Brisbane's Neha Sen.
Brisbane's Neha Sen. Channel 10

Baking paper in chocolate cake a no-no for Neha

MASTERCHEF'S Love Week ended in death by chocolate for Brisbane's Neha Sen.

The bubbly 31-year-old was eliminated from the reality cooking show tonight after leaving a sheet of baking paper in her recreating of pastry chef Kirsten Tibbles' chocolate cake.

"It was so delicious I decided to leave it in," Sen joked.

"I forgot all about it and it cost me quite a bit.

"It was unfortunate I had to see the door for a careless mistake like that."

Sen narrowly missed out on a spot in the show's Top 10 after previously eliminated contestant Samira El Khafir won a place back in the competition last week.

The Indian-born marketing and communications advisor moved to Australia as a university student at James Cook University in Townsville.

"That was the biggest culture shock of my life," she said.

"I'd just come off the flight from Brisbane and there were no people around. For an Indian having no people around is more of a culture shock than anything. I really thought I was hijacked into some remote island."

She plans to combine her heritage with Australian influences in a line of Indian-inspired ice creams.

"There's a street dessert in India called Kulfi and all these little vendors on bicycles sell these sticks on the street," she said.

"The flavor is usually cardamom so I'll be combining that with double cream. I've got two or three flavours up and running and I'm looking for a supplier.

"Of course Queenslanders will be my guinea pigs. They'll be the first to try it out."

Sen tips fellow Indian expat Rishi Desai to win the show.

"I call him 'the rocket' Rishi. He's just so good under pressure," she said.

"He can cook different kinds of cuisines and nothing flusters him."

MasterChef's Love Week continues tomorrow through Thursday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.

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