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MasterChef Australia (2009)

MasterChef Australia is a Logie Award-winning Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. It 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. Journalist Sarah Wilson hosted the first series, however her role was dropped at the end of the series.

Release Date: Mon, Apr 27, 2009

Country: AU
Language: En
Runtime: 75

Andy Allen
Himself - Judge & Host
Jock Zonfrillo
Himself - Judge & Host
Melissa Leong
Herself - Judge & Host

Season 12:

Immunity Pin Challenge: Finale-worthy Dish
Episode 1: Immunity Pin Challenge: Finale-worthy Dish (Apr 13, 2020)
The highly anticipated cooking show is back for an incredible 12th season, with a tasty new recipe - and cooking legend Gordon Ramsay will be in the kitchen the ENTIRE first week!Returning to the MasterChef kitchen are 24 much-loved and respected former contestants, Although these familiar faces from the past 11 seasons have forged incredible careers in the food industry, they all have some unfinished business - they are back to win.
Service Challenge: Ginger, Potatoes and Black Garlic
Episode 2: Service Challenge: Ginger, Potatoes and Black Garlic (Apr 14, 2020)
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.
Team Challenge: Round Robin Relay
Episode 3: Team Challenge: Round Robin Relay (Apr 15, 2020)
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.
Immunity Challenge: Keeping Up with Gordon
Episode 4: Immunity Challenge: Keeping Up with Gordon (Apr 16, 2020)
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.
Elimination Challenge: Gordon's Gift
Episode 5: Elimination Challenge: Gordon's Gift (Apr 20, 2020)
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.
Team Challenge: Ultimate Barbecue
Episode 6: Team Challenge: Ultimate Barbecue (Apr 21, 2020)
Today the contestants compete in the ultimate BBQ challenge, cooking for a staggering 1200 people.The team who least impresses, will find themselves cooking in tomorrow's pressure test.
Pressure Test: Jock Zonfrillo
Episode 7: Pressure Test: Jock Zonfrillo (Apr 22, 2020)
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.
Mystery Box Challenge: Melissa Leong
Episode 8: Mystery Box Challenge: Melissa Leong (Apr 23, 2020)
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.
Immunity Challenge: Taste Test & MasterClass 1
Episode 9: Immunity Challenge: Taste Test & MasterClass 1 (Apr 23, 2020)
The five contestants with the most impressive dishes from yesterday's challenge find themselves back in the kitchen ready to cook off in an immunity challenge. Plus, MasterClass with Andy and Jock.
Elimination Challenge: Judges' Pantry
Episode 10: Elimination Challenge: Judges' Pantry (Apr 26, 2020)
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.
Team Challenge: Three-round Cook-off
Episode 11: Team Challenge: Three-round Cook-off (Apr 27, 2020)
The contestants are split into three teams of seven and compete in a three-round cook-off. After the third round, the bottom six contestants are revealed and will cook off in the next episode's pressure test.
Pressure Test: Own Recipe
Episode 12: Pressure Test: Own Recipe (Apr 28, 2020)
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.
Mystery Box Challenge: Barter
Episode 13: Mystery Box Challenge: Barter (Apr 29, 2020)
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.
Immunity Challenge: Time Auction
Episode 14: Immunity Challenge: Time Auction (Apr 30, 2020)
Today's immunity challenge with Curtis Stone sees four contestants compete in a MasterChef time auction. The more time they spend on buying ingredients, the less time they have to cook.
Elimination Challenge: Texture
Episode 15: Elimination Challenge: Texture (May 03, 2020)
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.
Team Challenge: Thai Ute
Episode 16: Team Challenge: Thai Ute (May 04, 2020)
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.
Pressure Test: Helly Raichura
Episode 17: Pressure Test: Helly Raichura (May 05, 2020)
Helly Raichura, of Enter Via Laundry, bases this taste test on her popular dish, 'pasta not pasta'. Contestants who guess the least ingredients correctly must replicate the dish in a challenge.
Mystery Box Challenge: Backyard Fruit and Vegetables
Episode 18: Mystery Box Challenge: Backyard Fruit and Vegetables (May 06, 2020)
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.
Immunity Challenge: Sushi Train
Episode 19: Immunity Challenge: Sushi Train (May 07, 2020)
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.
Elimination Challenge: Take Away
Episode 20: Elimination Challenge: Take Away (May 10, 2020)
In today'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.
Double Twists
Episode 21: Double Twists (May 11, 2020)
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. Tonight two twists really stir the pot.
Pressure Test: Darren Purchese
Episode 22: Pressure Test: Darren Purchese (May 12, 2020)
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.
Mystery Box Challenge
Episode 23: Mystery Box Challenge (May 13, 2020)
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.
Immunity Challenge: Hot 'N' Cold
Episode 24: Immunity Challenge: Hot 'N' Cold (May 14, 2020)
Katy Perry guest judges a very special Hot 'N' Cold challenge to honour the iconic MasterChef theme song. The contestant with the best dish will find themselves safe from the elimination.
Elimination Cook-Off Challenge
Episode 25: Elimination Cook-Off Challenge (May 17, 2020)
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.
Sweet or Savoury Service Challenge
Episode 26: Sweet or Savoury Service Challenge (May 18, 2020)
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.
Peter Gunn's Black Box Elimination
Episode 27: Peter Gunn's Black Box Elimination (May 19, 2020)
