Returning for its eighth season, MasterChef Australia will this year take the best of what has been before and combine it with more big name international guest chefs, bright new talent and exciting challenges to create a truly remarkable series
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MasterChef 2019 Grand Finale 11x61
It's been months of nail-biting challenges, but there can only be one winner to walk away with the life-changing title of Australia's MasterChef 2019.
Pressure Test: Peter Gilmore's White Coral 11x60
This semifinal is a pressure test set by acclaimed Quay executive chef Peter Gilmore. The three contestants who do the most impressive job recreating the dish will earn their spot in the grand finale.
Elimination Challenge: Asian, Farmhouse, or Sweet & MasterClass 5 11x59
By the end of the episode, five will become four as the trophy beckons. In a special MasterClass, contestants set their very own mystery box challenge for the judges and Curtis Stone.
Service Challenge: The Press Club 11x58
Contestants are cooking at Press Club, the brainchild of judge George Calombaris. With the Press Club announcing it will soon close, the top five take to the kitchen to prepare one of the final meals.
Top 5 Advantage Challenge: Cook Whatever You Want 11x57
Our top five are battling to win an advantage for the next challenge, which could secure them a spot in the semifinal. Contestants can cook whatever they want and decide how much time is on the clock.
Pressure Test: Ashley Palmer-Watts's Lamington Cake 11x56
The chef director behind Dinner by Heston in Melbourne and London, Ashley Palmer-Watts, sets a lamington-themed pressure test. One contestant will be sent home with only days remaining in the competition.
Mystery Box Challenge: Loved One's Choice & Invention Test: Judges' Choice 11x55
Each contestant has an ingredient chosen for them by a loved one, with a note explaining their choice. Later, the judges select an ingredient for each contestant to cook with in the invention test.
Pressure Test: Two Dishes by Santiago Fernandez & MasterClass 4 11x54
This pressure test is set by Santiago Fernandez and it's a doozy. The stakes are high and the least impressive cook will be sent home. Plus, catch a masterclass showing off delicious recipes.
Team Challenge: Three-Course Menu at Leeuwin Estate Safari Club 11x53
This episode's setting is the beautiful Leeuwin Estate Safari Club in Margaret River. Guided by head chef Dan Gedge, our contestants will battle it out in a team challenge.
Fast Track to Finals Week: Swan Valley 11x52
The winners from the previous two days now cook for an opportunity to fast-track themselves into Finals Week. Round two comes down to the wire as contestants are hungry for the win.
Service Challenge: Five-Course Degustation at Wildflower 11x51
At Wildflower Restaurant in Perth, contestants will cook a five-course degustation featuring an ingredient that chef Matt Sartori has selected.
Mystery Box Challenge: Best of the West & Invention Test: Surf and Turf 2.0 11x50
The remaining contestants fly to Western Australia for a mystery box challenge and later an invention test, using all the great produce WA has to offer.
Elimination Challenge: Time Auction 11x49
This episode is the return of the time auction where contestants bid for ingredients with time rather than money. The more time they spend buying ingredients, the less time they have to cook.
Team Challenge: Four-Course Vegetarian Meal Aboard the Q Train 11x48
Aboard the Q Train travelling restaurant our contestants, in teams, must prepare a vegetarian course using oyster mushrooms, baby zucchini, eggplant or figs. The bottom two teams face elimination.
Immunity Challenge: Adam D'Sylva 11x47
All contestants will cook with the same ingredient but in a different style. The winner of round one will be cooking against renowned chef Adam D'Sylva for the illustrious immunity pin.
Pressure Test: Kirsten Tibballs's Apple Pie 11x46
Champion chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs is in the MasterChef kitchen for this episode's pressure test. Three contestants from the previous invention test must recreate Kirsten's apple pie. Who will be going home?
Mystery Box Challenge: Deja Vu & Invention Test: A Moment in Time 11x45
This episode's mystery box involves some deja vu and later, in the invention test, contestants have 60 minutes to create a dish that takes the judges to a moment in time that evokes a particular memory.
Elimination Challenge: Reducing Food Waste 11x44
The top 10 are joined by the world's top chef Massimo Bottura and asked to cook with ingredients that are very close to Massimo's heart: ones that are frequently disposed of.
Team Challenge: Four-Course Meal with Australia's Best Ingredients 11x43
The contestants must cook a four-course meal for the Best Diners In The World while showcasing the Best Ingredients In The Country. Little do they know, the diners are their loved ones.
Immunity Challenge: Phil Wood 11x42
The three winners of the challenges must create a dish featuring Beluga caviar. The best dish will see its maker compete for an immunity pin against Pt Leo Estate chef Phil Wood.
