In the first of a two-round elimination challenge, the 10 contestants on the Burgundy Team took turns guessing the names of condiments in front of them. Abbey, Jess, Mandy, Steph and Tati, with incorrect guesses, were sent to the second round, in which they had 60 minutes to make a condiment that complemented their dish. While Abbey, Steph and Tati were announced safe, Jess and Mandy faced elimination. Jess’ sweet potato dumplings impressed in the judging but had issues with the texture of the filling. Mandy served a peri-peri chicken with roasted cabbage. While her peri-peri sauce earned praise, the rest of the components of her dish were too greasy and failed to highlight her sauce, and Mandy was eliminated.
Masterclass: Gary Mehigan, Nigella Lawson and Matt Preston – The remaining contestants attended their second MasterClass from Nigella and the judges at Fresh Select Farm in Werribee. The judges presented their recipes: Gary’s Thai fish larb and Matt’s vegetable lasagne. Nigella, with help from George, cooked her two favourite recipes: chilli mint lamb cutlets with mint and preserved lemon sauce, and sticky toffee pudding.
Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8 | Episode 9 | Episode 10 | Episode 11 | Episode 12 | Episode 13 | Episode 14 | Episode 15 | Episode 16 | Episode 17 | Episode 18 | Episode 19 | Episode 20 | Episode 21 | Episode 22 | Episode 23 | Episode 24 | Episode 25 | Episode 26 | Episode 27 | Episode 28 | Episode 29 | Episode 30 | Episode 31 | Episode 32 | Episode 33 | Episode 34 | Episode 35 | Episode 36 | Episode 37 | Episode 38 | Episode 39 | Episode 40 | Episode 41 | Episode 42 | Episode 43 | Episode 44 | Episode 45 | Episode 46 | Episode 47 | Episode 48 | Episode 49 | Episode 50 | Episode 51 | Episode 52 | Episode 53 | Episode 54 | Episode 55 | Episode 56 | Episode 57 | Episode 58 | Episode 59 | Episode 60 | Episode 61
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.