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Tessa Boersma: 'Why Reynold Poernomo is going to win MasterChef'

He may not be the bookies’ favourite, but Reynold Poernomo is a front-runner to win MasterChef: Back to Win, according to one former contestant.

Tessa Boersma is convinced the Dessert King has the ‘skill set’ and ‘creative genius’ to take out of the title, despite finding himself in the bottom two on Sunday night.

‘I reckon Reynold’s going to win. I think he’s so capable of taking it out,’ she told HuffPost Australia on Monday.

Can he do it? He may not be the bookies' favourite, but Reynold Poernomo (pictured) is a front-runner to win MasterChef: Back to Win, according to one former contestant

Can he do it? He may not be the bookies’ favourite, but Reynold Poernomo (pictured) is a front-runner to win MasterChef: Back to Win, according to one former contestant

Tessa, who missed out on the top six when she was sent home on Sunday, believes that Reynold’s technical knowledge outstrips his rivals.

‘He’s got the skill set, he’s got the right mindset and he is just an absolute creative genius,’ she said.

‘I just think with those combined he’s going to be unstoppable. I’ve always been honest about my opinions and I just think he deserves it. He’s incredible.’

Talent: Tessa Boersma (pictured) is convinced the Dessert King has the 'skill set' and 'creative genius' to take out of the title, despite finding himself in the bottom two on Sunday night

Talent: Tessa Boersma is convinced that Reynold (pictured) has the 'skill set' and 'creative genius' to take out of the title, despite finding himself in the bottom two on Sunday night

Talent: Tessa Boersma (left) is convinced the Dessert King (right) has the ‘skill set’ and ‘creative genius’ to take out of the title, despite finding himself in the bottom two on Sunday night

As of Tuesday morning, Emelia Jackson is the favourite to win MasterChef, according to all major bookmakers.

Sportsbet has her at odds of $1.35 while TAB is offering even shorter odds of $1.20.

Both companies have given Reynold odds of $5, after he had been a front-runner to win earlier in the season.

The edge: Tessa, who missed out on the top six when she was sent home on Sunday, believes that Reynold's technical knowledge outstrips his rivals

The edge: Tessa, who missed out on the top six when she was sent home on Sunday, believes that Reynold’s technical knowledge outstrips his rivals

Reynold’s path to glory on MasterChef was marred by controversy last month when it emerged he had made homophobic forum posts in 2014.

As first reported by Daily Mail Australia, he had posted on bodybuilding.com forums six years ago that gay people should be ‘captured and put on an island’.

Reynold, using the profile name ‘reyreyy’, had posted a shocking comment in a thread titled ‘First gay couple featured on the Disney Channel. Do you agree with them?’

The then 20-year-old wrote: ‘I wish the world made a united decision where they will capture all gay people and put them on a remote island full of gays, that way straight [people] will be happy and the freaks can go on and f**k themselves.’

That comment was followed by another on a thread titled: ‘Is homosexuality a mental illness?’

‘Yes end of thread,’ Reynold responded.

He later apologised for the hateful comments, telling Daily Mail Australia on May 29 that he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of the person he used to be.

‘I would like to offer my sincere and deepest apologies for the comments that I made in 2014. I am ashamed of these comments and I regret them immensely,’ he said.

‘At the time these comments were made, I was a very immature, close-minded and insular 20-year-old. I have grown and matured a lot in the last six years. I am not the person I was back then.

‘I have many friends and colleagues that are part of the LGBTIQ+ community. I wholeheartedly support them and care deeply for them. I am truly sorry and apologise for any offence or hurt I caused.’ 

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