The highly anticipated 10th season of MasterChef Australia has returned bigger and bolder than ever, boasting the best batch of amateur chefs, set to deliver the most surprising cooking the competition has ever seen.
Searching the far corners of the country for Australia’s best home cooks, MasterChef Australia judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris will relish their chance to mentor these brave, confident and fearless home cooks, one of whom is destined to become Australia’s next MasterChef.
In what promises to be the most surprising season ever, the Top 24 contestants will take part in some of the biggest challenges and deliver some of the finest dishes ever seen.
This year is touting surprises galore and some mad challenges, with a nail-biting challenge featuring the legendary Melbourne Football Club, a challenge in the hills of the Dandenong Ranges, and a week exploring picturesque South Australia, with challenges among the vines of the Barossa Valley and in the hustle and bustle of Adelaide’s CBD.
For an incredibly lucky group of contestants there will be a challenge they will never expect, cooking in Darwin for His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. With insight from Charles’ wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, this is what dreams are made of as the contestants make a push towards Finals Week.
Some of Australia’s and the world’s best chefs are set to challenge the Top 24 contestants, including Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone, Adriano Zumbo, Darren Purchese, Kirsten Tibballs and domestic goddess Nigella Lawson. For the first time, internationally renowned Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay will enter the kitchen.
Keep your eyes peeled for Kristen Sheffield and Sashi Cheliah – the South Australian contestants!
Kristen is OG from South Africa and says she loves the challenge and pressure of her work, but her passion lands in the kitchen when she arrives home. An avid MasterChef Australia fan, Kristen says her own cooking ability has grown each year with the show.
Sashi hails from our neighbour, Singapore, and was introduced to food at a young age through his mother’s café. Sashi’s strongest memories are of his aunties and mother cooking meals for the growing family. Sashi hopes MasterChef Australia will help kickstart his restaurant dream: a warm venue featuring authentic Malaysian food presented with local South Australian wines.
The winner of MasterChef Australia will walk away with a life-changing experience, the title of Australia’s MasterChef 2018, $250,000 and a monthly column in Australia’s leading premium food magazine, Delicious.
Get set to see some inspiring cooking as the contestants fine-tune their skills, compete under pressure, meet some of their culinary idols and face some of the biggest challenges of their lives in their new home – the MasterChef Australia kitchen.
Please find attached an introduction to the MasterChef Australia Class of 2018.