Contestants must replicate chef Peter Gunn's 'Black Box' from his restaurant Ides. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be going home.
Vegan Mystery Box
Episode 28: Vegan Mystery Box (May 20, 2020)
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.
Instant Noodle Immunity Challenge
Episode 29: Instant Noodle Immunity Challenge (May 21, 2020)
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.
Kingfish Elimination Challenge
Episode 30: Kingfish Elimination Challenge (May 24, 2020)
Josh Niland of The Fish Butchery breaks down a kingfish for each of the contestants to choose a cut to cook with. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be going home.
Two Dish Relay Challenge
Episode 31: Two Dish Relay Challenge (May 25, 2020)
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.
Kirsten Tibballs' Meljito Dessert Pressure Test
Episode 32: Kirsten Tibballs' Meljito Dessert Pressure Test (May 26, 2020)
Queen of chocolate and guest chef Kirsten Tibballs reveals that, for the pressure test, the contestants must create her wow-factor dessert the meljito.
Family Photo Mystery Box
Episode 33: Family Photo Mystery Box (May 27, 2020)
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 photo.
Fairytale Immunity Challenge
Episode 34: Fairytale Immunity Challenge (May 28, 2020)
Contestants must create a dish inspired by one of seven classic fairytales. With an open pantry and garden, the contestant with the best dish and the strongest concept will win immunity.
Ice cream Elimination Challenge
Episode 35: Ice cream Elimination Challenge (May 31, 2020)
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.
Citrus Challenge
Episode 36: Citrus Challenge (Jun 01, 2020)
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.
Coskun Uysal's Meat/Protein Dessert Pressure Test
Episode 37: Coskun Uysal's Meat/Protein Dessert Pressure Test (Jun 02, 2020)
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.
Mystery Box Challenge: Lottery
Episode 38: Mystery Box Challenge: Lottery (Jun 03, 2020)
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.
Highest Score Immunity Challenge
Episode 39: Highest Score Immunity Challenge (Jun 04, 2020)
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.
The Aussie Pressure Test
Episode 40: The Aussie Pressure Test (Jun 07, 2020)
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.
Teams Of Two Communication Challenge
Episode 41: Teams Of Two Communication Challenge (Jun 08, 2020)
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.
Benjamin Cooper Jungle CurryPressure Test
Episode 42: Benjamin Cooper Jungle CurryPressure Test (Jun 09, 2020)
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.
Smokin' Mystery Box
Episode 43: Smokin' Mystery Box (Jun 10, 2020)
Today's 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. The top four will cook in tomorrow's immunity challenge.
Episode 44
Episode 44: Episode 44 (Jun 11, 2020)
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.
Atlas Elimination Challenge
Episode 45: Atlas Elimination Challenge (Jun 14, 2020)
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.
The Golden Mystery Box
Episode 46: The Golden Mystery Box (Jun 15, 2020)
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.
5 Minute Ingredient Immunity Challenge
Episode 47: 5 Minute Ingredient Immunity Challenge (Jun 16, 2020)
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.
Blind Taste Test Elimination
Episode 48: Blind Taste Test Elimination (Jun 21, 2020)
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.
Mystery Box Challenge: The Everything Box
Episode 49: Mystery Box Challenge: The Everything Box (Jun 22, 2020)
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.
Immunity Challenge
Episode 50: Immunity Challenge (Jun 23, 2020)
Three heavy hitters of the competition go head-to-head. Who will make top six?
Elimination Challenge - Top 6
Episode 51: Elimination Challenge - Top 6 (Jun 28, 2020)
In this episode's elimination, contestants are challenged to cook a classic dish. Could this be Reynold's final cook in the kitchen?
Colour Inspired Mystery Box
Episode 52: Colour Inspired Mystery Box (Jun 29, 2020)
Today'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?
Immunity Challenge
Episode 53: Immunity Challenge (Jun 30, 2020)
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.
Elimination Challenge - Top 5
Episode 54: Elimination Challenge - Top 5 (Jul 05, 2020)
Phil Wood, from two of Victoria's finest restaurants, reveals that round one is a pressure test. Contestants have 75 minutes to replicate his dish: potatoes duchess with shiitake mushrooms and cauliflower.
Mystery Box
Episode 55: Mystery Box (Jul 06, 2020)
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.
Immunity Challenge
Episode 56: Immunity Challenge (Jul 07, 2020)
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.
Mammoth Elimination Challenge
Episode 57: Mammoth Elimination Challenge (Jul 12, 2020)
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.
Episode 58
Episode 58: Episode 58 (Jul 13, 2020)
The contestants discover today's mystery box, covered in a Union Jack flag, has been set by guest chef Gordon Ramsay. Who's first into Grand Finale Week?
Ordinary or Extraordinary Elimination Challenge
Episode 59: Ordinary or Extraordinary Elimination Challenge (Jul 14, 2020)
In this elimination challenge, contestants must choose to use either ingredients from an ordinary pantry or an extraordinary pantry.
SemiFinal - Three Becomes Two
Episode 60: SemiFinal - Three Becomes Two (Jul 19, 2020)
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.
Episode 61
Episode 61: Episode 61 (Jul 20, 2020)
After a long culinary journey the two finalists are competing for a $250,000 cash prize and the title of MasterChef Australia 2020.

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