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Who won MasterChef in 2023?…

…wait and see this incredible season of MasterChef!…


The MasterChef 2023 season televised starting date on the 1st may 2023 has been delayed, due to the unexpected death of MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo. Jock passed away on the 30th April 2023, aged 46. R.i.P.

Celebrity chef and MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo died at the age of 46 ~ 9 News Australia verified YouTube channel video (over 50,000 views)

Who won Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2022?

Billie McKay

On Tuesday the 12th July in 2022, Billie McKay won the Grand Final of MasterChef Fans & Faves, beating Sarah Todd, to become the first person to ever win MasterChef twice. Billie Mckay first won in 2015.

Billie McKay talks about becoming the 1st person to ever win MasterChef Australia twice (The Project verified YouTube channel video uploaded on the 13th July 2022)

Billie McKay aged 31 was raised on a dairy farm in Bowraville, New South Wales, Australia. She was born on the 11th July in 1991, and went to Macksville High School, later becoming a restaurant manager in her hometown.

In 2015 Billie McKay won $250,000 prize money, plus an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and also a monthly column in Delicious, the Australian food magazine. Later she was offered a job by Heston Blumenthal, at The Fat Duck restaurant, which she accepted.

Billie McKay Social media : official Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MasterChef Fans & Favs started on Monday 18th April 2022

12 of MasterChef’s favourite contestants return to the famous kitchen, to cook and compete against 12 new contestants.

MasterChef Fans & Faves is coming to 10 Play (Channel 10 YouTube channel video uploaded on the 1st march 2022)
Who are the contestants in 2022 MasterChef Australia?..

Julie Goodwin (season 1 winner in 2009), Billie McKay (2015 winner), Sashi Cheliah (2018 winner), Alvin Quah (previous contestant), Sarah Todd (2014 contestant), Michael Weldon (season 3 contestant), Montana (TikTok influencer), Jenn (Queensland dentist), Daniel (Northern Territory fireman), and more contestants to be announced soon.

MasterChef Australia 2015 Winner Billie McKay interview on Studio 10 Channel Ten in July 2015 (over 265,000 views)

The 2022 judges will be Melissa Leong, Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen.

Celebrity MasterChef Australia  

Series 2 started on Sunday 10th October 2021

Series 2 of Celebrity Masterchef Australia returned after 12 years, since series 1 debuted in 2009. The judges of series 2 are Melissa Leong, Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen. The celebrity contestants in 2021 were Dami Im, Rebecca Gibney, Ian Thorpe, Collette Dinnigan, Tilly Ramsey, Chrissie Swan, Dilruk Jayasinha, Archie Thompson, Nick Riewoldt, and Matt Le Nevez.

See the first look at Celebrity MasterChef Australia series 2, featuring Dami Im, Rebecca Gibney, Ian Thorpe, Collette Dinnigan, Tilly Ramsey, Chrissie Swan, Dilruk Jayasinha, Archie Thompson, Nick Riewoldt, and Matt Le Nevez

Celebrity MasterChef episodes

Episode 1 : Sunday 10th October @ 7:30pm

It’s opening night on Celebrity MasterChef Australia and the red carpet lies waiting in the famed garden for the arrival of our ten celebrities where they’ll be greeted by our favourite judges.

Episode 2 : Monday 11 October @ 7:30pm

Feeling more at home in a cosy lounge setting, today the celebrities are challenged to cook their favourite ‘comfort food’ dish. The winner will be granted immunity from the first elimination cook.

Dilruk Jayasinha gets immunity on the celebrity series ~ Studio 10 verified YouTube video

Episode 3 : Sunday 17 October @ 7:30pm

It’s the first elimination! The celebrities can cook sweet or savoury, but either way their dish needs to be delicious. There are 60 minutes on the clock and an open pantry with the garden in play.

Eliminated : Chrissie Swan

Chrissie Swan eliminated from the celebrity series on the 17th October 2021 ~ Studio 10 verified YouTube video

Episode 4 : Monday 18 October @ 7:30pm

Today’s challenge is a mystery box with a twist! Time is like gold in the MasterChef kitchen, and with immunity up for grabs for today’s winner the risk might be worth the reward.

Episode 5 : Sunday 24 October @ 7:30pm

It is the second elimination for our celebrity cooks, and the judges announce that they’ll be competing in a two-round challenge, with round one being the famous MasterChef team relay!

Eliminated : Dami Im

Dami Im eliminated from the celebrity series on the 24th October 2021 ~ Studio 10 verified YouTube video

Episode 6 : Monday 25 October @ 7:30pm

The Celebrities are split into four teams of two, each team must cook a dish and serve it to 20 diners plus the judges in their very first service challenge at Starward distillery in Port Melbourne!

Episode 7 : Sunday 31 October @ 7:30pm

Tonight’s elimination challenge is a two rounder, starting off with a classic MasterChef taste test. The ingredients from the round one taste test make up the pantry for round two!

Eliminated : Matt Le Nevez

Matthew Le Nevez ~ Bish’s Biz on Channel 10 YouTube video

Episode 8 : Monday 1 November @ 7:30pm

Heston Blumenthal explains to the remaining celebrities how nostalgia is so important to the way he cooks, and challenges them to cook a dish that takes them back to their childhood.

Episode 9 : Sunday 7 November @ 7:30pm

Two most important things in MasterChef kitchen are time and ingredients. The celebrities have four pantries to choose from. One pantry is revealed every 10 minutes in tonight’s elimination challenge.

Eliminated : Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe And His Sydney Olympic Games Glory ~ Studio 10 verified YouTube channel video

Episode 10 : Monday 8 November @ 7:30pm

The judges reveal that today the celebrities are going to have to keep up with Jock and replicate his dish as well as they can without a recipe or dish to reference.

Episode 11 : Sunday 14 November @ 7:30pm

The celebrities have 2.5 hours to prepare 12 dishes and 30 minutes to serve. This is an elimination, so whoever serves the least impressive course will be knocked out of the competition.

Eliminated : Archie Thompson

Episode 12 : Monday 15th November @ 7:30pm

In this challenge, the judges have decided to be generous and throw out the rules. They want to see a dish that is the culmination of everything the celebrities have learnt so far.

Eliminated : Rebecca Gibney & Dilruk Jayasinha

Rebecca Gibney eliminated from the celebrity series on the 15th Novemebr 2021 ~ Studio 10 verified YouTube video

Episode 13 : The Grand Finale : Monday 22nd November @ 7:30pm

It’s the grand finale episode, down to 3 celebrity contestants playing for the title, trophy and, most importantly, $100,000 for their charity. The dish that will seal their fate is set by culinary legend, Martin Benn.

Who were the final 3 contestants in Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021 ?.. Tilly Ramsay, Collette Dinnigan, and Nick Riewoldt

Who won Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021?

Nick Riewoldt with the Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021 trophy (source :

Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt, the former AFL football player won the title of Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021, along with a trophy, and $100,000 for his chosen charity. Nick chose Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision as his nominated charity, which was named after his late sister Maddie, who died at the age of 26, in 2015, due to Aplastic Anemia, a rare disorder in which the bone marrow fails to produce enough blood cells. Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision official website :

Celeb Masterchef Winner – Nick Reiwoldt featured on Studio 10 (video uploaded by Studio 10 verified YouTube channel on the 24th November 2021)

Nick Riewoldt social media : instagram | twitter

See more details @ the 10 Play official website :, which includes information about the celebrities | some other information can be found at Wikipedia


Who won MasterChef Australia 2021?

WA’s First MasterChef Winner Justin Narayan (10 News First YouTube channel video uploaded on the 14th July 2021)

Justin Narayan

27 year old Youth Pastor from Western Australia

Justin Narayan was crowned MasterChef Australia champion for 2021 on Tuesday the 13th of July 2021

Justin won the MasterChef finale, by only one point ahead of frontrunner Pete Campbell, the 36 year old Tattoo Artist from NSW. In 3rd place was Kishwar Chowdhury the 38 year old Printing Business Owner from Victoria.

Justin Narayan wins MasterChef 2021 – The runner-ups Pete and Kishwar share their epic experience (Studio 10 verified YouTube channel video)

1st place winner Justin Narayan takes home a grand prize of $250,000

Justin is the 1st person from Western Australia to ever win MasterChef.


Justin gets his inspiration from his family of Fijian and Indian heritage, which he is the first generation to be born in Australia. His mum is among his biggest inspiration, and he says she is the best cook he knows. He is the eldest of 3 siblings, and very close to his Parti (grandmother) who recently passed, and Tata (grandfather), as they always watched cooking shows together, and he also loved cooking for them. Justin recently married his fiancée Esther.

Is MasterChef Winning Justin Narayan Cooking Up A New Project With Bromance Bud Pete? (The Project YouTube channel video)

Justin started cooking when he was 13 years old. In 2017 he travelled to India where he fell in love with the Indian culture, the history, people and the food, which he now has a strong understanding of the Indian flavours, which he gravitates towards savoury side over the sweet dishes.

Justin was a youth pastor, which he recently resigned from doing so he could chase his culinary dreams. He also put his Masters’ study on hold when he tried out for MasterChef. Justin would one day love to have a food truck or restaurant featuring the Indian flavours he grew up eating, which the profits could go to helping feed and educate children living in the slums of India.

more information about Justin Narayan : 10play MasterChef contestant profile on Justin | Justin’s instagram

2021 MasterChef Australia season 13 started @ 7:30pm Monday 19th April 2021 on Channel 10

2021 MasterChef Australia features some of the world’s most loved and recognizable chefs including Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal, Yotam Ottolenghi, Massimo Bottura and Clare Smyth, plus local chefs Curtis Stone, Poh Ling Yeow, Kirsten Tibballs, Callum Hann, Darren Purchese, Reynold Poernomo, Wolf-Tasker, and Scott Pickett.

Who are the 2021 judges of MasterChef Australia?

Melissa Leong, Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen, the 3 new judges from the previous season will all return in 2021.

Meet the new judges. in A Cut Above The Rest on MasterChef Australia., which is coming soon to Channel 10 (10 Insider YouTube channel video uploaded on the 18th March 2020)
Meet the 3 new MasterChef judges (Studio 10 verified YouTube channel video uploaded on the 10th October 2019) over 50,000 views

What’s on MasterChef this week?..

MasterChef Australia 2021 TV GUiDE

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Week 1

Monday 19th April 2021 @ 7:30pm

The 2021 season premier : See the best home cooks from around the country face challenge after challenge to see who will rise to the top and take home the coveted title of Australia’s next MasterChef.

Tuesday 20th April 2021 @ 7:30pm

The judges are looking for just five more cooks to round out the top 24. The home cooks who are given a second chance will battle it out for the remaining aprons.

Wednesday 21st April 2021 @ 7:30pm

This mystery box is selected by MasterChef Australia champion Emelia Jackson. The three best dishes will be awarded an immunity pin that can be played at any time during an elimination cook.

Thursday 22nd April 2021 @ 7:30pm

In this two round challenge, contestants must create dishes that feature a chicken or an egg. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be the first sent home.

