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Masterchef race down to two according to bookies

Wed, Jul 19, 3:53pm by Staff Writer

As Masterchef nears its 2017 finale on Sunday, the bookmakers believe the race to be crowned Australia’s best amateur chef is down to two.

Diana Chan remains a clear favourite to win Series 9 at $1.60 with Ben Ungermann considered her only serious threat at $2.25.

The other two cooks left in the fight, Karlie Verkerk ($17) and Tamara Griffen ($26), are given little chance of challenging.

Arum Nixon exited the tournament on Tuesday night after serving up overcooked and rubbery duck, while Sarah Tiong was the first to depart in finals week bombing out on a complicated seafood dish on Monday.

Chan just survived elimination on Monday, but redeemed herself with an excellent squad dish on Tuesday. The 29-year-old accountant has built momentum through the competition to become a clear favourite.

But Ungermann, a 32-year-old retail manager from Queensland, is still considered a strong chance, backing himself to scoop the prize by making the best ice-cream the competition has ever seen.

On Tuesday, he served up more lavender than you’d find in your grandma’s smalls drawer, adding in some honeycomb to balance out the sweet floral ice-cream. But his chewy biscuits made the judges baulk and it was only Arum’s inability to properly cook his duck, something which would seem a fundamental skill for any aspiring chef, that saved the day for Ungermann.

Verkerk was an early favourite, but while she continues to put forward consistent fare, she has not made an immunity challenge since Week 6 and has not won an invention test since Week 7.

Griffen is trying to become the first contestant effort to be eliminated and yet still win the title. She exited the tournament in Week 7 but immediately won her way back in.

She has impressed since then, winning invention tests the past two weeks as well as a Mystery Box challenge in Week 9. She may prove the smoky at $26.

Suggested Bet: Back Tamara to win at $26

Masterchef Winner – Series 9 (Sportsbet)

Diana Chan $1.60

Ben Ungermann $2.25

Karlie Verkerk $17

Tamara Graffen $26

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