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It's Ballina's Billie vs Georgia in final Masterchef bout

Billie McKay of Ballina has made it to the Top Two of Masterchef Australia 2015.
Billie McKay of Ballina has made it to the Top Two of Masterchef Australia 2015. Contributed Martin Philbey

UPDATE MONDAY: BALLINA'S Billie McKay will fight it out with Georgia Barnes in the final two of Masterchef Australia 2015 tonight.

Jessica Arnott was eliminated in the first part of the grand final, which aired last night on Channel 10, with the second part of the final to air tonight.

Billie had impressed the judges with her interpretation of a lamb roast with confit garlic cream and mint pea puree, plus a theatrical 'spider' dessert with dill ice cream, rhubarb and champagne fizz, and macadamia praline, apple granita and more rhubarb.

Tune in to Channel 10 at 7.30pm tonight to see who, out of Billie and Georgia, takes the title of this year's Masterchef.

 

INITIAL REPORT: BALLINA'S Billie McKay will compete alongside Jessica Arnott and Georgia Barnes in the Top Three of MasterChef Australia 2015.

The last man standing in the competition, Reynold Poernomo, was eliminated last night after a pressure test between himself, Georgia and Billie, to see who would join Georgia in the Top Three.

The pressure test involved the three contestants cooking guest chef Brett Graham from The Ledbury in London's, his flame-grilled bonito with pickled cucumber, Celtic mustard and shiso.

While Billie moved slowly, spending 30 minutes on her fish, and lost time when she thought her bonito bones were smoking - but the flame had gone out - she ended up plating a perfectly cooked fish, according to the judges (although they said they would have liked more sauce).

Now Jessica, Georgia and Billie will face off in the Grand Finale for 2015 over two nights on Sunday and Monday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.

Billie has said, in an interview with Popsugar, that she has leaned so much about food and herself during the competition.

"This new knowledge has positively confirmed that I really want to run and own my own restaurant," she said.

"The whole journey has been amazing, hard and really eye opening. I think making the top four proves we've earned our place!

"Winning MasterChef would mean everything to me! It would allow me to pursue my food dream with a little less financial pressure.

"It would also give me a huge sense of achievement and pride and would allow me to explore my food passion further. It would change my life in a great and positive way!

"Regardless of the outcome, I want so badly to be working in my own café/restaurant! My plan is to get straight into it, work hard and hopefully it will be open sometime in 2016."

Hopefully she decides to open up a restaurant in Ballina!

Topics:  billie mckay, cook, cooking, masterchef, masterchef 2015



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