Sunday 25th April 2021 @ 7:30pm

Superstars Week kicks off with Nigella Lawson. Contestants must recreate Nigella’s favourite dish based on her detailed description. With no ingredient list, recipe or visual reference to work from.

Week 2

Monday 26th April 2021 @ 7:30pm

Yotam Ottolenghi presents his favourite flavour bombs: numbing oil, fenugreek marinade and chipotle peanuts. Each team must create a meal that features one of Yotam’s flavour bombs.

Tuesday 27th April 2021 @ 7:30pm

The judges reveal this elimination challenge is over two rounds and is set by cooking legend Massimo Bottura. Massimo presents his take on the classic dish: mac and cheese.

Wednesday 28th April 2021 @ 7:30pm

Heston Blumenthal sets an immunity challenge in which contestants must use a popular breakfast ingredient to create a delicious dessert.

Thursday 29th April 2021 @ 7:30pm

Heston Blumenthal sets an immunity challenge in which contestants must use a popular breakfast ingredient to create a delicious dessert.

Sunday 2nd May 2021 @ 7:30pm

MasterChef alumni Poh, Callum and Reynold present the contestants with three dishes from their venues. Contestants must create a dish worthy of a place on the menu at any of these establishments.

Week 3

Monday 3rd May 2021 @ 7:30pm to 8:40pm

Each team must cook the same six dishes within the time allocated. Each contestant on the team will cook one of the dishes and will be judged against the same dish made by the other two teams.

Tuesday 4th May 2021 @ 7:30pm to 8:40pm

Each contestant must choose the dish they feel most comfortable making: a savoury tart or sweet tart. Jock then switches the dishes and contestants must cook the dish they’re least comfortable with.

Wednesday 5th May 2021 @ 7:30pm to 8:40pm

Contestants must create a dish using the staple ingredients under their benches as well as two ingredients from the garden for flavour. Contestants with the top five dishes will compete for immunity.

Thursday 6th May 2021 @ 7:30pm to 8:40pm

Contestants must choose an ingredient they would like to feature in a dish, but they won’t know the ingredient they must pair it with until they have locked in their choice. A Masterclass follows.

Sunday 9th May 2021 @ 7:30pm

Keen as mustard, the contestants have to cook a dish that interprets one of the classic food sayings on display. The contestant who fails will be going home. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Week 4

10th May 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

It’s Meet the Masters Week. This opportunity gives the contestants up-close insights into the skills of the best culinary masters in Australia.

11th May 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

The least impressive team from the master team challenge must cook off in this pressure test.

12th May 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

The contestants enter the kitchen ready to take on the mystery box challenge set by a Michelin-starred chef.

13th May 2021 Thursday @ 7:30pm

In a very special challenge, the top four contestants from the previous challenge meet in the kitchen to be taught a lesson in cooking with fire. The most impressive cook wins immunity. 16th May 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

16th May 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

For the final cook of Meet the Masters Week, the bottom four contestants must make a dish that demonstrates how they have mastered a skill, flavour or technique they have learnt across the week

Week 5

17th May 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

Andy reveals that every challenge this week will be a service challenge and all 16 contestants are in with a chance at winning immunity from Sunday’s elimination.

18th May 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

This challenge is all about the ingredients. Each team must feature the same ingredient in each course

19th May 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

For this challenge, two pantries are on offer: a European pantry and an Eastern pantry. By the toss of a coin, the team that win the toss get to choose their desired pantry.

20th May 2021 Thursday @ 7:30pm

Each team has two-and-a-half hours to cook a three-course meal and each course must champion a colour chosen by the toss of a coin.

23rd May 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

Each team must create a dish that features the ingredient hidden underneath the tablecloth and must also use an allocated electrical appliance at some stage during the cook.

Week 6

24th May 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

Contestants must choose from either a potato, broccoli, carrot, brown onion or zucchini, to make a delicious dish featuring the vegetable of choice, but not necessarily a vegetarian dish.

25th May 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

In today’s pressure test, it’s a fight to stay in the competition and four contestants must recreate a dish without ever seeing it.

26th May 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

The contestants must create a dish using only the 11 utensils in the mystery box. The dish can be sweet or savoury, with an open pantry and access to the garden.

27th May 2021 Thursday @ 7:30pm

The contestants must cook a dish using some of the hottest chillies in the world. The dish that best highlights the heat and flavour of their chilli will win immunity.

30th May 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

This elimination is played over two rounds. In the first round, contestants must identify the 14 game meats on display. The six contestants with the lowest scores will cook off in round two.

Week 7

31st May 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

It’s Second Chance Week in the MasterChef kitchen. Across the week, 11 previously eliminated contestants are back with not one, but two chances to get back in the competition.

1st June 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

Renowned pastry chef Anthony Hart reveals his pressure test dish, chocolate oasis. The contestants have 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus a further eight minutes to plate up Anthony’s creation.

2nd June 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

This episode, the 10 returning contestants can choose between a clear mystery box where the ingredients are visible or a regular mystery box where the ingredients are hidden.

3rd June 2021 Thursday @ 7:30pm

Four contestants are told they will have two-and-a-half hours to prepare a three-course menu. But the catch is that after each course is tasted, one contestant will be knocked out of the competition.

6th June 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

Josh Niland demonstrates how to make the most of a Murray cod utilising the entire fish. For this challenge, contestants are given one Murray cod and must use the same fish for up to three rounds.

Week 8

7th June 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

Contestants must pair up with another contestant to form seven teams. Each team must create crayfish two ways, one familiar dish and one inventive dish, utilising the freshly caught crayfish.

8th June 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

The mystery box reveals a map of Melbourne and a camera phone to take pictures. The contestants must explore the city streets and laneways to take a picture that will inspire their dish.

9th June 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

The mystery box reveals a map of Melbourne and a camera phone to take pictures. The contestants must explore the city streets and laneways to take a picture that will inspire their dish.

10th June 2021 Thurday @ 7:30pm

Jock introduces Kate Reid, the mastermind behind Lune Croissanterie. Contestants must use Kate’s world-class pastry and turn it into a dish that is not a croissant.

13th June 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

The contestants must decide how much of their 90-minute cook time they use in round one, because they will only have the remainder of that time to cook in round two.

Week 9

14th June 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

Teams must create a three-course home delivery menu and can choose any theme or cuisine for their menu. Each team has three hours to produce 60 serves.

15th June 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

Guest chef Khanh Nguyen from Sunda has taken South-East Asian food to the next level. The contestants must create Khanh’s dish: pork wellington with lattice crackling and flavours of banh mi.

16th June 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

Jock reveals this mystery box is different. Contestants need to use four ingredients in their final dish, but before the cook starts, they can barter for the ingredients from each other.

17th June 2021 Thursday @ 7:30pm

The top four cooks from the latest mystery box challenge battle it out for immunity and a guaranteed spot in the top 10.

20th June 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

Contestants must correctly identify ingredients in three dishes from Nick Holloway’s Nu Nu menu. The five contestants who name the least amount of ingredients correctly will cook off in round two.

Week 10

21st June 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

The top 10 contestants arrive at URBNSURF, the home to Australia’s first ever surf park in Melbourne’s west to discover they will be running Andy Allen’s restaurant, Three Blue Ducks.

22nd June 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

Contestants must cook a sweet pressure test recipe of their own design. Darren Purchese will be running the floor and mentoring the contestants and the judges will do a blind tasting of each dish.

23rd June 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

After watching emotional messages from their family members, Melissa explains that contestants must make a dish inspired by their family. The top two dishes will cook in tomorrow’s immunity challenge

24th June 2021 Thursday @ 7:30pm

In today’s challenge, the contestants must keep up with Curtis Stone as he cooks his ultimate roast chicken dish. Andy, Jock and chef Nornie Bero show off their skills in a delicious Masterclass.

27th June 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

Today there is a massive double elimination. Contestants must choose between cooking with the black mystery box or the black cloche, with the ingredients only revealed when they make their choice.

Week 11

28th June 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

Today we are in the spiritual heart of Australia, Uluru. Contestants must create a fine dining three-course meal under the stars at the stunning Field of Light installation for 25 diners plus judges.

29th June 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

Today we are in the spiritual heart of Australia, Uluru. Contestants must create a fine dining three-course meal under the stars at the stunning Field of Light installation for 25 diners plus judges.

30th June 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

In the toughest mystery box challenge of the season, the contestants discover they must create a dish using all seven ingredients under the mystery box.

1st July 2021 Thursday @ 7:30pm

Each cloche represents an ingredient, a cuisine, food related word, or kitchen equipment. The contestants must choose any two cloches and feature whatever is under the cloche in their dish.

4th July 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

Contestants must choose an ingredient and cook it two ways, in a fast-food and in a fancy food application. The contestants with the three least impressive fast-food dishes will cook in round two.

Week 12

5th July 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

The judges welcome the contestants to Martin Benn’s opulent new Melbourne restaurant, Society. The pressure is on as they discover today’s service challenge is also an elimination.

6th July 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

Contestants face a pressure test like no other. Chef Hugh Allen from restaurant Vue Du Monde, challenges contestants to recreate his dish, bottlebrush, mum’s gum nuts and billy buttons.

7th July 2021 Wednesday @ 7:30pm

The finalists enter the MasterChef kitchen to discover the day’s advantage challenge, which will see the winner cooking in the Finale.

11th July 2021 Sunday @ 7:30pm

Contestants compete in a semifinal service challenge. The contestant with the least impressive menu will leave the competition. Finalists are joined by returning contestants for the final MasterClass.

Week 13

12th July 2021 Monday @ 7:30pm

It’s here, the grand finale for 2021. Our three finalists face an incredible three round challenge over two days with a total of 140 points up for grabs.

13th July 2021 Tuesday @ 7:30pm

It’s day two of the epic grand finale for 2021 and the contestant who scores the most points overall will win the title of MasterChef 2021 and walk away with $250,000.

Who will will win 2021 MasterChef?…

Who are the 24 new CONTESTANTS for 2021?

The full list of all the 2021 MasterChef Australia contestants

Aaron Sanders : 34 year old Insurance Claims Manager from S.A.

Amir Manoly : 30 year old Construction Project Manager from Victoria

Brent Draper : 31 year old Boilermaker from Queensland

Conor Curran : 27 year old Restaurant Manager from Victoria

Dan Dumbrell : 31 year old Research Project Officer from NSW

Depinder Chhibber : 29 year old Pharmacist from NSW

Elise Pulbrook : 28 year old Lawyer from Victoria

Eric Mao : 21 year old Medical Student from NSW

Jess Hodge : 36 year old Architect from NSW

Justin Narayan : 27 year old Youth Pastor from Western Australia

Katrina Dunnett : 25 year old Marketing Coordinator from Victoria

Kishwar Chowdhury : 38 year old Printing Business Owner from Vic.

Linda Dalrymple : 38 year old Full-Time Mum from NSW

Maja Veit : 33 year old Full-Time Mum from Western Australia

Minoli De Silva : 34 year old Chemical Engineer from Northern Australia

Pete Campbell : 36 year old Tattoo Artist from NSW

Sabina Newton : 21 year old Commerce Student from Tasmania

Scott Bagnell : 40 year old Commercial Interior Designer from QLD.