Jock Zonfrillo's Favourite Indigenous Ingredients 11x41
This episode's challenge has been set by special guest Jock Zonfrillo from Restaurant Orana. Contestants must create dishes that showcase one of his favourite native ingredients.
Mystery Box Challenge: Best-selling Ingredients & Invention Test: Best-loved Ingredients 11x40
This episode's mystery box holds some of the best-selling ingredients from Coles and along with these, contestants must cook with some of Australia's favourite ingredients: Vegemite, tomato sauce or Milo.
Elimination Challenge: Natural Sweeteners 11x39
In a very challenging cook, the contestants must make a sweet dish without using refined sugar.
Team Challenge: Identical Dishes 11x38
The team challenge requires contestants to create a delicious, sweet dish that is identical in look, texture and flavour to their teammate's dish. Communication is key.
Immunity Challenge: Alice Wright 11x37
Sweet Week continues with an immunity ice cream challenge. In round two, the best cook will go up against chef Alice Wright.
Pressure Test: Kate Reid's Black Forest Lune Croissant 11x36
In a surprise twist, our bottom three contestants from the cereal invention test have been thrown straight into a pressure test. Aprons on: it's time to cook a unique creation by Kate Reid.
Mystery Box Challenge: Heston Blumenthal & Invention Test: Cereal 11x35
Kicking off Sweet Week, molecular master Heston Blumenthal enters the kitchen with a mystery box for the contestants.
Elimination Challenge: Herbs and Spices 11x34
Maggie Beer is back for the elimination challenge which will take place over two rounds. In round one, the contestants must celebrate herbs from the garden. In round two, they must feature spices.
Team Challenge: Picnic at Hanging Rock with Maggie Beer 11x33
Contestants find themselves in the Macedon Ranges for this team challenge: a picnic at Hanging Rock. What will be a surprise is who is the guest chef - none other than the beloved Maggie Beer.
Immunity Challenge: Jesse McTavish 11x32
Contestants awake with letter containing special instructions for round one of the immunity cook. The winner will cook off against chef Jesse McTavish from North Bondi Fish.
Pressure Test: Pick a Cloche 11x31
Three contestants will face the chopping block in an elimination challenge with a surprise twist.
Mystery Box Challenge: The Everything Box & Invention Test: Whole Ingredient 11x30
It is the dreaded Everything Box, where contestants must use every one of the eight ingredients. They will have to be extra creative if they want to win a place in the next immunity challenge.
Elimination Challenge: Seafood Skills Test & MasterClass 3 11x29
In this episode's elimination, contestants undergo a skills test followed by a seafood platter challenge including raw, fried and steamed elements. MasterClass with judges and Homage restaurant's Ash Martin.
Team Challenge: Barbecue Feast at Noosa Surf Club 11x28
The Queensland trip continues and the teams must cook a barbecue feast to serve 150 Noosa locals. The team that serves the least impressive feast will go into the next elimination.
Immunity Challenge: Ben Williamson 11x27
In round one, contestants must prepare a sweet or savoury dish with one of Queensland's finest ingredients - ginger. The winner will cook off against chef Ben Williamson for an immunity pin.
Pressure Test: Shannon Kellam's Chocolate de Passion 11x26
Contestants must re-create one of Shannon Kellam's signature dishes, but without a recipe. The contestant who re-creates the dish least like Shannon's will be going home.
Mystery Box Challenge: Queensland Produce & Team Challenge: Food Trucks 11x25
This episode's mystery box challenge has contestants creating dishes using Queensland's finest ingredients. The judges will taste the five most appealing dishes and the winner will head into an immunity challenge.
Elimination Challenge: Blind Taste Test 11x24
Secrets Week closes with the previous episode's losing team facing a blindfolded taste test. The first five to guess incorrectly have a 60-minute open pantry cook, but one last secret will ruffle some feathers.
Team Challenge - Secret Weapons 11x23
Each team is allocated a 'secret weapon' and must create a four-course Italian meal for 40 diners. Whichever team serves the least impressive meal will go into the next pressure test.
Immunity Challenge - Sauce, Secrets and Citrus 11x22
These immunity rounds involve sauce, secrets and citrus. A contestant will face off against an established chef that will be kept secret from everyone, including the judges, until the very end.
Pressure Test: Leno Lattarulo's Paella 11x21
Three contestants face a pressure test and will cook a paella based on an award-winning dish by Leno Lattarulo from Melbourne's Simply Spanish. Simple, right? Wrong. It is Secrets Week, after all.
