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April 20, 2016

MasterChef Australia 8 (2016)

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It has been announced today that Season 8 of MasterChef Australia will premiere on Sunday, May 1, 2016 on Channel 10 at 7:30pm. If you want to participate in discussions and spoilers of Season 8, please go to Kitchenette Balcony: Spoiler thread (must register as member to view/participate), or No-Spoiler thread (everyone can participate).

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Ep 1, Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Auditions
Ep 1 recap
In the first of three judges’ auditions, the amateur cooks are given one hour to cook their best dish. To receive an apron, the contestants must receive a “yes” from all three judges.

19 aprons handed out tonight!

Contestants advancing into Top 24:
Flight of Sesame (Cecilia Vuong)
Duck Risotto (Matt Sinclair)
Buffalo Rump with Beetroot and Horseradish Cream (Anastasia Zolotarev)
Sticky Date Pudding with Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce (Chloe Bowles)
Barramundi with Pumpkin Puree, Coconut and Bean Salad, Nahm and Patacones (Trent Harvey)
Spiced Shiraz Poached Pears with Creme Anglaise, Walnut Crumb and a Vanilla Tuile (Charlie Sartori)
Chocolate Pave, Popcorn Ice Cream, Salted Caramel and Peanut (Karmen Lu)
White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel Ganache, Lemon Curd and Raspberry Sorbet (Zoe Konikkos)
Beetroot Cured Kingfish with Horseradish (Heather Day)
Barramundi with Butter Poached Scampi, Peas and Cauliflower (Ashley McConnell)
Land and Sea (Con Vailas)
Snapper and Clams with Saffron Butter Sauce (Brett Carter)
Grandpa’s Lemon and Raspberry (Nicolette Stathopolous)
Fallen Ice Cream (Theresa Vistintin)
Apple Pie and Moonshine (Nathaniel Milevskiy)
Basil Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberry Syrup, Roasted Balsamic Strawberries and Peppercorn Tuille (Olivia Robinson)
Ginger Beer Battered Fish and Chips (Elena Duggan)
Goat Curry with Fried Bread, Cucumber Raita and Pickled Onions (Nidhi Mahajan)
A Walk In My Japanese Garden (Jimmy Wong)

Contestants given a Second Chance:
Yoghurt and White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Orange, Cardamom and Macadamia (Mimi Baines)
Pistachio Cake with Rosewater, White Chocolate and Cardamom (Elise Franciskovic)
Crispy Skinned Hot Smoked Salmon with Red Coconut Broth and Mussels (Harry Foster)
Rosemary Skewered Lamb Back Strap with Roasted Beetroot, Tomato, Figs, Feta and Merlot Reduction (Adam Mizzi)
Sticky Pork Belly with Chilli and Ginger (Miles Pritchett)

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Ep 2, Monday, May 2, 2016 – Auditions

In the second judges’ auditions, those given a second chance from last night are given 90 minutes to cook their best dish. To receive an apron, the contestants must receive a “yes” from all three judges.

11 contestants from last night who were given a second chance have to cook a dish from a specific individual basket of 10 ingredients they cooked with all the time, using at least one of those ingredients.

4 aprons given out tonight!

Contestants advancing into Top 24:
Crispy Skin Snapper with Chilli and Coriander Broth and Chilli Salad (Mimi Baines)
Parmesan and Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack, Parsnip Puree, Butter Fennel (Elise Franciskovic)
Grilled Lobster and Asian Chicken Broth with Coriander Sambal (Harry Foster)
Roast Chicken and Chips with Crispy Mushroom Medley (Adam Mizzi)

Contestant going into Pressure Test:
Beef, Ginger and Coconut Pie (Miles Pritchett)

Ep 3, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – Shannon Bennett’s Chocolate Bar Pressure Test

In the final round of the judges’ auditions, 7 contestants all vying for the final apron must perfectly recreate Shannon Bennett’s popular Chocolate Bar in the first Pressure Test of the season.

The last apron went to Miles Pritchett.

Shannon’s Chocolate Peanut Bar (Shannon Bennett)

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Ep 4, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Top 24 & Billie McKay’s Mystery Box

The Top 24 contestants enter the MasterChef Australia Kitchen for their first Mystery Box challenge to create a dish with ingrediuents chosen by 2015 MasterChef Australia winner, Billie McKay.

Billie’s Mystery Box: Cornflakes, Mushrooms, Black Tea, Sago, Ginger Wine, Beetroot, Fennel, Duck
Time to Cook: 75 minutes

Bottom 3 dishes will go to elimination tomorrow.

Top 3: Jimmy, Mimi, Nidhi, with a special mention to Trent
Bottom 3: Ashley, Charlie, Theresa

Pan seared duck breast, roasted fennel and beetroot with stuffed mushrooms (Jimmy Wong)
Tea-Infused Parfait, Cornflake and Ginger Wine Crumble (Nidhi Mahajan)
Seared Duck Breast with Beetroot, Fennel and Ricotta Salad (Trent Harvey)

Ep 5, Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Elimination

In the first elimination challenge, three contestants choose a cloche containing a single ingredient to be used in a dish.
Ashley, Charlie, Theresa

12 cloches containing an ingredient underneath, contestants must choose a cloche and cook with the ingredient inside. However if they don’t like that ingredient, they have a second chance to choose another cloche.
Charlie – ginger
Ashley – mushrooms
Theresa – prawns

Time to cook: 75 minutes, with open pantry

Fresh Prawn Salad (Theresa Vistintin)
Ginger Chocolate Cremeux with Orange Meringue, Candied Ginger and Mango Cream (Charlie Sartori)

Eliminated: Ashley

MCA8 Marco Week 2016

Ep 6, Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Marco Pierre White Week Begins & Marco’s Mystery Box

It’s Marco Pierre White Week! The contestants have 75 minutes to create a dish from Marco’s Mystery Box of ingredients with rewards and hazards for the Top and Bottom three.

Marco’s Mystery Box – Chicken, Potatoes, Bacon, Lemon, Parsley, Cinnamon, Honey
Time to Cook: 75 minutes, open pantry

Best Dish: Charlie

Honey Semifreddo with Lemon Crumb and Honey Lemon Caramel (Charlie Sartori)
Pan Fried Gnocchi with Toasted Breadcrumbs (Matt Sinclair)
Creamy Lemon Pepper Chicken with Paratha and Potato Wafers (Nidhi Mahajan)
Lemon Syrup Cake with Honey Semifreddo (Mimi Baines)
Ella’s Sweet and Sour Treat (Cecilia Vuong)

Invention Test – Meat & 3 Vegs
Choices: Beef, Pork, Lamb; Pumpkin, Carrots, Broccoli, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Cabbage
Charlie’s Choice: Lamb, Parsnips, Onions, Carrots
Time to Cook: 90 minutes, open pantry

Top 3: Nidhi, Zoe, Olivia
Bottom 3: Cecilia, Nathaniel, Con

Aussie Classic Indian Way (Nidhi Mahajan)
Spiced Lamb with Smoked Parsnip Puree (Zoe Konikkos)
Marinated Lamb with Roasted Carrots, Parsnip Puree and Pickled Shallots (Olivia Robinson)
Lamb Koftas with Onion Jam, Hommus and Coriander Yoghurt (Matt Sinclair)

Ep 7, Monday, May 9, 2016 – Keeping-Up with Marco Pressure Test

The bottom 3 from the Invention Test must keep up with Marco as he demonstrates his classic John Dory dish, without recipe or clock.
Cecilia, Nathaniel, Con

Dory a la Nicoise (Marco Pierre White)

Eliminated: Nathaniel

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Ep 8, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – Immunity Challenge

The top 3 contestants from the Invention Test must make a filled pasta with a matching sauce. The winner will then enter a cook off for immunity against guest chef, Jake Kellie.
Nidhi, Zoe, Olivia

Round 1: Filled Pasta with a Matching Sauce
Time to cook: 1 hour

Winner: Zoe

Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Ravioli with Spec and Sage Sauce (Zoe Konikkos)

Round 2: Jake Kellie
Zoe – 75 minutes, choose the pantry to cook with
Jake – 60 minutes

Jake is not allowed to see the choices until his cooking time starts!

