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March 11, 2022

MasterChef Australia 14: Fans & Favourites (2022)

Filed under: Miscellaneous & TV Shows — SeaDragon @ 7:00 pm

Season 14 of MasterChef Australia will be a season of Fans & Favourites consisting of 12 former favourite contestants from past seasons competing with 12 new home cooks. The new season will premiere on Monday, April 18, 2022 on Channel 10 at 7:30pm.

This time the former contestants will consist of winners from previous seasons plus some other favourite contestants who were not in Season 12 of MasterChef Australia: Back to Win in 2020.

Ep 1, Monday, April 18, 2022
The kitchen welcomes 12 emerging home cooks and 12 of the program’s most loved past contestants. Together they will share their love of food and compete to become Australia’s next MasterChef.

Immunity Pin winners:
Best dish of Favourite contestants – Bún Mắm (Tommy Pham)
Best dish of Fan contestants – Burnt Cabbage, Leek Purée, Chilli Oil (Harry Tomlinson)
Overall next best dish – Bacalhau à Bràs (Christina Batista)

Ep 2, Tuesday, April 19, 2022
In a massive service challenge, it’s Fans versus Favourites, course versus course in the ultimate three-course battle, with the winning teams heading to the immunity decider challenge.

Jerusalem Artichoke Purée, Globe Artichokes, Jerusalem Artichoke Chips (Fans Team)
Kathirikai with Cumin Rice (Favourites Team)
Raspberry Friand, Mascarpone And Thyme Ice Cream and Raspberry Gel (Fans Team)

Ep 3, Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Split into four teams across four benches, 12 contestants discover they have 75 minutes on the clock to create a dish using the ingredients from a particular layer of the balanced diet food pyramid.

Best dishes:
Bottom layer ingredients only – Date and Shallot Stuffed Shallot with a Cauliflower and Parsnip Purée (Montana Hughes)
Bottom 2 layers ingredients only – Strawberry and Tomato Salad with Coriander Granita (Harry Tomlinson)
Bottom 3 layers ingredients only – Cauliflower Soup With Roasted Pumpkin And Burnt Butter (Julie Goodwin)
All ingredients available – Steamed Snapper with Ginger and Spring Onion Oil (Chris Tran)

Ep 4, Thursday, April 21, 2022
It’s this season’s first immunity challenge. Choosing ingredients from mystery cloches, the contestant with the best dish wins immunity and will sit out the elimination challenge.

Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Prawn And Chorizo Paella with Anchovy Crumb (Julie Goodwin)

Ep 5, Sunday, April 24, 2022
It’s the first elimination of the year. The makers of the best jaffle in round one will be safe, but the chef with the least-satisfying dish that changed their life in round two will go home.

Round 1:
Chicken And Potato Curry Jaffle (Minoli De Silva)

Round 2:
Yuzu and Berry Cake (Steph Woon)
Brown Butter Parfait, Fennel Caramel, Fennel Crumb And Apple And Fennel Sorbet (Montana Hughes)
Fish Pakora With Spiced Potato Scones, Coriander Chutney And Charred Mango Chutney (Ali Stoner)

Eliminated: Chris Tran

Ep 6, Monday, April 25, 2022
Contestants must create a dish using the same ingredients that were in the very first mystery box in MasterChef season one. The least-impressive fare will send their chefs to a pressure test cook-off.

Ep 7, Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Dessert king Adriano Zumbo returns to the kitchen for a pressure test like no other. The contestant with the least impressive take on Zumbo’s Polly Want A Waffle will be sent home.

Polly Wanna Waffle (Adriano Zumbo)

Eliminated: Dulan Hapuarachchi

Ep 8, Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Four teams vie for a shot at immunity in the infamous team relay challenge. This time, teams won’t even know the mystery ingredient until the clock starts ticking. Plus, the first Masterclass of 2022.

