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MasterChef Canada’s Miranda Wasstrom was targeting everyone in Elimination Challenge

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By Mark Daniell, Postmedia Network

MasterChef Canada’s Miranda Wasstrom. (CTV)

MasterChef Canada’s Miranda Wasstrom. (CTV)

In the MasterChef Canada kitchen, when you get an advantage to knock off one of your fellow homecooks you better not miss.

After getting a master class in salmon from the judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile, Miranda Wasstrom’s rhubarb glazed salmon gave her a leg up in the Elimination Challenge.

With all the homecooks being tasked with creating a restaurant-quality dish using only five ingredients, Edmonton’s Wasstrom got to switch everyone's baskets and decide which ingredients they would have to work with.

But it backfired when her competition – Barrie McConachie, Mai Nguyen, Thea VanHerwaarden and Trevor Connie – aced the challenge, while Wasstrom, who got to keep her own ingredients, failed to impress when she served the judges raw flank steak.

“When I heard I got to change the baskets, I paused,” Wasstrom told Postmedia Network the day after her elimination. “I kind of wanted to change my basket, but I didn’t.”

Wasstrom chose to keep her own ingredients and thought things were going well, but Chef Aprile was less than impressed with her flank steak.

With Edmonton’s Connie a frontrunner to win Season 4, Wasstrom said she switched the baskets of her competition to try and trip one of them up – it didn’t matter who.

“Everyone’s so strong that any one of them could have gone and I would have been, ‘OK, great.’”

Still, right up to the very end, she hoped that VanHerwaarden’s shrimp dish (the Vancouver broker is allergic) would send her home instead.

“I had never been in the bottom before, so I was thinking I could squeak past,” Wasstrom admits.

Now that she’s home in Edmonton, Wasstrom says she won’t be afraid to cook a flank steak again.

“I will show the flank steak that it does not win,” she laughs. “I will win.”

As for picking a winner, she’s joining last week’s eliminated homecook Aaron Polsky in picking Connie.

“I think for the other competitors, he’ll be a tough one to get out,” she says. “I definitely think Trevor has some skills.”

MasterChef Canada airs Thursdays on CTV.

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