MasterChef Australia contestant Anastasia Zolotarev.
MasterChef Australia contestant Anastasia Zolotarev. Channel 10

Vegetarian dish challenges MasterChef cooks

TEEN food prodigy Flynn McGarry's vegetarian dish sent Anastasia Zolotarev packing on MasterChef.

The Sydney marketing coordinator was beaten by the 17-year-old's beet wellington, a vegetable interpretation of the classic beef wellington, in tonight's pressure test.

The 26-year-old, who was competing against Chloe Bowles, Theresa Visintin and Heather Day, admitted she got caught up in the lengthy recipe.

"Every pressure test you just never know who is going to walk through the doors. Flynn was a huge surprise and meeting him was really cool," she told APN.

"I paid too much attention to every step when I should have been looking at it more like an overview. I think I broke it down too much and spent too much time on each thing."

American teen chef Flynn McGarry's deceptively simple looking beet wellington as featured on MasterChef.
American teen chef Flynn McGarry's deceptively simple looking beet wellington as featured on MasterChef. Channel 10

Since leaving the MasterChef kitchen Ms Zolotarev has undertaken work experience at several restaurants including Quay at Circular Quay and Firedoor in Surry Hills.

She is now developing a range of savoury organic products and eventually wants to open her own café using sustainably sourced produce.

"I'm working on an organic range of savoury products like dips, sauces, pickles, biscuits and tourines," she said.

"I've always wanted to push and promote good sustainable produce and connect people with producers and farmers."

She believes sparky Trent Harvey could be the dark horse of the competition, which is heating up this week.

This year's Top 10 will be determined on Thursday night.

"Trent has a lot of potential; he's a bit of a dark horse," she said.

"He knows so much about food. He's really smart and intelligent.

"He's always studying at home and I don't think Trent has shown his best yet."

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