Andrew Prior.
Andrew Prior. Channel 10

Andrew tearfully bows out of MasterChef

DODGY knees, rather than dodgy cooking, forced Andrew Prior to leave MasterChef tonight.

The Melbourne local was forced to retire ahead of tonight's Lygon Street challenge after doctors discovered stress fractures in both his knees.

"The sports doctor took one look at my x-ray and said my patella was twice the size as it should be," he told APN.

"If I don't make the front page of TV week, then I'll make the front page of the medical journal  (laughs)."

Prior's exit was so emotional he said one of the cameramen even cried during filming.

"It wasn't the way I wanted to go," he said.

"I would have much rather have won."

Five weeks rest, as per doctors orders, gave Prior plenty of time to think about his future food plans.

He's now hard at work planning his own food tours, called Queenie's Food Tours, which will start in Melbourne in September.

"It combines what I did as a broker meeting people and getting out there with food, rather than being behind the scenes in the kitchen," he said.

"I'll be leading tours in Melbourne and regional Victoria and also an overseas trip to Paris next year.

"I'm really looking forward with the tours to meeting people who have a similar sort of passion for food."

He also joked about having another go on the show next year.

"Maybe next year I could come out of retirement like Cher," he said.

He believes Noelene Marchwiki, Christina Batista and Rishi Desai are the frontrunners in the current series.

"I love the way how the other day Noelene was listening to the judges," he said.

"Some people listen and some people don't…. if you don't take on board what they say then you're not going to make it very long."

MasterChef's Italian Week continues Monday through Thursday at 7.30pm on Ten.

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