'Pinoy MasterChef' down to 15 finalists

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Posted at Dec 04 2012 02:51 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2012 10:51 PM

Sonny Boy Tuazon eliminated on 'MasterChef PH'
MANILA, Philippines -- Sonny Boy Tuazon, 24, from Bataan was eliminated from the hit reality cooking contest "MasterChef Pinoy Edition" hosted by Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo.

Tuazon dubbed as the "The Darak King" for his "darak cookies" left the show on Tuesday after he failed to impress Santos and chef-judges Fern Aracama, Rolando Laudico and JP Anglo with his Paksiw Na Hipon sa Ampalaya.

"Siyempre po nalulungkot kasi gusto ko pa ding ipagpatuloy ang journey ko dito sa 'MasterChef' pero proud pa din ako na nakasama ako sa 'MasterChef.' Sabi nga ni Ms. Judy Ann matatandaan ako at hindi ko dapat tumigil sa pag-iimbento," Tuazon said after the elimination.

"Sa mga kasamahan ko, nagpapasalamat ako sa mga tulong, advice at techniques na mas mai-improve pa ang skills ko. Magagaling kayong lahat at mas gagaling pa. Patunayan niyong mga Filipino ay hindi papahuli sa larangan ng pagluluto," he added.

With the first elimination, 15 home cooks are left to compete for the P1-million cash prize.

Below are the 15 remaining contestants in the competition:

1. Carla Marcaida, 40, businesswoman from Bulacan
2. Betty Bais, 43, house helper from Cebu
3. Mac Serrano, 29, ex-seaman from Tarlac
4. Lito Dulva, 34, police officer from Sorsogon
5. Reggie Apolinario, 30, call center agent from Laguna

6. Gian Espadera, 20, Human Resource Management student from Davao
7. Myra Santos, 31, accounting associate from Muntinlupa
8. Maureen Angala, 33, housewife from Muntinlupa
9. Ivory Yat, 26, nurse from Quezon City
10. Ronnel Torres, 30, sari-sari store owner from Pampanga

11. Melissa Gutierrez, 51, marketing director from
Quezon City
12. Cons Osorio, 30, interior designer from San Juan City
13. Lilibeth Nicolas, 31, house helper from Quezon City
14. JR Royol, 29, band vocalist from Benguet
15. Malou Caiña, 41, branch supervisor from Cagayan de Oro

"MasterChef Pinoy Edition" airs weekdays before "Be Careful With My Heart."

Meanwhile,"MasterChef Saturdish Edition" airs on Saturdays with Melai Cantiveros and former "Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4" housemates Joj and Jai Agpangan.