Mystery Box Challenge: Dumplings & Invention Test: Share Your Secret 11x20
It's Secrets Week, and, after a quick workshop with Din Tai Fung's Edward Yulianto, our cooks must create a tasty dumpling dish and later invent a dish that incorporates a secret. Shh.
Elimination Challenge: Deli Item Identification 11x19
Legends week continues as Yotam Ottolenghi hosts a deli item challenge. The first three contestants to incorrectly name a deli item must cook to stay in the competition. Who will be heading home?
Team Challenge: Street Food at HWKR 11x18
Joined by Yotam Ottolenghi, our contestants are cooking street food for 360 people. Each team must hero a different cuisine, and the least impressive team will be sent into the next elimination.
Immunity Challenge: Donovan Cooke 11x17
Matt Sinclair mentors the Immunity cook which uses only equipment from a typical office kitchen. Best dish enters Round 2, where they will compete against culinary legend Donovan Cooke.
Pressure Test: Clare Smyth's Pear and Lemon Verbena Vacherin 11x16
This episode's Pressure Test has contestants recreating a dessert from culinary legend Clare Smyth. During four hours of preparation time, there are tears and even a dish that collapses before the judges' eyes.
Mystery Box Challenge: Rick Stein & Invention Test: Fish and Potatoes 11x15
It's Legends Week and our cooks have to create a dish using Rick Stein's Mystery Box. Later, a fish and potatoes themed Invention Test determines who will face the Immunity Challenge and Pressure Test.
Elimination Challenge: Condiment Identification & MasterClass 2 11x14
The bottom team from the previous challenge are presented with an array of condiments they must identify correctly. The first five to guess incorrectly head into an elimination cook. Plus, a Masterclass with Nigella.
Team Challenge: Historical Menus 11x13
Contestants are at the State Library of Victoria and given historical menus from two state dinners to inspire a three-course meal. The team who create the least impressive menu will head into the next elimination.
Immunity Challenge: Coskun Uysal 11x12
The four best cooks from the mystery box challenge must cook one dish that celebrates custard. The best dish advances to compete against Coskun Uysal, renowned for his restaurant Tulum in Melbourne.
Pressure Test: Nigella's Roast Chicken 11x11
It's pressure test time for the losing team from the previous challenge. The contestants have 90 minutes to cook Nigella's infamous roast chicken with two sides and gravy. Who will fail to impress and be sent home?
Mystery Box Challenge: Nigella Lawson & Invention Test: Relay 11x10
It's Nigella Week. MasterChef favourite Nigella Lawson sets the mystery box ingredients. Whoever cooks the best dish heads into immunity, but the rest must compete in a relay invention test.
Elimination Challenge: Favourite and Least Favourite Ingredients & MasterClass 1 11x09
Round 1, cook with either your favourite or least favourite ingredient. Those who produce the bottom four dishes face Round 2 with their remaining ingredient. Masterclass with George, Poh and more faves.
Team Challenge: Briagolong Drought Feast 11x08
Contestants cook outside of the kitchen for the first time. Their challenge is to create a feast for volunteers, truckies, farmers and their families impacted by drought in Briagolong.
Immunity Challenge: Max Sharrad 11x07
The winners of the mystery box and invention test face the immunity challenge. History is made when the judges choose who will cook against Young Chef of the Year, Max Sharrad.
Pressure Test: Darren Purchese's Bombe Alaska 11x06
Those that failed to impress in the previous episode are facing the dreaded pressure test. Our cooks are charged with recreating a Darren Purchese dessert, and whoever doesn't impress the judges will be going home.
Mystery Box Challenge: Judges' Favorites & Black Mystery Box 11x05
It's mystery box time and our cooks must create a delicious dish using at least one of the elected ingredients. Next up is the black mystery box, but this time, whoever cooks the worst dish is going home.
Immunity Challenge: Curtis Stone 11x04
It's the end of the first week in the kitchen and the winners from the previous challenge will cook for an immunity pin. But it won't be easy: they'll be cooking against chef Curtis Stone.
Top 24: Desert Island Dish 11x03
The pantry is open, there's 75 minutes on the clock, and the contestants are asked to cook the dish they'd cook every day for the rest of their lives if they found themselves on a desert island.
Auditions Day 2 11x02
It's day two of auditions and 13 contestants return for a second chance to show the judges they deserve to be in the top 24. With 18 aprons given away yesterday, just six aprons are up for grabs.
Auditions Day 1 11x01
Each hopeful cook has 60 minutes to produce their dish. If the judges like the dish, they're through to the next stage. If not, sadly, they're heading home.