About the ShowReturning for its eighth season, MasterChef Australia will this year take the best of what has been before and combine it with more big name international guest chefs, bright new talent and exciting challenges to create a truly remarkable series.
Twenty-four eager home cooks will earn the honour and privilege of wearing a MasterChef apron, understanding the responsibility that comes with it and respect for the elite group they are about to join.
Having searched high and low for the best amateur cooks from around the country, the confident and the humble will be side by side, putting themselves in the spotlight during the rigorous judges’ auditions process, ensuring only the most deserving and talented cooks prevail.
MasterChef Australia judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris are back to share their own unique talent and insights with the latest bunch of contestants, encouraging and challenging them to push themselves to cook smarter, extend their creativity and overcome all obstacles. Together they will nurture, coach and inspire the cooks to extend their skills in the kitchen by leaps and bounds, and also to experience personal growth.
Vue de monde’s Shannon Bennett reprises his role as mentor for the immunity challenges, determined to give away more immunity pins than last year.
The top 24 contestants had better strap themselves in for a wild ride, with the biggest of big name guest chefs set to walk through the doors to challenge and inspire the contestants like never before.
Marco Pierre White returns for a week and, for the first time ever, Queen of the kitchen Nigella Lawson joins for an entire week to inspire the current crop of contestants. Also joining for a series of magical pop-up restaurants is Heston Blumenthal in Hidden Heston week. This is another extraordinary world-first, seen only on MasterChef Australia 2016.
MasterChef Australia, the winner of the 2015 AACTA for Best Reality Television Series, remains Australia’s premier cooking competition. The ultimate winner will walk away with not only a life-changing experience and the title of Australia’s MasterChef 2016, but also $250,000 and a monthly column in Australia’s leading premium food magazine, Delicious.
Fans will relish seeing all their favourite challenges. The mystery box and invention test starts the week, followed by a nail-biting pressure test which will result in one cook leaving the competition. There is a new twist in the immunity challenges where contestants will go head-to-head with professional chefs in a bid to win a pin. Exciting team challenges push the contestants to their limits mid-week and an elimination ends the week, farewelling another talented cook.
MasterClass episodes are back, peppered throughout the series, with Gary, Matt and George and special guest chefs all taking the time to showcase their individual skill, priceless tips and recipes with both contestants and eager cooks at home.
MasterChef Australia is a cooking competition like no other; it transforms lives, inspires the nation and impresses the world’s best chefs.
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