Thai Chicken Curry (Grey Team)

Burnt Cabbage with Smoked Tomato Beurre Blanc and Pork Fat Pangrattato (Andy Allen)
Parsley and Bread Gnocchi with Pork Chop, Smoked Tomato Broth (Jock Zonfrillo)
Whole Mackerel with Charred Tomato Sambal (Rosheen Kaul)
Southern Fried Chicken (Julie Goodwin)
Taiwanese Night Market Style Popcorn Chicken (Jenn Lee)

Ep 9, Thursday, April 28, 2022
The winning team in the previous relay challenge join the top-two mystery box winners for a chance at immunity as they try to Beat The Chef, who just happens to be MasterChef favourite Matt Stone.

Ep 10, Sunday, May 1, 2022
Bonjour. Get ready for this episode’s classic service challenge with guest chef Shannon Bennett. Each team must cook a French-inspired entree, main and dessert for 20 diners plus the judges.

Salmon with Herb Beurre Blanc (Faves Team)
Barramundi en Papillote, Green Beans, Pomme Purée (Fans Team)
Chocolate Crémeux with Cherries (Fans Team)

Ep 11, Monday, May 2, 2022
Guest chef Shannon Bennett returns with 10 of his favourite fridge and pantry items to create this mystery box. The two least impressive cooks will face off in the next episode’s pressure test.

Ep 12, Tuesday, May 3, 2022
MasterChef alumni and dessert king Reynold Poernomo returns to set this pressure test dish: his new intricate signature dessert, noi. The chef who fails to cope with the dish will be sent home.

Ep 13, Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Guest chef Curtis Stone leads teams out to the garden for a fast food versus fancy food service. With 80 ravenous diners waiting, the winners will head to the next immunity challenge.

Fast Food:
Chicken Shawarma, Yoghurt Flatbread and Garlic Sauce (Faves Team)
Korean Fried Wings with Gochujang Dressing (Faves Team)

Fancy Food:
Rendang Roasted Chicken with Coconut and Carrot Purée (Faves Team)

Ep 14, Thursday, May 5, 2022
Guest chef Curtis Stone returns as contestants cook a tasty dish worthy of immunity. But in this classic challenge, as their pantry of ingredients increases, their cooking time decreases.

Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Apple and Scallop Ceviche (Michael Weldon)

Ep 15, Sunday, May 8, 2022
Who will crack in an ‘eggscellent’ elimination challenge that sees contestants given just one egg to create the tastiest dish? Fail, and they must scramble to cook for their lives in round 2.

Round 1:
Crab Omelette with Compound Chilli Butter (Daniel Lamble)

Round 2:
Chinese Mushroom and Warrigal Green Omelette with Chinese Style Broth (Mindy Woods)
Egg Sambal with Roti Jala (Sashi Cheliah)
Sri Lankan Egg Pan Rolls with Tomato and Tamarind Chutney (Minoli De Silva)
Filoscio (Aldo Ortado)
Mum’s Nyonya Egg Curry (Alvin Quah)

Eliminated: John Carasig

Ep 16, Monday, May 9, 2022
Twenty-six alphabetical mystery boxes contain single ingredients that correspond with the letter on the box. Chefs must cook using their designated ingredient, with the bottom four headed for a pressure test.

Contestants draw numbers to determine the order of mystery box selection:
1. Tommy – macadamia; 2. Melanie – ?; 3. Ali – ?; 4. Montana – belacan; 5. Minoli – curry leaves; 6. Julie – Dijon mustard; 7. Sashi – potato; 8. Matt – tahini; 9. Harry – watermelon?; 10. Billie – goat’s cheese; 11. Christina – fig; 12. Steph – ?; 13. Mindy – eggplant; 14. Keyma – nutmeg; 15. Jenna – ?; 16. Aldo – zucchini; 17. Alvin – Sichuan pepper; 18. Daniel – kale; 19. Michael – XO sauce; 20. Sarah – onion (Note: “?” means the contestant was not shown in the episode!)

Curry Leaf Cured Kingfish (Minoli De Silva)

Ep 17, Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Fat Duck pastry chef Gareth Whitton sets this pressure test with his smoked pecan and butterscotch tart. The dish that least resembles Gareth’s creation will send its maker home.

Ep 18, Wednesday, May 11, 2022
London’s celebrated chef Clare Smyth has selected cherries and honey as two core ingredients that teams will need to cook with in this service challenge, as they duke it out for a shot at immunity.