Pantry Choices: French or Italian
Zoe chose Italian.

Zoe: Marco 6 + Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 6 = 24
Jake: Marco 6 + Matt 6 + Gary 6 + George 7 = 25

No pin given out.

Marsala and Cinnamon Brulee with Marsala Figs and Mascarpone Ice Cream (Zoe Konikkos)
Veal Carpaccio with Brown Butter, Pickled Onions and Broad Beans (Jake Kellie)

Ep 9, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Pub Lunch Team Challenge

In today’s challenge, the contestants are split into two teams and must cook three courses for 70 people at a pub lunch with Marco Pierre White running the pass.
Pub Lunch at Plough Hotel, Footscray
3 hours Prep Time

Blue Team – Nicolette (C), Con, Matt, Trent, Harry, Cecilia, Zoe, Miles, Olivia, Adam, Anastasia
Something crumbed (entrée)
Something surf (main)
Something cold (dessert)

Red Team – Brett (C), Elise, Elena, Theresa, Nidhi, Jimmy, Karmen, Charlie, Heather, Mimi, Chloe
Something skewered (entrée)
Something turf (main)
Something hot (dessert)

Winner: Red Team

Prawn Skewers with Fennel Remoulade and Prawn Oil (Red Team)
Beef with Mash, Leeks and Asparagus (Red Team)
Chocolate Brownie with Walnut Crumb and Salted Caramel Sauce (Red Team)

Ep 10, Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Elimination Challenge

The contestants from the losing team at the Pub Lunch challenge must correctly name an ingredient to avoid the elimination cook-off challenge, as the contestant with the least impressive dish will go home.

Eliminated: Adam

Smoked and Seared Tuna with Celeriac Remoulade and Horseradish Mayo (Harry Foster)
Pan Seared Quail on Celeriac Puree, Chargrilled Zucchini and Basil Oil (Matt Sinclair)
Seared Tuna with Celeriac, Watercress and Zucchini Salad with Basil Oil (Cecilia Vuong)

Ep 11, Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Marco’s MasterClass

Risotto Milanese with White Beef Stock (Marco Pierre White)
The Best Baked Cheesecake (Matt Preston)
Non-Traditional Vietnamese Duck Pho (Gary Mehigan)
Saffron Arancini (Marco Pierre White)

Ep 12, Sunday, May 15, 2016 – Viewers’ Mystery Box

In a MasterChef Australia first, today’s Mystery Box has been chosen by the viewers. Contestants have 75 minutes to create a dish using at least one ingredient from the Mystery Box.

Viewers’ Mystery Box – Cauliflower, Coconut, Goat’s Cheese, Okra, Lemon Myrtle, Beef Mince, Maple Syrup, Arrow Squid
Time to cook: 75 minutes

Winner: Anastasia

Torched Maple Syrup Calamari, Roasted Cauliflower and Pickled Okra (Anastasia Zolotarev)
Cauliflower, Maple Foam and Goat’s Cheese Salad (Con Vailas)
Coconut Crumbed Squid with Lemon Myrtle Vinaigrette (Heather Day)
Maple Crumbed Lemon Myrtle Parfait, Goat’s Cheese Sponge and Maple Caramel (Karmen Lu)
Coconut Salt Squid, Pickled Chilli and Roasted Cauliflower, Pan Fried Okra and Coconut Caramel (Matt Sinclair)

Invention Test
Choice of Core ingredients: Peanut Butter, Marmalade, Vegemite
Anastasia’s Choice – Marmalade
Time to cook: 75 minutes, open pantry

Top 3: Anastasia, Con, Nicolette
Bottom 3: Karmen, Chloe, Olivia

Quail de Naranja, Almond and Orange Salsa with Sherry Vinegar Jus (Anastasia Zolotarev)
Orange and Thyme Panna Cotta, Orange Blossom Marmalade Peaches and Cardamom Praline (Con Vailas)
Orange Marmalade (Nicolette Stathopoulos)

Ep 13, Monday, May 16, 2016 – Reynold Poernomo’s Pressure Test

The three contestants with the least impressive dishes from last night’s Invention Test face off in the Pressure Test. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be going home.
Karmen, Chloe, Olivia

Pressure Test – Reynold Poernomo’s Moss
Time to cook: 2 hours and 30 minutes + 10 minutes plating up time

Moss (Reynold Poernomo)

Eliminated: Olivia

Ep 14, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Immunity Challenge

The three best performers in the Invention Test must create a dish using popcorn as the core ingredient. The winner will then need to out-cook the professional guest chef for immunity.
Anastasia, Con, Nicolette

Round 1: Popcorn

Winner: Nicolette

Popcorn (Nicolette Stathopoulos)

Round 2: Braden White (Ricky’s Noosa)
Choice of Core Ingredients: Shells, Fish
Nicolette’s choice – fish

Nicolette: Gary 8 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 26
Braden: Gary 8 + George 9 + Matt 8 = 25

Nicolette wins first Immunity Pin!

Confit Salmon with Crispy Skin (Nicolette Stathopoulos)
Mulloway, White Onion, Cultured Cream and Fennel Dust (Braden White)

Ep 15, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – Memory Team Challenge

In today’s service challenge, the contestants are split into two teams. Each team must cook a three-course meal for 30 people replicating dishes from two celebrated Melbourne restaurants.

Each team must cook a 3-course meal from memory. The captain and vice-captain of each team must go to their respective restaurant and learn the three dishes without recipes, writing or drawing them down. Then they must return to the MasterChef Kitchen and transfer the information to the rest of the team members in just 15 minutes, after that they must serve the entrée in 30 minutes, then another 30 minutes before serving main, and finally dessert must be served 30 minutes after main.

Blue Team – Karmen (C), Chloe (VC), Charlie, Con, Elise, Heather, Jimmy, Miles, Nidhi, Theresa
Pei Modern Bistro (Head Chef Anthony Hammel)
Ricotta Dumplings, Zucchini Flowers & Pine Nuts
Duck with Compressed Witlof, Compressed Radicchio and Fresh Cherries
Sauternes Custard & Crostoli

Red Team – Matt (C), Trent (VC), Anastasia, Brett, Cecilia, Elena, Harry, Mimi, Nicolette, Zoe
Huxtable (Head Chef Daniel Wilson)
Lightly Smoked Kingfish, Horseradish Cream, Baby Beetroot, Pear and Kombu
Charcoal Grilled Wagyu, Otway Shiitake, Oyster Tempura and Sesame Broccolini
Dark Chocolate Delice, Jaffa, Raspberry Sorbet and Pistachio

Winner: Red Team

Lightly Smoked Kingfish, Horseradish Cream, Baby Beetroot, Pear and Kombu (Red Team – Huxtable)
Charcoal Grilled Wagyu, Otway Shiitake, Oyster Tempura and Sesame Broccolini (Red Team – Huxtable)
Dark Chocolate Delice, Jaffa, Raspberry Sorbet and Pistachio (Red Team – Huxtable)

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Ep 16, Thursday, May 19, 2016

The losing team from the service challenge now faces elimination as the contestants create a dish without any cooking. The bottom three will then cook-off to avoid elimination from the competition.
Karmen, Chloe, Charlie, Con, Elise, Heather, Jimmy, Miles, Nidhi, Theresa

Round 1 – Make a dish without using any heat source, the worst three dishes go into round 2 and the core ingredient chosen in round 1 must be used in round 2 using heat.