Therese Lum : 31 year old Performance Data Analyst from NSW

Tom Levick : 24 year old Law Graduate from NSW

Tommy Pham : 31 year old Kindergarten Teacher from NSW

Trent Vu : 23 year old Marketing Executive from Victoria

Wynona Davies : 27 year old Marketing Coordinator from NSW

YoYo Yang : 19 year old Medical Student from South Australia

Who won MasterChef Australia 2020?

Emelia Jackson

30 year old from Victoria, placed 3rd in series 6, in 2014

Emelia Jackson was crowned MasterChef Australia champion for 2020

Emelia is a self-taught cook and baker. Before she was originally on MasterChef for the first time, in series 6 in 2014, she was a marketing co-ordinator in Melbourne’s east, then went on to open her own cake business, Emelia Jackson Cake Design, creating decadent bespoke cakes for weddings, engagements, birthdays, and other special events. Follow Emelia Jackson online at her official website : & Social media accounts : facebook | instagram | twitter & Linkedin 


Who won Junior MasterChef Australia in 2020?

Junior MasterChef Australia 2020 on Channel 10 Play cooking show contestants photo winner Georgia 11 year old girl
TV Network 10 presents Junior MasterChef Australia 2020

Australia’s best and brightest young cooks returned to Network on Sunday 11th October 2020, with judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen. The new young chefs competing are aged between 10 and 14 years old. The Grand Finale is on Monday 9th November 2020, See all about it @ Junior MasterChef Australia ~ Azoosh


MasterChef Australia 2020

Season 12 of MasterChef Australia started at 7:30pm on Easter Monday, 13th of April 2020

with special guest judge GORDON RAMSAY

The 1st episode of 2020 MasterChef Australia started on Network 10 at 7:30pm (to 9:20pm) on Easter Monday, featuring your favourites back from past seasons, ready for another crack at the coveted MasterChef title. Up for grabs is this season’s only immunity pin, and joining them all week is chef extraordinaire Gordon Ramsay, as the special guest, along with the 3 new judges, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen  and Jock Zonfrillo.

Who are all the new contestants for 2020?

 24 of the favourite MasterChef contestants from the last 11 years are back to win 2020 MasterChef Australia.

The full list of CONTESTANTS in 2020

Poh Ling Yeow

46 year old from South Australia / placed 2nd in series 1 in 2009

Poh was offered her own cooking show, Poh’s Kitchen, weeks after the finale, followed by her tv series Poh & Co in 2015, which was a look at her busy life as a cook, artist and small business owner. In 2010 she published her first cookbook, Poh’s Kitchen ~ My Cooking Adventures, followed by her 2nd cookbook, Same Same But Different, released 4 years later, and her 3rd cookbook Poh Bakes A Hundred Greats, in 2017. Poh also ran Jamface at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market for 5 years, and will soon be opening a flagship store at the Adelaide Airport. Poh Ling Yeow online : art website | Wikipedia | Poh & Co. tv show @ SBS | Poh’s Kitchen tv show at ABC | | instagram/PohLingYeow | Video : Poh is back to win MasterChef (10 insider)….

Chris Badenoch

52 year old from Western Australia / placed 3rd in series 1, in 2009

Chris met fellow contestant Julia Jenkins in the first series in 2009, and married her. They then opened their own Melbourne restaurant, Josie Bones in 2010. Chris also launched his own beer brand, Boneyard Brewing. Chris on social media : instagram/ChrisBadenoch | twitter/ChrisBadenoch | Video : 2013 MasterChef team challenge at Chris Badenoch’s restaurant, Josie Bones…

Callum Hann

30 year old from South Australia / placed 2nd in series 2 in 2010

Callum opened Sprout Cooking School after becoming the runner-up in 2010, which was followed by Sprout Health Studio in 2015, plus Sprout Training in 2017, and Dietary Hawk in 2018. Callum Hann online : official website | Callum on social media : Facebook/Callum Hann | instagram/Callums Kitchen | Twitter/Callums Kitchen | Video : Callum makes a falafel with beetroot tahini sauce and shaved zucchini salad, using a Philips Airfryer (2017)…

Courtney Roulston

39 year old from NSW, placed 5th in series 2 in 2010

Courtney has been working as a caterer for the AFL’s Sydney Swans for the last 10 years, and has also written two books, The Salad Kitchen and Salads In A Jar. Courtney Roulston online : website | facebook | twitter | instagram | Coles video : Courtney Roulston’s Harissa Lamb Koftas with Couscous & Raw Carrot Salad

Dani Venn

34 year old from Victoria, placed 4th in series 3 in 2011

Dani has since gone on to host her own television show Weekend Feast, and co-hosted breakfast radio at Nova FM in Melbourne, since MasterChef in 2011. She is the director of Eat it Up Creative and the founder of The Wholehearted Cook. Her new venture is Go Go Bowl, which is healthy fast food designed to transform the takeaway industry. Dani Venn online : website | website | Social media : facebook | YouTube channel | A Current Affair Australia Video : Celebrity chef Dani Venn homeless after hackers steal $250,000

Hayden Quinn

33 year old from NSW, placed 5th in series 3, in 2011

Hayden was a judge on Family Food Fight tv cooking show on the Nine Network, host of Hayden Quinn South Africa on South African television, Surfing the Menu Next Generation on ABC television, and Taste Of Australia on Network 10. He has written 2 cookbooks, Dish It Up and Surfing the Menu, and a regular contributor to Delicious magazine. Hayden is also a co-owner of The Cube Gym, partner in Kooks Wines, and a Starlight Foundation ambassador. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. Hadyn is in a relationship with Jax Raynor, an American model. Hayden Quinn online : website | webiste | Wikipedia | Social media : facebook | instagram | twitter | YouTube | DStv video : interview with Hayden Quinn in South Africa...

Amina Elshafei

35 year old from NSW, placed 11th in series 4, in 2012

Amina went back to work as a pediatric nurse after she published her first cookbook, Amina’s Home Cooking, and also hosted pop-ups and food demonstrations around Australia. Amina Elshafei’s social media : instagram | twitter | MasterChef Australia 2012 video featuring Amina Elshafei hosting Google Hangout Cook-A-Long

Ben Milbourne

38 year old from Tasmania, placed 5th in series 4, in 2012

Ben grew up on the North West coast of Tasmania, and became a school teacher before participating in series 4 in 2012. He went on to have a successful media career with his TV show Ben’s Menu on Network 10, and Andy and Ben Eat Australia on SBS with Andy Allen, now a judge, plus Food Lab on Network 10 & SBS. Ben has also produced 2 cookbooks, Mexican Craving, and Tasmanian Trail. Ben Milbourne online : website | Social media : facebook | twitter | instagram | YouTube channel | TED Talk by Ben (video) | Video : Make it Tasmania with Ben Milbourne

Lynton Tapp

32 year old from Victoria, placed 2nd in series 5, in 2013

Lynton Tapp aka “The Stockman” was raised on his family’s cattle station in the remote Roper River region of the Northern Territory. After MasterChef series 4 in 2013, he hosted the Earth Hour Australia documentary, Appetite for Change, and was involved in Restaurant for Australia Tourism, cooking for the Duchess of Cornwall in London. Lynton went on to release a cookbook, Outback Pantry, and hosted A Taste of Travel and My Market Kitchen, on Channel 10. He has also worked as an ambassador for Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne and Foodbank Victoria. Lynton is the head chef of Westwood, in West Melbourne. Lynton Tapp online : official website | Social media : facebook | instagram | Video : Runner Up Interview of Lynton Tapp on MasterChef Australia 2013

Emelia Jackson

30 year old from Victoria, placed 3rd in series 6, in 2014

Emelia is a self-taught cook and baker. She was a marketing co-ordinator in Melbourne’s east before MasterChef series 6 in 2014, then went on to open her own cake business, Emelia Jackson Cake Design, creating decadent bespoke cakes for weddings, engagements, birthdays, and other special events. Emelia Jackson online : official website | Social media : facebook | instagram | twitter | Linkedin | Video : Emelia Jackson interview on Studio 10

Laura Sharrad, née Cassai

24 year old from South Australia, placed 2nd in series 6, in 2014

Laura was only 18 years old when she became the runner-up of MasterChef series 6 in 2014. After the show she became a pastry chef at Jock Zonfrillo’s restaurant, Orana. Laura then worked at Andres, and Hently Farm (Barossa Valley), before she started her own restaurant, Nido Bar Pasta with her new husband Max Sharrad, fellow chef. Laura Sharrad social media : facebook | instagram | Video by San Remo Pasta : Get to know Laura Cassai

Tracy Collins

44 year old from South Australia , placed 5th in series 6, in 2014

Tracy went on to start Harvest Kitchen restaurant, which was awarded best regional restaurant in South Australia, in 2016. She also released Wermut, an organic botanicals vermouth with her winemaker husband Jaysen. Tracy Collins social media : twitter

Reynold Poernomo

26 year old from NSW, placed 4th in series 7, in 2015

After Masterchef, Reynold launched KOI Dessert Bar with his brothers in 2016, and expanded with KOI Dessert Kitchen, Monkey’s Corner and TiNi Artisan Bakehouse. Reynold has also been named a finalist in the Gault & Millau Pastry Chef of the Year awards in 2017, listed in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, been a guest judge on MasterChef Indonesia, and hosted a TEDx talk : video : The art & science of dessert-making. Reynold Poernomo social media : facebook | instagram | YouTube channel | Network 10 video : Reynold Is Back To Win. MasterChef Australia

Rose Adam

42 year old from South Australia, placed 10th in series 7, in 2015

Rose opened a café, The Middle Store, with her siblings in Adelaide, only 6 weeks after being eliminated from MasterChef in 2015. She is inspired by her Lebanese heritage, and plans to start a wholesale falafel business after this new series. Rose Adam social media : facebook | twitter | instagram

Harry Foster

25 year old from Queensland, placed 3rd in series 8, in 2016

After competing on series 8 in 2016, Harry moved to Tasmania, where he co-opened a gin distillery, studied plant science, and strengthened his food focus, while centered around sustainable fishing practices. He has since relocated back to Queensland to pursue his passion for film making and seafood. Harry Foster social media : facebook | twitter | instagram

Ben Ungermann

35 year old from Queensland, placed 2nd in series 9, in 2017

Ben launched Ungermann Brothers ice cream parlour with his brother Danny in Ipswich, in 2018, followed by a 2nd parlour on the Gold Coast in 2019, and the 3rd parlour in Mumbai. Ben Ungermann social media : instagram | BREAKiNG NEWS : Ben Ungermann was arrested and kicked off the show (

Sarah Tiong

29 year old from NSW, placed 6th in series 9, in 2017

Sarah Tiong, a part-time lawyer, has been working as a private chef with her pop-up street food stall, Pork Party, and also runs MasterClasses and events for big name local brands. She will be soon publishing a cook book. More about Sarah on her website. Sarah Tiong online : website | Social media : facebook | twitter | instagram | YouTube channel | Video : Sarah Stir Frying 101: Asparagus & Sugar Snap Peas with Pork & Mushrooms

