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April 29, 2019

MasterChef Australia 11 (2019)

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Please note that all recipe links up to June 13, 2019 are now all obsolete as 10play site has a revamp around mid-June and changed all the recipe addresses, so anyone who wants any of those recipes will have to go to 10play site and search for yourself.

Season 11 of MasterChef Australia premieres tonight, Monday, April 29, 2019, at 7:30pm on Channel 10. This year, there will be 3 new mentors, all former contestants, Poh Ling Yeow (S1 runner-up), Billie McKay (S7 winner), and Matt Sinclair (S8 runner-up), to help the contestants during challenges.

After watching for 10 years, it is sad to say MasterChef Australia has become predictable and boring to watch. It has also become a “competition” with all show and no substance, pandering to contestants who are mostly one-trick ponies. Challenges have become stuck with only two variants of just either 75- or 90-minute cook-off of “cook whatever you like”, seriously, this is a cooking competition where no parameter is set apart from the time limit? So week in week out they are just a repeat of itself with cosmetic changes of theme week. The only bright spot in the week is the first round of the Immunity Pin challenge where the contestants are actually tasked to make something specific! I know of no other cooking competitions in which the contestants are regularly asked to cook anything they want! This is one reason many contestants always stick to what they know and stay in their comfort zone (examples, season 7’s Reynold making desserts, and season 9’s Ben making ice cream in EVERY challenge) instead of having to cook something they are not familiar with, where is the challenge in that?
I used to look forward to each episode in earlier years because there were so many varieties of challenges, like basic skills tests, challenges where there was a specific requirement like making breakfast, a brunch dish, bake pies, bake bread, etc. It is no longer the case, nowadays, we just see pasta or noodles, dumplings, meat and 3 vegs, or curries being made week in week out! What about slow-cooked dishes that require longer cooking time, they are extinct in MasterChef kitchen, at least in individual challenges. I realize slow-cooked dishes appeared in team challenges, but yet again those dishes were done by contestants who knew how to cook those dishes (another case of cooking to their strength), and a team effort rather than seeing individual tackled those by themselves, weaker contestants can hide in team challenges.
The worst thing to see are contestants making ice-cream, whenever they are stuck with ideas, the most boring thing to see on TV, seeing ice-cream being churned in a machine! I think ice-cream churner should be ban until Sweet Week! Nobody bakes cakes anymore, or very rarely, which is a shame as I know Gina’s Orange Cakes from last year was the most searched-for recipe for the whole of last season, which tells you a thing or two about what viewers are interested in… Reynold maybe good with his cold desserts, but I wonder how many viewers actually attempted his recipes at home?
Mystery Box has become a joke, where only one ingredient needs to be use. What about in Week 1, only one ingredient needs to be use, but in Week two, they have to use at least 2 ingredients, in Week 3, at least 3 ingredients have to be used, and so forth… Make it more interesting! Invention Test has lost its mojo too, where contestants just cook whatever they want, where does the invention bit come in? In early years, there were themes for each Invention Test, but no more, they are always “cook whatever you want” in recent years… The show has lost its way and no longer a must-watch, I find myself losing interest rapidly, because every year seems to be re-cycled and not much excitement to look forwards to. This maybe the last year I will do these MasterChef posts unless they do something new and different next year, if, there is a new season next year, the way ratings has slowly gone downhill with each passing years.

Ep 1, Monday, April 29, 2019: Judges Auditions
Each hopeful cook has 60 minutes to produce their dish. If the judges like the dish, they’re through to the next stage. If not, sadly, they’re heading home.

Crispy Pork Belly with Celeriac Puree and Charred Fennel with an Apple and Thyme Glaze (Tim Bone)
Caramalised Scallops and a Caramalised Shallot Puree with Spring Greens (Jessica Hall)
Meatballs in Citrus Tahini Sauce with Flat Bread (Huda Al-Sultan)
Lamb with Parsnips and Beetroot (Ben Trobianni)
Tea Smoked Rainbow Trout in a Lemongrass and Coconut Broth (Tessa Boersma)
Pani Puri with Chickpea Masala and Tamarind Chutney (Stephanie De Sousa)
Prawn and Pork Potstickers with a Red Vinegar Sauce and Cucumber Salad (Derek Lau)
Salmon Crispy Skin Prawn Bisque Asparagus and Fennel Salad (Abbey Rose)
Broccoli Stem, Jerusalem Artichoke and Pine Nut Cream, Cod and Crispy Skin (Simon Toohey)
Pumpkin Agnolotti with Crispy Pancetta, Whipped Goat’s Cheese and a Brown Butter Sauce (Joe Ahern)
Rib on the Bone with Truffles and Red Wine Jus (Nicole Scott)
Mushroom “Scallops”, Edamame, Tamarind and Apple (Kyle Lyons)
Indonesian Chicken Satay, Cucumber Pickle and Roti Jala (Tati Carlin)
Quail With Jamon (Blake Werner)
Egyptian Kofta Pockets with Tahini and Eggplant (Yossra Abouelfadl)
Baklava Cones with Roasted Pistachio Ice-cream (Walleed Rasheed)
Middle Eastern Feast – Marinated lamb and Hummus, Smoked Yoghurt and Eggplant, Flatbread and Red Onion Sumac Salad (Mandy Hall)
Russian Honey Cake (Medovik) (Anush Zargaryan)

Second-Chance Cook-Off:
Spiced Steamed Sri Lankan Custard with Coconut Cream and Blood Orange (Dee Williams)
Glass Apple Ravioli with Chicken Liver Pate, Apple and a Brandy Foam (Leah Milburn-Clark)
Koshur Thaal (Sandeep Pandit)
Flavours of the Adriatic Sea (Monica Mignone)
Chocolate “Jaffa” (Larissa Takchi)
Lavender Ice Cream with Thyme, Honey, Lemon and Blueberry (Christina Laker)

Ep 2, Tuesday, April 30, 2019: Judges Auditions – Second Chance
It’s day two of auditions and 13 contestants return for a second chance to show the judges they deserve to be in the top 24. With 18 aprons given away yesterday, just six aprons are up for grabs.

Sri Lankan Crab Curry with Coconut Rice and Pineapple Salad (Dee Williams)
Chocolate Parfait Sandwiches (Christina Laker)
Spiced Crispy Pork with Scallion Pancake (Larissa Takchi)
Prawn Curry with Cumin Rice and Raita (Sandeep Pandit)
Lemon and White Chocolate Mousse with Lemon Curd and Shortbread (Leah Milburn-Clark)
Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango Gel and Lime Curd (Monica Mignone)

Top 24, 2019

Ep 3, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The pantry is open, there’s 75 minutes on the clock, and the contestants are asked to cook the dish they’d cook every day for the rest of their lives if they found themselves on a desert island.