Honey Spring Salad (Fans Team)
Duck and Cherries (Faves Team)
Honey Parfait with Figs and Thyme (Fans Team)

Ep 19, Thursday, May 12, 2022
The winners from the service challenge compete in a two-round dual duel immunity challenge. The contestant who creates the two most impressive dishes will dodge the elimination bullet.

Round 1: Tea, Milk or Cinnamon
Tea and Milk Ice Cream with Tea Shortbread, Tea Caramel (Ali Stoner)
Milky Ice Cream with Rice Bubble Milk Crumble and Milk Skin Shards (Jenn Lee)
Cinnamon Ice Cream with Rhubarb and Apple Granita (Montana Hughes)

Round 2: White Nectarine – Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Nectarine with Noodles (Ali Stoner)

OK, I’ve been feeling this season is a bit off but couldn’t put my finger on it. Finally it dawns on me, they have been putting too much effort on giving out immunity, two full episodes per week to find someone to not cook in a COOKING competition! So the challenges on Wednesday and Thursday are very much not that important to the competition as worst dish has no consequences in these challenges. In previous years, one episode of immunity challenge per week is a chance for the contestants to relax a bit and have a fun challenge but it doesn’t feel like that this year. It felt very force and dull, especially with the editing of the stressing out and confessions as if they will be eliminated if they don’t do well in the immunity challenge! That said, I do appreciate they’ve at least put some effort in setting most challenges with a certain main ingredient to cook with or a theme to the challenge this year instead of the ubiquitous cook-anything-you-want challenges in recent years…

Update May 14, 2022: OK, backtracking a bit, just realised the past couple of years were the same with Wednesday and Thursday episodes. The difference was Mystery Box challenge was on Wednesday, so it wasn’t that obvious that 2 episodes were spent to find someone for immunity, LOL… However this year Wednesday is not Mystery Box, so it is more glaring that 2 episodes are spent just to find someone for immunity…

Ep 20, Sunday, May 15, 2022
It’s elimination day and the creator of the best Round 1 fare will keep their team safe. Those fighting to avoid the drop must then prepare a tasty dish to be left overnight and cooked the next day.

Round 1: 10-minute challenge
Silken Tofu with Fried Egg and Yummy Sauce (Melanie Persson)

Round 2: 18-hour overnight challenge
Confit Duck Leg with Smoked Potato Puree and Braised Cabbage (Billie McKay)
Moroccan Lamb Shoulder with Labneh and Jewelled Couscous (Julie Goodwin)
Fermented Tofu and Soy Braised Pork with Marbled Tea Soaked Eggs (Alvin Quah)
Pork Vindaloo (Sarah Todd)
Octopus and Octopus Broth (Aldo Ortado)
Pork Belly Curry with Chana Dal Curry and Chilli Pineapple (Minoli De Silva)

Eliminated: Sashi Cheliah

Ep 21, Monday, May 16, 2022
In a grungy Fitzroy warehouse, contestants lift the lids on their mystery boxes, leading to coffee beans spilling out across their bench as judges reveal they must create a dish that features coffee.

Coffee Marinated Eggplant with Tofu Latte, Coffee Jus (Ali Stoner)

Julie’s Coffee Syrup Cake & Billie’s Coffee Chocolate Fondant both looked delicious but of course they are not available, so I found a few versions online for references:
Coffee Syrup Cake (Margaret Fulton)see also the recipe below for comparison as Suzanne Gibbs is Margaret’s daughter
Coffee Syrup Cakes (Suzanne Gibbs)
Espresso Syrup Cake (Australian Women’s Weekly)
Mocha Syrup Cake (Australian Women’s Weekly)
Coffee Syrup Cakes (Good Food)
Foolproof Chocolate & Coffee Fondants (Barney Desmazery)
Chocolate Coffee Fondant Puddings (Good to Know)

Ep 22, Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Arriving at Alla Wolf-Tasker’s Lake House restaurant, contestants must re-create her summer cucumbers with Murray cod dish. The contestant whose dish least resembles Alla’s will be going home.

