Seafood sends Amy packing from MasterChef Top 9
LAUNCESTON'S Amy Luttrell is following in the footsteps of another MasterChef contestant since leaving the show.
The 29-year-old hairdresser was eliminated from the reality cooking show tonight after serving up the weakest dish in a Rick Stein-inspired seafood and world cuisine challenge.
"When there's that added pressure (of an elimination) it can turn into negative energy and you don't enjoy the cook as much and you don't cook from the heart," Luttrell told APN.
"My brain was thinking 'don't overcook the squid whatever you do' and then I ended up undercooking it."
Since leaving the show, Luttrell has joined 2012 MasterChef contestant and fellow proud Tasmanian Ben Milbourne behind the scenes of his cooking show Ben's Menu.
"I've struck gold," she said.
"I called Ben to pick his brain about what to do and he's got me on board with his new series. I'm doing some guest appearances - I'll be on once a week - and I'm also working with him daily as his prep chef."
Luttrell is also planning the menu for her own dinner to be hosted at Launceston's Riverside Golf Course on August 1.
She and her husband Simon are also looking for a rural property to realise their food dream of growing their own produce to sell to the public.
"We've basically hit the maximum of stuff we can grow in our backyard because we're in the middle of town," she said.
"I discovered a love for cooking with quail on MasterChef and I'd love to farm quail and quail eggs and have goats for milk, cheese and curd. We're currently looking for our dream property on the east side of the Tamar River."
Luttrell tips either desserts young gun Reynold Poernomo or all-rounder Georgia Barnes to win the show's grand prize.
"I've been so close with those two in the house," she said.
"But I also think Billie (McKay) is a bit of a dark horse. She's very humble and she works so well under pressure. A lot of people crack (under the pressure) but there's no cracking point for her. She uses that (pressure) and channels that into a really good energy."
MasterChef Australia airs Sundays through Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel 10.