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MasterChef runner-up Ben Ungermann reveals show secrets

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'We'd spend 12 to 14 hours a day filming': Former MasterChef runner-up Ben Ungermann reveals behind-the-scenes secrets and says Gary Mehigan is '100 per cent the toughest judge'

By Kristy Johnson For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 15:22 BST, 26 May 2019 | Updated: 16:23 BST, 26 May 2019

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He finished runner-up in 2017's season nine of MasterChef.

And Ben Ungermann revealed behind-the-scenes secrets, in an interview with news.com.au published on Sunday. 

The 35-year-old, who opened an ice cream parlour in his hometown of Ipswich, dished on the hours spent filming and living away from home for seven months.

'We'd spend 12 to 14 hours a day filming': Former MasterChef runner-up Ben Ungermann (pictured), 35, revealed behind-the-scenes secrets to News Corp on Sunday

'We'd spend 12 to 14 hours a day filming': Former MasterChef runner-up Ben Ungermann (pictured), 35, revealed behind-the-scenes secrets to News Corp on Sunday 

Ben told News Corp while at the Ubud Food Festival in Bali last month, that the application form was 30 pages long and took him an entire day to complete. 

After making it to the first elimination, Ben revealed how producers wanted to see contestants crack under pressure.

'The producers kind of stitch you up by saying you have one hour exactly, but they don't tell you where anything is, so you could spend 15 minutes looking for your equipment and have only 45 minutes to cook,' he said.

Ben, who has appeared on MasterChef Holland and Indonesia, also

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