For their first challenge in Queensland, the contestants were taken to Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, where they had 60 minutes to cook a dish using a mystery box filled with native Queensland ingredients. Tati, Abbey, Tessa and Nicole all delivered impressive dishes as the Top 5, and Simon won with his crab salad and advanced to the immunity challenge. In the invention test, the remaining cooks were divided into pairs: the Dark Green Team, consisting of Walleed and Joe, the Red Team, consisting of Abbey and Derek, the Maroon Team, consisting of Larissa and Steph, the Green Team, consisting of Tati and Sandeep, the Blue Team, consisting of Anushka and Nicole, the Yellow Team, consisting of Tessa and Christina, and the Purple Team, consisting of Ben and Tim, tasked with running food trucks, and given two and a half hours to prepare dishes costing $7.50 and $5. The teams raised over $5000 for SecondBite. Abbey and Derek delivered the best dishes while Nicole and Anushka raised the most at $1,045, and both teams advanced to the immunity challenge with Simon. Christina and Tessa’s dishes were not executed properly, while Tati and Sandeep struggled and their chili dish was too thin, but the other teams fared worse throughout the cook – Larissa and Steph set their ovens for their food truck on fire, leaving them with no food to serve. Raising the least money, they were sent to the pressure test. Tim and Ben, who delivered two disappointing dishes, joined them.
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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.