It’s the highlight of every MasterChef Australia series: the international trip. The remaining eight contestants find themselves winging their way to Dubai, with two lucky contestants winning a special trip to Paris in World Food Week.
Sunday, August 11, 7.30pm
Welcome to Dubai. In four teams of two, the contestants will face a challenge that sees them shop in the local souk and then travel to the desert to prepare, cook and serve a banquet to 36 VIP Emirati guests. With each team given a local core ingredient, they will be mentored by guest chef and Middle Eastern cuisine expert Greg Malouf. The winning team will be granted a prize like no other – first-class tickets to Paris for a guided walking tour hosted by the one and only Matt Preston. For the losers, they go into tomorrow’s elimination challenge.
Monday, August 12, 7.30pm
Today the six losing contestants from yesterday’s challenge face elimination. Taking over the Ossiano kitchen at Atlantis The Palms hotel, they must prepare dinner for 50 VIP Atlantis guests joined by Ossiano Vice President Mark Patten. They will each be responsible for one dish: an entrée, main or dessert. The creator of the worst dish of the day will be eliminated.
Tuesday, August 13, 7.30pm
We’re back in Melbourne as World Food Week continues on MasterChef Australia. Today the contestants are split into two teams and must prepare a lunchtime menu for city-based office workers composed of dishes from either Mexico or China. The orders are phoned in and then each team have to make the deliveries on foot. The worst-performing team goes i to tomorrow’s elimination challenge.
Wednesday, August 14, 7.30pm
The contestants facing elimination return to the MasterChef Australia kitchen tonight and have the world at their fingertips. As the contestants enter the room they find themselves standing in front of the Qantas World Map of Food. In a two-round battle, the contestants must cook from various regions of the world. For one, they must pack their bags and leave the competition.
Thursday, August 15, 7.30pm
Tonight in a special MasterClass we discover Paris, Matt Preston style. The two lucky contestants who won Sunday night’s challenge are flown first class to the city of love, where Matt shows them some of his favourite foodie haunts and they learn some culinary tricks from real Parisian masters. Back in Melbourne, our worldly judges conduct our regular MasterClass celebrating French cuisine and Parisian delicacies.