Top 4 dishes: Dee, Mandy, Joe, Tim

Lamb Cutlets with Roast Pumpkin Puree and Goat’s Cheese Mousse (Tim Bone)
Chicken Curry with Daal, Coconut Sambal and Coconut Roti (Dee Williams)
Shish Barak with Red Butter Sauce (Mandy Hall)
Braised Chicken with Marsala Cream (Joseph Ahern)

Geeez, on MasterChef’s desert island, there must be a supermarket to supply the contestants with all those beautiful ingredients… I expected contestants to use coconuts and maybe have to catch their own seafood to cook a dish, LOL

Ep 4, Thursday, May 2, 2019
It’s the end of the first week in the kitchen and the winners from the previous challenge will cook for an immunity pin. But it won’t be easy: they’ll be cooking against chef Curtis Stone.
Dee, Joe, Mandy, Tim

Tim won Immunity Pin.

Porterhouse Steak, Twice Cooked Chips, Broccolini and Bearnaise Sauce (Curtis Stone)

Ep 5, Sunday, May 5, 2019
It’s mystery box time and our cooks must create a delicious dish using at least one of the elected ingredients. Next up is the black mystery box, but this time, whoever cooks the worst dish is going home.

Round 1 – Judges’-Favourite-Ingredients Mystery Box: Lemons (George), Tarragon (George), Calamari (George), Spatchcock (Gary), Mango (Gary), Tamarind (Gary), Brussels Sprouts (Matt), Fish Sauce (Matt), Spring Onions (Matt)

Winner: Abbey

Spatchcock with Jus and Brussel Sprouts (Abbey Rose)
Pan Fried Chicken with Tarragon Butter Sauce and Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Tim Bone)
Mango Sorbet with Tamarind and Fish Sauce Caramel (Anushka Zargaryan)
Fried Spatchcock with a Tamarind and Fish Sauce Caramel (Stephanie De Sousa)
Tamarind Glazed Spatchcock with Pickled Mango and Fried Brussel Sprouts (Tessa Boersma)

Tim gave up his immunity pin, so does not need to cook in round 2.
Round 2 – Black Mystery Box: Blackberries, Eggplant, Black Tahini, Dark Chocolate, Black Garlic, Black Tomatoes, Marron, Black Angus Porterhouse Steak + Black Apron (= surprise elimination)

Top 3 dishes: Tessa, Kyle, Derek
Bottom 4 dishes: Yossra, Huda, Nicole, Dee

Eliminated: Huda

Chocolate Creme Brulee, Salted Tuille, Blackberry Sorbet (Derek Lau)
Marron Bisque and Eggplant Two Ways (Tessa Boersma)
Roast Tomatoes, Eggplant, Tahini and Black Garlic Puree (Kyle Lyons)

Ep 6, Monday, May 6, 2019
Those that failed to impress in the previous episode are facing the dreaded pressure test. Our cooks are charged with recreating a Darren Purchese dessert, and whoever doesn’t impress the judges will be going home.

Eliminated: Dee

Bombe Alaska (Darren Purchese)

Ep 7, Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The winners of the judges’ mystery box and black mystery box face the immunity challenge. History is made when the judges choose who will cook against Young Chef of the Year, Max Sharrad.
Abbey, Derek, Kyle, Tessa

Round 1 – Fried Chicken
Winners: Derek and Tessa (tie)

Korean Fried Chicken Wings (Derek Lau)
Hot and Spicy Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce (Tessa Boersma)

Round 2
Guest Chef: Max Sharrad
Core Ingredient: Orange

Tessa: Gary 9 + George 10 + Matt 9 = 28/30
Derek: Gary 5 + George 5 + Matt 6 = 16/30
Max: Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 7 = 19/30

Tessa won Immunity Pin.

Pork Belly in a Garden of Orange (Tessa Boersma)
Kingfish a l’Orange (Max Sharrad)
White Chocolate and Orange Mousse with Orange Curd (Derek Lau)

Ep 8, Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Contestants cook outside of the kitchen for the first time. Their challenge is to create a feast for volunteers, truckies, farmers and their families impacted by drought in Briagolong.

Blue Team: Larissa (C), Anushka, Christina, Derek, Kyle, Monica, Sandeep, Simon, Tessa, Walleed, Yossra
Red Team: Tim (C), Abbey, Blake, Ben, Jess, Joe, Leah, Mandy, Nicole, Steph, Tati

Winner: Red Team

Crispy Pork Belly with Apple and Fennel Sauce (Red Team)
Eye Fillet Steak with Chimichurri (Red Team)
Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Pomegranate, Molasses and Sumac (Red Team)
Roasted Beetroots with Chives, Shallots and Walnuts (Red Team)
Roasted Honey Baby Carrots with Crispy Chickpeas (Red Team)
Green Salad with Fried Chorizo (Red Team)
Apricot Crumble with Cardamom Custard (Red Team)

This is another reason I get so frustrated with the show in recent years… So the blue team has no failed dishes, in fact their dessert was better than the red team, yet, as they were the losing team, their recipes were not available, why? The whole reason we watch the show is if there is a good recipe we want to try making at home, yet for some stupid reasons like this, they are not available. It is not like in early years you put out a cookbook at the end of the season and you want to keep some recipes for the book. There is no cookbook now, so why keep some recipes secret! Especially in team challenges, you are always prepare to publish a failed recipe even if they are from a winning team, but for no fathomable reason, no good recipes from a losing team are ever published…

Sticky Date Pudding (Blue Team – Christina Laker)

Ep 9 & 10, Thursday, May 9, 2019
Before each cook sits their favourite and least favourite ingredients to cook with, round one: cook with either. But those who produce the bottom four dishes face round two with their remaining ingredient.
Anushka, Christina, Derek, Kyle, Larissa, Monica, Sandeep, Simon, Tessa, Walleed, Yossra

Tessa gave up her immunity pin, so does not have to cook.

Eliminated: Yossra

Miso Pork Ribs with Roasted Radishes and Cucumber Pickle (Simon Toohey)
Honey Walnut Cake with Bitter Chocolate Sauce (Anushka Zargaryan)
Prawn Laksa with Vermicelli Noodles (Derek Lau)
Crispy Skin Salmon with Soba Noodles and Japanese Broth (Monica Mignone)
Lamb Yakhni (Sandeep Pandit)
Caramelised Banana Sundae (Larissa Takchi)

Pan-Seared Snapper with Yellow Curry Sauce (Kyle Lyons)
Okra and Beef Mince Stew (Bamia) (Walleed Rasheed)
Earl Grey Panna Cotta with Chocolate Sponge and Cholcolate Soil (Christina Laker)

MasterClass with the 3 new mentors

Tortellini in Broth (George Calombaris)
Spiced Orange Brulee Tart with Pistachio and Orange Pate Sablee (Poh Ling Yeow)
Cocoa Pistachio Pate Sablee with Orange Salad (Poh Ling Yeow)
Carrot Four Ways (Billie McKay)
Thai Red Duck Curry (Matt Sinclair)
Matt’s Five Things in Five Minutes (Matt Preston)

Ep 11, Sunday May 12, 2019
It’s Nigella Week. MasterChef favourite Nigella Lawson sets the mystery box ingredients. Whoever cooks the best dish heads into immunity, but the rest must compete in a relay invention test.