Bottom 3: Theresa, Nidhi, Miles

Scallop Ceviche with Compressed Cucumber and Cultured Cream (Chloe Bowles)
Tuna, Avocado Mousse, Horseradish Cream and Pickled Salad (Con Vailas)
Scallop Ceviche with Ponzu Dressing (Heather Day)
Sashimi Salmon, Cucumber and Radish Salad with Avocado Mousse (Karmen Lu)

Round 2 – Using the core ingredient chosen in round 1, the contestants must cook a dish to impress the judges to avoid elimination.

Eliminated: Nidhi

Tuna Tataki (Miles Pritchett)
Poached Pear Crumble (Theresa Vistintin)

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MCA8 Nigella Week

Ep 17, Sunday, May 22, 2016 – Nigella Week Begins

It’s Nigella Lawson Week! Contestants have 75 minutes to create a delicious dish based on Nigella’s divine indulgences. The top 3 will have a chance at immunity while the bottom 3 face elimination.

Nigella’s Mystery Box – Butternut Pumpkin, Chestnuts, Chicken Thighs, Pipis, Fresh Ginger, Pancetta, Feta, Cumin
Time to cook: 60 minutes

Winner: Heather

Open Filo Pumpkin Pie (Heather Day)
Crispy Cumin Chicken with Pumpkin Puree and Irish Ginger Chips (Charlie Sartori)
Pumpkin and Chestnut Mille-Feuille (Zoe Konikkos)
Ginger and Cumin Chicken, Crispy Ginger with Pumpkin Puree and Chestnut (Jimmy Wong)
Pumpkin Ice Cream Stack, Cumin Tuile and Pancetta Praline (Elena Duggan)

Invention Test – Divine Indulgences
Choices: Chocolate, Lemon, Pistachio
Heather’s choice: Chocolate

Top 3: Mimi, Karmen, Harry
Bottom 3: Miles, Chloe, Jimmy

Chocolate Decadence with Miso (Karmen Lu)
Salted Chocolate Tart with Beetroot Sorbet (Mimi Baines)
White Chocolate and Rose Royale (Harry Foster)

Ep 18, Monday, May 23, 2016 – Nigella’s Pressure Test

The bottom 3 from Nigella’s Invention Test face elimination in what might be the toughest Pressure Test ever, as contestants have just one hour to recreate Nigella’s three-course meal.
Miles, Chloe, Jimmy

Nigella’s Three-Course Dinner – Crab and Avocado Salad (Nigella Lawson)
Nigella’s Three-Course Dinner – Lamb Leg with Sides (Nigella Lawson)
Nigella’s Three-Course Dinner – Coffee Panna Cotta with Chocolate Sauce (Nigella Lawson)

Eliminated: Jimmy

Ep 19, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – Immunity Challenge

Matt Preston & Nigella Lawson arrive at the contestant house in the middle of the night as the 3 best from Nigella’s Invention Test are asked to create a midnight snack for a chance at immunity.
Mimi, Karmen, Harry

Round 1 – Midnight Snack

Winner: Harry

Dark Chocolate Brookies (Harry Foster)

Round 2 – Christmas
Chef: Lachlan Colwill, Hentley Farm
Choices: Christmas Savoury or Christmas Sweet
Harry’s choice: Christmas Sweet

Harry: Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 7 + Nigella 7 = 26
Lachlan: Gary 7 + George 7 + Matt 7 + Nigella 6 = 27

No pin given out!

Australian Summer Christmas Pudding with Fresh Berries and Tempered Chocolate (Lachlan Colwill)
Christmas Pavlova (Harry Foster)

Ep 20, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – MasterChef Fete Team Challenge

Split into three teams, each team must prepare one savoury dish & two sweet dishes to sell at a fete held in honour of Nigella Lawson with all proceeds donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Blue Team: Mimi (C), Brett, Con, Charlie, Elise, Matt
Chorizo Frittata with Fried Potato Chips $7
Hedgehog Slice $5
Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Jam & Buttercream $5

Red Team: Harry (C), Anastasia, Cecilia, Miles, Trent, Theresa
Asian Poached Chicken Salad with Nuoc Cham Dressing & Nuts $12
Outback Scones with Vanilla Raspberry Jam $6
Choc Chip Cookie $3
Dark Chocolate Brookie (limited edition) $6

Yellow Team: Heather (C), Chloe, Elena, Karmen, Nicolatte, Zoe
Sweet Potato Salad $12
Rocky Road Popcorn $7
Blondie with Raspberry Jam and Cream $10

Total Fete Sale: $17,902
Yellow Team = $6,326
Red Team = $5,892
Blue Team = $5,684

Winning Team = Yellow
Bottom Team = Blue

Rocky Road Popcorn (Yellow Team)
Blondie with Raspberry Jam and Cream (Yellow Team)
Sweet Potato Salad (Yellow Team)

Ep 21, Thursday, May 26, 2016 – Cake Elimination

The losing fete challenge team now face elimination. Contestants must correctly name cakes, fail to do so & they will need to impress the judges with a cake of their own to stay in the competition.
Matt, Brett, Con, Elise, Charlie, Mimi

Round 1 – Name That Cake

Click to enlarge:

1. Kugelhopf (Gugelhupf); 2. Carrot Cake; 3. some sort of yeast cake, Savarin, or Rum Baba?; 4. Battenburg Cake; 5. maybe Linzer Torte or Crostata? (can’t really see the top if there are lattices?); 6. Dundee Cake; 7. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake); 8. Lamington; 9. Devil’s Food Cake?; 10. Galette des Rois (French King Cake); 11. Hummingbird Cake?; 12. Vínarterta (Icelandic Celebration Layer Cake); 13. Station Cake? Cherry & Sultana Cake? (are those sultanas on the cake?); 14. Stollen; 15. Gâteau Opera; 16. Swiss Roll; 17. Marble Cake; 18. Orange Poppy Seed Cake; 19. Mooncake; 20. some sort of Brownie-like Cake?; 21. Victoria Sponge Cake; 22. Dobos Torte; 23. Simnel Cake; 24. Mud Cake; 25. Paris-Brest; 26. Cheesecake; 27. Banana Cake?; 28. Angel Food Cake; 29. Prinsesstårta (Swedish Princess Torte); 30. Strawberry Shortcake

Bottom 3: Charlie, Matt, Con

Round 2 – Bake a Cake
Time to bake: 90 minutes; open pantry

Eliminated: Con

Carrot Cake with Candied Walnuts and a Walnut Crumb (Matt Sinclair)
Chocolate Sponge Cake with Raspberry Jam and Whipped Ganache (Charlie Sartori)

Ep 22, Thursday, May 26, 2016 – Nigella’s MasterClass

Tequila and Lime Chicken with Chilli Ginger Garlic Sauce and Baked Potato (Nigella Lawson)
George’s Lamb Moussaka (George Calombaris)
Fish 3 Ways and Hot Smoked Trout with Dashi Yoghurt (Gary Mehigan)
Lemon Pavlova (Nigella Lawson)

Ep 23, Sunday, May 29, 2016 – Mystery Box & Invention Test

The contestants have 60 minutes to create a dish using the ingredients in the mystery box. The winner will cook off for a chance at immunity & the bottom 3 will face the elimination Pressure Test.

Winner of mystery box advances straight to Immunity Challenge. Ingredients not used and scraps/leftovers from Mystery Box must not be thrown away.

