COOL CONTESTANT: manager Billie McKay, of Ballina, has made the top 15 of the 2015 series of MasterChef Australia but the pressure’s still on as she faces the elimination challenge tomorrow.
COOL CONTESTANT: manager Billie McKay, of Ballina, has made the top 15 of the 2015 series of MasterChef Australia but the pressure’s still on as she faces the elimination challenge tomorrow. Martin Philbey

Billie nails ‘classic match’

BALLINA'S Billie McKay continues her charge toward the top 10 in MasterChef Australia's 2015 series, securing her spot in the top 15 on Thursday.

The 23-year-old restaurant manager avoided elimination on May 28, scoring one of the top three dishes in the Thai-themed elimination challenge set by Melbourne chef Benjamin Cooper.

Her dish of seared scallops with pork larb in the first round of the challenge saw her declared safe in the first 10 minutes.

All the judges loved her dish.

"Classic match," said Benjamin Cooper.

"You know what, every challenge should be 10 minutes. Love it," said George Columbaris

"Brilliant, well done," said Matt Preston.

Ms McKay took to her official MasterChef Facebook page to share her feelings.

"This was the most intense 10 minutes of my life! So glad to live another day in the MasterChef Australia kitchen," she posted.

Her skills shone during Wednesday's Mexican Street Food Team Challenge where contestants had to split into two teams and cook enough food to serve 500 people.

Teaming up with contestants Anna Webster and Ashleigh Bareham saw the trio dubbed the 'churros sisters', due to the popularity of their fried pastry dish.

Ms McKay's green team sold more food than the opposing red team, $6084.15 to $5807.70, sending the red team to an elimination challenge.

Ms McKay secured her spot in the top 15 when red team contestant Ava Stangherlin was eliminated on Thursday.

Dishes she has wowed the judges with so far include whiskey chocolate fondant with orange, orange and chamomile brulee with coconut tuile and spiced duck with sweet potato puree.

With the hit reality TV series entering it's sixth week, all eyes will be on Ms McKay in tomorrow's elimination challenge.



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