Brendan Pang

26 year old from Western Australia, placed 9th in series 10, in 2018

Brendan is inspired by his Chinese and Mauritian roots. Since he was on MasterChef in 2018, he opened Bumplings, a pop-up dumpling kitchen, in Fremantle. He also hosts cooking classes, does demonstrations and regular workshops at food and wine shows in Western Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Brendan is publishing a cookbook this year. Brendan Pang online : website | Social media : facebook | twitter | instagram | Studio 10 video : Brendan reflects on his MasterChef journey & cooking for Prince Charles

Jess Liemantara

21 year old from Victoria, placed 4th in series 10, in 2018

Jess aka ‘The Sweet Queen’ was born into a family of foodies and restaurateurs in Perth, Western Australia. At the age of 9 she fell in love with baking, with her grandmother and aunt, and at the age of 19 she first entered MasterChef in 2018. Since then she has worked as a pastry chef at Om Nom Dessert Bar, The Press Club, Nobu Melbourne, and some catering events at Raffles Hotel, Jakarta. Jess has recently self-published her first cookbook, A Zest of Jess. More about Jess on her website. Jess Liemantara online : official website | Social media : facebook | twitter | instagram | Asian Inspirations video : meeting Jess

Khanh Ong

27 year old from Victoria, placed 3rd in series 10, in 2018

After almost winning MasterChef, Khanh quickly made his mark on Melbourne, by joining The George on Collins. He also co-hosted episodes of My Market Kitchen and wrote a cookbook to be published this year. Khanh Ong social media : facebook | instagram | Studio 10 video : Khanh Reflects On His MasterChef Journey | Studio 10 video : Khanh Reflects On His MasterChef Journey | Studio 10

Reece Hignell

30 year old from NSW, placed 6th in series 10, in 2018

Reece became a confident cake baker since leaving MasterChef in 2018, and has been working with Lesley Taylor at Merewether Surfhouse, making desserts, plus helping out at Ginger Meg’s, in Newcastle. Reece Hignell social media : facebook | twitter | instagram | Video : Reece Hignell presenting the Deluxe Range of Gelatissimo Gelato

Reece Hignell discusses The Deluxe Range of Gelatissimo Gelato all made with natural, premium ingredients, with indulgence in every bite. Wicked Choc, Brownie, Choc Dipped Strawberries, and Golden Macadamia Blondie created with Reece Hignell ~ Gelatissimo Gelato video (2019)

Sarah Clare

33 year old fromTasmania, placed 10th in series 10, in 2018

Sarah returned to Tasmania after MasterChef in 2018, where she now runs her own restaurant, iLHA in Cygnet, which features a modern Australian menu with South American influences. Sarah Clare social media : facebook | instagram

Sarah Clare faced her toughest challenge, and had to recreate a little black box, but it turned out to be the death star for her ~ The Project video (2020)

Simon Toohey

33 year old from Victoria, placed 3rd in series 11, in 2019

After coming 3rd in last year’s MasterChef grand finale, Simon aka the Victorian Veggie King opened a pop-up vegan smokehouse in Melbourne’s Williamstown, featuring familiar ingredients cooked in creative ways. This year Simon launched the Sustainable Earth Network, focusing on fighting food waste by utilising whole ingredients. Simon Toohey online : | Sustainable Earth Network YouTube channel & facebook | Simon Toohey social media : facebook | instagram | Linkedin | Video : The Whole Thing Episode 1 : Cauliflowers & Markets

Simon Toohey shows how to make a whole roasted cauliflower at home ~ Sustainable Earth Network video (2020)

Tessa Boersma

28 year old from Queensland , placed 2nd in series 11, in 2019

Tessa was born in New Zealand, with a love of cooking and started baking on her own when she was 9 years old. Since becoming runner-up in last year’s MasterChef grand finale, she has been busy writing recipes and working alongside former guest chef Alanna Sapwell at Brisbane’s acclaimed ARC Dining. More about Tessa on her website. Tessa Boersma online : offical website | Tessa’s social media : facebook | instagram | Linkedin | Video : MasterChef 2019 Finalist Tessa Boersma celebrates Kitchens on Kent at The Langham, Sydney. Tessa tests the Italian kitchen and creates her very own dish which will feature at Kitchens on Kent for a limited time only

Tessa Boersma celebrates Kitchens on Kent at The Langham, Sydney ~ Kitchens On Kent video (2019)


Emelia Jackson won MasterChef Australia 2020



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Week 1

Monday 13th April 2020 @ 7:30pm… Our favourites are back for another crack at the coveted MasterChef title. Up for grabs is this season’s only immunity pin, and joining them all week is chef extraordinaire Gordon Ramsay.

Tuesday 14th April 2020 @ 7:30pm… Each team must cook a three-course meal for 120 guests. The judges reveal three ingredients: black garlic, ginger and potatoes. Each team must feature one of the ingredients in each course.

Wednesday 15th April 2020 @ 7:30pm… Teams must cook a three-course meal in a relay-style cook. Each team member starts a course and after 20 minutes must swap to the next course. The most cohesive menu with the best dishes wins.

Thursday 16th April @ 7:30pm… After impressing the judges in the round robin relay challenge, the winning team are back in the kitchen cooking for immunity and a chance to be safe from the next elimination.

Sunday 19th April @ 7:30pm… Every contestant is up for elimination, except the winner of the immunity challenge. The pressure mounts for all contestants to deliver delicious dishes and keep their place in the competition.

Week 2

Monday 20th April @ 7:30pm… The contestants compete in the ultimate barbecue challenge, cooking for a staggering 1200 people. The team who least impresses will find themselves cooking in the pressure test.

Tuesday 21st April @ 7:30pm… In the first pressure test of the season, contestants must cook three dishes from judge Jock Zonfrillo’s three-hatted, award-winning restaurant, Orana. The least impressive dish will send someone home.

Wednesday 22nd April @ 7:30pm… In the first mystery box challenge of the season, the 22 remaining contestants discover the ingredients have been chosen from all corners of the globe by judge Melissa Leong.

Thursday 23rd April 2020 @ 7:30pm… The five contestants with the most impressive dishes from the previous challenge find themselves back in the kitchen, ready to cook off in an immunity challenge. Plus, MasterClass with Andy and Jock.

Sunday 26th April @ 7:30pm… In this episode’s elimination challenge, every contestant bar one, the winner of the immunity challenge, is up for elimination. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be going home.

Week 3

Monday 27th April @ 7:30pm… In this episode’s elimination challenge, every contestant bar one, the winner of the immunity challenge, is up for elimination. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be going home.

Tuesday 28th April @ 7:30pm… It’s a pressure test with a difference. Each contestant has written their own pressure test recipe and has to create a dish to wow the judges. The least impressive dish will send its maker home.

Wednesday 29th April @ 7:30pm… The judges reveal that each contestant’s mystery box contains four ingredients which they can barter with one another for. The top four dishes will see their makers cook for immunity in the next episode.

Thursday 30th April @ 7:30pm… The immunity challenge sees four contestants compete in a time auction. The more time they spend on buying ingredients, the less time they have to cook.

Sunday 3rd May @ 7:30pm… This challenge is all about texture. In round one, contestants must cook a dish with the best crunch. Round two is all about a gooey texture. The least impressive gooey dish will send its chef home.

Week 4

Monday 4th May @ 7:30pm… The contestants leave the kitchen for a week of off-site challenges. Teams must make two entrees and three mains for 50 diners. The least impressive team faces a pressure test.

Tuesday 5th May @ 7:30pm… The immunity challenge sees four contestants compete in a time auction. The more time they spend on buying ingredients, the less time they have to cook.

Wednesday 6th May @ 7:30pm… This episode’s ingredients are sourced by locals who grow fruit and vegetables in their backyards. The three most impressive dishes from the mystery box challenge will cook in an immunity challenge.

Thursday 7th May @ 7:30pm… Three contestants are told they must prepare 100 small plates each, consisting of five different dishes. All dishes will be served on the sushi train and will be colour-coded in this blind tasting.

Sunday 10th May @ 7:30pm… In this episode’s take-away elimination challenge, contestants must make a dish that will stand the home delivery test. Contestants have 90 minutes from the start of the cook to completed delivery.

Week 5

Monday 11th May @ 7:30pm… Contestants learn that there will be a twist with every challenge this week, so they must think on their feet to survive another week in the MasterChef kitchen. Two twists really stir the pot.

Tuesday 12th May @ 7:30pm… Contestants have three hours to complete a simply stunning Darren Purchese dish, but in the final hour of the cook, a twist that no one could anticipate is thrown at the contestants.

Wednesday 13th May @ 7:30pm… Contestants have 75 minutes to cook a dish using one or more of the eight ingredients in the mystery box. The contestants are pushed to the limit when a twist is delivered to their benches.

Thursday 14th May @ 7:30pm… Guest judge Katy Perry judges the very special Hot ‘N’ Cold challenge to honour the iconic MasterChef theme song (Hot n Cold by Katy Perry 2008 ~ see video below). The contestant with the best dish will find themselves safe from the elimination.

Hot n Cold by Katy Perry (2008 music video)

Sunday 17th May @ 7:30pm… Contestants are cooking off against the other contestant on their bench. The best dish from each bench will be safe, while the remaining contestants must cook in the elimination round.

Week 6

Monday 18th May @ 7:30pm… Jo Barrett and Matt Stone from Oakridge Wines mentor this service challenge, with each team cooking a sweet or savoury menu. The team with the least impressive menu faces the pressure test.

Tuesday 19th May @ 7:30pm… Contestants must replicate chef Peter Gunn’s ‘Black Box’ from his restaurant Ides. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be going home.

Wednesday 20th May @ 7:30pm… Contestants must create a vegan dish using at least one ingredient from the mystery box set by vegan chef Shannon Martinez. The top four dishes will cook off in the next immunity challenge.

Thursday 21st May @ 7:30pm… This episode’s immunity challenge is fought in two rounds. In one round, contestants must create a delicious dish using instant noodles. The top two from round one must make a nostalgic and comforting dish.

Sunday 24th May @ 7:30pm… Each team must cook two dishes: one main and one dessert. Each contestant has 20 minutes to cook and they have just 45 seconds to hand over the dish to the next contestant in the relay.

Week 7

Monday 25th May @  7:30pm… Queen of chocolate and guest chef Kirsten Tibballs reveals that, for the pressure test, the contestants must create her wow-factor dessert the meljito.

Tuesday 26th May @ 7:30pm… The contestants lift the lids of their mystery box to find a photo sent by their loved ones. The contestants have 60 minutes to create a dish inspired by the memory in their family.

Wednesday 27th May @ 7:30pm… Memories Mystery Box : All the contestants who had already won Weekly Immunity, open their Mystery Boxes to find family photos from their childhoods. They are then given 60 minutes to cook dishes inspired by the memories from the photos.

Thursday 28th May @ 7:30pm… Fairy Tales Immunity Challenge :  Khanh, Brendan, Jess, Poh and Reynold are given 75 minutes to build a dish around a classic fairy tale of their choice.