Mystery Box – Barramundi, Pork Belly, Miso, Beetroot, Sweet Corn, Coriander, Limes, Vanilla
Time to cook: 60 minutes

Winner: Chloe

Smoked Lime and Vanilla Frozen Nougat with Beetroot Caramel and Lime Crumb (Chloe Bowles)
Pork and Corn Dumplings with Miso Caramel Broth (Trent Harvey)
Barra, Beets and Corn (Brett Carter)
Sticky Vanilla Pork with Beetroot and Coriander Lime Salsa (Anastasia Zolotarev)
Sponge Cake with Miso Glaze and Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream (Zoe Konikkos)

Mystery Box’s Leftovers Invention Test – No core ingredients, no pantry

Top 3: Matt, Karmen, Mimi
Bottom 3: Theresa, Charlie, Brett

Barramundi San Choi Bao (Matt Sinclair)
Pan Fried Barramundi with Pickled Beetroot Scales, Corn Purée and Burnt Miso Sauce (Karmen Lu)
Coriander Ice Cream and Lime Syrup Cake (Mimi Baines)

Ep 24, Monday, May 30, 2016 – Jason Atherton’s Pressure Test

The bottom three from the invention test now face the elimination pressure test. Contestants have just over 3 hours to recreate UK chef Jason Atherton’s quail afternoon tea dish to avoid elimination.
Theresa, Charlie, Brett

Quail Afternoon Tea (Jason Atherton)

Eliminated: Theresa

Ep 25, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – Immunity Pin Challenge

With immunity up for grabs, contestants will work in pairs to create a savoury & sweet jaffle in 45 minutes. The winning pair will then need to out cook professional chefs to secure an immunity pin.
Chloe, Matt, Karmen, Mimi

Round 1 – Jaffles
Chloe who won Mystery Box get to choose who she wants to team up with, she chose Matt.

Team 1: Chloe (sweet), Matt (savoury)
Team 2: Karmen (sweet), Mimi (savoury)
Time to cook: 45 minutes

Winner: Team 1 (Chloe, Matt)

Spice Mince and Fennel Jaffle (Matt Sinclair)
Apple Pie Jaffle (Chloe Bowles)

Round 2
Guest Chefs: Thomas Woods and Hayden McFarland (Woodland House)
Chloe and Matt get to choose the core ingredients, they chose Prawns and Raspberries.

Matt (savoury): Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27
Chloe (dessert): Gary 7 + George 7 + Matt 7 = 21
Total = 48

Thomas (dessert): Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 10 = 28
Hayden (savoury): Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 6 = 18
Total = 46

Matt and Chloe both won Immunity Pins!

Hot and Sour Prawn Head Broth (Matt Sinclair)
Rosewater Bavarois, Raspberry Syrup and Spiced Pate Brik (Chloe Bowles)
Miso Grilled Prawns, Garden Vegetables, Burnt Prawn Dashi (Hayden McFarland)
Raspberry Vinegar, Goat’s Curd and White Chocolate (Thomas Woods)

Ep 26, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Greek Feast Team Challenge

Today’s off-site challenge will take place at George Calombaris’ Hellenic Republic restaurant. Split into two teams, each team must prepare a three course feast for 120 guests to avoid elimination.

Blue Team: Miles (C), Brett, Chloe, Elena, Harry, Karmen, Nicolette, Trent
Red Team: Zoe (C), Anastasia, Cecilia, Charlie, Elise, Heather, Matt, Mimi

Time to prep: 3 hours

Winner: Blue Team

Spanakopita, Hung Yoghurt with Pine Nuts and Raisins (Blue Team)
Saganaki with Spiced Apricots and Beetroot Dip (Blue Team)
Spit-Roasted Lamb (Blue Team)
Vegetarian Moussaka (Blue Team)
Loukoumades with Honey, Cinnamon and Orange Syrup (Blue Team)
Rice Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce and Sesame Crumb (Blue Team)
Compressed Ouzo Watermelon, White Chocolate Mousse, Almond and Cinnamon Crumb (Blue Team)

Ep 27, Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Elimination Challenge

The losing Greek feast challenge team now face elimination. Contestants who fail the Round 1 blind taste test must then impress the judges with a dish using the ingredient they did not correctly name.
Zoe, Anastasia, Cecilia, Charlie, Elise, Heather, Matt, Mimi

Matt played his Immunity Pin, so is safe from elimination.

Round 1 – 1-inch Cube Blind Taste Test
First 4 incorrect identification go into round 2. They must then cook with the incorrectly named ingredient.

Mimi – mango (incorrectly identified as nectarine)
Cecilia – ham (incorrectly identified as chicken)
Heather – lemon (incorrectly identified as grapefruit)
Elise – lamb (incorrectly identified as veal)

Round 2
Cook a dish using the incorrectly named ingredient.

Eliminated: Cecilia

Lamb Cutlet with Pumpkin Puree and Caramelised Onion (Elise Franciskovic)
Lemon Inspired Crumbed Calamari (Heather Day)
Mango with Custard and Spiced Nuts (Mimi Baines)

Ep 28, Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Maggie Beer’s Invention Test & Mystery Box

The Queen of the Australian kitchen, Maggie Beer returns! The Invention Test winner will have the advantage going into the Mystery Box challenge when contestants have an hour to impress the judges.

Maggie Beer’s Invention Test – Abalone, Silken Tofu, Lemongrass

Lemongrass Thom Kha with Lobster (Harry Foster)
Dark Chocolate and Silken Tofu Cheesecake (Zoe Konikkos)
Abalone, Mushrooms and Green Tea Noodles (Elena Duggan)

Winner: Zoe

Mystery Box
Zoe get to choose the 8 ingredients for the Mystery Box.
Zoe’s Mystery Box: Basil, Ricotta, Pork Mince, Garlic, Pancetta, Thyme, Chilli Flakes, Tomatoes

Top 3: Chloe, Trent, Brett
Bottom 3: Charlie, Nicolette, Harry
Elise is in bottom 4, and will replace Nicolette if she played her Immunity Pin.

Pancetta Fat Parfait with Brik Pastry, Pancetta Praline Crumb and Caramel (Chloe Bowles)
Ricotta and Pork Ravioli with Tomato Sauce (Brett Carter)
Pork and Ricotta Spring Rolls with Tomato Chilli Jam (Trent Harvey)

MasterChef Australia Anna Polyviou’s ‘pink Death Star’ messes with contestants

Ep 29, Monday, June 6, 2016 – Anna Polyviou’s Pressure Test

The bottom three contestants from the Mystery Box challenge face off in the elimination pressure test. Contestants have just three hours to recreate & 15 minutes to plate up Anna Polyviou’s mess.
Charlie, Nicolette, Harry + Elise

Nicolette played her Immunity Pin, so Elise is in the Pressure Test.

Eliminated: Charlie

Anna’s Mess (Anna Polyviou)

Ep 30, Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – Immunity Challenge

The three best performers from Maggie Beer’s Mystery Box are now vying for immunity. The contestant who produces the best Éclair in round one will then cook off against a professional chef.
Chloe, Trent, Brett

Round 1 – Éclair

Winner: Chloe

Cream Cheese and Dulce de Leche Eclairs (Chloe Bowles)

Round 2 –
Guest Chef: Morgan McGlone from Belles Hot Chicken
Choices: Tea or Coffee
Chloe’s choice: Coffee

Chloe: Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 6 = 18
Morgan: Gary 8 + George 7 + Matt 7 = 22

No Immunity Pin given out.

Grilled Quail with Butter Roasted Cauliflower and Red Eye Gravy (Morgan McGlone)
Coffee Bombe (Chloe Bowles)

Ep 31, Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – Chinese New Year Team Challenge

Today’s off-site team challenge marks the celebration of Chinese New Year joined by guest mentor, Kylie Kwong. Each team must prepare two set-price Asian street food dishes & sell them to the public.

Red Team: Anastasia, Brett, Elise, Heather, Karmen, Nicolette, Trent
Yellow Team: Chloe, Elena, Harry, Matt, Miles, Mimi, Zoe

Winner: Red Team

Chinese Beef Salad (Yellow Team)
Pork Skewers (Yellow Team)
Shaoxing Prawns Skewers (Yellow Team)

Ep 32, Thursday, June 9, 2016 – Lucky Dip Elimination

The losing team from the Chinese New Year challenge must now cook a dish determined by lucky dip. With 75 minutes on the clock, the contestant with the least impressive dish will be eliminated.
Chloe, Elena, Harry, Matt, Miles, Mimi, Zoe

Chloe plays her Immunity Pin, so not in elimination challenge.