Summer Cucumbers with Murray Cod (Alla Wolf-Tasker & Head Chef, Brendan Walsh)

Eliminated: Minoli De Silva

Ep 23, Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Teams need to create the prefect date night meal including an entree, main and dessert for 25 couples plus the judges. The two teams with the least impressive menu will head to a shock elimination.

Best menu – Orange Team (Julie – captain, Michael, Sarah, Mindy):
Potato Fondue (Orange Team – Michael)
Spiced Fish Curry (Orange Team- Sarah)
Ginger Syrup Cake (Orange Team – Julie)

Ep 24, Thursday, May 19, 2022
The bottom two teams from the previous challenge face elimination and must split their 90-minute cooking time over two rounds, with the creator of the least impressive second round dish going home.

Round 1:
Caribbean Prawn Curry with Pineapple Salsa, Fried Flatbread (Keyma Vasquez Montero)
Wonton Soup (Melanie Persson)
Melon, Sago, Coconut (Steph Woon)

Round 2:
Ocean Spare Ribs with Spicy Salsa (Daniel Lamble)
Curried Carrots (Harry Tomlinson)

Eliminated: Jenn Lee

Ep 25, Sunday, May 22, 2022
It’s time to switch things up, and everyone is now cooking for themselves to stay in the competition. The maker of the best dish will win a cash prize of $10,000 and a game-changing immunity pin.

Best dish:
Butter Poached Lobster with Spiced Bouillabaisse, Curry Leaf Aioli and Pickled Cucumber (Sarah Todd)

Ep 26, Monday, May 23, 2022
The mystery box has been set by the queen of the kitchen, the legendary Maggie Beer. The four least impressive dishes created from the mystery box will send their makers into a pressure test.

Ep 27, Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Fish butcher extraordinaire Josh Niland reveals his first pressure test dish: tuna wellington with mashed potato and tuna gravy. Whoever cooks the dish that is least like Josh’s will be sent home.

Ep 28, Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Teams face a service challenge for 60 hungry diners at the stately Werribee Mansion. To win a shot at immunity, contestants must turn humble ingredients into a fine dining entree and posh main course.

Best menu – Orange Team (Michael – captain, Julie, Mindy, Ali, Matt):
Mussels with Tomato Broth and Pickled Radish (Orange Team)
Chicken Ballotine with Eggplant Puree and Charred Lettuce (Orange Team)

Ep 29, Thursday, May 26, 2022
Contestants vie for immunity from elimination over a two-round fry-up, and must create the best dishes using an everyday air fryer before cooking a sweet or savoury dish using a deep fryer.

Round 1: Air fryer
Papdi Chaat (Ali Stoner)
Nashville Hot Chicken with Dill Pickle and Buttermilk Ranch (Matt Landmark)
Spanakopita with Roast Capsicum Sauce (Julie Goodwin)

Round 2: Deep fryer – Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Bacon and Corn Croquettes with Salsa Brava and Mojo Verde (Julie Goodwin)

Ep 30, Sunday, May 29, 2022
Competitors must identify a selection of leafy greens and herbs. The first six contestants to incorrectly name the produce must create their tastiest dish that celebrates greens to avoid elimination.

Braised Kale with Cucumber Broth, Aniseed and Cinnamon Myrtle Chilli Oil (Daniel Lamble)
Curry Leaf Parfait with Passionfruit, Coconut and Spiced White Chocolate (Billie McKay)
Brassicas with Tarragon and Pistachio (Matt Landmark)

Eliminated: Ali Stoner

Ep 31, Monday, May 30, 2022
Andy opens the mystery box to reveal a mini storm cloud as lightning flashes around the kitchen. Contestants must create a dish for a rainy day, with a fast track to the immunity challenge at stake.

Best Dish & Fast Track to Immunity Challenge:
Banh Canh Cua (Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup) (Tommy Pham)

Chupe de Camarones (Peruvian-Style Prawn Chowder) (Keyma Vasquez Montero)
Babi Pongteh and Sambal Ikan Bilis (Nonya Braised Pork with Fermented Soybeans) (Alvin Quah)
Pasta E Fagioli (Aldo Ortado)

Ep 32, Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Gelato master Donny Toce presents his intricate dessert, Honey, comprising a honey tuille, gelato honeycomb, and blown sugar beehive for this Pressure Test, and failure will send someone home.

