Next week Masterchef has a huge week planned.
MasterChef Australia is about to get even bigger as the competition shifts to the sunny shores of California to present an exciting week of episodes.
The top seven contestants will be encouraged to dream big as they cook their way through the Golden State, visiting San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and San Diego thanks to our partners Visit California and Qantas.
Bountiful fresh produce, innovative local chefs and ethnic influences have long inspired California’s famed culinary offerings and renowned wine regions, which will be on show during the episodes, along with the state’s awe-inspiring landscape.
Joining the MasterChef Australia judges across the week are some of the most respected chefs in the US. Two-starred Michelin chef and recently voted World’s Best Female Chef, Dominique Crenn, will challenge the contestants with a pressure test like no other as they try to replicate two signature dishes from her restaurant, Atelier Crenn.
Wine maker Phillippe Bascaules and head chef Alex Lovick from the Napa Valley’s Inglenook Estate will showcase the region’s beautiful produce with a challenge that will see one contestant fast-tracked into Finals Week.
Food truck aficionado and chef from Guerilla Tacos, Wes Avila, will inspire and mentor the contestants as they take over two food trucks to feed 200 customers with the iconic Santa Monica Pier in the background.
Plus, our very own Curtis Stone opens the doors of his LA restaurant, Maude, where three contestants will battle it out to stay in the competition.
California Week will wrap up at the historic Hotel del Coronado, right by San Diego’s pristine beach, as guest chef and Cali-Baja cuisine expert Javier Plascencia joins Matt, George and Gary for a very special MasterClass.
Masterchef Australia airs 7:30pm Sunday -Thursday on Ten