In the Noosa Surf Club Restaurant BBQ Challenge, the Blue Team, led by Walleed and consisting of Tati, Sandeep, Larissa, Derek, Anushka and Abbey, and the Green Team, led by Joe and consisting of Ben, Simon, Nicole, Tessa, Christina and Steph, had to make two meat dishes and two side dishes for 150 diners each to be combined and served on a single plate. On the Blue Team, Abbey’s Turmeric Garlic Prawns stole the show and although their lamb was inconsistently cooked and Walleed’s leadership was questioned, they received high praise and they won the challenge. On the Green Team, although their beef, eggplant and mushroom salad and betel leaves salad, which the judges thought the taste of Queensland went well, their prawns were not only missed the flavour of ginger that they promised but also well and truly overcooked, landed them in elimination.
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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.