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'MasterChef' contestant: 'Judges bullied me'

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A former contestant from MasterChef has claimed that the judges "bullied" him.

Youth worker Andrew Henderson, who was eliminated from the Australian version of the reality television show last night, said that judge Gary Mehigan's comments about the seafood mousse that landed him in the elimination challenge "hammered" his confidence.

Competitors were asked to create a dish using only tinned and frozen ingredients and Henderson created a clam and crab mousse tart and sausage.

Mehigan looked at the dish and said: "I'm not really looking forward to tasting it... because I know what's gone in it and just watching you manipulate all that food and over-handle it. Urgh." After sampling it, he said: "That mousse is ghastly. Gag-material," and then refused to taste the tart.

Henderson has now told the Herald Sun: "I though they borderline bullied me actually, I thought they were far too savage, they could have been a bit more constructive with their criticism. It does nothing for the confidence, especially if you're going into an elimination the next day, so they gave me a pretty severe beating."

"They seemed pretty grumpy on the day to be honest, but... if I was a judge I'd be feeling pretty cranky too if I had to taste a whole bunch of people's food made prepared from canned and frozen food."

Henderson added that he could not bring himself to watch the episode on TV last night because he was not "mentally prepared".

Last week, Cleo Kerameas was eliminated from the series.

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Watch the video of Andrew Henderson's MasterChef elimination below:

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