This year the show begins with a Top Fifty and ejects five on the first night. The Top 24 will be announced on Sunday April 25.
Across episodes varying in length from 30 – 90 minutes, get ready for beef wellington, quail and gnocchi, a mystery box, Luke Nguyen, Neil Perry, and lasagne with a twist.
7:30pm Monday 19th (90 mins)
They applied in their thousands from all across Australia. But just fifty would-be chefs were chosen to come to Sydney with their common dream still intact: To be Australia’s next MasterChef. Their first challenge? To take on the good old Aussie BBQ.
Tuesday 20th (90 mins)
Tonight the remaining forty five contestants need to put their signature dish on the plate. The top six contestants will then attempt the perfect beef wellington in a pressure test, which will see two of these six sail straight through to the Top 24.
Wednesday 21st (60 mins)
Competing in teams of two, the contestants are sent out to the Hawkesbury River region to source their own fresh produce. Under time constraints they must make one main dish and a dessert. Three teams will be eliminated by the end of this challenge.
Thursday 22nd (90 mins)
Two further challenges are up for the remaining thirty-eight contestants and ten places in the Top 24 are at stake. A culinary rapid fire bootcamp is first up, followed by a complicated quail and gnocchi offering by celebrity guest chef Matt Moran.
Friday 23rd (90 mins)
The remaining contestants get a welcome reprieve from challenges & are rewarded with a chance to learn from two of the best in MasterChef Australia’s first masterclass of the season. The perfect steak is on tonight’s menu along with George’s Greek Salad.
7:30pm Sunday 25th (90 mins)
Tonight the remaining Top 50 contestants are desperate for a place in the Top 24 but a mystery box challenge and a Neil Perry signature dish stand in their way. After these two gruelling challenges, emotions run high as the Top 24 finalists are announced.
Monday 26th (60 mins)
The Top 24 contestants arrive in Sydney and barely have time to settle into their plush pad before they hit the ground running. An invention test is their first challenge and they must recreate their fondest childhood food memory for the judges.
Tuesday 27th (30 mins)
Acclaimed chef and owner of Sydney restaurant ‘Red Lantern’, Luke Nguyen is tonight’s celebrity chef. With a Vietnamese heritage, he has a complicated Asian dish in store for the MasterChef contestant. Can the celebrity chef be beaten at his own game?
Wednesday 28th (90 mins)
The contestants are split into red and blue teams for the first off site challenge of the series. The two teams of twelve are tasked with running their own respective Italian restaurants. From choosing the menu to cooking the dishes it’s a huge challenge.
Thursday 29th (30 mins)
The judges reveal the results from last night’s challenge, and while the winning team are safe, the losing team face the first elimination.
Fri 30th (90 mins)
The judges share their own food memories in tonight’s MasterClass. A good old English Sunday Roast is Gary’s dish of the day while George cooks up lasagne with a twist.
Altogether now: “Cause you’re hot then you’re cold, You’re yes then you’re no, You’re in then you’re out….”