Honey (Donato Toce)

Eliminated: Matt Landmark

Ep 33, Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Contestants become artists for a creative service challenge, and the judges expect three-course masterpieces as they take inspiration from a virtual forest at digital art gallery The LUME.

Best Dishes:
The Canopy (Green Team – Mindy & Harry)
A Bull in the New Forest (Green Team – Michael & Keyma)
Regrowth (Yellow Team – Billie)

Ep 34, Thursday, June 2, 2022
An imposing figure appears in the kitchen: iconic chef Marco Pierre White. Contestants face a pressure test to win immunity by recreating his panache of sea scallops, calamari and ink sauce.

Panache of Sea Scallops and Calamari, Sauce Nero (Marco Pierre White)

Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination: Keyma

Butter Chicken with Naan Bread (Jock Zonfrillo)
Fish Wing Curry with Coconut Sambal and Garlic Naan Bread (Andy Allen)
Tumeric Chicken Banh Mi (Thi Li)
Fried Eggplant with Salsa Verde, Candied Walnuts and Goats Cheese (Nick Riewoldt)
Fried Saltbush with Bush Tomato Mayonnaise (Mindy Woods)

Ep 35, Sunday, June 5, 2022
Contestants must create a dish using ingredients from culinary king Marco Pierre White’s array of pantry items that he uses at home. The least impressive dish will ensure elimination for its maker.

Crispy Potatoes with Beef Tartare and BBQ Meatloaf Sauce (Billie McKay)
Prawns with Red Sauce and Egg Floss (Alvin Quah)
Stuffed Calamari (Aldo Ortado)
Soy Sauce Fish with Ginger and Garlic Oil (Tommy Pham)

Eliminated: Harry Tomlinson

Ep 36, Monday, June 6, 2022
Contestants enter the kitchen for a smoking mystery box challenge. They must create a dish that incorporates a burnt element or has the flavour of fire, for a shot at a huge advantage.

Frankies (Sarah Todd)

Ep 37, Tuesday, June 7, 2022
It’s an elimination pressure test with a difference. The contestants won’t see or taste the dish, and they won’t be given a recipe. All they have to go on is a review written by judge Melissa Leong.

Tipomisu (Andreas Papadakis)

Eliminated: Steph Woon

Ep 38, Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Vying for a shot at immunity, contestants are split into two teams for a service challenge. Each team must curate a three-course menu for either the Japanese or Italian restaurant they are cooking in.

Brown Team (Italian) – Tommy (C), Michael, Julie, Keyma, Billie
Red Team (Japanese) – Montana (C), Sarah*, Aldo, Daniel, Alvin, Mindy
* Sarah’s advantage was to choose which cuisine she wanted to cook.

Tuna and Cucumber with Ponzu and Wasabi (Red Team – Sarah)
Glazed Beef, Mushrooms and Pickled Nashi (Red Team – Aldo, Daniel)
Yuzu and Pineapple Cake with Yuzu Sorbet and Caramelised Pineapple (Red Team – Alvin, Mindy)

Ep 39, Thursday, June 9, 2022
You have a ticket to the silver screen for a movie food immunity challenge. After a popcorn taste test, the remaining competitors must create a blockbuster flavour choc-top that will thrill filmgoers.

Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
You’re Bacon Me Go Nuts (Daniel Lamble)

Ep 40, Sunday, June 12, 2022
Someone will be eliminated and miss out on the top 10 as contestants attempt to create an entrancing dish that transports the judges and legendary guest chef Rick Stein to a special place.

Spanish Shellfish Stew (Billie McKay)
Bánh Khọt (Tommy Pham)
Parmigiana & Meatballs (Aldo Ortado)
Satay Ayam (Mindy Woods)
Nasi Lamak (Alvin Quah)
Coq au Vin (Julie Goodwin)
Fileja alla Nduja (Keyma Vasquez Montero)
Crab Xacuti (Sarah Todd)

Eliminated: Michael Weldon

Ep 41, Monday, June 13, 2022
Top 10 Week kicks off with one tough mystery box: it’s the everything box, and all ingredients inside must be used. Plus, anyone who cooks a top dish this week will be safe from elimination.

Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Fish Pie with Mash and Watercress (Billie McKay)

Gnocchi With The Lot (Julie Goodwin)
Poached Tommy Ruff with Fish Broth and Watercress Oil (Tommy Pham)

Ep 42, Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Contestants have been asked to write their own Pressure Test overnight. Now, they must handle their own pressure and exceed the high bar they have set for themselves and bring their best dish yet.

Best 2 dishes & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Crispy Fried Snapper with Hot & Sour Sauce (Mindy Woods)
Mindil Sunset (Daniel Lamble)

Ep 43, Wednesday, June 15, 2022
This challenge is the classic invention test. Our cooks must be inventive, creative and able to think outside the box as they reimagine a classic we all grew up with: the humble fruit salad.

Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Thai Fruit Salad Curry (Julie Goodwin)

Ep 44, Thursday, June 16, 2022
The cooks of the four top dishes this week have won immunity from the elimination. Now they battle it out to win the final immunity pin, but only if they can ace the infamous Time Auction.

Best dish & winner of the final Immunity Pin:
Lamb and Night Shades (Julie Goodwin)

Ep 45, Sunday, June 19, 2022
Six contestants are cooking to survive in a challenge played out over three rounds, where they can only pick one ingredient to use: pumpkin, chicken or fish. What would you cook to stay in the game?

Round 1: 30 minutes
Cured Snapper with Masala Papad (Sarah Todd)
Tiradito With Rocoto Emulsion and Leche de Tigre (Keyma Vasquez Montero)

Round 2: 45 minutes
Snapper Acqua Pazza (Aldo Ortado)
Cinnamon Parfait, Chicken Caramel, Crispy Chicken Skin Crumb and Charred Plums (Montana Hughes)

Round 3: 60 minutes
Drunken Chicken 2.0 and Bruised Salad (Alvin Quah)

Eliminated: Tommy Pham

Ep 46, Monday, June 20, 2022
In a Mystery Box challenge that focuses on detail, plating and using what’s available from a choice of tiny ingredients, cooks must plate up a winning entree-sized dish to avoid a Pressure Test.

Cookies and Cream Choux Buns (Billie McKay)
Quail á l’Mandarin (Julie Goodwin)

Ep 47, Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Chef Khanh Nguyen reveals his seafood plate for the Pressure Test, and there are 99 ingredients, 143 steps and 13 pages in the recipe. The chef whose dish least resembles Khanh’s will go home.

Sunda’s Seafood Plate (Khanh Nguyen)

Eliminated: Montana Hughes

Ep 48, Wednesday, June 22, 2022
In this service challenge, contestants are cooking for their loved ones, and must serve an entree, main and dessert. The team with the best menu will win a shot at the next immunity challenge.

Herb Challenge: Coriander, Thai Basil, Tarragon

Cafreal with Kingfish (Aqua Team – Sarah)
Thai Basil Fish Curry (Green Team – Mindy & Daniel)
Tarragon and Pineapple (Aqua Team – Keyma)

Ep 49, Thursday, June 23, 2022
This episode’s challenge is to tame one of these very prickly ingredients: chestnuts, stinging nettle, prickly pear or sea urchin. The best dish will win its maker immunity from the week’s elimination.

Keyma – prickly pear
Sarah – chestnuts
Alvin – sea urchin
Julie – stinging nettle
All 4 dishes had flaws, so no recipe available.

Immunity from Sunday elimination: Keyma

White Pepper Sauce Crab and Chinese Flower Roll 銀絲花捲 (Jock Zonfrillo)
XO Butter Mud Crab (Andy Allen)
Carrot, Toasted Hazelnut and Cheesecake Layer Cake (Natalie Paull)
Carne Asada Fries (Daniel Lamble)
Crepes with Nutella and Pistachio (Aldo Ortado)

Ep 50, Sunday, June 26, 2022
Seven contestants cook to avoid elimination. Over two rounds, using ingredients selected by guest chef Hugh Allen, competitors must create dishes impressive enough to see them through to safety.