Round 1 – Nigella’s Mystery Box (from the pantry in MasterChef house): Minced Lamb, King George Whiting, Fresh Mint, Semolina, Dates Molasses, Vanilla, Red Plums, Red Whitlof, Nigella Seeds

Winner: Jess

Pavlova with Vanilla Cream and Smoked Plums (Jessica Hall)
Buttered Semolina with Charred Witlof and Pan Seared King Whiting (Simon Toohey)
Layered Cake with Plum Sauce Centre (Anushka Zargaryan)
Whiting with Plum, Witlof and Mint (Abbey Rose)
Plum Pie and Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream (Nicole Scott)

Round 2 – Nigella’s team relay challenge
Core ingredient: Pistachio

Blue Team: Anushka (C), Tati, Ben, Tim, Christina
Green Team: Abbey (C), Monica, Mandy, Leah, Larissa
Red Team: Nicole (C), Walleed, Sandeep, Joe, Kyle
Yellow Team: Simon (C), Derek, Blake, Tessa, Steph

Winner: Yellow Team
Loser: Green Team

Pistachio-Crusted Lamb with Confit Fennel and Pistachio and Fennel Salad (Yellow Team)

Ep 12, Monday May 13, 2019
Nigella is here and it’s Pressure Test time for the previous losing team. The contestants have 90 minutes to cook Nigella’s infamous roast chicken with two sides and gravy. Who will be going home?
Abbey, Monica, Mandy, Leah, Larissa

Eliminated: Monica

Nigella’s Tarragon French Roast Chicken (Nigella Lawson)
Duck-Fat Potatoes and Carrots (Leah Milburn-Clark)
Hasselback Potatoes and Roasted Fennel (Abbey Rose)

Ep 13, Tuesday May 14, 2019
Nigella week continues, and the six best cooks from her Mystery Box and Relay challenges must cook a dish that celebrates custard. The top contestant will compete against Coskun Uysal, of renowned Tulum restaurant.
Jess, Blake, Derek, Simon, Steph, Tessa

Round 1- Custard
Winner: Simon

Japanese Set Custard (Simon Toohey)

Round 2
Guest Chef: Coskun Uysal
Ingredients: Duck, Onions, Garlic, Fresh Bay Leaves, Peas

Coskun: Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 + Nigella 9 = 36/40
Simon: Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 6 + Nigella 6 = 24/40

Simon did not win immunity.

Duck Breast with Pea Puree and Bay Leaves (Coskun Uysal)
Duck Breast, Confit Duck Leg, Pea Puree, Fried Peas, Roasted Onions and Jus (Simon Toohey)

Ep 14, Wednesday May 15, 2019
Nigella and contestants are given historical recipes at the State Library of Victoria to inspire a three-course meal. The team who create the least impressive menu will head into the next elimination.

Burgundy Team: Steph (C), Abbey, Blake, Christina, Derek, Jess, Mandy, Nicole, Tati, Walleed
Purple Team: Kyle (C), Anushka, Ben, Joe, Larissa, Leah, Sandeep, Simon, Tessa, Tim

Winner: Purple Team

Whiting with Wilted Spinach, Dill Beurre Blanc and Caviar (Purple Team)
Lamb Backstrap with Minted Pea Puree, Parsnip and Sweet Potato Chips (Purple Team)
Venetian Parfait (Purple Team)

Ep 15 & 16, Thursday May 16, 2019
The bottom team from the previous challenge are presented with an array of condiments they must identify correctly. The first five to guess incorrectly head into an elimination cook. Plus, a Masterclass with Nigella.
Abbey, Blake, Christina, Derek, Jess, Mandy, Nicole, Steph, Tati, Walleed

Round 1 – Name that Condiment
Safe: Nicole, Blake, Derek, Christina, Walleed
Going into Elimination: Tati, Mandy, Jess, Steph, Abbey

Round 2 – Make a condiment with a dish

Eliminated: Mandy

Chinese Rice Noodle Rolls with Hoisin and Chilli Oil (Stephanie De Sousa)
Pan-Fried Snapper with Roasted Tomatoes and Salsa Verde (Abbey Rose)
Satay Chicken with Satay Sauce and Pickled Pineapple (Tati Carlin)
Sweet Potato Wontons with Szechuan Chilli Vinegar Sauce (Jessica Hall)

MasterClass with Nigella Lawson

Crispy Fish Larb (Gary Mehigan)
Chilli Mint Lamb Cutlets with Mint Preserve Lemon Sauce (Nigella Lawson)
Vegetarian Lasagne (Matt Preston)
Sticky Toffee Pudding (Nigella Lawson)

Ep 17, Sunday, May 19, 2019
It’s Legends Week and our cooks have to create a dish using Rick Stein’s Mystery Box. Later, a fish and potatoes themed Invention Test determines who will face the Immunity Challenge and Pressure Test.

Round 1 – Rick Stein’s Mystery Box: Cuttlefish, Pinenuts, Basil, Garlic, Tomatoes, Raisins, Marrow Bone, Ordigno Bomba Calabrese (Calabrian Chilli Paste)

Winner: Larissa

Chargrilled Cuttlefish with Garlic Bone Marrow Puree and Tomato Sugo (Larissa Takchi)
Roasted Bone Marrow with Pine Nut Pudding (Stephanie De Sousa)
Cuttlefish with Tomato, Basil, Pesto Salad and Spicy Raisin Sauce (Abbey Rose)
Basil Lachha Paratha with Tomato Curry (Sandeep Pandit)
Confit and Grilled Cuttlefish with Roasted Garlic and Basil Sauce (Tessa Boersma)

Round 2 – Rick Stein’s Fish and Potatoes Invention Test

Top 3 dishes: Tati, Abbey, Steph
Bottom 3 dishes: Derek, Leah, Jess

Whole Barramundi with Potato Curry (Tati Carlin)
John Dory with Caponata and Dutch Cream Mash (Abbey Rose)
Patatas Bravas with Crispy Whitebait and Aioli (Stephanie De Sousa)

Ep 18, Monday, May 20, 2019
This episode’s Pressure Test has contestants recreating a dessert from culinary legend Clare Smyth. During four hours of preparation time, there are tears and even a dish that collapses before the judges’ eyes.
Derek, Jess, Leah

Eliminated: Jess

Pear and Lemon Verbena Vacherin (Clare Smyth)

Ep 19, Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Matt Sinclair mentors the Immunity cook which uses only equipment from a typical office kitchen. Best dish enters Round 2, where they will compete against culinary legend Donovan Cooke.

Round 1 – Office Kitchen Challenge (Using only a microwave, a sandwich press and a kettle to make a dish)

Winner: Tati

Vietnamese Pancake with Grilled Chicken and Fish Sauce Dressing (Tati Carlin)

Round 2
Guest Chef: Donovan Cooke
Core Ingredient: Thai Bird’s Eye Chilli

Tati: Gary 7 + George 7 + Matt 7 = 21/30
Donovan: Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27/30

No pin given out.

Pan-Fried Whiting with Mussels, Chilli and Aromats (Donovan Cooke)
Thai Green Grilled Spatchcock (Tati Carlin)

Ep 20, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Joined by Yotam Ottolenghi, our contestants are cooking street food for 360 people. Each team must hero a different cuisine, and the least impressive team will be sent into the next elimination.

