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April 21, 2017

MasterChef Australia 9 (2017)

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Channel 10 has announced the premiere date for the ninth season of MasterChef Australia! It will start on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:30pm.

First Look video

As usual, you are all welcome to join in discussion of this season’s episodes and spoilers in Kitchenettebalcony forum.

MasterChef judges considered quitting the show back in 2013

Ep 1, Monday, May 1, 2017: Audition Round 1 – Signature Dish
The heat is on as MasterChef Australia returns for 2017. A fresh group of home cooks from around the country will eagerly tackle challenges that will see one of them take home the title & $250,000.
Masterchef Recap: What Dreams May Come

Contestants awarded with apron:
Rainbow Trout, Stamppot and Broth (Ben Ungermann)
Textures of Yuzu (Bryan Zhu)
Duck in the Wetlands (Josh Clearihan)
Roo with Native Flowers (Samuel Whitehead)
Father and Son (Sam Goodwin)
Ricotta Donuts with Curd and Custard (Eloise Praino)
Confit Salmon (Pete Morgan)
Saffron Poached Pears with Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream (Rashedul Hasan)
The Tea Ceremony (Jessica Butler)
Phoparccio (Nicole Stevenson)
Japanese Inspired Salmon Tartare (Callan Smith)
Gorgonzola Gnocchi with a Parmesan Crisp (Pia Gava)
Sunday Roast (Benjamin Bullock)
Crispy Pork Belly, Sticky Caramel and Wasabi Mayo (Diana Chan)
Tea Smoked Duck Breast with Duck Broth and Soba Noodles (Trent Devincenzo)
Golden Ball (Michelle Lukman)
Pork and Prawn Wontons with Spicy Szechuan Oil (Karlie Verkerk)
Szechuan Pork and Chive Dumplings (Tamara Graffen)
Bacon and Eggs (Ray Silva)
Pork Belly with Crackling and Caramel Vinegar Sauce (Benita Orwell)

Second-Chance contestants:
Twice Baked Cauliflower Soufflés (Eliza Wilson)
Pork Fillet, Apple and Crackle (Lee Behan)
Beef with Onion and Fennel Sauce (Sarah Tiong)

Third-Chance contestant:
Lamb with Cumin, Beets and Watercress (Arum Nixon)

Ep 2, Tuesday, May 2, 2017: Audition Round 2 – Maggie Beer’s Lemon Challenge
After a record-breaking first-round cook that saw an extraordinary 20 aprons handed out, only four aprons remain. Who will have what it takes to impress the judges?

Second-Chance Contestants awarded with apron:
Lemon and Fennel Ice Cream Sandwiches (Eliza Wilson)
Sous Vide Trout with Confit Leeks, Fennel Purée, Mussels and Pipis with a Lemon Buerre Blanc (Lee Behan)
Coconut and Lemon Ice Cream with a Lemon Sauce, Lightly Roasted Peanuts & Roti Jala (Sarah Tiong)

Third-Chance contestant:
Lemon Drizzle Cake with Lemon, Honey and Thyme Ice Cream (Arum Nixon)

Ep 3, Wednesday, May 3, 2017: Audition Round 3 – Anna Polyviou’s Firecracker Pressure Test
In the third and final round of the judge’s auditions, six contestants are vying for the final apron, which will secure them a place in the top 24.
Masterchef Recap: Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?

Firecracker (Anna Polyviou)

MasterChef Australia 2017 - Top 24 (tentative)

MasterChef Australia 2017 – Top 24

Ep 4, Thursday, May 1, 2017: Elena’s Mystery Box
The Top 24 contestants enter the kitchen for their first mystery box challenge.