Round 1:
Creamed Corn Soup with Corn Sambal (Alvin Quah)
Lemon Myrtle Cured Murray Cod, Mussels Mariniere and Lemon Myrtle Butter (Sarah Todd)
Celeriac Steak with Sambal Balachan (Mindy Woods)

Round 2:
Wasabi Beef Tartare (Billie McKay)

Eliminated: Aldo Ortado

Ep 51, Monday, June 27, 2022
Contestants cook from a rainbow mystery box including painted crayfish, scampi caviar, Fruit Loops, dragon fruit, coloured corn, mukhwas, flowering pineapple sage, rainbow chard, and dried turmeric.

Crayfish and Rainbow Chard Cigars (Sarah Todd)
Fairy Mille-Feuille (Daniel Lamble)

Ep 52, Tuesday, June 28, 2022
For this pressure test, Chocolate Queen Kirsten Tibballs presents her intricate cherry on top dessert. The dish that least replicates Kirsten’s delicious dessert will send its maker home.

Cherry on Top (Kirsten Tibballs)

Eliminated: Mindy Woods

Ep 53, Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Split into teams of two, contestants select two ingredients from two pantries, but can’t see what their teammate is choosing. Teams will cook a dish using their four ingredients for a shot at immunity.

Asparagus with Onion Puree and Beef Sauce (Sarah Todd)
Plantain Abacus Beads with Gochujang and Fish Sauce Caramel (Alvin Quah)
Prawn Ravioli (Julie Goodwin)

Ep 54, Thursday, June 30, 2022
Contestants purchase their ingredients, using time as their currency. The more ingredients they purchase, the less time on the clock. For an immunity taste, they have no time to waste.

Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Orange Upside Down Cake with Orange and Ginger Ice Cream (Julie Goodwin)

Ep 55, Sunday, July 3, 2022
Finals Week sees our six finalists travel to Oyster Bay in Tasmania, where they will face a two-round oyster challenge. They’ll need to be super creative to avoid being shucked out of the competition.

Round 1:
Grilled Smoky Oysters with Smoky Soy Sauce and Coconut Vinaigrette (Daniel Lamble)
Spiced Kilpatrick (Sarah Todd)
Oyster Custard Kilpatrick (Billie McKay)

Round 2:
Oyster Pisca Andina with Oyster Emulsion (Keyma Vasquez Montero)

Eliminated: Alvin Quah

Ep 56, Monday, July 4, 2022
As their Tassie tour rolls on, the final five visit Deloraine for a truffle hunt. They’ll then use the black diamonds they dug out of the ground to cook the most delicious dish worthy of immunity.

Best dish & Immunity from elimination:
Flavours of Cachapas and Truffles (Keyma Vasquez Montero)

Ep 57, Tuesday, July 5, 2022
With one contestant holding immunity, the remaining four face elimination as they visit Tasmania’s Lawrenny Distillery, where they must choose a spirit to showcase in a four-course service challenge.

Gin Squid with Wasabi Cream and Botanical Rye Crumb (Daniel Lamble)

Eliminated: Julie Goodwin

To be honest, very disappointed with the two eliminations in Tassie this week, not because of who were eliminated, but because of inadequate equipment! Sure Alvin may have chosen the wrong dish to cook in an outdoor challenge, but having oysters as the core ingredient, there are not many dishes to cook with it, and oyster omelette is one of the most well known dish in east Asia. We are at the top 6 stage, the production crew should have foreseen the type of dishes that could be cooked and provided the contestants with the right equipment to use like a super-charge wok burner to use outdoor! After so many years and with so many Asian contestants through the kitchen, while the kitchen is stocked with all the fancy equiment, and yet they don’t have a proper basic wok burner! As for Julie, not having enough oven to use sent her home. As soon as she put the cake batter in the bottom shelf, I knew that’s the end, not only having to worry about having lamb smell permeated into the cake, the extra heat reflected from the base of the oven would have burnt the bottom of the cake in any case! The trays were so near the base, it is almost like sitting the trays on pizza stone!

Ep 58, Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Back in the MasterChef kitchen following their Tasmanian adventure, contestants learn that the winner of this two-round immunity challenge will be fast-tracked straight through to the semifinal.