Blue (Malaysian): Tessa (C), Joe, Larissa, Sandeep, Steph, Tim
Green (Indian): Simon (C), Anushka, Ben, Blake, Christina, Tati
Yellow (Mexican): Nicole (C), Abbey, Derek, Kyle, Leah, Walleed

Winner: Yellow Team
Going into elimination: Green Team

Mexican Beef Lettuce Cups with Guacamole (Yellow Team)
Pulled Lamb Tacos (Yellow Team)
Charred Corn with Chipotle Mayo (Yellow Team)

Ep 21, Thursday, May 23, 2019
Legends week continues as Yotam Ottolenghi hosts a deli item challenge. The first three contestants to incorrectly name a deli item must cook to stay in the competition. Who will be heading home?
Anushka, Ben, Blake, Christina, Simon, Tati

Round 1 – Name That Deli Item
Safe: Anushka, Christina, Simon
Going into Round 2: Tati, Ben, Blake

Round 2 – Use the identified deli items to create a dish

Eliminated: Blake

Smoked Trout and Prawn Laksa (Tati Carlin)
Classic Cheeseboard with Ricotta, Honey and Pear (Ben Trobbiani)

Ep 22, Sunday, May 26, 2019
It’s Secrets Week, and, after a quick workshop with Din Tai Fung’s Edward Yulianto, our cooks must create a tasty dumpling dish and later invent a dish that incorporates a secret. Shh…

Round 1 – Mystery Box: Chinese Dumpling Rolling Pin

Winner: Derek

Pork and Prawn Wontons with Szechuan Sauce (Derek Lau)
Pork and Black Sesame Dumplings with Cinnamon Bark, Star Anise and Orange Broth (Christina Laker)
Pork and Chicken Dumplings with Chicken Broth and Asian Aromats (Anushka Zargaryan)
Prawn Dumplings with Secret Dipping Sauce (Joe Ahern)
Prawn Dumplings with Mushroom, Bamboo Shoots and Coriander (Tati Carlin)

Round 2 – Share a cooking secret

Top 3 dishes: Tati, Larissa, Sandeep
Bottom 3 dishes: Anushka, Leah, Kyle

Sour Chicken Curry with Rempeyek Peanut Crackers (Tati Carlin)
Kanafeh with Rose and Strawberry Sorbet (Larissa Takchi)
Tandoori Style Lamb Chops with Killer Chutney (Sandeep Pandit)

Ep 23, Monday, May 27, 2019
Three contestants face a pressure test and will cook a paella based on an award-winning dish by Leno Lattarulo from Melbourne’s Simply Spanish. Simple, right? Wrong. It is Secrets Week, after all.
Anushka, Kyle, Leah

Pressure Test: Leno Lattarulo’s Paella (No recipe will be provided, contestants have to re-create the dish based on taste, smell & sight only)

Eliminated: Leah

Seafood Paella (Leno Lattarulo)

Ep 24, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
These immunity rounds involve sauce, secrets and citrus. A contestant will face off against an established chef that will be kept secret from everyone, including the judges, until the very end.
Derek, Larissa, Sandeep, Tati

Round 1 – Judges’ Secret Sauces: Create a dish incorporating one of the judges’ secret sauce

Winner: Sandeep

Masala Lobster (Sandeep Pandit)

Round 2
Secret Chef: Andy Allen
Core Ingredient: Lemon

Sandeep: Gary 10 + George 10 + Matt 10 = 30/30
Andy: Gary (secret score) + George (secret score) + Matt (secret score) = ?/30 (Scores kept secret in the episode – Andy: Gary 8 + George 8 + Matt 8 = 24/30)

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Lemon Rice and Raita (Sandeep Pandit)
Confit Calamari with Adobo and Burnt Corn Salsa (Andy Allen)

Ep 25, Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Each team is allocated a ‘secret weapon’ and must create a four-course Italian meal for 40 diners. Whichever team serves the least impressive meal will go into the next pressure test.

Secret Weapons: Nonna Rosa Mitchell (Rosa’s Canteen) and Nonna Olimpia Bortolotto (Cecconi’s)

Green Team (Nonna Olimpia): Christina (C), Ben, Joe, Kyle, Larissa, Simon, Steph, Walleed
Red Team (Nonna Rosa): Abbey (C), Anushka, Derek, Nicole, Sandeep, Tati, Tessa, Tim

Winner: Red Team

Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Stemperata Sauce (Red Team)
Spaghetti alle Vongole with Scampi (Red Team)
Beef Cheek with Cavolo Nero, Polenta and Fried Oregano (Red Team)
Limoncello Panna Cotta with Nectarines (Red Team)

Ep 26, Thursday, May 30, 2019
Secrets Week closes with the previous episode’s losing team facing a blindfolded taste test. The first five to guess incorrectly have a 60-minute open pantry cook, but one last secret will ruffle some feathers.
Ben, Christina, Joe, Kyle, Larissa, Simon, Steph, Walleed

Eliminated: Kyle

Lamb Eye Fillet with Smoked Tahini Yoghurt Onion Marmalade and Jus (Simon Toohey)
Salted Caramel and Walnut Tart with Star Anise Ice Cream (Stephanie De Sousa)
Ricotta and Pine Nut Ravioli with Tomato Basil and Parmesan (Joe Ahern)
Sambal Prawns (Ben Trobbiani)

Ep 27, Sunday June 2, 2019 – Queensland Week
This episode’s mystery box challenge has contestants creating dishes using Queensland’s finest ingredients. The judges will taste the five most appealing dishes and the winner will head into an immunity challenge.

Round 1 – Crack Mystery Box: Blue Swimmer Crab, Coconut, Felons Beer, Peanuts, Quail Eggs, Lychees, Oysters, Pork Belly

Winner: Simon

Blue Swimmer Crab Salad, Oyster Mayonnaise and Candied Peanuts (Simon Toohey)
Crab Croquettes with Quail Egg and Peanut Sauce (Tati Carlin)
Oysters, Crackling with Crab Sauce and Lychee Vinaigrette (Abbey Rose)
Aussie Bacon and Eggs (Tessa Boersma)
Queensland Crepes with Lychee Caramel (Nicole Scott)

Round 2 – Food Truck Challenge

Olive-Green Team: Joe and Walleed (Latin-American cuisine)
Red Team: Derek and Abbey (Chinese cuisine)
Burgundy Team: Steph and Larissa (Vietnamese cuisine)
Green Team: Tati and Sandeep (American cuisine)
Blue Team: Nicole and Anushka (Korean cuisine)
Yellow Team: Tessa and Christina (Portuguese cuisine)
Purple Team: Tim and Ben (British cuisine)

Best Food: Red Team
Most Money Earned: Blue Team ($1,045)

Burgundy Team set the food truck on fire and could not continue, so automatically go into elimination, they only earned $55.