Contestants have to do a lucky dip of core ingredient from one bag & cuisine from another bag.

Elena – Pork, Spanish
Miles – Fish, Japanese
Harry – Shellfish, Indian
Zoe – Fruit, American
Mimi – Lamb, Thai
Matt – Beef, Lebanese

Time to cook: 75 minutes

Eliminated: Miles

Spanish Pork and Rice (Elena Duggan)
Kerala Style Prawn Curry (Harry Foster)
Braised Beef Shin with Smoked Eggplant Yoghurt and Tabouli (Matt Sinclair)

Ep 33, Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Power Apron Week Begins & Luke Nguyen’s Mystery Box

Today’s Mystery Box challenge has been set by guest chef Luke Nguyen, as contestants have 60 minutes to make an impressive dish. The winner will then gain the advantage going into the Invention Test.

Luke’s Mystery Box – Goat Cutlets, Belacan, Jicama, Tamarind Paste, Limes, Betel Leaves, Rambutans, Crickets

Winner & Power Apron: Elise

Cricket Caramel Semifreddo with Lime Curd and Betel Leaf Crumb (Elise Franciskovic)
Citrus Cured Goat Salad (Matt Sinclair)
BBQ Smoked Goat and Tamarind Glaze (Heather Day)

Invention Test – Steam or Fry
No Top 3 will be decided, only the winner who will receive the Power Apron; Bottom 3 will go to elimination Pressure Test tomorrow.

Elise’s choice: Fry

Elise with the Power Apron gets 90 minutes to cook, the rest of the contestants only get 60 minutes to cook.

Dish of the Day & Power Apron: Anastasia
Bottom 3: Elena, Zoe, Elise

Fennel Pesto, Pernod Prawns and Fried Fennel (Anastasia Zolotarev)
Korean Feast (Harry Foster)
Pan Fried Duck with Compressed and Pickled Vegetables and Peanut Sambal (Chloe Bowles)

Ep 34, Monday, June 13, 2016 – Ross Lusted’s Pressure Test

The bottom three contestants from the Invention Test face off in the elimination Pressure Test. Contestants have just two hours to recreate two of guest chef Ross Lusted’s signature dishes.
Elena, Zoe, Elise

Ross Lusted’s Signature Dishes:
1. Chicken Wing Dumpling, Silken Chicken & Ginger Fried Rice
2. Perfumed Stone Fruit & Peach Biscuit

Anastasia with the Power Apron got to choose the dish that the Bottom 3 have to cook. She chose the dessert, Perfumed Stone Fruit & Peach Biscuit.

Eliminated: Zoe

Perfumed Stone Fruit (Ross Lusted)

Tomorrow the eliminated contestants return for a shot at second chance!

Ep 35, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The judges reveal to the top 12 contestants that today there are some special guests joining them in the MasterChef Australia kitchen.

The 12 eliminated contestants return and fight for a second chance to re-enter the competition:
Adam, Ashley, Cecilia, Charlie, Con, Jimmy, Miles, Nathaniel, Nidhi, Olivia, Theresa, Zoe

Pantry Ingredients: Beetroot, Fennel, Lemon, Chocolate, White Quinoa, Lamb, Rosemary, Gelatine, Sweet Botrytis Wine, Yoghurt, Raspberries, Green Cardamom Pods

Winner of the Eliminated Contestants & Power Apron: Theresa

Winter Dessert (Theresa Vistintin)
Yoghurt Sorbet with Beetroot Curd and Cardamom Tuile (Cecilia Vuong)
Beetroot Bavarois with Beetroot Confit and Puffed Quinoa (Zoe Konikkos)
Chocolate Mousse Sphere with Raspberry Curd, Toasted Coconut Crumb and Rosemary Salt (Charlie Sartori)
Chocolate Beetroot Parfait with Botrytis Raspberry Jelly (Miles Pritchett)

Ep 36, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Curtis Stone’s Degustation Team Challenge

Guest chef Curtis Stone joins today’s off-site team challenge. Each team must prepare a six-course degustation menu for 50 guests in only two and half hours to avoid the elimination challenge.
Sails on the Bay Restaurant

Theme – Citrus
30-minute staggered serving – 2 1/2 hours to prepare and cook, 1/2 hour to serve

1 – Green Team: Elise, Trent – Mandarin
2 – Red Team: Harry, Karmen – Lemon
3 – Maroon Team: Heather, Matt – Orange
4 – Yellow Team: Brett, Mimi – Lime
5 – Blue Team: Theresa, Elena – Tangelo (Sweet)
6 – Purple Team: Chloe, Nicolette – Ruby Grapefruit (Sweet)

Dish of the Day: Blue (Theresa, Elena)
Bottom 2 Teams: Green (Elise, Trent), Purple (Chloe, Nicolette)

Lemon Cured Salmon (Red Team)
Degustation Duck (Maroon Team)
Beef, Lime and Beetroot (Yellow Team)
Tangelo Refresher and Tangelo Explosion (Blue Team)

Ep 37, Thursday, June 16, 2016

The losing team from the Curtis Stone challenge now face elimination. Who will be leaving the MasterChef Australia kitchen?
Chloe, Elise, Nicolette, Trent

Elimination to be 2 rounds of duel.

Round 1 – Knife Pull to decide:
Trent vs Chloe, must cook a dish inspired by Autumn Leaves.
Elise vs Nicolette, must cook a dish inspired by Sea Shells.

Winners will be safe, Losers advance into Round 2.

Winners: Trent, Elise

Seared Beef Fillet with Smoked Beurre Rouge, Crispy Kale, Roast Beetroots and Salsa Verde (Trent Harvey)
My Beach (Elise Franciskovic)

Round 2 – Fire
Chloe vs Nicolette

Eliminated: Nicolette

Cinnamon Cake with Port Maple Sauce, Maple Meringue and Figs 3 Ways (Chloe Bowles)

Ep 38, Sunday, June 19, 2016 – Ugliest Maystery Box & Invention Test Relay

Today’s Mystery Box challenge contains eight of the ugliest ingredients ever seen. The contestants must impress the judges by creating a beautiful & delicious dish in only 60 minutes.

Ugly Mystery Box – Celeriac, Monkfish, Morel Mushrooms, Chicken Liver, Blue Cheese, Horned Melon, Moreton Bay Bug, Buddha’s Hand

Winner: Elena

Butter Bug, Horned Melon and Celeriac (Elena Duggan)
Butter Poached Seafood with Celeriac and Horn Melon Salad (Theresa Visintin)
Blue Cheese Ice Cream on Morel Cone with Buddha’s Fingers Sponge and Horn Melon Syrup (Karmen Lu)

Invention Test – Relay Challenge

Core Ingredients: Honey & Lemon, or Bacon & Maple Syrup, or Orange & Fennel
Elena’s choice: Honey & Lemon

Elena also got to choose her team members, she chose Matt, Karmen & Trent.

Red Team: Matt, Trent, Elena, Karmen
Blue Team: Theresa, Heather, Anastasia, Chloe
Yellow Team: Harry, Brett, Mimi, Elise

Winner: Red Team (Elena, Karmen, Matt, Trent)
Bottom Team: Blue Team (Anastasia, Chloe, Heather, Theresa)

Braised Duck with Honey, Lemon and Whiskey Sauce (Red Team)

MasterChef Australia 2016: Flynn McGarry the Justin Bieber of food

Ep 39, Monday, June 20, 2016 – Flynn McGarry’s Pressure Test

The losing team from the invention test relay challenge now face off in the Pressure Test. Contestants must recreate guest chef Flynn McGarry’s signature dish to avoid elimination.
Anastasia, Chloe, Heather, Theresa

Beet Wellington (Flynn McGarry)

Eliminated: Anastasia

Ep 40, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Immunity Challenge

The four contestants who impressed in the relay invention test cook for immunity. Does the winner of the first round have what it takes to out-cook guest chef Victor Liong from Lee Ho Fook?
Elena, Karmen, Matt, Trent

Round 1 – Skill Tests
1. Separating eggs to get 12 perfect egg yolks;
2. 5 perfect rochers (one-handed quenelles) of ice cream;
3. 30cm tall cone of spun sugar.

