MasterChef Australia's Reece Hignell hated taking on Jess Liemantara

Masterchef Australia contestant Reece Hignell was eliminated on Thursday night. 

But his biggest regret wasn't leaving the competition, but being pitted against his best friend, Jess Liemantara, 19.

The 28-year-old struck up a very close bond with Jess during filming, constantly posting images together to social media.

'It was heartbreaking as we were super close': Eliminated MasterChef Australia contestant Reece Hignell struggled being pit against 'best friend' Jess Liemantara (R) and admits he was 'ready to go home'

'It was heartbreaking as we were super close': Eliminated MasterChef Australia contestant Reece Hignell struggled being pit against 'best friend' Jess Liemantara (R) and admits he was 'ready to go home'

Reece told The Project on Friday night: 'It was heartbreaking. Me and Jess were super close and we're really great friends'. 

He added: 'One on one against her, like it is hard enough being in elimination let alone versing your best friend and it broke my heart a little bit.' 

Reece went on to say that he hopes that his close friend wins the competition.   

Supportive: Reece went on to say that he hopes that his close friend wins the competition

Supportive: Reece went on to say that he hopes that his close friend wins the competition

Mates: The 28-year-old and the 19-year-old struck up a very close bond, constantly posting images together to social media

Mates: The 28-year-old and the 19-year-old struck up a very close bond, constantly posting images together to social media

'Jess, the things she can actually make is crazy. I'm gob

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