Round 1:
Apple Crumble and Parfait (Billie McKay)
Spiced Boudin Blanc with Cassoulet (Sarah Todd)

Round 2:
Best dish & Immunity from Sunday elimination:
Nan’s Peaches (Billie McKay)

Ep 59, Thursday, July 7, 2022
Final Masterclass: It’s time for some fun in MasterClass. The tables are turned as Jock and Andy go head-to-head in a pub meal invention test, before engaging in a three-course menu battle against our four finalists.

Final MasterClass:
Potato Steak with Wagu Chips and Pepper Sauce (Jock Zonfrillo)

Watermelon Aguachile with Scallop, Coconut Granita (Keyma Vasquez Montero)
Spit Roasted Pork Shawarma (Andy Allen)
Crème Brûlée with Burnt Honey and Paperbark (Jock Zonfrillo)

Ep 60, Sunday, July 10, 2022
Peter Gilmore has created some of the most famed and punishing pressure tests in the program’s history. For a spot in the semifinals, contestants must simultaneously cook two of his most complex dishes.

Raw Abrolhos Island Scallop, Katsuobushi Cream, Sea Cucumber Crackling and Moo (Peter Gilmore)

Eliminated: Keyma Vasquez Montero

MasterChef Australia 2022 Final 3

Ep 61, Monday, July 11, 2022
Shannon Bennett is back for the semifinal, running the pass and offering advice. Contestants must create a three-course menu worthy of a place in the Finale for 20 diners each plus the judges.

Scampi, Curry Consommé, Salsa (Sarah Todd)
Lamb, Saag, Spiced Jus (Sarah Todd)
Masala Chai Pears with Chocolate Mousse, Ginger Crumb (Sarah Todd)

Mussels with Pea and Horseradish Soup (Billie McKay)
Apricot Duck with Roasted Radicchio (Billie McKay)
Lamington (Billie McKay)

Eliminated: Daniel Lamble

The perennial problem of late service! Really we are 14 seasons into the competition and they still haven’t address this problem. I’m glad the judges did take late service into account this time but that doesn’t solve the problem. For example, what if Sarah and Daniel had put up good mains and desserts while being late for more than 30 minutes, how were the judges going to judge who would advance into the final? Penalize Billie when she was the only one serving on time with flaws in her dishes while the other two basically got extra 30 minutes to perfect their dishes? Sarah did put out a successful lamb main with the extra time, but if she had to serve on time, the lamb would be baaing or bleating on the judges table! I think they should be more upfront with the rule of late service. For example, if they are late 15 minutes, that course should straight away be deemed 50% failed even if the dishes were good. If the course is late by 30 minutes, then that course should be judged a failed course. Then it should be clear to the contestants that extra time used in cooking from late service should be penalised.

Ep 62, Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Welcome to the Grand Final! Our two gifted finalists enter the kitchen for the last time and they’ll have to impress Heston Blumenthal and our judges to win the title of MasterChef 2022 and $250,000.

Round 1:
Sticky Wingettes with Sweet and Savoury Gravy (Sarah Todd)
Cumin Panna Cotta with Rosemary and Rhubarb (Billie McKay)

Sarah – 26/30; Billie – 21/30

Round 2:
Taffety Tart (Heston Blumenthal)

Sarah – 30/40; Billie – 37/40

Champion of MasterChef Australia 2022: Billie McKay



  1. Hero ingredient Chilli!!!!!
    So why does everyone always think of curries! There are so many beautiful European dishes that have 🌶 chillies ! Can contestants think out side the box and cook something else other the curries! It’s get boring!

    Comment by M. Dowd — April 27, 2022 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

    • To be fair, this is a relay challenge, so the most realistic solution is to cook something everyone is familiar with so the handover is not too confusing. However I do agree that curries are “overcooked” in the last few years in Masterchef and getting boring to watch. That said, I also think relay challenge is more exciting to watch if it leads to elimination so there’s a danger element. Tonight’s relay challenge felt very “meh” as the worst dish has no consequences.

      Comment by SeaDragon — April 27, 2022 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

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