MasterChef's Julie Miguel takes last swipe at Danielle Cardozo

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Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:03 PM ET

Maybe half the contestants eliminated so far from MasterChef Canada have expressed a desire to own their own restaurants. The latest to leave, Julie Miguel, is keeping her day job, thanks.

The fact that she’s a government-employed bankruptcy analyst has something to do with that.

“I wish everyone the best of luck, but restaurants are a risky business, and I think everyone should know that going in. It’s not a business you want to get into unless you want to be married to that business. I hope I don’t see any of their names come up on my files,” said Miguel.

Miguel, succumbed Monday to a perfect storm of two dishes with which she had zero experience, lobster and dim sum. With her departure, MasterChef Canada is down to a final six.

“Going into the show, I never wanted to work in a restaurant,” she said. “I’m 30 years old and have a family (she’s currently pregnant with her second son). But this show has sparked something else in me.”

For starters, she’s launched a foodie blog with another ex-contestant, Megan Toth. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. And I’m teaching workshops at a little culinary studio in Toronto called Le Dolci.

“But I’m keeping my job with the government because I love it. I’ll keep cooking on the side for my family and teaching people how to cook and writing about it.”

In retrospect, Miguel thinks what ultimately separated her from the other contestants was a lack of confidence. “Going into it, I said if I made it to the top 16 I’d have a lot more confidence and really try to do my best. But I felt like I always let the pressure and everyone else get to me. Everyone’s always talking themselves up, saying, ‘I’m going to win! I’m going to win!’ and I kind of let that get to me.”

And indeed, she did travel quietly under the radar until recent episodes, when she had a spat with Kaila Klassen (whose most open bad blood has been with Eric Chong, her reluctant partner in the dim sum tag-team challenge)

“I don’t have any enemies on the show,” Miguel says. “Me and Eric got along really well. And me and Kaila had our differences on one specific episode. But that following evening we apologized and called a truce. And I have a lot of respect for Kaila and have been cheering her on the whole way (since) because I knew people were looking at her as the underdog.”

We remind Miguel that she’d tweeted her objection to our interview last week with eliminated contestant Danielle Cardozo, who'd said Miguel’s Baked Alaska was more worthy of a failing grade than hers.

So did she have anything to add for the record? “I’ve learned with Danielle the best thing is to not say anything at all. Like, whatever. The judges obviously sent her home for a reason,” Miguel said.

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