Sunday 31st May @ 7:30pm… Contestants must make a dish that has two different flavoured ice-creams that only work when they are eaten together. In round two, they must make a dish using one of five unusual flavour pairings.

Week 8

Monday 1st June @ 7:30pm… Contestants cook a sweet or savoury style dish championing a citrus fruit of their choice. In round two, they use the same fruit, but their dish must be in the opposite style.

Tuesday 2nd June @ 7:30pm… Contestants discover they must create a dish inspired by chef Coskun Uysal’s chicken rice pudding dessert. With this in mind, they must create their own dessert featuring a meat or protein.

Wednesday 3rd June @ 7:30pm… This episode’s mystery box ingredients are decided entirely by the luck of the draw, with numbered lottery balls corresponding to 25 ingredients on display.

Thursday 4th June @ 7:30pm… Each round in this immunity challenge is worth 10 points and the contestant with the highest score at the end of round three will win immunity and be free from the upcoming elimination.

Sunday 7th June @ 7:30pm… It’s an Australia-themed pressure test. First up contestants must cook a delicious savoury pie and sauce. The bottom four must then create a dish celebrating what Australia means to them.

Week 9

Monday 8th June @ 7:30pm… Teams of two must create two dishes using a chosen ingredient. Dishes must be identical in taste and appearance, but they will not be able to see each other while they cook, so communication is key.

Tuesday 9th June @ 7:30pm… Benjamin Cooper, Executive Chef of Chin Chin Melbourne, sets tonight’s pressure test where contestants must recreate his jungle curry with rice and roti without a recipe.

Wednesday 10th June @ 7:30pm… This mystery box is all about smoke. Contestants can use any method of smoking as long as one element has been smoked with a smoking gun.

Thursday 11th June @ 7:30pm… Today’s immunity challenge is all about resourcefulness. The contestants are each presented with a pumpkin and have 90 minutes to cook three dishes that feature the pumpkin in some way.

Sunday 14th June @ 7:30pm… Charlie Carrington of Melbourne restaurant Atlas sets this elimination challenge, focusing on food from different countries. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be sent home.

Week 10

Monday 15th June @ 7:30pm… In this episode’s golden box mystery box challenge, the contestants have to create a dish using one or more of the golden ingredients. The top four dishes will battle it out in the next immunity challenge.

Tuesday 16th June @ 7:30pm …Every five minutes an ingredient that can be used in their cook is revealed to our contestants. They can start cooking at any time but only have access to the ingredients revealed up to that point.

Sunday 21st June @ 7:30pm… This elimination will take place over two rounds, the first of which is the classic blind taste test. The first four contestants who guess incorrectly will go into round two.

Week 11

Monday 22nd June @ 7:30pm… The judges reveal that the contestants need to use all the ingredients in their mystery box to create two dishes – a sweet and savoury dish – in 75 minutes.

Tuesday 23rd June @ 7:30pm… Three heavy hitters of the competition go head-to-head. Who will make top six?

Sunday 28th June @ 7:30pm… In this episode’s elimination, contestants are challenged to cook a classic dish. Could this be Reynold’s final cook in the kitchen?

Week 12

Monday 29th June @ 7:30pm… This episode’s mystery box is inspired by colour. The dish can be sweet or savoury, and contestants can access the pantry with the garden also in play. So why is Melissa so emotional?

Tuesday 30th June @ 7:30pm… In the battle for top five, contestants must choose two cloches and cook with the ingredients underneath. They can give up one cloche and select a third, however they must cook with the third ingredient.

Sunday 5th July @ 7:30pm… Do not miss this elimination. Phil Wood, from two of Victoria’s finest restaurants, reveals a pressure test. Contestants must replicate his dish of potatoes duchess with shiitakes and cauliflower.

Week 13

Monday 6th July @ 7:30pm… The race to finals week is on! The makers of the top three dishes from the mystery box challenge will battle it out for one last chance at winning immunity this season.

Tuesday 7th July @ 7:30pm… Who will make the finals? With no set rules in place, the contestants must mutually decide the cook time to create a dish, sweet or savoury, that best proves to the judges they have come back to win.

Sunday 12th July @ 7:30pm… In this mammoth elimination challenge, the contestants discover not only will they be cooking a four-course meal for the MasterChef judges, but for six of the hottest chefs in the country.

Week 14

Monday 13th July @ 7:30pm… The contestants discover the mystery box, covered in a Union Jack flag, has been set by guest chef Gordon Ramsay. Who’s first into Grand Finale Week?

Tuesday 14th July @ 7:30pm… In this elimination challenge, contestants must choose to use either ingredients from an ordinary pantry or an extraordinary pantry. Which favourite contestant will go?

Sunday 19th July @ 7:30pm… In the SEMiFiNAL challenge, our top three contestants compete for a place in the Grand Final. At the end of this challenge, three become two.

Week 15

Monday 20th July @ 7:30pm… GRAND FiNAL : The top 2 remaining contestants compete for the $250,000 prize money.

Emelia Jackson vs Laura Sharrad


Who was ELiMiNATED from MasterChef 2020?

Eliminated contestants ~ Elimination dates

Lynton Tapp ~ 19th April

Courtney Roulsto ~ 2st April

Ben Milbourne ~ 26th April

Harry Foster ~ 28th April

Dani Venn ~ 3rd May

Rose Adam ~ 5th May

Chris Badenoch ~ 10th May

Amina Elshafei ~ 12th May

Ben Ungermann ~ 17th May

Hayden Quinn ~ 17th May

Sarah Clare ~ 19th May

Tracy Collins ~ 24th May

Jess Liemantara ~ 31st May

Simon Toohey ~ 7th June

The FiNAL 10

Sarah Tiong ~ 9th June

Khanh Ong ~ 14th June

Brendan Pang ~ 21st June

Tessa Boersma  ~ 28th June

Poh Ling Yeow ~ 5th July

Reece Hignell ~ 12th July

Callum Hann ~ 14th July

Reynold Poernomo ~ 19th July (3rd place)

Laura Sharrad ~ 20th July (2nd place) runner-up

Emelia Jackson ~ 20th July (1st place) winner

Congratulations to the 2020 winner of MasterChef

Emelia Jackson

30 year old from Victoria, placed 3rd in series 6, in 2014

Emelia Jackson was crowned MasterChef Australia champion for 2020

Emelia is a self-taught cook and baker. She was a marketing co-ordinator in Melbourne’s east before MasterChef series 6 in 2014, then went on to open her own cake business, Emelia Jackson Cake Design, creating decadent bespoke cakes for weddings, engagements, birthdays, and other special events. Emelia Jackson online : official website | Social media : facebook | instagram | twitter | Linkedin |

Video : Emelia Jackson & runner-up Laura Sharrad on The Ben, Rob & Robbo Show, fresh from the grand finale to chat about Emelia’s win and growth through the competition, the heart stopping burn in the finale (on the previous night), the sense of community between the contestants, and more (video uploaded on the 21st July 2020 ~ over 5000 views)


MasterChef Australia Q&A

When does MasterChef Australia start / premier?

The Australian series usually starts in April or May, but the 2013 season didn’t start until June. The 2020 season started at 7:30pm on Easter Monday, 13th April.

How long is the MasterChef season?

The duration of each season is 3 months (approximately)

Who are the new MasterChef judges for 2020?

Melissa Leong, Andy Allen  and Jock Zonfrillo.

Where is MasterChef Australia filmed?

Australian Technology Park in Sydney, NSW



February 2020

Heston Blumenthal removed from MasterChef 2020 guest list

Heston Blumenthal, a regular guest on MasterChef, was scratched from 2020 season by Network 10, maybe due to an alleged multi-million dollar pay scandal, involving underpaid staff at a restaurant linked to him. The United Workers Union claimed that workers at Dinner by Heston at the Crown complex in Melbourne, were owed $4.5 million. Although the restaurant carries Heston’s name, he is not a part-owner. Network 10 hasn’t yet offered a reason to why they severed ties with Heston. This latest change is added to the shows already significant changes for 2020, with the departure of George Calombaris, Matt Preston, and Gary Mehigan (see more details down below).

Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant under fire for not paying wages ~ Nine News Australia verified video (4th February 2020)

Who are the new MasterChef judges for 2020?..

The 3 new judges for 2020 are Melissa Leong, Andy Allen  and Jock Zonfrillo. They’ll be replacing the former judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, who left the show in July 2019.

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Who won MasterChef Australia 2019 ?

Larissa Takchi

Larissa Takchi, a restaurant manager and cook from Sydney is the youngest ever winner of MasterChef, at the age of 22 years old. She was the eleventh series winner, receiving $250,000 cash, plus a new Holden Equinox car and a monthly column in Delicious magazine for 12 months. Larissa had a score of 85 out of 90, including a perfect score of 30 out of 30 for her dessert, a Szechuan Pavlova with Beetroot and Blackberry.

more about Larissa Takchi, the 2019 winner continued…

MasterChef Australia 2019 Winner Larissa makes Monte Carlo Biscuits on Studio 10 on Channel Ten

Larissa Makes Monte Carlo Biscuits ~ Studio 10 verified video (2019)

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Larissa Takchi was born and raised in Sydney. She has always enjoyed weekends with her big Lebanese family, having big lunches and dinners, with everyone bringing plates of food, which created her fondest memories.

Larissa finished high school in 2014, and then went onto Macquarie University where she is now studying a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She works as a restaurant manager at her mother’s restaurant in Sydney. Larissa  is mostly a self-taught chef, but admits her chef mother has always been there along the way to help out. Larissa is a fan of the works of Karen Martini, Yotam Ottolenghi, David Chang, Darren Purchese, and Gill Meller. She loves both sweet and savoury cooking, but she’s more experimental with sweet cooking, and more intuitive with savoury cooking.

Larissa is most practiced in cooking Lebanese inspired dishes, but considers herself an all-rounder in the kitchen, with also a flair for Asian, Italian, and French cuisine. She cites her favourite places to dine out as Sydney’s Automata, Firedoor and Kensington Street Social. Larissa’s family and partner Luke support her dreams of one day opening her own wine bar and restaurant, serving comforting yet sophisticated food with a seasonal menu.

The MasterChef Grand Finale show was No.3 on the TV Tonight rankings of all shows on Tuesday 23rd July 2019


Watch the whole grand final episode of MasterChef Australia 2019


Monday 29th April 2019

The 11th series of MasterChef 2019

Series 11 of MasterChef Australia premiered on Monday 29th April 2019 on Network 10. The 2018 co-hosts and judges, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston returned in 2019. Former contestants Poh Ling Yeow, Billie McKay and Matt Sinclair replaced Shannon Bennett as the contestants’ mentors.

