Mother-of-two Jackie Kearney missed out on the final cut after a series of molecular gastronomy challenges and a final cook-off for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace on tonight's show.
Speaking to Digital Spy about her experiences on the programme, Kearney said: "It's about being flawless in that moment and I wasn't flawless. That's a very hard thing to take because you know it's a great dish and it works, but it's a competition and on one day one person runs faster than another person.
"I have so much respect for the other three, and absolute respect to them. Especially now I've had time to deal with it, I don't feel bad about it. I did for a while, but now when I look at how talented they are and what they've achieved... maybe it was my time to go."
Kearney also joked that she found cooking for Torode and Wallace more nerve-wracking that "labour with [her] twins".
"Normally I have much steadier hands and I ended up sweating all the time," she said. "I don't normally sweat! But as soon as John would walk in the room, I'd start sweating. He'd come into the room and ask to shake my hand and I'd have to say, 'Sorry John I can't, my hand is really sweaty'."
The MasterChef final airs next Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.
> Read our full interview with Jackie Kearney
> Read our interview with Gregg Wallace