MasterChef Australia series 3 contestant Danielle Dixon.
MasterChef Australia series 3 contestant Danielle Dixon.

Danielle ducks out of MasterChef

DUCK A L'Orange proved too sticky for MasterChef Top 12 contestant Danielle Dixon.

The 29-year-old was booted off the show after losing to Peter Vickery and Ellie Paxton-Hall in last night's retro-inspired pressure test.

Dixon said it was easily her worst day in the kitchen.

“That was my worst experience in the kitchen ever,” she said.

“I was so disorganised and when I few things went wrong I couldn’t crawl back. But you get to see the dish I should have cooked on my blog.

“It’s a fun way to get over it and show people what I’m capable of without a big yellow clock.”

Dixon’s blog (, which launched last night, is just one of the many things she has on the go.

The Brisbane cook found her MasterChef exit harder than most, but the former admin manager has also turned out to be one of the most motivated evictees.

The bubbly cook has already done two weeks of work experience at Peppers Salt Resort in Kingscliff and she has secured a part-time apprenticeship with Alison Taafe.

She also has more work experience lined up with Neil Perry next week, followed by stints with Adriano Zumbo and Peter Gilmore.

“I also got word other day that Matt Moran is happy for me to go into his Brisbane Aria kitchen,” she said.

“I need to get a lot of experience under my belt. You only become a great chef by practice.”

But this optimism and motivation has taken Dixon a while to find. She said it took weeks to move on from her elimination.

“It was crazy. I didn’t realise how much it would affect me,” she said.

“There were these people who were my surrogate family and to be ripped away from them….that was hard. I’m a real people person.

“It was a couple of weeks before I really got settled. I had been in the house for four months; I had this routine. They told me what time to get up, what clothes I had to wear. When I got home I had no routine, but thank you to my husband who said ‘right we need to make the most of this’.”

Dixon tips emerging favourite Kate Bracks and young gun Michael Weldon as contenders for the series three title.

“Kate is incredibly motivated and driven,” she said.

“She’s a great mum and cook, and Michael is just a genius. We used to cook in the kitchen quite late at night and some of the things he came up with were just brilliant.”

Tonight, Billy Law faces off against award-winning country baker Merle in a peach blossom cake cook off for the chance to win immunity.

MasterChef Australia airs Sundays through Fridays at 7.30pm on Ten.