The final 7 contestants for 2019

Larissa Takchi, 22 year old restaurant manager from NSW

Simon Toohey, 32  year old  cocktail barman, from Victoria

Tim Bone, 33 year old cooking and gardening educator, from Victoria

Tessa Boersma, 27 year old criminal statistician, from Queensland

Nicole Scott, 24 year old HR Assistant, from Queensland

Anushka Zargaryan, 49 year old optical dispenser, from Victoria

Christina Laker, 29 year old naturopathy student, from Queensland

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The final 3 contestants : Larissa Takchi | Simon Toohey | Tessa Boersma

All the previous WiNNERS of MASTERCHEF Australia (2009 ~ 2018)

201winner of series 10 ~ SASHi CHELiAH

39 year old prison officer from Adelaide, South Australia

Sashi Cheliah discusses winning MasterChef Australia 2018, as a special guest on Studio 10, Channel Ten (over 246,000 views on YouTube video)… 

Sashi Cheliah On Winning MasterChef Australia 2018 ~ Studio 10 verified video (2018)

Sashi Cheliah was born and raised in Singapore,  as the eldest of 7 children. For 12 years he worked for the Special Tactics & Rescue unit of the Singapore Police Force. Sashi is married to a nurse, Rabicca Vijayan, and they have 2 sons. They moved to Adelaide in 2012.

Sashi’s interest in food began by watching his mother, a cafe owner, and aunties prepare family meals. Sashi won the MasterChef $250,000 prize money with the highest recorded win in history, with 93 points out of 100. After MasterChef he started a pop-up restaurant named Gaja by Sashi in the Melbourne CBD, serving Singaporean dishes (until November 2018).

Sashi plans to use his MasterChef $250,000 prize money to help kickstart his dream to have a restaurant featuring authentic Malaysian food presented with local South Australian wines.

Read more about Sashi Cheliah on his original contestant profile on

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Sashi Cheliah MasterChef Australia 2018 winner trophy plate congratultions TV Ten photo cooking competition show series
Sashi Cheliah holding up the MasterChef Australia 2018 winners trophy plate


2017 winner of series 9 ~ Diana Chan

29 year old accountant from Melbourne, Victoria 

Diana Chan discusses winning MasterChef Australia 2017, as a special guest on Studio 10, Channel Ten (over 326,000 views on YouTube video)… 

Diana Chan the newly crowned 2017 winner chats about coming to terms with her new title, the finale and what’s next for her. ~ Studio 10 verified video (2017)

Diana Chan was born and raised in Malaysia, as the youngest of 3 children. She learned to cook by watching her parents prepare Peranakan and Cantonese food. She moved to Kuala Lumpur to complete her Cambridge A levels at the age of 17, and upon matriculation, she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Deakin University in 2010.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Diana worked for Deloitte as a senior analyst. Diana won the $250,000 MasterChef Australia prize money after defeating Ben Ungermann by only 1 point. Since winning MasterChef Diana she has worked to promote tourism in Malaysia, launched a column in Delicious Magazine, and often demonstrating her cooking style at events in Malaysia and Melbourne.

Diana Chan online : social media : | | official website : |


2016 winner of series 8 ~ Elena Duggan

32 year old school teacher from Sydney, New South Wales

Elena Duggan discusses winning MasterChef Australia 2016, as a special guest on Studio 10, Channel Ten (YouTube video)… 

Elena Jo Duggan was born in Cooroy, Queensland. She was educated at Noosa District State High School, and the College of Fine Arts of the University of NSW, where she was awarded a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, and subsequently completed a postgraduate degree in teaching from the University of Sydney. She then taught Visual Arts, and became the head teacher of creative and performing arts at Galston High School in Sydney.

Elena was unsuccessful when she originally applied to enter MasterChef in 2015. When she applied again in 2016 and accepted after creating an audition dish of fish and chips, she went on to compete in the final against Matt Sinclair, and created a better dessert, and winning by 86 points to 84.

Elena Duggan online : social media : | | | official website |


2015 winner of series 7 ~ Billie McKay

 24 year old restaurant manager from Ballina, New South Wales

Billie McKay discusses winning MasterChef Australia 2015, as a special guest on Studio 10, Channel Ten (over 230,000 views on YouTube video)… 

Billie McKay was raised on a dairy farm in Bowraville, New South Wales, and attended Macksville High School. She was a restaurant manager in Ballina, NSW, before competing on MasterChef. Billie’s prizes included $250,000, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and a monthly column in Delicious (Australian food magazine). After the final, special guest Heston Blumenthal offered her a job at The Fat Duck restaurant, which she accepted. 

Billie McKay online : social media : facebook | instagraminstagram | twitter |


2014 winner of series 6 ~ Brent Owens

24 year old bobcat driver from Melbourne, Victoria

Brent Owens as a special guest on Studio 10, Channel Ten, teaching the girls how to cook a fresh summer recipe, Vietnamese lettuce cups… 

Fresh Summer Recipes with Brent Owens ~ Studio 10 verified video (2014)

Brent Owens from Melton, Victoria, joined the workforce as a bobcat driver at the age of 18, working for Ancrum Excavations, his girlfriend Madison Ancrum’s father’s business. Brent has been in relationship with his high school sweetheart Madison Ancrum since 2008. At the age of 19 he bought a house in Melton. Brent enjoyed playing Australian rules football for Melton South Football Club in the Ballarat Football League. His MasterChef prize was a book publishing deal, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and $250,000 prize money, of which he gave $50,000 to his fellow finalist contestant Emelia Jackson, because of a pact they had earlier made. Brent has since written a cook book, Dig In!, and has appeared in a 10 part television series, Brent Owens Unwraps Mauritius (2018).

Brent Owens Unwraps Mauritius TV show trailer

Brent Owens online : social media : instagram | twitter | official website : |


2013 winner of series 5 ~ Emma Dean

35 year old town planner from Melbourne, Victoria

The first exclusive interview of Australia’s 2013 winner, Emma Dean ~ MasterChef Australia verified video (2013)

Emma Dean’s passion for food began as a child in the paddocks and kitchen of her home in regional Victoria, on a farm in Epsom, Victoria. Her parents encouraged her love of growing and cooking farm-fresh produce in her early years, by teaching her to knead bread, grow vegies, and collect freshly-laid eggs. Emma’s earliest memories were helping her Dad plant pumpkin seeds, to grow their own pumpkins. She later went on to study at Monash University and RMIT, completing a master’s degree in environment and planning, which resulted in an 8 year career in town planning for the Victorian State Government.

Emma also trained in track cycling at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, and represented Australia at the 2004 Oceania Track Cycling Championships. Her cooking style is inspired by her regional upbringing and her enthusiasm for urban foraging, which results in dishes that mix classic ingredients with the more unusual and adventurous. Emma lives in Northcote, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne.

Emma Dean’s MasterChef prize was $100,000, an Alfa Romeo car, a book publishing deal with New Holland Publishers, plus work experience in some of the country’s best kitchens. Her cookbook A Homegrown Table was released on the 1st December 2013.

Emma Dean online : social media : instagram | pinterest | facebook | twitter | official website : |


2012 winner of series 4 ~ Andy Allen

24 year old apprentice electrician from Maitland, New South Wales

Andy Allen the 2012 winner interviewed by Angela Bishop about his future plans, and sharing his win ~ Channel 10 video (2012)

Andy grew up in Maitland, NSW, where he went to Maitland Grossmann High School, and was a basketball player with the Maitland Mustangs. He always had a passion for cooking, and often took the time after work as an electrician to cook for his parents and two older sisters. Most of his weekends he would host a BBQ and beers for his mates.

Andy was only one exam away from becoming a fully qualified Electrician, before he took a dare from one of his good mates to enter MasterChef. Knowing that he wasn’t satisfied with being an electrician for the rest of his life, the dare paid off when Andy beat fellow finalists Audra Morrice and Julia Taylor, with his score of 76 against Julia’s 68 in the final two rounds.

Since winning MasterChef he has changed his career from electrician to hospitality, working at the Three Blue Ducks restaurant in Rosebery, Sydney. He is the first contestant in MasterChef Australia to be awarded a Chef’s Hat, and the first contestant to become a MasterChef judge.

Andy Allen online : social media : instagram | facebook | twitter | YouTube video channel | official website : |



2011 winner of series 3 ~ Kate Bracks

35 year old homemaker from Orange, New South Wales

Kate Bracks, a stay-at-home mum from Orange, become Australia’s 2011 winner ~ Channel 10 video (2011)

Kate Bracks aka Katherine Jane Pickett (married name) was previously a school teacher, and now a mother of three children, living on a hobby farm in Orange, NSW, with a goal to eat off the land entirely. She has traveled the country as an ambassador for the Cancer Council’s Eat It To Beat It program, and runs cooking workshops in regional NSW to help people improve flavour and nutrition, and reduce waste in cooking. Kate published the Sweet Life: Deserts from Australia’s Masterchef cooking book in 2012.

Kate Bracks online : wikipedia | social media : twitter |


2010 winner of series 2 ~ Adam Liaw

31 year old lawyer from Adelaide, South Australia

Over 5-million viewers watched Adam Liaw win the 2010 title during a tense showdown with fellow contestant, Callum Hann. ~ Channel 10 video (2010)

Adam Liaw was born in Penang, Malaysia. After his parents divorced, and his mother moved to New Zealand, he went to live with his paternal grandmother Kwei-Eng Chew, who was a huge influence on his cooking. At the age of 14, Adam completed Year 11 at Prince Alfred College, and at 16 he enrolled at the University of Adelaide, where he graduated with a double degree in Science and Law. After graduation he worked in technology, commercial & corporate law, business advisory and international trade, at Kelly & Co Lawyers in Adelaide. In 2004 he moved to Japan to work in media law for The Walt Disney Company. Adam’s MasterChef victory was the most watched non-sporting television event in Australian history, when he defeated Callum Hann 89 – 82 for the title.

In 2012, Adam got his own travel & food TV show, Destination Flavour, on the SBS television network. In 2013, Destination Flavour: Japan was officially launched on SBS ONE with Adam as the sole host, followed by Destination Flavour: Down Under in 2014, Destination Flavour: Scandinavia in 2016 on SBS, plus Destination Flavour: Singapore in 2017. In 2017 Hidden Japan with Adam Liaw premiered on SBS Food Network.

Since Adam gave up his job as a highly paid lawyer in Tokyo to go on MasterChef, he’s never looked back. He said he was lucky that his series for SBS, Destination Flavour, has been running for 6 seasons, and he’s also written 6 cookbooks. Since winning the show, his wife Asami  and him have had 2 children, Christopher and Anna.

Adam is also UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Nutrition, and he was named the Culinary Ambassador for ANA Australia by All Nippon Airways.

Adam Liaw online : wikipedia | social media : facebook | instagram | twitter | YouTube | official website : |


2009 winner of series 1 ~ Julie Goodwin

38 year old office manager from Central Coast, New South Wales

Julie Goodwin discusses her mental health battle with anxiety and depression, on The Morning Show with Kylie & Larry ~ 7NEWS Australia verified video (2020)

Julie Goodwin was born and raised in Sydney. She started a degree in education, but changed to a career in youth work, presenting workshops in schools around Australia. Julie moved to the Central Coast where she married Michael, her long time partner. She continued youth work where she held a position in a juvenile detention centre. Julie also performed as a singer at various functions around her area. Julie and Michael’s first son Joe was born in 1995, followed soon by 2 more sons, Tom and Paddy, with a total of 3 boys under the age of three. In 2002 Julie and Michael started a successful I.T. consulting business, which grew from their lounge room to a team of employees in an office in North Gosford.

