Intro: Hayden Quinn is possibly one of the most recognisable MasterChef Australia contestants to date; yet on the show, it wasn’t all peaches and roses. When the season began, Hayden was instantly recognisable. Even from the promos, his beachy look combined with that bright red cap drew audience’s eyes his way; so when he entered the top 24, he was already a household name. Hayden looked promising, winning an immunity pin in only the first week. But it seems as if his progress in the game was stunted by those around him. While he was able to avoid elimination on most accounts through his own merit, Hayden was almost always delegated to the losing team during team challenges. This made him a well known face in elimination episodes. But Hayden was resilient- he made it all the way to the top six before being eliminated just shy of the finals week. His elimination was the most shocking of the season and his plethora of fans have stuck by him since.
Why They Made The List: Why wouldn’t Hayden be in this list? If you could think of anyone who defined the year 2011; surely Hayden would pop up somewhere. Aside from his instantly recognisable look and personality, Hayden built up a reputation of being a judge-favourite bachelor. He seemed to make MasterChef look like Australia’s Next Top Model for men. Who could forget his cheeky strip down during that Cronulla Beach challenge?
Hayden was also very well known through his modesty. Despite earning an immunity pin and constantly entering elimination; he always decided not to use the pin; opting to fight along with his fellow team members in a fair fight. It was only until the opportunity to fight in the top ten presented itself when Hayden finally relinquished the pin.
Legacy: Hayden is now a Network Ten golden child. He hasn’t popped up too much yet; but his urge to get into television surely won’t go unnoticed. He’s already made a few appearances on The Project and is also a commentator in the network’s coverage of the Nutri-Grain IronMan Competition. Hayden has also released a cookbook, Hayden Cooks Summer. If you haven’t seen Hayden around, you haven’t been around yourself!
A big way to start up this year’s Top 10- a young budding star who made it big on Australia’s largest reality television show. Definitely an ode to the amount of talent found this year. Tomorrow is number nine, and it is getting tight now. Shall I leave a bit of a hint? OK; never hold a board meeting with this guy!