Masterchef June 26-30

The king of gastronomy Heston Blumenthal returns to MasterChef Australia in what promises to be the biggest week ever.

In a world first, the top 10 contestants open four MasterChef Australia pop-ups in four days – all inspired and supervised by Heston. The theme of each pop-up reflects a different aspect of Heston’s persona and cooking influences. All four are located in exciting and unique spaces – definitely not traditional dining spaces.

Heston joins MasterChef Australia judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris at each of the pop-ups for the whole week to inspire, mentor and guide the contestants as they cook to win.

Across the week, the contestants will be cooking a two-course meal for 80 diners on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel; serving 500 customers savoury ice blocks at Melbourne’s iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes; creating a three-course chocolate dessert menu for 30 diners at a subterranean space at Melbourne University; and, to celebrate Heston’s love of history, preparing a four-course dinner at Melbourne’s historic Rippon Lea Estate.

It is no regular week, with just one elimination challenge looming on Thursday that will see one contestant leave the competition.

The massive week of Heston challenges wraps up at Melbourne’s Carousel, perched on the edge of Albert Park Lake, where the contestants join the judges and Heston for a very special MasterClass.