Julie’s life was about to change again when she was selected from over 7,000 applicants for the first series of Masterchef Australia.

On the 19th July 2009, Julie was watched by over 4 million Australians, as she defeated Poh Ling Yeow in the final to take out the title as the 1st ever winner of MasterChef Australia. Julie’s first cook book Our Family Table, was published by Random House in 2010, and became the number 1 top seller for over 10 weeks, with over 200,000 books sold, making it one of Australia’s largest selling cook books. Julie was named Australia’s biggest selling author of all categories in 2010.

Julie went on to become a regular columnist for the Australian’s Women’s Weekly, and resident cook on the Today Show on Channel 9, who also gave Julie her own cooking show, Home Cooked!, in 2010. The afternoon cooking series featured tips and tricks for creating meals at home, with featured celebrity guests such as radio and TV host Amanda Keller, singer Ricki-Lee Coulter, actor Gyton Grantley, and cricketer Steve Waugh. Julie was also involved on The 7pm Project, in a segment where families got to enter a contest to have her cook at their house live on television. Later that year Julie released a CD of Christmas songs and recipes.

A few years after winning MasterChef, Julie went on to write two more cookbooks: Heart of the Home (2012), and Gather (2013). She reappeared on television again in 2015, in the first season of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

2009 winner Julie Goodwin talks about her new cookbook, Our Family Table ~ Random House Books video (2010)

These days Julie hosts a breakfast show with Rabbit on Star 104.5 FM, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, while also running her business, Julie’s Place, running cooking classes, events and functions, in Gosford.

In 2020, Julie Goodwin opened up about her private mental health battle, which involved 5 weeks in a mental health facility due to depression and anxiety. Video : Julie Goodwin sat down with Lisa Wilkinson in a candid interview about her mental health, closing her business, and getting through the darkest times together...

Julie Goodwin interviewed by Lisa Wilkinson about her mental health, closing her business, and getting through the darkest times. ~ The Project video (2020)

Julie Goodwin online : wikipedia | Star 104.5 | social media : facebook | instagram | twitter | YouTube | official websites : | |


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Sashi Cheliah ~ 2018 MasterChef Australia winner

One of Sashi Cheliah’s previous jobs before becoming the highest score winner of MasterChef, was with the Special Tactics and Rescue unit of the Singapore Police Force aka STAR, where he trained in tactics, rescue operations, counter terrorism, kidnappings and high-profile protection in the riot police.

Masterchef Australia winner Sashi Cheliah on joining the cooking competition ~ CNA verified video (2018)

Sashi Cheliah started a pop-up restaurant named Gaja by Sashi at HWKR Food Centre in the Melbourne, serving Singaporean dishes (until November 2018)

Diana Chan ~ 2017 MasterChef Australia winner

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Brent Owens ~ 2014 MasterChef Australia winner

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MasterChef’s George Calombaris, Brent Owens, Matt Preston (food critic), Laura Cassai & chef Gary Mehigan on TV Ten’s grand finale in 2014 ~ MasterChef Australia website

6th series Grand Finale ~ Monday 28th July 2014

Brent Owens won the title of MasterChef Australia 2014, which  also included prizes of $250,000, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and a book publishing deal. The Runner up was Laura Cassai.

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Brent Owens MasterChef Australia 2014 winner

Official Australian website :

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DiG iN! by Brent Owens ~ (see more details below)

Prior to competing in MasterChef, Brent Owens was a bobcat driver, and played Australian rules football for Melton South Football Club in the Ballarat Football League ( Brent  has been in relationship with his high school sweetheart Madison Ancrum since 2008. She was the one who convinced him to sign up as a contestant on the show. Brent joined the workforce at the age of 18 and worked for Madison’s father’s excavation business. Brent Owens bought a house at the age of 19.

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BRENT’S COOK BOOK out now!..
DiG iN!..

Classic recipes reinvented from the 2014 winner 

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DiG iN! by Brent Owens

DiG iN! features Brent’s original recipes, with chapters on entertaining with friends, quick meals, best breakfasts, Brent’s winning recipe favourites, with his trademark taste and simplicity to Australian classics. This cookbook is an inspiring collection of dishes that will spark the fire in thousands of home cooks around the country.

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MasterChef Australia is a Logie Award-winning Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British show. The Australian version is produced by Shine Australia and screens on Network Ten. Restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan, chef George Calombaris and food critic Matt Preston serve as the show’s main judges. The first episode aired on the 27th April 2009, and the series one finale was broadcast on the 19th July 2009.

The first winner was Julie Goodwin, a 38 year old I.T. office manager. The second series in Australia premiered on  the 19th April 2010.  The winner of the 2010 series was Adam Liaw, who won by a seven-point margin over his opponent Callum Hann. The third series in Australia went to air in 2011, and was won by Kate Bracks. The fourth series premiered on the 6th May 2012, and was won by Andy Allen. The 5th series in 2013 was won by Emma Dean.

The show is the most watched television series in Australia, with the season 2 finale being the 3rd most watched show in Australian television history. The Australian also won a Logie award for ‘Most Popular Reality Program’ in 2010. Many other countries also broadcast the Australian version, either dubbed or with subtitles.


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What happened to the JUDGES on MasterChef Australia?

News announcement : 24th July 2019

All 3 judges to leave the show

Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will be departing MasterChef Australia due to a pay dispute.

MasterChef is about to welcome new judges, after Network Ten announced the 3 hosts will not be returning for season 12 ~ Sky News Australia verified video (2019)

Who are the NEW JUDGES?

News announcement : 10th October 2019

The 3 new judges for 2020 are Melissa Leong, Andy Allen  and Jock Zonfrillo. They’ll be replacing Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, who left the show in July 2019.

Meet the new MasterChef judges, on Studio 10…

who is Melissa Leong?..

Melissa Leong is a Singaporean – Australian freelance food and travel writer, who has co-authored 6 cookbooks including Mr Hong  and The Great Australian Cookbook. She is a former media consultant, and co-hosts The Chefs’ Line, a cooking series on SBS with Dan Hong and Mark Olive, with regular guest appearances on Everyday Gourmet and The Cook’s Pantry.

Melissa Leong online : instagram | facebook | twitter | official website : |

who is Andy Allen?..

Andy Allen won MasterChef in 2012 (4th season), and is the head chef at the Three Blue Ducks’ Rosebery eatery. He is the first contestant in MasterChef Australia to be awarded a Chef’s Hat.

Andy Allen online : social media  instagram | facebook | twitter | YouTube video channel | official website : |

who is Jock Zonfrillo?..

Jock Zonfrillo is a Scottish born chef that moved to London to work with internationally renowned chefs in the UK, including Marco Pierre White. In 2000 he moved to Australia to work as the head chef of Restaurant 41, and then to Adelaide where he is the owner and chef of Bistro Blackwood and Orana restaurants.

Jock Zonfrillo online : Wikipedia | social media : twitter | facebook | restaurant official website : | & The Orana Foundation : unlocking the true potential of Australia’s 60,000 year old indigenous food culture, to connect the past to the future.

The NEWS about the NEW JUDGES :

The Mystery Box Has Been Lifted On 2020’s New MasterChef Judges news story by Mat Whitehead, editor at 10 Daily Entertainment (Thursday 10th October 2019)

MasterChef Australia announces new judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo news story by ABC News (Thursday 10th October 2019)

MasterChef Australia: New judges announced :The new MasterChef judges, who will replace George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan next year, have been revealed. ~ by Andrew Bucklow at (Thursday 10th October 2019)

Ten reveals three new judges for MasterChef Australia news story by Karl Quinn at The Sydney Morning Herald (Thursday 10th October 2019)

Where are the old judges now?

News announcement : 23rd October 2019

Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan will be starting on a new TV show with Manu Feildel from My Kitchen Rules on Channel 7, leaving George Calombaris behind. The new TV program is called Plate of Origin, and will be launched in mid 2020.

George Calombaris will not be returning to MasterChef Australia next season, nor will his co-hosts Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. ~ Sky News Australia verified video (2019)
What happened to George Calombaris ?
Celebrity chef George Calombaris was fined for short changing restaurant staff by almost $8 million. ~ 9 News Australia verified video (2019)
more news about George

George Calombaris shuts doors on Melbourne’s Hellenic Republic in wake of wages scandal : news report by Lucy Quaggin at 7 News on the 27th November 2019 : George Calombaris announced shutting the doors of Hellenic Republic, his popular Brunswick East Greek restaurant, after it was revealed earlier this year that he underpaid his staff $7.8million over six years.

George Calombaris’ empire shrinks after Hellenic Republic closes : news report by Tessa Akerman at The Australian on the 27th November 2019 : Hellenic Republic will be replaced by Crofter Dining Room and Bar, a joint venture with Matt Wilkinson, chef and owner of Pope Joan.

George Calombaris forced to close restaurant after wage theft scandal : New Idea on the 25th November 2019 : George has been going through a year from hell, and has shut Hellenic Republic in Melbourne after it was discovered in 2017 that he had underpaid staff more than $7.8 million over a six year period.

See the ABC 7.30 exclusive : Leigh Sales interviewing George Calombaris about underpaying his staff and leaving MasterChef. (video uploaded by ABC News in-depth in July 2019 ~ over 28,000 views)

2020 News update on George Colombaris

George Calombaris’ restaurant empire collapses : The former Masterchef judge’s MADE Establishment restaurant group collapsed into voluntary administration. (video by Nine News Australia ~ 11th February 2020)

Former Masterchef judge George Calombaris’s restaurant group goes into administration : The end of the road has come for the celebrity chef with his restaurant group collapsing into voluntary administration, since it never recovered from the the $8 million underpaid staff scandal. His restaurant venues in Melbourne and Sydney were closed, which included Vita (originally known as the Press Club) and the rebranded Hellenic Republic restaurants. The fate for the 400 staff employed by Calombaris is unknown until new buyers for the restaurants are found. (video by ABC News ~ 10th February 2020)

It’s the end of the road for celebrity chef George Calombaris with his restaurant group going into voluntary administration yesterday. ~ ABC News (Australia) verified video (11th February 2020)

George Calombaris online : official website : | instagram | YouTube


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MasterChef originated in the UK, and originally ran between 1990 and 2001. The show was later revived by Franc Roddam and John Silver in 2005 as MasterChef Goes Large, until 2008 when the Goes Large was dropped from the name.

An episode of MasterChef from the original UK series in the 1990’s

The show format is now produced in more than 40 countries, and airs in at least 200 territories. The format has appeared in 4 major versions: the main series, MasterChef: The Professionals for professional working chefs, Celebrity MasterChef featuring well known celebrities as the contestants and Junior MasterChef. Australia created a 5th version called MasterChef All-Stars in 2012, for former contestants to raise money for charity.

The revived format is sold internationally by the Shine Group production company.

