The Top 5 cooks were tasked to work together as one group to prep, cook, plate and execute a 5-course tasting menu, with each member cooking individually for a high-end, fine dining dinner banquets for eight anonymous culinary insiders. The five cooks agreed on an Italian-inspired menu, although Mai and Thea briefly butted heads initially with them both wanting to serve a stuffed pasta dish and decided to go ahead with both their dishes regardless of concerns of repetitiveness. Throughout the 1 hour cookoff, Thea was frantically crumbling under immense stressful pressure and nervously sweating bullets. She nearly fainted, requiring medical attention, but eventually completed the challenge. The judges then revealed that the eight special VIP guests are in fact the Top 5 cooks themselves alongside the 3 judges. All five competitors will be ranking each other’s dishes. Andrew’s first course, which was a take on the Caprese salad was generally praised with some minor criticisms pointed to his smoked tomatoes and needing more basil and some citrus with punchy flavors. Mai’s second course of seafood cappelletti was greatly enjoyed by all the cooks and the judges, the only minor criticism being the superfluous usage of 2 types of shellfish. Andy’s third course of patatas bravas with octopus was a too heavy with slightly tough octopus, and was considered odd because he represented a Spanish dish. Thea’s fourth course of ravioli doppi was also complimented but criticized for her choice of skirt steak, and the judges pointed out that two pasta dishes on one tasting menu were not so fitting which the cooks agreed. Christopher’s final dessert course of truffle-vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate caramel mini-pastry received polarizing reviews with some unanimous praises to his adventurous ingenuity and boldness but criticisms to the bizarrely confusing, clashing flavors. Mai’s dish was ranked the best, followed by Andrew in second place and Thea in third. Andy’s dish placed fourth, meaning Christopher received last place. The judges announced there will be no elimination for today, but Mai will receive an advantage in next week’s challenge whilst Christopher will be at a disadvantage.
MasterChef Canada Show Summary
MasterChef Canada is a Canadian competitive cooking reality show, part of the MasterChef franchise, open to amateur home cooks. It premiered on CTV on January 20, 2014, and has aired its sixth season. The show stars three judges: Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung. The show is produced by Endemol Shine International and Proper Television.
MasterChef Canada airs Tuesday nights on CTV and the Cooking Channel in the United States.The current season airs starting in September of each year in the U.S. It airs also in Sweden, Italy and Spain.
On August 8, 2018, CTV renewed MasterChef Canada for another season, announcing that audition casting for the all new sixth season was greenlit. Filming began in October 2018 and concluded in January 2019. Season 6 premiered on CTV on April 8, 2019, and ended on June 10.
The series was renewed for a seventh season, which is a Back to Win season. It aired its premiere on February 14, 2021.