Season 8 winner, Elena Duggan’s Mystery Box: Chocolate, Lemon Myrtle, Cucumber, Macadamia, Kaiserfleisch, Blue Swimmer Crab, Grapes, Goat’s Cheese

Cheese, Wine and Chocolate (Sam Goodwin)
Caramelised Kaiserfleisch with Pickled Grape Sorbet (Callan Smith)
Cheese Board with Lemon Myrtle and Cucumber Ice Cream (Bryan Zhu)

Ep 5, Thursday, May 1, 2017: Paired Visible/Invisible Ingredients Elimination
The bottom 4 will cook off in an elimination challenge. Who will be the first to leave MasterChef Australia 2017?

Eliminated: Rashedul

Confit Salmon with Aniseed Beurre Blanc (Lee Behan)
Katoumari with Baklava Ice Cream and Date Puree (Benjamin Bullock)
Grilled Peaches with Shortbread and Earl Grey Custard (Benita Orwell)

Ep 6, Sunday, May 7, 2017: Home Cooking Week
Each judge has placed three of their favourite ingredients into the mystery box and contestants will have 75 minutes to create a remarkable dish for a chance at immunity.

No fancy equipment allowed in Home Cooking Week.

Judges’ Mystery Box: Green Beans (Gary), Red & Green Chillies (Gary), Prawns (Gary), Anchovies (George), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (George), Kefir (George), Pineapple (Matt), Pumpkin (Matt), Parmesan (Matt)

Winner: Eloise

Pineapple Tarte Tatin with Pumpkin Chilli Caramel and Toasty Bits (Eloise Praino)
Prawns with Pineapple Salsa and Pineapple Prawn Oil (Sarah Tiong)
Ricotta Doughnuts with Pineapple Syrup (Pia Gava)
Grilled Prawns with Parmesan Tuile and Pineapple Salsa (Diana Chan)
Roasted Pineapple Dish (Michelle Lukman)

Invention Test (3 common ingredients found in George’s mum kitchen): Fennel, Mussels, Baffalo Halloumi
Eloise’s choice: Baffalo Halloumi

Top 3: Eliza, Sarah, Karlie
Bottom 3: Pete, Ray, Lee

Haloumi, Pear and Mint Pastie with Date and Fig Jam (Eliza Wilson)
Whiting with Pickled Beetroot and Haloumi Cigars (Sarah Tiong)
Cheesy Sesame Crusted Fritters with Grapefruit and Honey Syrup (Karlie Verkerk)

Ep 7, Monday, May 8, 2017: Keeping-Up-with-Gary Pressure Test
The three contestants with the least impressive dishes from the invention test face off in the pressure test. To survive they must keep up with Gary Mehigan as he prepares his classic roast chicken.
Masterchef Recap: The Doctor Is — Just — In
Lee, Pete, Ray

Eliminated: Lee

Roast Chicken, Peas and Potatoes (Gary Mehigan)

Ep 8, Tuesday, May 9, 2017: Immunity Pin Challenge
The top three contestants from the invention test now compete in creating a family meal for four in half an hour. The winner will then take on a professional chef for a chance at immunity.
Eliza, Karlie, Sarah

Round 1: Cook a family meal (4 plates) in 32 minutes.

Winner: Sarah

Pan Fried Barramundi with Bok Choy and Vinaigrette (Sarah Tiong)

Round 2: Guest Chef – Victorian Young Chef of the Year, Jarrod Di Blasi (Ezard)
Pantry choices: Ingredients from Gary’s Fridge, George’s Fridge or Matt’s Fridge
Sarah’s Choice: Gary’s Fridge

Sarah – Gary 7 + George 8 + Matt 8 = 23
Jarrod – Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27

No immunity pin for Sarah

Sashimi of Whiting with Roast Bone Dressing and Avocado Puree (Jarrod Di Blasi)
XO Marinated Steak with Pickled Mushrooms and Potato Mash (Sarah Tiong)

Ep 9, Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Italian Team Challenge at Gradi
The contestants gather at Gradi, one of Melbourne’s leading Italian restaurants before being split into two teams who must prepare four dishes for 250 hungry diners to avoid the elimination challenge.
Masterchef Recap: La Dolce Schadenfreude

