MasterChef Top 18 contestant Filippo Silvestro.
MasterChef Top 18 contestant Filippo Silvestro. Stuart Bryce

Mistakes lead to baker's elimination

ONLY two Queenslanders remain in MasterChef after Filippo Silvestro was eliminated tonight.

The father of two from Brisbane lost tonight's Quiche Lorraine elimination challenge against Emma O'Shaughnessy and Wade Drummond.

"I made a couple of silly mistakes and this is not the type of competition where you can make mistakes," he said.

"You're only as good as the last dish you cooked."

Silvestro landed in the bottom three after his heavy chocolate pudding and flavourless ice cream failed to impress the judges in Sunday's mystery box challenge.

"I got my ratios wrong," he said.

"I was pretty disappointed in myself for that."

Known for his passion for Italian food and baking fresh bread for his fellow contestants in the MasterChef house, Silvestro will be sorely missed.

"It was a way for me to relax," he said.

"I did train Wade and Emma while I was in the house.

"They promised me they would keep baking."

Front runner Mindy Woods and dessert queen Julia Taylor are now the only contestants in the Top 16 flying the flag for the Sunshine State.

Silvestro backed Taylor as one of his favourites to win the competition.

"I think Julia is a very good cook," he said.

The financial planner remains focused on his home state. He plans to open a Far North Queensland chapter of the Slow Food Movement.

"I lived in Cairns for 11 years… and I really want to help the region out," he said.

"They've done it pretty tough with the cyclone and high dollar and slow tourism. I want to give something back.

"I love the stuff up there. I could go on and on about the chocolate, the vanilla, the bamboo, the beautiful meat, the dairy products, the cheese, the tropical fruits, the pepper, the coffee - it's great."

MasterChef airs Sundays at 7.30pm and week days at 7pm on Ten.

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