Winner: Matt

Round 2
Guest Chef: Victor Liong from Lee Ho Fook
Choices: Ingredients A-M, or Ingredients N-Z
Matt chose Ingredients A-M.

Matt: Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27
Victor: Gary 10 + George 10 + Matt 10 = 30

No Immunity Pin given out.

Roasted Crayfish with Asian Mushrooms with Coconut and Armagnac Sauce (Victor Liong)
Kingfish with Blue Swimmer Crab Broth (Matt Sinclair)

Ep 41, Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Gourmet Cinema Team Challenge

In today’s gourmet cinema team challenge, the judges reveal that the contestants must cater for 165 cinema goers at a very special cinema event – the screening of MasterChef Australia’s Greatest Hits.

Blue Team: Brett (C), Chloe, Elena, Harry, Heather, Theresa
Red Team: Matt (C), Elise, Karmen, Mimi, Trent

Winner: Blue Team

Scorched Salmon Rice Bars (Blue Team)
Ponzu Beef with Mushrooms Two Ways (Blue Team)
Black Sesame Pavlova and Yuzu Curd (Blue Team)

Ep 42, Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Time or Ingredients Elimination Challenge

The losing team from the gourmet cinema challenge are now cooking to save themselves from elimination. If they survive, they will make it into the top 10.
Elise, Karmen, Matt, Mimi, Trent

Time or Ingredients Challenge:
5 pantries of ingredients, which will be revealed one at a time, at 15-minute interval, starting at 90 minutes. The contestants decide if they want more time to cook, or more ingredients to cook.
With the first pantry revealed, the contestants get 90 minutes to cook using only the ingredients in the first pantry, plus staples. If they wait for the second pantry to be revealed, they only get 75 minutes to cook, but using ingredients from the first and second pantries, plus staples, and so on.

First Pantry – Herbs, 90 minutes to cook
Second Pantry – Vegetables, 75 minutes to cook + availability of first pantry
Third Pantry – Fruit, 60 minutes to cook + availability of first & second pantries
Fourth Pantry – Poultry, 45 minutes to cook + availability of first, second & third pantries
Fifth Pantry – Fish, 30 minutes to cook + availability of all other pantries

Matt, Trent and Karmen started to cook with the reveal of second pantry, 75 minutes to cook.
Mimi and Elise started to cook with the reveal of third pantry, 60 minutes to cook.

Eliminated: Karmen

Roasted Carrot Tortellini (Matt Sinclair)
Pumpkin Ricotta Rotolo with Cauliflower and Leeks (Trent Harvey)
Beetroot Parfait with Rosemary and Rhubarb (Mimi Baines)
Burnt Apricot Parfait (Elise Franciskovic)


MasterChef Australia 2016 – Top 10 contestants

Ep 43, Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Heston Week Begins & The Melbourne Star’s Pop-Up

Heston Blumenthal returns to MasterChef Australia in the biggest week ever. In a world first, the top 10 contestants open four Heston inspired & supervised MasterChef Australia pop-ups in four days.

Cooking a 2-course pop-up meal at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel inspired by Stars & Outer Space.
Time to cook: 2 hours

Each team has to make 20 serves of one main and one dessert, they have to serve 5 pods with 4 serves per pod of the wheel. Once the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel starts to spin, it will not stop until the end of the meal. The teams only have 2 minutes timeframe to serve each pod before the pod moves on.

Blue Team: Elena, Mimi
Green Team: Brett, Elise
Maroon Team: Heather, Trent
Red Team: Chloe, Harry
Yellow Team: Matt, Theresa

Bottom Team (advance into elimination): Maroon (Heather, Trent)

Roast Chicken, Pumpkin Puree Potato Scallops and Saffron Jus (Yellow Team)
Black Hole (Yellow Team)
Floating Through Space (Red Team)
Big Bang (Red Team)

Ep 44, Monday, June 27, 2016 – Brighton Beach’s Ice Cream Pop-Up

For one day only, Melbourne’s iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes become ice cream stands selling Heston-inspired ice creams & ice blocks. The least impressive team will face elimination.

Savoury Ice Cream Challenge
Time to prepare: 4 1/2 hours
Time to serve: 60 minutes

Blue Team: Harry, Matt
Green Team: Brett, Chloe
Red Team: Mimi, Elise
Yellow Team: Elena, Theresa

Bottom Team (advance into elimination): Green (Brett, Chloe)

Lemon and Pine Nut Ice Cream with Rosemary (Yellow Team)
Nuoc Cham Ice Block (Yellow Team)
Eggless Mustard Ice Cream with Bacon and French Fries (Yellow Team)

Ep 45, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Chocolate Pop-Up

Tonight’s challenge, Heston inspires the contestants to create a three-course dessert spread using only the food of the Gods: chocolate. The least impressive team will face the elimination challenge.

Blue Team: Elena, Matt
Red Team: Elise, Theresa
Yellow Team: Harry, Mimi

Chocolate Challenge
Time to prepare: 2 hours (half hour staggered start)
First Team to cook: White Chocolate – Red (Elise, Theresa)
Second Team to cook: Milk Chocolate – Blue (Elena, Matt)
Third Team to cook: Dark Chocolate – Yellow (Harry, Mimi)

Red Team’s dish – Life is Like A Box of Chocolates
Blue Team’s dish – Japanese Garden Pond
Yellow Team’s dish – Black Forest Floor

Bottom Team (advance into elimination): Blue (Elena, Matt)

Black Forest Floor (Yellow Team)

Ep 46, Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Rippon Lea’s Pop-Up

Heston’s restaurants are all about taking recipes from the past & giving them a modern twist. Four contestants must prepare a single course inspired by recipes from the past to avoid elimination.
Elise, Harry, Mimi, Theresa

Time to prepare: 2 hours (staggered start)

Recipes to be inspired by:
Mimi – Rost Samon (15th century)
Theresa – Chekyns Farsed (15th century)
Elise – Taffaty Tarts (17th century)
Harry – Trifle (19th century)


Bottom Dish (advance into elimination): Theresa

Frozen Fennel Nougat, Apple Jelly, Lemon Syrup (Elise Franciskovic)
Salmon with Peas, Almonds and Saffron (Mimi Baines)
Coffee and Orange Trifle (Harry Foster)

Ep 47, Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Rainbow Colour Elimination

The seven contestants who created the least impressive dishes during the pop-ups now face off to stay in the competition in the final Heston-inspired challenge.
Brett, Elena, Chloe, Heather, Matt, Theresa, Trent

Elimination Challenge: Rainbow Colour Spectrum
Using one colour each as inspiration for creating a dish.

Red – Theresa
Orange – Elena
Yellow – Heather
Green – Brett
Blue – Matt
Indigo – Chloe
Violet – Trent

Time to cook: 75 minutes, open pantry, garden available

Eliminated: Heather

Reef Walk (Elena Duggan)
Green Ant’s Nest (Brett Carter)
Toadstool – A Messina Inspired Dessert (Theresa Visintin)

Ep 48, Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Heston’s MasterClass

A special Heston Masterclass.

Heston’s Roast Chicken (Heston Blumenthal)
Steak Sandwich with Cheddar, Aioli and Toffee Onions (Matt Preston)
French Squab and Truffles (Gary Mehigan)
Heston’s Chocolate Mousse (Heston Blumenthal)

Bonus recipe: Reynold’s Not So Typical Lemon Meringue

Ep 49, Sunday, July 3, 2016

The judges reveal that this week will be the toughest ever! In today’s Invention Test contestants must choose between three of the hardest Invention Test dishes ever from previous seasons.

