The contestants were taken to the State Library Victoria, where they were divided into two teams of 10 and given two and a half hours had to recreate two three-course dinners from 20th century royal state receptions in Australia for 80 teachers from Victoria. The Burgundy Team, led by Steph, prepped the menu for Queen Elizabeth II’s first visit in 1954 while the Purple Team, led by Kyle, made dishes presented during the coronation of Prince Edward of Wales in May 1920. The Purple Team struggled early with their entrees at prep time, and during service, the whiting in their entrée was inconsistently cooked, but the Burgundy Team had served raw chicken in their main. Despite their efforts to fix it and overall praise for their entrée and dessert, the Burgundy Team was sent to the elimination challenge.
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MasterChef Australia Show Summary
MasterChef Australia has a different format from that of the original British MasterChef and MasterChef Goes Large formats. Initial rounds consist of a large number of hopeful contestants from across Australia individually “auditioning” by presenting a food dish before the three judges in order to gain one of 50 semi-final places. Entrants must be over 18 years old and their main source of income cannot come from preparing and cooking fresh food in a professional environment.
The semi-finalists then compete in several challenges that test their food knowledge and preparation skills. In Season 1, the top 50 competed until 20 were left, with the final 20 progressing to the main stage of the show. From Season 2 onwards, 24 contestants progress. The contestants will then be whittled down through a number of individual and team-based cooking challenges and weekly elimination rounds until a winning MasterChef is crowned. The winner plays for a prize that includes chef training from leading professional chefs, the chance to have their own cookbook published, and A$250,000 in cash.