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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 13:

Auditions, Day 1
Episode 1: Auditions, Day 1 (Apr 19, 2021)
The best home cooks from around the country will face challenge after challenge to see who will rise to the top and take home the coveted title of Australia's next MasterChef.
Auditions, Day 2
Episode 2: Auditions, Day 2 (Apr 20, 2021)
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.
Emelia Jackson Mystery Box
Episode 3: Emelia Jackson Mystery Box (Apr 21, 2021)
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.
Chicken Or The Egg?
Episode 4: Chicken Or The Egg? (Apr 22, 2021)
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.
Superstars Week - Nigella Lawason
Episode 5: Superstars Week - Nigella Lawason (Apr 25, 2021)
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.
Superstars Week - Yotam Ottolenghi
Episode 6: Superstars Week - Yotam Ottolenghi (Apr 26, 2021)
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.
Superstars Week - Massimo Bottura (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 7: Superstars Week - Massimo Bottura (Elimination Challenge) (Apr 27, 2021)
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.
Superstars Week - Clare Smyth (Mystery Box)
Episode 8: Superstars Week - Clare Smyth (Mystery Box) (Apr 28, 2021)
Clare Smyth reveals the dish that has inspired her choice of mystery box ingredients. Contestants must create a sweet or savoury dish using the ingredients that Clare has chosen for the mystery box.
Superstars Week - Heston Blumenthal (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 9: Superstars Week - Heston Blumenthal (Immunity Challenge) (Apr 29, 2021)
Heston Blumenthal sets an immunity challenge in which contestants must use a popular breakfast ingredient to create a delicious dessert.
Poh, Callum & Reynold (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 10: Poh, Callum & Reynold (Elimination Challenge) (May 02, 2021)
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.
Least & Most Comfortable (Team Challenge)
Episode 11: Least & Most Comfortable (Team Challenge) (May 03, 2021)
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.
Sweet & Savoury Tart (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 12: Sweet & Savoury Tart (Elimination Challenge) (May 04, 2021)
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.
Staples (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 13: Staples (Immunity Challenge) (May 05, 2021)
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.
Choose Your Ingredient & Masterclass
Episode 14: Choose Your Ingredient & Masterclass (May 06, 2021)
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.
That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 15: That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles (Elimination Challenge) (May 09, 2021)
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.
Meet The Masters
Episode 16: Meet The Masters (May 10, 2021)
It's Meet the Masters Week. This opportunity gives the contestants up-close insights into the skills of the best culinary masters in Australia.
Pressure Test
Episode 17: Pressure Test (May 11, 2021)
The least impressive team from the master team challenge must cook off in this pressure test.
Mystery Box
Episode 18: Mystery Box (May 12, 2021)
The contestants enter the kitchen ready to take on the mystery box challenge set by a Michelin-starred chef.
Cooking With Fire (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 19: Cooking With Fire (Immunity Challenge) (May 13, 2021)
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.
Meet The Masters (Elimination)
Episode 20: Meet The Masters (Elimination) (May 16, 2021)
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.
Service Brigade - Tonka (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 21: Service Brigade - Tonka (Immunity Challenge) (May 17, 2021)
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.
Service Challenge - Movida (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 22: Service Challenge - Movida (Immunity Challenge) (May 18, 2021)
This challenge is all about the ingredients. Each team must feature the same ingredient in each course
Service Challenge - (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 23: Service Challenge - (Immunity Challenge) (May 19, 2021)
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.
Service Challenge - (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 24: Service Challenge - (Immunity Challenge) (May 20, 2021)
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.
Team Challenge
Episode 25: Team Challenge (May 23, 2021)
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.
Vegetable Challenge
Episode 26: Vegetable Challenge (May 24, 2021)
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.
Pressure Test
Episode 27: Pressure Test (May 25, 2021)
In this pressure test, it's a fight to stay in the competition and four contestants must re-create a dish without ever seeing it.
11 Utensils
Episode 28: 11 Utensils (May 26, 2021)
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.
Hot Chillies! (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 29: Hot Chillies! (Immunity Challenge) (May 27, 2021)
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.
Game ID (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 30: Game ID (Elimination Challenge) (May 30, 2021)
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.
Second Chance Week
Episode 31: Second Chance Week (May 31, 2021)
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.