Each team has to cook 2 pizzas, 1 pasta, and 1 dessert.
Number of customers: 250
At the Pass: Johnny Di Francesco

Green Team: Diana (C), Ben (pizza dough), Pete, Benita, Bryan (dessert), Callan (dessert), Eliza (pasta), Karlie (pasta), Ray, Sarah, Trent (pizza dough)
Red Team: Eloise (C), Arum (pizza dough), Benjamin, Jess (dessert), Josh, Michelle (dessert), Nicole, Pia (pasta), Sam (dessert), Samuel (pizza dough), Tamara (pasta)

Winner: Green Team

Green Team’s Pizzas
Fettuccine Arrabiata with Sopressa (Green Team)
Green Team’s Tiramisu

Ep 10, Thursday, May 11, 2017: Potato Elimination
Masterchef Recap: The Chips Are Down
Arum, Benjamin, Eloise, Jess, Josh, Michelle, Nicole, Pia, Sam, Samuel, Tamara

Round 1: Create the perfect hot chips with dipping sauce

Bottom 4: Jess, Josh, Benjamin, Michelle

Polenta Crusted Chips with a Porcini Mayo (Nicole Stevenson)
Twice Cooked Chips with a Whisky Sauce (Eloise Praino)
Triple Cooked Chips with BBQ Sauce (Arum Nixon)
Thrice Cooked Chips, Tomato Chutney and Roasted Garlic Aioli (Samuel Whitehead)
Twice Cooked Chips with Chicken and Rosemary Gravy (Sam Goodwin)
Hot Chips with a Chilli Jam and Mayo (Tamara Graffen)
Nacho Style Chilli Chips (Pia Gava)

Round 2: Create a delicious dish using potatoes

Eliminated: Josh

Salt and Vinegar with Chocolate Ganache and Potato Dumplings (Jessica Butler)
Grandma’s Vegetable Curry with Crispy Potato (Michelle Lukman)
Sweet Potato Donuts wth Lemon Curd and Chantilly Cream (Benjamin Bullock)

Ep 11, Thursday, May 11, 2017: Home Cooking MasterClass
The first MasterClass of 2017 led by judges Gary, George & Matt.

BBQ Broccoli (George Calombaris)
Chocolate and Beetroot (Gary Mehigan)
Matt’s Nuggets and Chips (Matt Preston)
Lamb Tortellini with Butter Sauce and Yoghurt Dressing (George Calombaris)

Ep 12, Sunday, May 14, 2017: Ben Shewry’s Challenges
Contestants have 75 minutes to create a dish using ingredients from the mystery box with the winner gaining the advantage in the invention test.

Ben Shewry’s Mystery Box: Sea Lettuce, Scallops, Kangaroo, Waxflowers, Wattle Seeds, Lemon Aspen Juice, Quandongs, Fresh Cheese

Winner: Ray

Native Elements Ice Cream Sandwich (Ray Silva)
Quandong Semifreddo with Aspen Crumb and Cheese Mousse (Trent Devincenzo)
Kangaroo Tartare with Smoked Egg Yolk (Nicole Stevenson)
Kangaroo Carpaccio with Lemon Aspen Sorbet (Jessica Butler)
Quandong Stack with Brik Pastry and Lemon Aspen Curd (Tamara Graffen)

Ben Shewry’s Technique Invention Test
Technique Choices: Pickling, Curing, or Smoking (plus foraging from the garden)
Ray’s choice: Smoking

Top 3: Sarah, Sam, Eloise (dish of the day)
Bottom 3: Pia, Pete, Ray

Smoked Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich with Rosemary Shortbread (Eloise Praino)
Coriander Crusted Pork with Smoked Apple Puree (Sarah Tiong)
Smoked Rice Ice Cream with Nutmeg Milk Skin (Sam Goodwin)