Top 2 Teams: Red (Derek, Abbey), Blue (Nicole, Anushka)
Bottom 2 Teams: Burgundy (Steph, Larissa), Purple (Tim, Ben)

Spring Rolls (Red Team)
Crispy Pork With Asian Slaw (Red Team)
Korean Fried Chicken (Blue Team)
BBQ Beef Bulgogi (Blue Team)

Ep 28, Monday, June 3, 2019
Contestants must re-create one of Shannon Kellam’s signature dishes, but without a recipe. The contestant who re-creates the dish least like Shannon’s will be going home.
Ben, Larissa, Steph, Tim

Eliminated: Tim

Chocolate de Passion (Shannon Kellam)

Ep 29, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
In round one, contestants must prepare a sweet or savoury dish with one of Queensland’s finest ingredients – ginger. The winner will cook off against chef Ben Williamson for an immunity pin.
Abbey, Anushka, Derek, Nicole, Simon

Round 1 – Ginger

Winner: Anushka

Chicken and Prawn Siu Mai with Ginger Broth (Anushka Zargaryan)

Round 2
Guest Chef: Ben Williamson

Anushka (pineapple), Ben (lemon myrtle)

Anushka : Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 7 = 19/30
Ben : Gary 8 + George 8 + Matt 9 = 25/30

No Immunity Pin awarded.

Lemon Myrtle Blue-Eye with Macadamia and Summer Vegetables (Ben Williamson)
Pineapple Lemon Cake (Anushka Zargaryan)

Ep 30, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The Queensland trip continues and the teams must cook a barbecue feast to serve 150 Noosa locals. The team that serves the least impressive feast will go into the next elimination.

Blue Team (Matt Sinclair): Walleed (C), Abbey, Anushka, Derek, Larissa, Sandeep, Tati
Green Team (Elena Duggan): Joe (C), Ben, Christina, Nicole, Simon, Steph, Tessa

Winner: Blue Team

Lamb Cutlets with Spicy Marinade and Fresh Chutney (Blue Team)
Charred Prawns with Garlic Turmeric Butter (Blue Team)
Green Mango and Papaya Salad (Blue Team)
Charred Eggplant with Tamarind Glaze (Blue Team)

Ep 31 & 32, Thursday, June 6, 2019
In this episode’s elimination, contestants undergo a skills test followed by a seafood platter challenge including raw, fried and steamed elements. MasterClass with judges and Homage restaurant’s Ash Martin.
Ben, Christina, Joe, Nicole, Simon, Steph, Tessa

Round 1 – Skills Test: Peel & devein at least 6 prawns, fillet & pin-bone a piece of snapper, remove 2 Moreton Bay Bug tails (all in 15 minutes)

Winners: Steph, Tessa, Christina

Round 2 – Seafood Platter using the seafood prepared in round 1

Eliminated: Joe

Steamed Mussels, Fried Bugs, Oysters and Sashimi Snapper, Butterflied Prawns, Crab and Yabbies in Tom Yum Sauce (Simon Toohey)
Steamed Miso Snapper, Miso Poached Bugs, Popcorn Shrimp, King Fish Sashimi, Oysters and Pan Seared Scollops (Nicole Scott)

Queensland Week MasterClass

Gary’s Curry Two Ways – Fish Molee (not available) & Spicy Keralan Fish Curry (Gary Mehigan)
Smoked Butter Damper with Wood-Charred Yabbies, Scallion Emulsion and Woodfired Tomato (Ash Martin)
Matt’s Chocolate Torte with Rum and Chilli (Matt Preston)
Matt’s Steamed Pudding with Ginger Marmalade (Matt Preston)
George’s Surf and Turf (George Calombaris)

Ep 33, Sunday, June 9, 2019
It is the dreaded Everything Box, where contestants must use every one of the eight ingredients. They will have to be extra creative if they want to win a place in the next immunity challenge.

Round 1 – Everything Mystery Box: leek, extra virgin olive oil, Greek yogurt, rosemary, lemon, parsnip, lamb rack, brussels sprouts on the stalk

Winner: Simon

Brussels Sprouts, Parsnip Puree, Leeks and Lamb (Simon Toohey)
Fillet of Lamb with Leek and Parsnip Puree, Charred Brussels Sprouts (Derek Lau)
Lamb Loin, Parsnip and Leek Puree, Brussels Sprouts Slaw (Tessa Boersma)

Round 2 – Using all parts of an ingredient

Top 3: Tessa, Abbey, Ben
Bottom 3: Nicole, Walleed, Christina

Chilli Crab (Tessa Boersma)
Textures of Fennel with Yabbies (Abbey Rose)
Cauliflower with Macadamia Nut and Kaiserfleisch (Ben Trobbiani)

Ep 34, Monday, June 10, 2019
Three contestants will face the chopping block in an elimination challenge with a surprise twist.
Christina, Nicole, Walleed

Round 1 – Elimination

The 3 contestants have to choose a protein and a miscellaneous ingredient from the cloches on two benches, if they don’t like their first pick, they can pick again but that’s it, they are stuck with their second picks……

Christina – (lamb shoulder) duck, kangkung
Nicole – (silken tofu) rabbit, (coffee) grapes
Walleed – (bacon) venison, (truffles) globe artichokes

Eliminated: Walleed

Chinese Inspired Duck with Noodles and Broth (Christina Laker)
Pan Seared Rabbit Loin with Prosciutto, Potato Puree, Toasted Walnuts and Grapes (Nicole Scott)

Round 2 – Returning contestants including Walleed

The same challenge as Round 1, but this time the ingredients are revealed for them to choose from.

Returning Contestant: Tim

Steak and Mushrooms with Parsnip Puree and Miso Butter (Tim Bone)

Ep 35, Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Contestants awake with letters from home containing special instructions for round one of the immunity cook. The winner will cook off against chef Jesse McTavish from North Bondi Fish.
Abbey, Ben, Simon, Tessa

Round 1

Winner: Tessa

Steak Tartare with Beetroot Vinaigrette and Sugar Snap Peas (Tessa Boersma)

Round 2
Guest Chef: Jesse McTavish
Core Ingredients: Cheese and Onion

Tessa : Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27/30
Jesse : Gary 7 + George 8 + Matt 7 = 22/30

Tessa wins the Immunity Pin for the second time.

Cheese and Onion MilleFeuille with Fresh Apple and Grapes (Tessa Boersma)
Australian Onion Soup with Camembert Cheese Croutons (Jesse McTavish)

Ep 36, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Contestants find themselves in the Macedon Ranges for this team challenge – a picnic at Hanging Rock. What will be a surprise is who is the guest chef – none other than the beloved Maggie Beer.

Sandeep hurt his back, so he was unable to participate and will go automatically into elimination tomorrow.

Olive-Green Team: Derek (C), Ben, Nicole, Steph, Tessa, Tim
Red Team: Anushka (C), Abbey, Christina, Larissa, Simon, Tati

Winner: Olive-Green Team

Roast Chicken Waldorf Sandwich (Green Team)
Quiche Lorraine (Green Team)
Caprese Salad (Green Team)
Hummus and Flatbread (Green Team)
Brownie with Mascarpone Cream (Green Team)

Ep 37, Thursday, June 13, 2019
Maggie Beer is back for the elimination challenge which will take place over two rounds. In round one, the contestants must celebrate herbs from the garden. In round two, they must feature spices.
Abbey, Anushka, Christina, Larissa, Sandeep, Simon, Tati

Sandeep played his Immunity Pin and did not have to cook.