Mystery Box (must use all ingredients in a dish): Cinnamon, Pork Belly, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Corn, Dates, Rum, Onion, Apple

Winner: Brett

Sticky Pork, Smoked Corn and Pickled Apple (Brett Carter)
Drunken Pork Belly (Harry Foster)
Pork Three Ways (Mimi Baines)

Invention Test: Previous Seasons’ Hardest Invention Tests
The hardest ever invention test core ingredients: Season 6’s Apricot Chicken, Season 7’s Earth and Season 4’s Cactus.

Ep 19, Sunday, May 27, 2012 Mexican Invention Test – Cactus/Prickly Pear
Ep 47, Sunday, July 6, 2014 Re-Inventing a Retro Dish – 70s’ Apricot Chicken
Ep 49, Sunday, July 5, 2015 Conceptual Invention Test – Earth

Brett chose Apricot Chicken.

Top 3: Elise, Harry, Brett
Bottom 3: Theresa, Mimi, Trent

Apricot Chicken with Crispy Skin (Elise Franciskovic)
Modern Apricot Chicken (Harry Foster)
Apricot Chicken Roulade with Cous Cous (Brett Carter)

Ep 50, Monday, July 4, 2016 – Peter Gilmore’s Pressure Test

The three contestants with the least impressive dishes from last night’s Invention Test face off in the Pressure Test. At the end of the cook, one of these contestants will be going home.
Theresa, Mimi, Trent

Peter Gilmore’s Pressure Test: Cherry Jam Lamington
Time to cook: 2 hours

Eliminated: Theresa

Cherry Jam Lamington (Peter Gilmore)

MasterChef guest judge Peter Gilmore serves up fiendishly difficult dessert challenge

Ep 51, Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The three best performers in the Invention Test must now impress the judges in Round One for a chance to cook off against a professional chef and gain immunity.
Elise, Harry, Brett

Round 1: Matryoshka Mystery Box
Big Box: Cauliflower, Elderflower Cordial, Bay Leaves, Venison – 20 minutes to cook
Medium Box: Quandongs – 40 minutes to cook, must use quandongs + at least one ingredient from big box
Small Box: Mastic – 1 hour to cook, must use mastic + quandongs + at least one ingredient from big box

Winner: Brett

Venison and Cauliflower (Brett Carter)

Round 2: Cooking against Shannon Bennett
Time to cook: 60 minutes
No time advantage for Brett, open pantry, cook anything they want. Gary is acting as mentor for Brett.

Brett: George 8 + Matt 9 = 17
Shannon: George 9 + Matt 9 = 18

No immunity pin given out.

Braised Lamb Shoulder with Pickled Onions, Mint Salad and Mustard Viniagrette (Shannon Bennett)
Lamb Cutlets with Smoked Parsnip Puree, Asparagus and Enoki (Brett Carter)

Perth chef Hadleigh Troy to guest star on MasterChef Australia
Ethos chef Iain Todd recruited as MasterChef mentor
From Muse Dining to MasterChef mentor
MasterChef Australia 2016: California Week is no holiday

Ep 52, Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The remaining eight contestants are split into teams of two to cook a two-course meal inspired by quality Australian produce for 80 diners. The two least impressive teams will face elimination.

Blue Team (East): Brett, Harry
Green Team (South): Chloe, Elena
Maroon Team (North): Matt, Mimi
Yellow Team (West): Elise, Trent

North – Nick Holloway (Nu Nu Restaurant, Palm Cove)
South – Iain Todd (Ethos Eat Drink, Hobart)
East – Troy Rhoades-Brown (Muse Dining, Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley)
West – Hadleigh Troy (Restaurant Amusé, Perth)

Winner: Yellow (Elise, Trent) – will also receive a special prize to be announced tomorrow
Bottom Teams: Green (Chloe, Elena) & Maroon (Matt, Mimi)

Marron with Ginger Cream Bisque (Yellow Team)
Western Australian Soil (Yellow Team)

Ep 53, Thursday, July 7, 2016

The four members of the losing teams from the service challenge now face elimination. With so much at stake, which contestant will fail to impress the judges and be sent home from the competition?
Chloe, Elena, Matt, Mimi

Time Auction Elimination
Starting Time: 120 minutes

Mimi – Beef (25 minutes)
Matt – Duck (35 minutes)
Chloe – Eggs (15 minutes)
Elena – Red Mullet (0 minute)

Fruit & Vegetables:
Mimi – Root Vegetables (20 minutes)
Elena – Nightshades (20 minutes)
Matt – Alliums (5 minutes)
Chloe – Citrus (0 minute)

Elena – Herbs (20 minutes)
Matt – Sauces (5 minutes)
Chloe – Spreads (5 minutes)
Mimi – Spices (0 minute)

Chloe: 100 minutes to cook – Eggs, Citrus, Spreads
Elena: 80 minutes to cook – Red Mullet, Nightshades, Herbs
Matt: 75 minutes to cook – Duck, Alliums, Sauces
Mimi: 75 minutes to cook – Beef, Root Vegetables, Spices

Eliminated: Chloe

The judges reveal they are going to California next week!
Trent and Elise who won last night’s challenge get the prize of travelling business class.

Red Mullet and Nightshades (Elena Duggan)
Duck Two Ways with Onions and Char Siu Glaze (Matt Sinclair)

Ep 54, Sunday, July 10, 2016 – San Francisco Challenge

The MasterChef Australia competition travels to California for the week. With just a map in hand the contestants must track down today’s mystery box ingredients from local San Francisco produce shops.

Mystery Box (Each contestant has to shop for one ingredient to put into Mystery Box):
Brett – Fennel Goats’ Cheese
Elena – Fennel Pollen
Elise – Golden Beetroot
Harry – Dungeness Crab
Matt – 100% Ecuadorian Chocolate
Mimi – Short Rib
Trent – Tangelo

Winner: Matt

Fennel Pollen, Beef Ribs and Smoked Goats Cheese and Beetroot Tangelo Relish (Matt Sinclair)
Dungeness Crab with Golden Beets (Elena Duggan)

Invention Test: Produce from Californian Producers
Matt chose Beef.

Winner: Trent (advance to cook-off on Tuesday for fast-tracking into finals week)

Spiced Walnut Butter Sirloin Steak with Mushrooms and Roast Fennel (Trent Harvey)
Steak with Smoked Leeks, Pickled Onions and Roasted Beetroots (Elise Franciskovic)
Eye Fillet with Roasted Beetroot and Charred Beet Leaves (Mimi Baines)

Ep 55, Monday, July 11, 2016 – Dominque Creen’s Challenge

Contestants must work in teams to recreate two of Dominque Creen’s signature dishes. Dominque is a Michelin-starred chef & was recently voted the World’s Best Female Chef.

Each team must re-create four plates each of two Dominque Creen’s signature dishes, one savoury (A Walk In The Forest) and one sweet (Beet).

Blue Team: Brett, Elise, Harry
Red Team: Elena, Matt, Mimi

Winner: Red Team (advance to cook-off tomorrow for fast-tracking into finals week)

A Walk In The Forest (Dominique Crenn)
Beet (Atelier Crenn)

Ep 56, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – Napa Valley Challenge

Today four of the most impressive contestants are cooking for a guaranteed place in finals week at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Estate in the Napa Valley.
Elena, Matt, Mimi, Trent

Winner: Elena (advances to Finals Week)

Quail, Grapes and Goats Cheese (Elena Duggan)

Ep 57, Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Food Truck Team Challenge

Today the contestants are split into teams to run their very own food trucks at the world famous Santa Monica Pier. There is plenty at stake with the winning team guaranteed a place in finals week.