Ep 13, Monday, May 15, 2017: Andy Bowdy’s ‘Rita’ Pressure Test
The bottom three contestants from the invention test now face a pressure test to recreate Andy Bowdy’s Rita cake to avoid elimination. Who will be the next to leave the competition?
Pete, Pia, Ray

Eliminated: Pia

Rita (Andy Bowdy)

Ep 14, Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Immunity Pin Challenge
Eloise, Sam, Sarah

Round 1: Making waffles

Winner: Eloise

Waffles with Triple Fried Chicken and Chilli Caramel (Eloise Praino)

Round 2: Guest Chef – Charlie Carrington (Atlas Dining)
Pantry Choices: Healthy, or Indulgent
Eloise’s choice: Indulgent

Eloise – Gary 10 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 28
Charlie – Gary 7 + George 7 + Matt 7 = 21

Eloise won the Immunity Pin!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter (Eloise Praino)
Midnight Snack (Charlie Carrington)

Ep 15, Wednesday, May 17, 2017: Relay Team Challenge
The contestants are split into teams of four in a relay challenge as each member has 15 minutes to cook and only 45 seconds to hand over to the next cook in the relay.

Must use maple syrup in their dishes.

Blue – Tamara, Sarah, Michelle, Karlie, Jess
Green – Benita, Ben, Nicole, Arum, Pete
Red – Diana, Trent, Samuel, Callan, Ray
Yellow – Benjamin, Eloise, Bryan, Eliza, Sam

Safe Teams: Yellow, Red
Bottom Team: Green

Smoked Maple Ice Cream with White Chocolate Foam, Maple Bacon and Pickled Apple (Yellow Team)
Maple Nut Ice Cream with Maple Bacon, Maple Biscuit and Pickled Apple (Red Team)
Twice Cooked Maple Pork with Spring Onion Pancake and Asian Salad (Blue Team)

Ep 16, Thursday, May 18, 2017: Time Spending Elimination
The losing team from the relay challenge now face elimination and the contestants have 90 minutes which they can use to buy ingredients.
Arum, Ben, Benita, Nicole, Pete

All contestants have 90 minutes to spend on ingredients, any remaining time left will be their cooking time.

20-minute ingredients – chocolate, prawns, John dory, duck, lamb backstrap
10-minute ingredients – artichokes, coriander, ginger, cherries, lemongrass, chillies, potatoes, celeriac
5-minute ingredients – sugar, vanilla beans, kecap manis, dried porcini, pistachio, agar-agar, caperberries, chardonnay, tahini, etc.

Arum (70 minutes to cook) – 20 minutes spent on ginger, sugar, pistachio
Nicole (70 minutes to cook) – 20 minutes spent on ginger, sugar, pistachio
Ben (55 minutes to cook) – 35 minutes spent on John dory, artichoke, vanilla bean
Benita (45 minutes to cook) – 45 minutes spent on prawns, ginger, coriander, kecap manis
Pete (65 minutes to cook) – 25 minutes spent on cherries, vanilla beans, sugar, pistachio

Eliminated: Benita

Dory Fillet with Artichoke Three Ways and Vanilla Bean Hollandaise (Ben Ungermann)
Ginger Caramel Cake with Ginger Ice Cream (Arum Nixon)
Vanilla Cherry Layer Cake with Greek Yoghurt Mousse (Pete Morgan)
Ginger Steamed Pudding with Yoghurt Sorbet and Pistachio Praline (Nicole Stevenson)

Ep 17, Sunday, May 21, 2017: Sweet Week
Chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs sets a mystery box challenge but all is not as it seems when the contestants take to their mystery box with a mallet. Then, two-time winner of Asia’s pastry chef awards, Janice Wong treats the contestants to a display of her edible art – a spectacular wall of over 1,000 hand-made flowers that glow in the dark – to inspire them to create an winning invention test dish of their own.

