NEVER one to settle for something safe in the kitchen, Alice Zaslavsky took a risk that didn't pay off for her tonight on MasterChef.
The quirky 26-year-old's spicy take on a lamb roast was the least impressive dish of tonight's family-themed elimination challenge.
"I went into the competition knowing I was never going to cook anything safe," she said.
"(Tonight) I used techniques I'd never done before. I used a foam gun for the first time. I made Freekeh for the first time. It was my way to show I was there to try new things.
"I don't repeat dishes, kind of like I don't repeat outfits (laughs)."
The secondary school teacher's elimination sees the Top 6 - Kylie Millar, Audra Morrice, Ben Milbourne, Andy Allen and Queenslanders Mindi Woods and Julia Taylor - move on to the final week.
"I think that a lot of people think 'look at what you've missed out on' but my attitude is 'think about what you've experienced'," she said.
"I've got to experience pretty much the entire thing."
Since leaving the show, Zaslavsky quit her teaching job and has lined up work experience in world-renowned Melbourne restaurant Attica and Alla Wolf-Tasker's award-winning Daylesford eatery Lake House.
"I hope she'll be a mentor to me," she said.
"She's friends with Maggie Beer and Margaret Fulton, so I hope to sit down and hang out with them some time (laughs)."
She plans to team up with fellow Top 8 contestant Beau Cook and put their newfound skills to good use by touring schools.
"The problem with education at the moment and even the national curriculum is that it's so fact focused," she said.
"We still need to eat and we're making silly choices because no one's showed us any different."
Zaslavsky hopes her best friend from the MasterChef house, Brisbane dessert queen Taylor, makes it to Wednesday's grand final.
"Every close call that she's had has only made her stronger," she said.
"She's certainly got the tenacity to win. It's a matter of showing the judges how far she's come. I know how much she's studied. She's a massive food nerd like me. I think she'll really surprise them in the next week."
MasterChef finals week starts on Sunday at 7.30pm on Ten.
The MasterChef grand final airs on Wednesday at 7pm.