Pasta princess bows out after pressure test

By Michael Roberts | posted on November 5, 2020

RUBY Hughes’ Junior MasterChef journey is over after the Denmark-born cooking whizz was eliminated in episode nine of the reality TV show on Sunday night.

The bubbly 11-year old found herself competing in the first pressure test of the season, set by pastry chef extraordinaire Darren Purchese.

The young contestants had to recreate Purchese’s famous edible snow globe dessert, Snow, in just 90 minutes.

While Ruby’s sugar dome was crystal clear and the best of the day, there was not enough gelatine in her red glaze, making it so thin it soaked into her cake. She was sent home along with popular contestant Ben.

After wowing audiences with her pasta-making prowess, judges labelled the Denmark product a “powerhouse”.

“I can’t wait to see what will happen with you in the next few years because you are incredible,” Judge Melissa Leong said on Ruby’s departure.

Speaking to the Weekender, the Year 6 student from Denmark Primary School said it was an emotional goodbye after making some close connections on the show.

“I was sad to go home, but I was there for a while anyway,” she said.

“It was such an amazing experience.”

The pasta princess was chosen from more than 2000 applicants from around Australia and had to travel over east to take part in filming.

Apart from continuing to cook up a storm at home, Ruby said she plans to one day open up her own business selling pastries and baked goodies.