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The most popular MasterChef UK YouTube video :

A Unique Vegan Dessert on The Professionals series 10 (2018) ~ Matt’s vegan cacao delice . This video had over 102,000 views…

Matt’s vegan raw cacao delice from MasterChef UK The Professionals Series 10.

see all the other top MasterChef UK YouTube videos

The A to Z of MasterChef international

MasterChef originated in the United Kingdom in 1990, and then revived in 2005. The first international adaption was in Australia. The show has since been established in over 60 countries around the world.

MasterChef in 61 countries :

Arab League | Albania | Algeria | Argentina | Asia | Australia | Bangladesh | Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cambodia | Canada | Chile | China | Colombia | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | Dominican Republic | Finland | France | Georgia | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | India | Indonesia | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Malaysia | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | New Zealand | Norway | Pakistan | Paraguay | Peru | Philippines | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | Saudi Arabia | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Thailand | Turkey | Ukraine | United Kingdom | United States | Uruguay | Vietnam |

see more info at wikipedia


see some Masterchef videos from around the World

The funny MasterChef Synesthesia music video with over 11 million views on YouTube ~ Swede Mason (YouTube video)…

Masterchef Synesthesia – Swedemason YouTube video (2011)

See some of the greatest moments and lines from the junior chefs, especially when Gordon Ramsay is politely asked to leave, in Season 5: An Extra Serving on MASTERCHEF JUNiOR… …see more official videos of MasterChef On FOX

MasterChef Australia videos

Heston Blumenthal cooks the world’s best steak on Series 5 (2013) Heston Blumenthal is an award winning celebrity chef from London, and regular guest on the show. He is the owner of various restaurants, including  The Fat Duck, one of five restaurants in Great Britain to have 3 Michellin Stars. It was voted No.1 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2005.

Heston Blumenthal shows how to make the perfect steak on MasterChef Australia in 2013. ~ verified video (2013)

SuperChef Week featuring Jamie Oliver, and the seafood king Rick Stein (2012)

They welcome seafood king Rick Stein to the kitchen (2012 verified video)

The full Finale of Series 5 on video (2013 finale full episode)

The 3 finalists battle for the $100,000 prize, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a cookbook deal with New Holland and access to Australia’s best kitchens on offer. (2013 verified video)

see all the official MasterChef Australia verified YouTube videos


MasterChef YOUTUBE Channels

see what MasterChef looks like in a variety of other countries…

MasterChef World YouTube

over 1.2 million subscribers

Watch highlights of the best moments, mystery box challenges, invention tests, pressure tests and how-to recipes and masterclasses from the world-class chefs.

The most popular video : How to make a Crème Caramel on MasterChef Canada featuring Marissa and Jonathan going head-to-head for survival in the final pressure test where they have to create a stunning crème caramel with a caramel sugar dome in 30 minutes (video uploaded in August 2019 ~ over 20 million views)

How To Make A Crème Caramel on MasterChef Canada (video)


MasterChef Australia verified YouTube channel

over 24,000 subscribers

MasterChef started in Australia in 2009 and still continues to be produced in present day.

Heston Blumenthal shows how to cook the perfect steak on series 5 (video uploaded in August in 2013 ~ over 538,000 views)

Heston Blumenthal cooks world’s best steak on Series 5 (video)


MasterChef on FOX verified YouTube channel

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over 363,000 subscribers

The UK is where MasterChef originated in 1990, where it ran until 2001. The show was later revived in 2005 until present day, where it’s popularity continues. 

The winner of MasterChef 10th season in 2019 announced by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, along with with acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and well known restaurateur Joe Bastianich. See who wins the $250,000 grand prize money (video uploaded in September 2019 ~ over 128,000 views) [video currently unavailable]

Gordon Ramsay shows how to cook perfect scrambled eggs on season 8 episode 5 (video uploaded in June 2017 ~ over 9.4 million views) [video currently unavailable]


MasterChef Italia verified YouTube channel

over 737,000 subscribers

MasterChef started in Italy in 2011 on Sky Uno. The judges are Bruno Barbieri, Carlo Cracco, Antonino, Canavacciuolo (chefs), and Joe Bastianich (USA MasterChef judge). The winners receives €100,000 in gold coins and gets their own recipe book published by RCS Rizzoli.

Maria Teresa Ceglia returns to MasterChef  Italy (2020 video)


MasterChef Brazil verified YouTube channel

over 4 million subscribers

MasterChef Brazil was produced from 2014 to 2015, with 3 judges; Érick Jacquin, Paola Carosella, Henrique Fogaça, and Ana Paula Padrão as the main host. MasterChef Professionals was produced from 2016 to 2018, with A Revanche (The Rematch) in 2019.

5 memorable moments in which the judges Henrique Fogaça, Paola Carosella and Erick Jacquin had to give the cooks an unforgettable (but necessary) scolding! (2018 video with over 11 million views)


MasterChef España YouTube channel

over 664,000 subscribers

The junior MasterChef contestants dived into a 2000 litre chocolate pool (video uploaded in December 2015 ~ over 51 million views)

Chapuzón en una piscina de chocolate : En el tercer programa vivimos los momentos más emocionantes y divertidos de la temporada. ¡Una chocolatina de 2000 litros! Después de elaborar turrones y empanadillas dulces siguendo los consejos del maestro Paco Torreblanca, los aspirantes se bañaron en una piscina con 2.000 litros ~ Junior contestants bathed in a pool of 2000 litres of chocolate (2015 video with over 51 million views)


MasterChef Ecuador YouTube channel

over 102,000 subscribers

Vegetarian Box : Season 2 : A mystery box with vegetarian ingredients puts skills to the test with the creative challenge. The guest chef of the day is Denise Monroy. (video uploaded in December 2020 ~ over 32,000 views)

Vegetarian box (2020 video)


MasterChef Thailand YouTube channel

over 2.7 million subscribers

The most popular video : Auntie Aew shows her cooking skills (video uploaded in June 2017 ~ over 13.2 million views)

 “ป้าแอ๊ว” โชว์ฝีมือจนกรรมการทั้ง 3 ท่าน ต้องย้อนกลับไปกินขนมอีก (2017 video)


MasterChef Colombia YouTube channel

over 128,000 subscribers

Red Box episode : A mystery box where the products are all red. The winner of this test wins a MasterClass with Chef Mark Rausch. (video uploaded in December 2020 ~ over 107,000 views)

Red Box episode (2020 video)


MasterChef Greece YouTube channel

over 243,000 subscribers

The most popular video : The test that made the judges melt into laughter (uploaded in March 2020 ~ over 2.1 million views)

Η δοκιμασία που έκανε τους κριτές να… λιώσουν στα γέλια! : The test that made the judges melt into laughter (2020 video)
«Εν κουλί αυτό;» Το “Κράξιμο διαρκείας” του Χαράλαμπου στον Παντελή! (2019 video)

MasterChef Junior Greece YouTube channel

over 36,000 subscribers

Episode 25 in 2018 (video) Popi, Angelina, Katia, Konstantinos Ch., Konstantinos S. and Christos compete to win one of the 3 places in the grand final. MasterChef judge Leonidas Koutsopoulos visited the children again.


MasterChef Khmer YouTube channel

over 199,000 subscribers

The most popular video : Episode 1 in 2018 (video uploaded in August 2018 ~ over 1 million views)

គឺជាកម្មវិធីប្រកួតប្រជែងចំអិនម្ហូបលំដាប់ថា្នក់ពិភពលោកដែលមិនធ្លាប់មានពីមុនមកនៅស្រុកខ្មែរ !! (2018 video)


MasterChef Turkey YouTube channel

over 893,000 subscribers

In this video the contestants put all their efforts into making dishes to impress the world-famous chefs Mehmet Yalçınkaya, Somer Sivrioğlu and Danilo Zanna. This is most popular video on the Turkish Masterchef YouTube channel (uploaded in November 2018 ~ over 17 million views)

New Zealand MasterChef on YouTube

How to make Mexican cuisine…

The home cooks are given the challenge of creating a Mexican inspired dish, with Chef Jose Carlos de la Macorra as guest judge. (2019 video)

How to make a feast for a king…

The home cooks are split into four teams and given a team hangi challenge on Mokoia Island, where guest chef Rex Morgan joined the judges (2019 video)

more information about MasterChef NewZealand at Wikipedia


JUNiOR MasterChef

Top 10 Gordon Ramsay MasterChef Junior Moments (Season 6) This is a collection of the best moments from the season 6. These talented kids display their love for food and culinary competence, but not without the trials and tribulations that face the best of chefs. See how do they deal with this and keep their cool when the pressure runs high. Most chefs are incapable of satisfying Gordon Ramsay’s needs, but you’ll see some heartwarming instances where Gordon Ramsay actually enjoys the food from the junior chefs. (video uploaded in July 2018 ~ over 2.4 million views)

Top 10 Gordon Ramsay MasterChef Junior Moments (Season 6 / 2018 video)

See a full episode of MasterChef Junior Greece : Halloween episode / The Exit Test : Baker Emi Bourikou makes an unexpected visit to the kitchen and announces an unexpected culinary test. Tonia – Maria and Angelina, watch from the balcony, waiting to find out the names of the other 2 candidates, which bring an unexpected result and development. The second cooking test requires accurate copying of a dish by guest chef Vassilis Mouratidis. (video uploaded in November 2018 ~ over 1.7 million views)

Επεισόδιο 15 – Δοκιμασία αποχώρησης! (2018 full episode video)

Gordon Ramsay shows the juniors how to cook a perfect pan seared chicken breast on season 6 episode 2 [video currently unavailable]

Coming soon ! MasterChef Junior Junior as seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden (video uploaded in August 2017 ~ over 8 million views)…



BBC One MasterChef ~ ~ British Broadcasting Corporation ~ Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted title, with John Torode and Gregg Wallace. ~  Website main menu : Episodes | Clips | Palate Test Recipes | Finalists | Celebrities |  The Professionals

BBC Two MasterChef : The Professionals ~ The hunt for a chef who wants to make it to the top of the culinary World. The website section features episodes and clips, including; Introduction to Chef’s Table, Skills Test featuring Glazed Chicken Oysters and Pomme Puree, Perfect Poached Haddock and more. ~ on the official Fox website ~ on the official Fox website verified account of Fox TV, launched in 2010 ~ 0ver 4.1 million followers

Facebook/MasterChefWorld ~ verified account. See years worth of the best Masterchef moments, including the most exciting recipes, top cooking tips, the toughest challenges and winners’ stories from all over the world. Also includes Masterchef The Professionals, Masterchef Junior and Masterchef Celebrity. Note : This is the off air feed for MasterChef and not the UK TV show page. ~ The UK MasterChef website : Main menu : Apply | Video | Judges | Champions | About | MasterChef Store | Social media : | | | |

MasterChef Australia @ ~ One of the world’s most loved food and cooking shows. Website main menu : About | Episodes | Extras | Photos | Recipes | Trivia | Food Hub | Social ~ How to audition and apply to enter MasterChef on Fox. + Open Calls & Watch Episodes

MasterChef on ~ features : Format | Popularity and reception | international versions |

MasterChef Junior on ~ features : Format | Series overview | Specials | Development : casting & production | Season synopsis | Television ratings |

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