The first of a two-round seafood elimination challenge was a skills test, in which the seven contestants on the Green Team had to peel prawns, fillet and debone a snapper, and take the tail out of two bugs. The three contestants that did the best job were safe and the other four went into round 2. The three safe contestants were Tessa, Steph and Christina. The other four had to create a seafood platter using the seafood they prepared. Nicole and Simon made exceptional dishes and they were saved. Ben’s ceviche did not have enough heat and acidity, but Joe’s seafood platter was inconsistently cooked, and he was eliminated.
MasterClass: Ash Martin at The Homage, Spicers Hidden Vale – The contestants participated in their third masterclass at the Homage Restaurant, located within the Spicers Hidden Vale resort, with head chef Ash Martin. Ash cooked, showcasing local and sustainably sourced Queensland produce, charred yabbies and smoked damper on the Homage’s trademark smokehouse coal pits. The judges also cooked a number of dishes, with Matt demonstrating a ‘chocolate torte with rum and chilli’ and a ‘steamed pudding with ginger marmalade’, Gary created a ‘curry two ways’ and George made a ‘surf and turf’ all using local produce.
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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.