Round 1 – Herbs

Winners: Tati, Simon, Anushka

Grilled Rice with Prawn Curry in Banana and Turmeric Leaves (Tati Carlin)
Pan Fried Prawns with Tarragon and Parsley Chermoula (Simon Toohey)
Lemon Myrtle Ice-Cream with Lemon Thyme Peaches and Shortbread (Anushka Zargaryan)

Round 2 – Spices

Eliminated: Abbey

Thai Turmeric Mussels with Turmeric Flatbread (Christina Laker)
Pear and Ginger Cake with Lemon Verbena Custard (Larissa Takchi)

Ep 38, Sunday, June 16, 2019
Kicking off Sweet Week, molecular master Heston Blumenthal enters the kitchen with a mystery box for the contestants.

Round 1 – Mystery Box

Winner: Larissa

Chocolate and Cola Panna Cotta with Cola Honeycomb (Larissa Takchi)
Cola Cream and Raspberries with Brandy Snap Tuile, Spearmint Sugar and Cola Caramel (Steph De Sousa)
Strawberry Ice Cream, Mint Choc Chip Ice-Cream and Raspberry Sherbet (Tessa Boersma)

Round 2 – Invention Test

Top 3: Ben, Tim, Anushka
Bottom 3: Derek, Steph, Simon

Cereal Milk Panna Cotta with Cereal Crunch and Red Fruit (Ben Trobbiani)
Cardamom and Cornflake Ice-Cream with Orange Cake and Cornflake and Nut Crumble (Tim Bone)
Goat’s Cheese Parfait with Beetroot and Raspberry Sorbet (Anushka Zargaryan)

Ep 39, Monday, June 17, 2019
In a surprise twist, our bottom three contestants from the cereal invention test have been thrown straight into a pressure test. Aprons on: it’s time to cook a unique creation by Kate Reid.
Derek, Simon, Steph

Eliminated: Steph

Black Forest Lune Croissant (Kate Reid)

Ep 40, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Sweet Week continues with an immunity ice cream challenge. In round two, the best cook will go up against chef Alice Wright.
Anushka, Ben, Larissa, Tim

Round 1: Ice Cream

Winner: Tim (advances to Top 10, does not have to participate in tomorrow’s team challenge)

Choc-Corn with a Waffle Cone (Tim Bone)

Round 2
Guest chef: Alice Wright
Core ingredient: Walnuts

Tim : Gary 7 + George 6 + Matt 6 = 19/30
Alice : Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 8 = 26/30

No Immun ity Pin awarded.

Walnut, Apple and Mascarpone (Alice Wright)
Walnut and Figs with Yoghurt Ice-Cream (Tim Bone)

Ep 41, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The team challenge requires contestants to create a delicious, sweet dish that is identical in look, texture and flavour to their teammate’s dish. Communication is key.

Blue Team: Ben, Larissa
Red Team: Christina, Nicole
Yellow Team: Anushka, Derek
Purple Team: Sandeep, Simon
Green Team: Tati, Tessa

Winners: Red Team, Blue Team

Apple Crumble Tart with Brandy Cream (Red Team)
Basil Panna Cotta, Plum Sorbet and Strawberry Compote (Blue Team)

Ep 42, Thursday, June 20, 2019
In a very challenging cook, the contestants must make a sweet dish without using refined sugar.
Anushka, Derek, Sandeep, Simon, Tati, Tessa

Tessa played her Immunity Pin, and did not have to participate in the elimination challenge.

Eliminated: Sandeep

Breakfast Panna Cotta with Honey and Ginger Caramelised Banana and Granola (Derek Lau)
Lady Fingers, Orange Curd and Orange Syrup (Anushka Zargaryan)
Roasted Figs with Beetroot and Black Grape Molasses (Simon Toohey)
Sticky Rice Balls with Date and Honey Filling and Coconut Ice Cream (Tati Carlin)

Top 10, 2019

Ep 43, Sunday, June 23, 2019
This episode’s mystery box holds some of the best-selling ingredients from Coles and along with these, contestants must cook with some of Australia’s favourite ingredients: Vegemite, tomato sauce or Milo.

Round 1 – Best-Selling Mystery Box: salmon, trussed tomatoes, beef mince, strawberries, onion powder, coconut cream, coriander, soda water

Winner: Nicole

Confit Salmon with Tomato and Crispy Noodles (Nicole Scott)
Salmon and Noodles in Tomato and Coriander Broth (Derek Lau)
Confit Salmon with Tempura Skin and Strawberry and Tomato Salsa (Anushka Zargaryan)

Round 2 – Invention Test: Vegemite, Milo, Tomato Sauce

Winner: Simon

Roasted Cauliflower with Black Garlic Toum and Sherry Caramel (Simon Toohey)

Ep 44, Monday, June 24, 2019
This episode’s challenge has been set by special guest Jock Zonfrillo from Restaurant Orana. Contestants must create dishes that showcase one of his favourite native ingredients.

Winner: Tessa

Lemongrass Smoked Rainbow Trout with Sweet and Sour Broth (Tessa Boersma)

Ep 45, Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The three winners of the challenges must create a dish featuring Beluga caviar. The best dish will see its maker compete for an immunity pin against Pt Leo Estate chef Phil Wood.
Nicole, Simon, Tessa

Round 1 – Beluga caviar

Winner: Tessa

Moreton Bay Bug and Yabby with Caviar Beurre Blanc (Tessa Boersma)

Round 2
Guest Chef: Phil Wood
Core ingredients: Beef and Onions pairing

Tessa : Gary 9 + George 9 + Matt 9 = 27/30
Phil : Gary 10 + George 10 + Matt 10 = 30/30

No Immunity Pin awarded.

Roast Rib of Beef with Crab and Onion Curry (Phil Wood)
Fillet of Beef, Pumpkin Puree, Charred Onions and Red Wine Reduction (Tessa Boersma)

Ep 46, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The contestants must cook a four-course meal for the Best Diners In The World while showcasing the Best Ingredients In The Country. Little do they know, the diners are their loved ones.

Core Ingredients from the latest delicious. Produce Awards Winners:
1st course – Holy Goat Cheese (Goat & Cow) Nectar Tomme (Vic)
2nd course – Mark Eather Seafood Iki-jime Coral Trout (NT)
3rd course – Mayura Station Full-blood Wagyu Beef (SA)
4th course – Moonacres Farm Seasonal Fresh Produce Golden Delicious Apples (NSW)

Olive-Green Team: Christina (C), Derek, Nicole, Tessa, Tim
Yellow Team: Larissa (C), Anushka, Ben, Simon, Tati

Winner: Olive-Green Team

Goat’s Cheese Tart with Rocket Salad and Vinaigrette (Green Team, Nicole)
Coral Trout with Grapefruit Beurre Blanc (Green Team, Tessa)
Seared Wagyu Beef with Parsnip Puree and Beetroot (Green Team, Tim)
Apple Sponge With Cinnamon Ice-Cream (Green Team, Derek)

Ep 47, Thursday, June 27, 2019
The top 10 are joined by the world’s top chef Massimo Bottura and asked to cook with ingredients that are very close to Massimo’s heart: ones that are frequently disposed of.
Anushka, Ben, Larissa, Simon, Tati

Eliminated: Ben

No Waste Gado Gado (Tati Carlin)
Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Egg (Simon Toohey)
Tiramisu French Toast (Larissa Takchi)
Ricotta and Beetroot (Anushka Zargaryan)

Ep 48, Sunday, June 30, 2019
This episode’s mystery box involves some deja vu and later, in the invention test, contestants have 60 minutes to create a dish that takes the judges to a moment in time that evokes a particular memory.

