EntertainmentIs this MasterChef's most heart-breaking moment EVER?Contestant Jess Hall fights back tears as she watches her meringue fall to pieces while plating up the dessert in front of judging panel
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MasterChef contestant Jess Hall fought back tears as she watched her meringue dome fall to pieces while plating up for the judges.
On Monday night's episode it was the end-of-the-road for the NSW travel agent, who struggled to put together chef Clare Smyth's pear and lemon verbena vacherin.
In a heart-breaking scene, the 28-year-old went into shock as the delicate dome crumbled after she piped in the creamy element of the dish.
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Jess made an audible gasp when she noticed the doomed dessert, with the Michelin-starred Clare and Matt covering their faces as they watched in horror.
Fighting for a place on the show against competitors Derek Lau, 26, and Leah Milburn-Clark, 22, Jess then heard the news she was dreading.
'We said at the start of the day it was going to be the small things that would be your undoing. And in the end it was,' Gary Mehigan said.
He continued: 'Jess, your meringue shell was just too thin. Couldn't stand the strain [of the cream]. Jess, that's why you're going home.'
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Despite impressing celebrity guest judge Nigella Lawson last week, it was a calamitous night from the outset for Jess, who struggled with the more than 67-steps.
The bubbly travel agent also struggled with time management, with her going 'slow and steady' mantra seeing her fall behind, before ramping it up to get the dish completed.
Despite Jess' determination, the writing was on the wall that the dome might not withstand plating after she got the meringues out of the oven.
Unable to get the fragile domes out of the silicone mould, Jess broke four of the meringues, only to get the fifth one out in-tact.
'I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this, I've never done it before,' Jess said, while trying to get a dome out of the mould,' she said.
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She added: 'I'm absolutely petrified at the moment, I've put so much effort in, I need this to work,' she added, while sweating it out.
'If I don't have a dome, I won't have a full dessert and I would be going home.'
It was better night for Financial Analyst Derek, who impressed the judges with his stellar creation, showing his strength in the competition.
'I loved every minute of that, I just had the time of my life,' Derek said, after plating up a near perfect dessert.
While competitor theatre manager Leah also managed to deliver on her dessert after a tumultuous four hours in the kitchen.
An emotional Jess sounded resilient at the end of the show: 'I've loved that I've been here,' she said.
'This is the first time I've done something for myself. I'm proud of my growth as a person,' she concluded.
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