Maitland's Andy Allen in Masterchef top 6

EAST Maitland could be less than a week away from claiming its third reality television winner this year.

Former Hunter Jaegers netballer Lara Welham and Newcastle footballer Brad Cranfield took home $600,000 for winning The Block this month.

The East Maitland couple spent 11 weeks renovating one of four adjacent, dilapidated terrace houses in South Melbourne.

Now, Andy Allen has made the top six on Channel Ten cooking show MasterChef and will compete for a place in Wednesday’s grand final.

Allen, son of East Maitland couple Peter and Maree Allen, said his parents were the inspiration for his cooking.

Allen, 24, lived with his mum and dad until he entered the MasterChef house.

‘‘The hardest thing about living in the house is a combination of two things,’’ he said.

‘‘Being away from the things I miss like basketball and socialising. The other thing I miss is my friends and family.’’

Maree featured on MasterChef’s family episode this week and described her son as ‘‘kind and considerate’’.

Six contestants will become three by Wednesday’s finale.

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