Kirsten Tibballs’ Mystery Box:

Winner: Pete

Eliza’s Iced Vovo with Nectarine and Rum Marshmallow (Eliza Wilson)
Raspberry Sorbet with Matcha and Chocolate (Arum Nixon)
Sort of Trifle with Coconut Sponge and Coffee Jelly (Eloise Praino)
Pete’s Coconut with Roasted Coconut Ice Cream (Pete Morgan)
Fallen Ice Cream with Coffee Tuile and Raspberry Marshmallows (Bryan Zhu)

Janice Wong’s Invention Test: Create a flower inspired dessert
Pete’s advantage in winning the Mystery Box Challenge is having a 30 minutes head-start in Invention Test, plus one-on-one mentoring from Janice Wong.

Top 3: Callan, Sam, Diana
Bottom 3: Bryan, Trent, Samuel

Chocolate Ganache with Basil Granita and Elderflower and Yoghurt Sorbet (Sam Goodwin)
Apple and Rose Pie with Green Apple Syrup (Callan Smith)
Diana’s Strawberries and Cream (Diana Chan)

Ep 18, Monday, May 22, 2017: Christy Tania’s Ice Cream Float Pressure Test
Dessert queen Christy Tania sets a pressure test challenge like no other with her awe-inspiring dish, floating ice-cream which includes a helium-filled toffee balloon.
Masterchef Recap: Balloonatics.
Bryan, Samuel, Trent

Eliminated: Bryan

Ice Cream Float (Christy Tania)

Ep 19, Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Sweet Week Immunity Pin Challenge
In a surprise immunity challenge, there are not one but three immunity pins up for grabs. All three contestants will have a chance to cook against a professional chef. The professional chefs taking on the contestants this week are MasterChef Australia alumni Reynold Poernomo plus Angélique Peretto and Lauren Eldridge. Each contestant has 90 minutes to create a dessert while the professional chefs will only have 75 minutes.
Callan, Diana and Sam

Knife-draw to pair a contestant with a guest chef to cook against each other:
Callan to cook against Reynold Poernomo;
Diana to cook against Angélique Peretto;
Sam to cook against Lauren Eldridge.

Callan – Gary 5 + George 5 + Matt 6 = 16
Reynold – Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27
No pin for Callan.

Diana – Gary 5 + George 6 + Matt 7 = 18
Angélique – Gary 10 + George 10 + Matt 10 = 30
No pin for Diana.

Sam – Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27
Lauren – Gary 10 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 28
No pin for Sam.

Green Tea with Coconut and Raspberry (Angelique Peretto)
Honeycomb with Creme Fraiche Ice Cream (Lauren Eldridge)
Mango Cream with Spiced Pineapple and Lemongrass and Ginger Consomme (Reynold Poernomo)

Ep 20, Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Edible Art Installation Team Challenge at Lyric Theatre
Contestants will be working in teams to design and create their own edible art installation in a specially constructed greenhouse. Pastry chef Darren Purchese is the guest mentor and will help guide the contestants through this marathon eight hour challenge.
Masterchef Recap: A Very Special Blossom

Red Team: Sarah (C), Arum, Ben, Diana, Eliza, Karlie, Pete, Sam and Trent
Blue Team: Tamara (C), Benjamin, Callan, Eloise, Jess, Michelle, Nicole, Ray and Samuel

Winner: Red Team

Red Team’s Japanese Zen Garden (Red Team)

Ep 21, Thursday, May 25, 2017: Blind-Fold Taste Test Elimination
The losing team from the greenhouse challenge now face elimination. The first three to fail the blind-fold taste test will have 75 minutes to prepare an impressive dish to stay in the competition.
Benjamin, Callan, Eloise, Jess, Michelle, Nicole, Ray, Samuel, Tamara

Eliminated: Benjamin


1 Comment »

  1. Wow…looking fwd to ur regular updates…frm de othr side of de world…

    Comment by Nani — April 30, 2017 @ 3:53 am | Reply

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