just learning about cooking. It's such an accelerated learning environment."

In a few weeks he will step up to the role of head chef at new restaurant Wilhelmina's, which he is opening with several friends.

"It's going to be a really casual place you want to go to a coupe of days a week," he said.

"It will have a big focus on drinks and lots of local produce. We're trying to source as much as we can within a few hours of Sydney."

He said any of the three finalists - Owen, Jackson and young gun Laura Cassai - could take out the title on Monday night.

"I think it will come down to a little bit of luck," he said.

"We've all worked ridiculously hard. You've got to make sure you're on the top of your game."

The MasterChef semi-final airs on Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.


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