Guest Chef: Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos)

Blue Team: Elise, Matt, Trent
Red Team: Brett, Harry, Mimi

Winner: Blue Team (Elise, Matt, Trent)

Bourbon Chicken with Cabbage and Apple Slaw (Blue Team)
Seared Tuna with Pineapple Salsa and Avocado Puree (Blue Team)

Ep 58, Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Curtis Stone’s Elimination Challenge

The losing team from the Food Truck Challenge now face elimination. Under the mentorship of Curtis Stone, they must cook a dish that symbolises what they’re going to do once the competition is over.
Brett, Harry, Mimi

Food Dream Elimination: Each contestant must cook a dish that symbolises their food dream.

Eliminated: Brett

Chocolate, Honey and Whisky (Mimi Baines)
Coral Bommie (Harry Foster)

Ep 59, Thursday, July 14, 2016 – MasterClass

California MasterClass.

Baja Fish Taco (Javier Plascencia)
Oyster Ice Cream (George Calombaris)
Mushrooms on Toast (Gary Mehigan)
Matt’s American Beef and Bacon Burger (Matt Preston)

Ep 60, Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Finals Week Begins

The top six contestants now face a mystery box challenge containing some of the hottest ingredients being used in the world right now. The winner will gain the advantage going into the Invention Test.

Hot Right Now Mystery Box (hottest ingredients being used in the world right now): Camel Milk, Pisco Brandy, Matcha Powder, Gochujang, Kohlrabi, Cobia (Black Kingfish), Kaiserfleisch, Mushroom Leaves

Winner: Harry

Flame Grilled Cobia with Fire Sauce and Kohlrabi (Harry Foster)
Cured and Smoked Cobia with Gochujang Custard and Pickles (Matt Sinclair)

Invention Test
Choice of cooking method: Sous Vide, Liquid Nitrogen or Smoking

Harry chose Liquid Nitrogen.

Top 3: Harry, Elena, Elise
Bottom 3: Matt, Mimi, Trent

Black Sesame Bavarois Dacquoise with Fennel and Strawberries (Harry Foster)
Cool as a Cucumber (Elena Duggan)
Saffron Domes with Dates and Pecans (Elise Franciskovic)

MasterChef unleashes the Mistique

Ep 61, Monday, July 18, 2016 – Christy Tania’s Pressure Test

The bottom three contestants from the invention test now face the elimination pressure test set by pastry chef & dessert specialist, Christy Tania.
Matt, Mimi, Trent

Pressure Test: Christy Tania’s Mistique

Eliminated: Trent

Mistique (Christy Tania)

Ep 62, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Alla Wolf-Tasker’s Challenge

The Top Five contestants must cook five dishes from the menu of the Lake House in Daylesford under the guidance of legendary chef & owner, Alla Wolf-Tasker.

Cooking for 40 guests and the judges, Alla running the pass
2 1/2 hours to prep, staggered start

Harry – Smoked Skipton Eel, Istra Pancetta, Heirloom Beets
Mimi – Milking Yard Farm Chicken Ballotine, Black Barley, Jus Gras, Wild Nettles
Elise – Kangaroo Loin with Native Mint and Kale Puree
Elena – Plum, Rosemary, Sheeps Milk Yoghurt
Matt – A Country Ramble (Buttermilk, Honey, Almond, Chocolate Bark and Berries)

Bottom 3: Mimi, Elise, Harry

A Country Ramble – Buttermilk, Honey, Almond, Chocolate Bark and Berries (Lake House)
Plum, Rosemary, Sheeps Milk Yoghurt (Lake House)

Ep 63, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Elimination Challenge

The bottom 3 contestants from the Lake House challenge now face elimination & must impress the judges with a dish produced from the ingredients that they each cooked with to get into the competition.
Elise, Harry, Mimi

Eliminated: Mimi

Chocolate Pistachio Brownie, Chocolate Mousse and Orange Ice Cream (Elise Franciskovic)
Butter Poached Lobster, Coriander and Chicken Dumpling and Lobster Bisque (Harry Foster)

Ep 64, Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Final MasterClass

The final MasterClass of 2016 sees the return of the eliminated contestants. The shoe’s on the other foot for George, Gary & Shannon who must cook a dish from ingredients from a special Mystery Box.

Monkfish with Kohlrabi, Cauliflower and Dates (Gary Mehigan)
Monkfish and Cauliflower Cannelloni (George Calombaris)
Roast and Poached Monkfish, Parsley and Pickled Kohlrabi (Shannon Bennett)
Mandarin (Elise Franciskovic, Elena Duggan & Harry Foster)
Quail with Mushroom Puree, Turnip, Radish and Mandarin (Gary Mehigan, Shannon Bennett & George Calombaris)

Ep 65, Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Grand Final Week Begins

In today’s Quarter Final Mystery Box challenge & Invention Test, contestants cook off for a place in the Semi Final using ingredients chosen by their loved ones.

Winner: Elena (advances to semi-final tomorrow)

Mud Crab, Cauliflower, Sprouts and Apple (Elena Duggan)
Snapper with Dumplings, Broth and Daikon Noodles (Matt Sinclair)
Sweet Pea Dumpling and Salmon (Harry Foster)
Thyme and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberries (Elise Franciskovic)

Invention Test

Blackberry Sorbet with Salted Almond Tuile and Nougat (Matt Sinclair)
Passionfruit and Grapefruit (Harry Foster)
Smoked Chocolate Mousse (Elise Franciskovic)

Eliminated: Elise

Top 3 for 2016: Elena, Harry, Matt

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Ep 66, Monday, July 25, 2016 – Top 3 Service Challenge

The final three contestants vie for a place in the Grand Finale in tonight’s service challenge. Each contestant must prepare a main and a dessert for 20 guests plus the three judges.

Eliminated: Harry

Confit Duck Leg (Matt Sinclair)
Brioche Doughnuts with Orange Curd, Coffee Crumb and Latte Ice Cream (Matt Sinclair)
Modern Australian Tuna Nicoise (Elena Duggan)
Apple, Cheese and Bickies (Elena Duggan)
Lobster Cannelloni with Artichokes (Harry Foster)
Espresso Bavarois with Marsala Ice Cream (Harry Foster)

Ep 67, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Grand Finale

Who will be crowned the winner of MasterChef Australia 2016? The finalists are competing for a $250,000 cash prize & a column in Australia’s leading premium food magazine, Delicious.

Round 1:
Elena: Gary 7 + George 8 + Matt 8 = 23
Matt: Gary 8 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 26

Quail with Corn and Chorizo Salsa with Pedro Ximenez Glaze (Matt Sinclair)
Marron Two Ways with a Smoked Vegetable Salad and a Dashi Dressing (Elena Duggan)

Round 2:
Elena: Gary 10 + George 10 + Matt 10 = 30
Matt: Gary 10 + George 10 + Matt 10 = 30

Twice Cooked Lamb with Lamb Jus, Macadamia Nut Puree, Pickled Beets and Vegetables (Elena Duggan)
Crispy Barramundi with Sprouts, Pancetta and a Prawn Head Broth (Matt Sinclair)

Round 3:
Elena: Gary 8 + George 8 + Matt 8 + Heston/Ashley 9 = 33
Matt: Gary 7 + George 7 + Matt 7 + Heston/Ashley 7 = 28

Verjus in Egg (Heston Blumenthal & Ashley Palmer-Watts)

Elena = 86
Matt = 84

Winner of MasterChef Australia 2016: Elena


  1. all i see, and hear this season is.
    parfait, semmi feddo, panna cotta, cardimann crumb….

    Comment by Carl Sciberras — June 15, 2016 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

  2. Hi…so happy tht i am able to read de updates of MCA hr…thrs no othr place i cd find dese…
    Nxt week is Heston pls post at the earliest…wl b waiting to read…thanks a lot

    Comment by Nani — June 26, 2016 @ 3:13 am | Reply

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