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Dessert Masters Australia’s Reynold Poernomo announces he will never return to reality TV after devastating loss

Dessert Masters Australia fan favourite Reynold Poernomo has revealed he is done with reality TV following his devastating loss on the show. 

Speaking to Yahoo on Thursday, the chef, 29, said that after narrowly losing on both MasterChef Australia and Dessert Masters he would not be returning to competitive cooking shows.

‘I can’t be pigeonholed the whole time on the show. It’s time for me to keep growing and moving onto bigger things. It’s not the end, just the beginning,’ he said. 

Reynold said he is now focussing on preparing for the opening of his shop in Melbourne and moving his culinary career forward.

‘I was opening my store but it’s delayed until March next year. Dessert Masters was a great opportunity for me to showcase my craft.’

Dessert Masters Australia fan favourite Reynold Poernomo, 29, (pictured) revealed on Thursday that he is done with reality TV after his devastating loss on the show

Dessert Masters Australia fan favourite Reynold Poernomo, 29, (pictured) revealed on Thursday that he is done with reality TV after his devastating loss on the show

‘It was the biggest platform to showcase what my family and I have built,’ he added.

Poernomo then said he was considering relocating abroad to advance his career. 

‘Maybe I might go for Michelin overseas, I might go into the entertainment industry overseas. But definitely somewhere in Asia or the States.’ 

The chef said that after narrowly losing on both MasterChef Australia and Dessert Masters he would not be returning to competitive cooking shows

The chef said that after narrowly losing on both MasterChef Australia and Dessert Masters he would not be returning to competitive cooking shows 

Reynold was left heartbroken on Tuesday night after he lost to Gareth Whitton during the nail biting grand finale.

He took to Instagram to share his disappointment and said he was devastated he had never received an award for his culinary delights, or even been reviewed.

Alongside a gallery of photos of him hard at work in the kitchen creating a variety of delicious pastry desserts, he wrote a heartbreaking caption.

'I can't be pigeonholed the whole time on the show. It's time for me to keep growing and moving onto bigger things. It's not the end, just the beginning,' he said

‘I can’t be pigeonholed the whole time on the show. It’s time for me to keep growing and moving onto bigger things. It’s not the end, just the beginning,’ he said

‘Although I may not have won, my head is still held high. My two best desserts I’ve ever done for Experiential may not have the been the best for tonight,’ he began.

He added he was eager to one day receive an award for the delicious desserts he spends hours in the kitchen making. 

Gareth Whitton was crowned the winner of Dessert Masters 2023 in an emotional grand finale episode on Tuesday night. 

He walks away with the title of Australia’s first-ever Dessert Master and $100,000 in prize money. 

Reynold was left heartbroken on Tuesday night after he lost to Gareth Whitton (centre) during the nail biting grand finale. The pastry chef picked up the highest score from judges for his final dessert, beating out fan favourites Jess Liemantara (left) and Reynold Poernomo

Reynold was left heartbroken on Tuesday night after he lost to Gareth Whitton (centre) during the nail biting grand finale. The pastry chef picked up the highest score from judges for his final dessert, beating out fan favourites Jess Liemantara (left) and Reynold Poernomo 

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