Second Chance Week (Pressure Test)
Episode 32: Second Chance Week (Pressure Test) (Jun 01, 2021)
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.
Clear Or Hidden (Mystery Box Challenge)
Episode 33: Clear Or Hidden (Mystery Box Challenge) (Jun 02, 2021)
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.
It's A Knockout
Episode 34: It's A Knockout (Jun 03, 2021)
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.
Murray Cod (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 35: Murray Cod (Elimination Challenge) (Jun 06, 2021)
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.
Pair Up With Crayfish
Episode 36: Pair Up With Crayfish (Jun 07, 2021)
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.
Vego (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 37: Vego (Elimination Challenge) (Jun 08, 2021)
The four contestants cooking in this elimination challenge discover they will be cooking a vegetarian dish, with all ingredients harvested fresh from Dairy Flat Farm in Daylesford.
Melbourne Inspiration (Mystery Box)
Episode 38: Melbourne Inspiration (Mystery Box) (Jun 09, 2021)
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.
Kate Reid Pastry
Episode 39: Kate Reid Pastry (Jun 10, 2021)
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.
90 Minute Cook Time (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 40: 90 Minute Cook Time (Elimination Challenge) (Jun 13, 2021)
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.
Home Delivery (Team Challenge)
Episode 41: Home Delivery (Team Challenge) (Jun 14, 2021)
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.
Khanh Nguyen's Pork Wellington
Episode 42: Khanh Nguyen's Pork Wellington (Jun 15, 2021)
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.
4 Ingredient Barter (Mystery Box)
Episode 43: 4 Ingredient Barter (Mystery Box) (Jun 16, 2021)
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.
The Top Four (Immunity Challenge)
Episode 44: The Top Four (Immunity Challenge) (Jun 17, 2021)
The top four cooks from the latest mystery box challenge battle it out for immunity and a guaranteed spot in the top 10.
Nu Nu Ingredient ID (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 45: Nu Nu Ingredient ID (Elimination Challenge) (Jun 20, 2021)
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.
Three Blue Ducks (Service Challenge)
Episode 46: Three Blue Ducks (Service Challenge) (Jun 21, 2021)
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.
Darren Purchese (Pressure Test)
Episode 47: Darren Purchese (Pressure Test) (Jun 22, 2021)
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.
Family Messages
Episode 48: Family Messages (Jun 23, 2021)
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.
Keep Up With Curtis & Masterclass
Episode 49: Keep Up With Curtis & Masterclass (Jun 24, 2021)
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.
Black Mystery Box or Black Gloche? (Double Elimination)
Episode 50: Black Mystery Box or Black Gloche? (Double Elimination) (Jun 27, 2021)
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.
Uluru
Episode 51: Uluru (Jun 28, 2021)
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.
Simpson's Gap (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 52: Simpson's Gap (Elimination Challenge) (Jun 29, 2021)
The team arrive at Simpson's Gap and judges reveal the contestants must create a dish using a variety of foraged bush foods. The contestant with the least impressive dish will be sent home.
All 7 Ingredients! (Mystery Box Challenge)
Episode 53: All 7 Ingredients! (Mystery Box Challenge) (Jun 30, 2021)
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.
The Cloche Challenge
Episode 54: The Cloche Challenge (Jul 01, 2021)
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.
Fast Food & Fancy Food (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 55: Fast Food & Fancy Food (Elimination Challenge) (Jul 04, 2021)
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.
Society (Service & Elimination Challenge)
Episode 56: Society (Service & Elimination Challenge) (Jul 05, 2021)
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.
Vue Du Monde - Bottlebrush (Pressure Test)
Episode 57: Vue Du Monde - Bottlebrush (Pressure Test) (Jul 06, 2021)
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.
Finalists (Advantage Challenge)
Episode 58: Finalists (Advantage Challenge) (Jul 07, 2021)
The finalists enter the MasterChef kitchen to discover the day's advantage challenge, which will see the winner cooking in the Finale.
Semi-Final
Episode 59: Semi-Final (Jul 11, 2021)
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.
Grand Finale (Part 1)
Episode 60: Grand Finale (Part 1) (Jul 12, 2021)
It’s here, the MasterChef Australia 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.
Grand Finale (Part 2)
Episode 61: Grand Finale (Part 2) (Jul 13, 2021)
It’s day two of the epic MasterChef Australia 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.

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