Round 1 – Deja Vu Mystery Box: Revisiting past Mystery Boxes

WK2 – Judges’ Choice MB – Nicole
WK2 – Black MB – Larissa
WK3 – Nigella’s MB – Tati
WK4 – Rick Stein’s MB – Christina
WK5 – Dumplings MB – Tim
WK6 – QLD Crack MB – Simon
WK7 – Everything MB – Derek
WK8 – Sweet MB – Tessa
WK9 – Best-Selling MB – Anushka

Winner: Derek

Lamb with Leek and Parsnip Puree and Brussels Sprouts (Derek Lau)
Poached Crab with Peanut Cream and Pickled Longan (Simon Toohey)
Poached Marron with Eggplant and Marron Bisque (Larissa Takchi)

Round 2 – Invention Test: A dish Inspired by a Moment in Time

Top 3 dishes: Simon, Larissa, Christina
Bottom 3 dishes: Tim, Tati, Anushka

Grilled Asparagus with Smoked Mussels and Mussel Emulsion (Simon Toohey)
Creme Fraiche Parfait with Peach Sorbet, Poached Peach and Peach Syrup (Larissa Takchi)
Thai Pork Larb (Christina Laker)

Ep 49, Monday, July 1, 2019
Champion chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs is in the MasterChef kitchen for this episode’s pressure test. Three contestants from the previous invention test must recreate Kirsten’s apple pie. Who will be going home?
Anushka, Tati, Tim

Eliminated: Tati

Kirsten Tibballs’ Apple Pie (Kirsten Tibballs)

Ep 50, Tuesday, July 2, 2019
All contestants will cook with the same ingredient but in a different style. The winner of round one will be cooking against renowned chef Adam D’Sylva for the illustrious immunity pin.
Christina, Derek, Larissa, Simon

Round 1 – Chicken

Simon – Spanish
Christina – French
Derek – Vietnamese
Larissa – Japanese

Winner: Larissa

Yakitori Style Chicken with Bonito Mayonnaise and Furikake Seasoning (Larissa Takchi)

Round 2
Guest Chef: Adam D’Sylva

Larissa : Gary 7 + George 7 + Matt 7 = 21/30
Adam : Gary 6 + George 6 + Matt 6 = 18/30

Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Cornflake Ice-Cream (Larissa Takchi)
Corn Risotto with Corn Custard (Adam D’Sylva)

Larissa won the Immunity Pin. But seriously, this episode came dangerously close to the shenanigans silliness of Season 5! Being strategic while being able to put up a good dish is fine, but being strategic just for the sake of being strategic goes against the whole premise of MasterChef!

Ep 51, Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Aboard the Q Train travelling restaurant our contestants, in teams, must prepare a vegetarian course using oyster mushrooms, baby zucchini, eggplant or figs. The bottom two teams face elimination.

Purple Team: Anushka, Larrisa – oyster mushrooms (1st course)
Yellow Team: Christina, Nicole – baby zucchini (2nd course)
Burgundy Team: Tessa, Tim – eggplants (3rd course)
Olive-Green Team: Derek, Simon – figs (4th course)

Bottom 2 teams: Burgundy Team (Tessa, Tim), Olive-Green Team (Derek, Simon)

Roasted Mushrooms on Toast (Purple Team)
Celebration of Zucchini (Yellow Team)

Ep 52, Thursday, July 4, 2019
This episode is the return of the time auction where contestants bid for ingredients with time rather than money. The more time they spend buying ingredients, the less time they have to cook.
Derek, Simon, Tessa, Tim

Simon (120 mins): Lamb (-0m), Root Vegetables (-25m), Spices (-20m) = 75 minutes to cook
Tim (120 mins): Pork Belly (-25m), Nightshades (-0m), Spreads (-5m) = 90 minutes to cook
Derek (120 mins): Eggs (-10m), Alliums (-30m), Sauces (-0m) = 80 minutes to cook
Tessa (120 mins): John Dory (-25m), Citrus (-5m), Fresh Herbs (-40m) = 50 minutes to cook

Eliminated: Derek

Ep 53, Sunday, July 7, 2019 – Western Australia Week
The remaining contestants fly to Western Australia for a mystery box challenge and later an invention test, using all the great produce WA has to offer.

Round 1 – Mystery Box

Winner: Anushka

Round 2 – Invention Test: Surf & Turf

Winner: Tessa

Ep 54, Monday, July 8, 2019
At Wildflower Restaurant in Perth, contestants will cook a five-course degustation featuring an ingredient that chef Matt Sartori has selected.
Christina, Larissa, Nicole, Simon, Tim

Nicole – 1st course: beetroot
Simon – 2nd course: marrons
Christina – 3rd course: duck
Tim – 4th course: finger limes
Larissa – 5th course: plums

Winners: Christina, Nicole

Ep 55, Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The winners from the previous two days now cook for an opportunity to fast-track themselves into Finals Week. Round two comes down to the wire as contestants are hungry for the win.
Anushka, Christina, Nicole, Tessa

Round 1

Nicole – Honey (wild flowers)
Christina – Nuts (almonds)
Anushka – Cheese (blue cheese)
Tessa – Chocolate (70% dark)

Winners: Nicole, Tessa (Tessa won with advantage to choose the core ingredient for round 2)

Round 2 – Spangled Emperor

Winner: Nicole (advanced to Finals Week)

Ep 56, Wednesday, July 10, 2019
This episode’s setting is the beautiful Leeuwin Estate Safari Club in Margaret River. Guided by head chef Dan Gedge, our contestants will battle it out in a team challenge.

Green Team: Christina (entrée), Simon (main), Larissa (dessert)
Yellow Team: Tessa (entrée), Tim (main), Anushka (dessert)

Winner: Yellow Team

Ep 57 & 58, Thursday, July 11, 2019
This pressure test is set by Santiago Fernandez and it’s a doozy. The stakes are high and the least impressive cook will be sent home. Plus, catch a masterclass showing off delicious recipes.
Christina, Larissa, Simon

Larissa played her Immunity Pin and did not have to cook.

Eliminated: Christina

Ep 59, Sunday, July 14, 2019
Each contestant has an ingredient chosen for them by a loved one, with the note explaining their choice. Later, the judges select an ingredient for each contestant to cook with in the invention test.

Round 1 – Loved One’s Choice

Anushka – Walnuts
Larissa – Lemons
Nicole – Goats Cheese
Simon – Coffee
Tessa – Tomatoes
Tim – Basil

Winner: Larissa

Round 2 – Judges’ Choice

Anushka – Quails
Nicole – Moreton Bay Bugs
Simon – Cauliflower
Tessa – John Dory
Tim – Bone Marrow

Winners: Tessa, Simon

Ep 60, Monday, July 15, 2019
The chef director behind Dinner by Heston in Melbourne and London, Ashley Palmer-Watts, sets a lamington-themed pressure test. One contestant will be sent home with only days remaining in the competition.
Anushka, Nicole, Tim

Hmm, in 2017 Ben Ungermann has to make a version of this Lamington Cake for 40 diners in 5 hours. This year, as Pressure Test, the 3 contestants only need to produce one plate of the dish in 4 hours. Standard of cooking has certainly dropped.

