By the time Monday’s most recently eliminated home cook on MasterChef Canada stood before judges Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung, Pino DiCerbo knew his donut disaster was the end of the line.
“When I was up there with my donuts, inside of me I knew that I was going home,” DiCerbo said Tuesday. “I made too many little errors... Even though Eric’s might have been a little sloppy, and he was overzealous by trying to make eight donuts, he made a better quality donut.”
The stay-at-home dad was ousted in the dreaded pressure test after losing the team challenge cooking at Aprile’s Origin North.
DiCerbo didn’t crack the top five in the inaugural season of the show, but he also didn’t stoop to cutthroat theatrics typical of many reality TV competitions. “That’s not my game and I didn’t want to play that,” he said. “I left all those other little things out of it. There’s no room... for that cattiness.”
Unlike many of the other contestants who have been eliminated from MasterChef so far, DiCerbo says that he isn’t planning on opening a restaurant.
“Right now I’m doing cooking classes for Loblaws,” he told QMI Agency. “I get to do that... and stay at home with my kids and my wife. So really, it’s the best of both worlds.”
Revealing that it was last week’s dim sum dish that he found the hardest, DiCerbo said that he was surprised that Josh Gale was eliminated early in the competition.
“He’s a great home cook and has a lot of drive and passion... I really thought he’d make it towards the end.”
And he’s still picking Tammara Behl to win it all.
“She has a few cards up her sleeve,” he says. “Right now she’s at the top of her game and it’s going to take a lot for someone to knock her down.”