Daylesford Vegetable Elimination Challenge — Alla Wolf-Tasker set a challenge for Amir, Linda, Minoli, and Sabina at her Dairy Flat Farm in Daylesford where the four had to cook a vegetarian dish in 75 minutes. Sabina decided to pickle her carrots paired with pesto and rye lavosh, Linda opted a Laotian tomato dish with pickled cucumber, Amir choose the beetroots to make a kebab with tabouoleh and labneh, Minoli cooked an innovative potato and beetroot salad. Amir, who was the third to present his dish, had struggled to cook his beetroots as they burnt before the last minutes. His concerns were well founded after the judges tasted his dish. The beetroot was burnt and the texture was flawed, sending the Melbourne construction project manager home as the eleventh contestant eliminated from the competition.
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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.