Who left MasterChef last night? All the contestants that have been eliminated so far

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Now that we're at the sharp end of the competition, the question of who left MasterChef last night is more important than ever.

With each passing episode, those left in the contest inch a little closer to the prize. No wonder nerves are getting a little shredded.

Unfortunately, just as those left in the contest get a little more excited, anyone exiting has to deal with ever-increasing disappointment. It's harsh, but this is MasterChef, after all.

Who left MasterChef last night As we near the sharp end of the competition, fans who missed the show are wondering who left MasterChef last night (Credit: BBC)

Who left MasterChef last night?

As the competition enters the final stages, just five cooks remained standing. With the competition really hotting up, there is absolutely no margin for error.

Unfortunately for several of the cooks, this means missing out on the grand final itself.

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Laura Laura was one of three contestants to make it through Grace Dent's quarter-final (Credit: BBC)

Laura

Scottish-born Laura was an incredibly consistent performer across the series.

Throughout, she demonstrated an exceptional grasp of both sweet and savoury cooking, exemplified by her quarter-final crumble.

Cooking for Grace Dent, Laura delivered "the smartest-looking crumble" Gregg Wallace had ever seen. The fact that it also delivered on flavour made her a no brainer for the semis.

However, she began to come unstuck during her stint in a professional kitchen, serving up raw scallops at Gamebird. Eventually, the pressure got to her, and she failed to cook her rack of lamb properly in the final four cook-off.

Still, after a pretty stellar competition, Laura can leave with her head held high.

Who is still in MasterChef?

With just one episode left in this year's competition, viewers now have a pretty good idea of who's in with a shout.

Ahead of Friday's final cook-off, we take a look at who's still in the contest.

Tom MasterChef Tom was highly praised for his semi-final chicken dish (Credit: BBC)

Tom

One of the stand-out cooks from this year's show, Tom has cooked some of the competition's most elegant dishes.

With his unique combination of Western technique and Easter flavoours, he has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills throughout.

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A Newcastle-based restaurant manager, Tom has wowed the judges with dishes like black sesame ice cream and sweetcorn, chicken and seaweed.

Alexina MasterChef semi-final Jay Rayner deemed Alexina's quarter-final dish professional-quality (Credit: BBC)

Alexina

As arguably one of the most consistent cooks in this year's MasterChef, Alexina has hardly put a foot wrong.

The businesswoman has impressed throughout, winning particular praise from former contestants Stephen Wallis and Dean Edwards.

She particularly excited Jay Rayner, who told her that her quarter-final dish was the sort of thing you might expect from a professional.

Mike duck Mike's duck dish in the quarter-final won particular praise (Credit: BBC)

Mike

Drawing on his Italian roots, Mike has stood out for his classical, elegant style.

His pasta and meat cookery has so far been exemplary, winning plaudits from current judges and former contestants alike.

However, it was in his quarter-final that Mike really made a statement. Critic William Sitwell said that he "couldn't fault" his Hong Kong-inspired duck dish.

who left MasterChef last night This year, 30 contestants were eliminated before the semi-finals (Credit: BBC)

What contestants were eliminated during the heats?

Unlike most cooking competitions, MasterChef features an extremely large field of candidates.

At the start of the series, no less than 40 hopefuls took to the kitchen. By the end of the quarters, 30 of them had left the series. Here's the complete list of contestants who didn't make it to the semi-finals:

  • Stan
  • Josh
  • Kerry
  • Mike R
  • Magdalena
  • Oliver
  • Jo
  • Ting
  • Baz
  • Jane
  • Michele
  • Christian
  • Janine
  • Ross
  • Dominique
  • Gary
  • Daniel
  • Helen
  • Steph
  • Adrian
  • Alicia
  • Rachel
  • Katy
  • Aaron
  • Sofia
  • Zana
  • Jim
  • Josh
  • Ross G
  • Lino

Thomas Frake MasterChef Thomas Frake won last year's final (Credit: BBC)

When is the MasterChef Final?

This year's competition will end after 18 episodes on Friday, April 9.

MasterChef 2021 has been a slightly strange contest, as coronavirus restrictions have limited the number of external cooking challenges available to contestants.

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However, given the talent on screen, it's clear that things haven't been straightforward for the contestants.

Whoever ends up winning series 17 will have done so against one of the most competitive fields ever.