Eliminated: Anushka

Ep 61, Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Our top five are battling to win an advantage for the next challenge, which could secure them a spot in the semifinal. Contestants can cook whatever they want and decide how much time is on the clock.

Winner: Larissa… Seriously, how many times has she done ice cream (or panna cotta) with different wacky flavours, and that brandy snap crispy thing, the judges seem to think they have discovered a new continent? Just mix the ingredients with some unusual flavours, then let the machines, churner/chiller, do all the work, and voila! No cooking techniques required in a cooking competition! I’m beginning to wonder if the judges have just became food critics who are only interested in the flavour of the final dish, but could not care less about the contestants showing new-found cooking skills or techniques. A judge is supposed to judge the whole cooking process, from how the contestant plan a dish, kitchen performance (keeping benches clean, improving skills in cooking, etc), and how the dish ends up as. If the end product is the only judging criteria, the “judges” may as well not be in the kitchen, and just show up for the tasting like a food critic.

After watching for 10 years, I still don’t know how they can judge savoury dishes side by side with desserts? This showcase challenge should have been something like planning a menu with entrée, main and dessert, and they all have to cook 3 dishes instead of just one dish. Also can’t believe these are the dishes being presented for Finals Week, to the viewers at home, the winning dish seems to be the best of 5 average to below-average dishes, at least Tim’s dish is the only one showing some considered finesse in plating. Larissa’s dish just looked like someone just splosh ice cream into a overly large bowl and half-heartedly threw a large crispy thing on top for crunch, she didn’t even bother to cut it into a round for a better presentation… Would any of these dishes got them through audition to Top 24? I hardly think so.

Ep 62, Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Contestants are cooking at Press Club, the brainchild of judge George Calombaris. With the Press Club announcing it will soon close, the top five take to the kitchen to prepare one of the final meals.

Tessa – 1st course, capers
Tim – 2nd course, olives
Simon – 3rd course, lentils
Larissa – 4th course, lemons
Nicole – 5th course, honey

Winner: Larissa (advance to Pressure Test)… LOL…

Ep 63, Sunday, July 21, 2019
By the end of the episode, five will become four as the trophy beckons. In a special MasterClass, contestants set their very own mystery box challenge for the judges and Curtis Stone.

Eliminated: Nicole

Ep 64, Monday, July, 22, 2019
This semifinal is a pressure test set by acclaimed Quay executive chef Peter Gilmore. The three contestants who do the most impressive job recreating the dish will earn their spot in the grand finale.

Eliminated: Tim

Update July 23, 2019: All 3 judges leaving MasterChef Australia

Ep 65, Tuesday, July 23, 2019
It’s been months of nail-biting challenges, but there can only be one winner to walk away with the life-changing title of Australia’s MasterChef 2019.
Larissa, Simon, Tessa

“For the first time ever, three MasterChef contestants will face off in the Grand Final in a three-course service challenge stretching out over four and a half hours. Amongst the diners are Julie Goodwin, Andy Allen, Diana Chan, Sashi Cheliah, and Curtis Stone, with Shannon Bennett back as mentor.” TV Tonight

LOL, they conveniently forgot the worst season (2013) where they also had 3 contestants in the Grand Final…

MasterChef Australia Champion 2019: Ice Cream Churners & Blast Chillers

8 Comments »

  1. Glad I found this. My money is on Tessa this year. But you never know. I have seen really good cooks go by the wayside, mostly because of team challenges. The one this week was a good example (not covered here yet for some reason). A very poor team leader caused the whole group to be in an elimination and, of course, she was not the one that got eliminated. Sigh.

    Comment by Wayne Brandenburg — May 15, 2019 @ 6:15 am | Reply

    • I like Tessa as well. I have ep 12 ready for me to watch. Tessa is in competition for a pin. Good luck Tessa!

      Comment by Boo Radey — May 15, 2019 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  2. Team Tessa as well, but think the judges have another favorite that messes things up.

    Comment by Teresa — July 18, 2019 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  3. It’s a shame that corner cafe also gives the links to the tenplay website. Before we, as non Australian, could find some nice recipes from Mastercard Australia on this website. Now it’s not possible anymore. Non Australians can’t access the tenplay website because of a region restriction. I’ve tried to contact the Tenplay administration, but no luck. Seeing episodes, I can imagine that that is forbidden. But we can’t see the recipes either and that’s a shame. All of Europe is airing Masterchef Australia and with that generates money for Tenplay, but having something in return by giving access to the recipes, is something Tenplay doesn’t do.
    And now corner cafe denies access to the recipes too.
    Too bad.

    Comment by Lynn — August 29, 2019 @ 12:07 am | Reply

    • Hi Lynn,
      First of all Corner Cafe is a hobby blog, I’ve no association with MasterChef Australia or 10play site. It is my own way of archiving MasterChef Australia episodes. Therefore I can only give links to recipes from 10play as it is the official recipe source for all MasterChef Australia’s recipes. There’s a little thing called “copyright”, so I can’t just copy and paste the recipes on my blog here. Please also note that the new 10play site was renamed from tenplay recently, and official site address has changed a few times over the 10 years Masterchef Australia was broadcast, so all old recipes from previous years also got new link addresses whenever they did a revamp of their official site. It would be a great nuisance and pain for me to keep going back and change all the old links to the new links every time they revamp the site.

      I do understand the frustration for all the European viewers having no access to the recipes due to regional restriction, but there is nothing I can do as far as 10play is concerned. However I do know they also published recipes in New Zealand when they get around to airing MasterChef Australia on TVNZ. Well here’s hoping that there is no restriction from the NZ site for all of you in Europe. I am not sure if they are airing season 11 yet, but the recipes from previous years are still available at
      https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/masterchef-australia/masterchef-australia-recipes

      I also have a forum where I would be happy to help with any recipe request as long as I am not too busy, I’m sure some other members there can help too.

      Comment by SeaDragon — August 29, 2019 @ 6:50 am | Reply

      • Apart from getting a VPN to get around regional restrictions, another easier way is to go to the Internet Archive website, Wayback Machine, directly enter the recipe link address of the recipe you want there, most recipes from the old masterchef.com.au and tenplay addresses should come up, depending on how they archived those two obsolete sites. I just checked, so far only a couple of the new 10play site were archived, so recipes from around June 2019 onward may not be available there.

        Comment by SeaDragon — August 29, 2019 @ 9:37 am | Reply

  4. Sorry forgot to mention that I live in Belgium

    Comment by Mini Struycken-Overeem — November 28, 2019 @ 3:09 am | Reply

  5. Hi, my name is Mini and I also follow masterchef since the beginning upto this year you could always download the recipes in pdf but not anymore. I make screenshots, but this is not ideal.

    Comment by Mini Struycken-Overeem — November 28, 2019 @ 4:03 am | Reply


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