MasterChef Australia is a highly acclaimed cookery based game show, aired on Network Ten and produced by a company called Shine Australia. The show is based on a successful British television show MasterChef and has already completed six successful seasons, with the seventh one coming soon on the Australian television. The show airs six days a week, from Sunday to Friday, with each day featuring a different format in a competitive and entertaining environment. In addition to its six seasons, the show has also brought four spin off series, namely Celebrity MasterChef Australia, Junior MasterChef Australia, MasterChef Australia All Stars and MasterChef Australia: The Professionals. The show has been judged by top restaurateur and Chef Gary Mehigan, Chef George Calombaris and food critic Matt Preston. The first series of the show was hosted by journalist Sarah Wilson, who was later dropped for the subsequent seasons.
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Though MasterChef Australia is based on British MasterChef, it differs a bit from the format of the original show. The show invites cooking enthusiasts from all over Australia to participate, provided they are over 18 years of age and come from non professional background. Hundreds of contestants across the country audition before the three judges by presenting a dish prepared by them, out of whom 50 are budding talents are picked up for semi final berths. Out of these 50, 20 were picked up in the first season and 24 from the second season onwards to move ahead in the competition, with the selection made on the basis of cooking knowledge and food preparation in both, individual as well as team based tasks. After a challenging contest of several weeks, the final winner of MasterChef Australia is announced and he is awarded a grand prize of $ 250000, along with the opportunity to train from the best of professional chefs and also publish a cookbook of his own.
MasterChef Australia Series 1 Winner
Season 1 of MasterChef Australia was aired in 2009, staring from 27th April and the final winner being declared on 19th July. The show was hosted by journalist Sarah Wilson, while Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston. More than 7000 people auditioned in the season, which was won by IT office manager, Julie Goodwin, who defeated Poh Ling Yeow in the finale.
MasterChef Australia Series 2 Winner
The second season of MasterChef Australia was showcased in 2010, with its first episode aired 19th April, 2010 and ending on 25th July, 2010. Initially, all those contestants were held in season 1 of the series were called for participation in the contest. This season, the title was bagged by Adam Liaw, a 31 year old lawyer, who beat Callum Hann in the final of the series.
MasterChef Australia Series 3 Winner
MasterChef Australia returned with its third season on 1st May, 2011 till 7th August, this time a new judge Matt Moran joining the three original judges of the show. The show came back with huge applause, with more than 1.5 million viewers watching it. This time, a 36 year old mother Kate Bracks lifted the title, by beating Michael Weldon in the grand finale.
MasterChef Australia Series 4 Winner
Season 4 of MasterChef Australia premiered on 6th May, 2012 till 25th July on the Network Ten channel. This season, the title of MasterChef Australia went to Andy Allen, while Julia Taylor and Audra Morrice came on second and third places respectively.
MasterChef Australia Series 5 Winner
MasterChef Australia Season 5 was aired in 2013, starting on 2nd June and ending on 1st September. This season, the winner of the show was Emma Dean, who was followed by Lynton Tapp as the first runner up and Samira El Khafir as the second runner up.
MasterChef Australia Series 6 Winner
Season 6 of MasterChef Australia came on Network Ten in 2014, from 5th May to 28th July, with all the three regular judges of the show being joined by Kylie Kwong as a guest mentor. Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal also featured on the show for some challenges. This season, the show was won by Brent Owens and Laura Cassai took the second place.
MasterChef Australia Series 7 Winner 2015
After the huge success of the previous seasons of the show, it was announced by the Australian television channel Network Ten that the seventh season of MasterChef Australia will be aired on the channel in 2015, in which auditions were conducted in 2014. MasterChef Australia air date and time is May 5 at 7.30 on Channel Ten. The last day for submitting applications for auditions of MasterChef Australia Series 7 was 3rd August, 2014. The show would once again be judged by Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston, with these veteran judges testing the contestants on the basis of their cooking and presentation skills, in addition to their knowledge of taste and techniques. Billie McKay was the winner of season 7 2015, she defeats Georgia Barnes in the finale and won the title of MasterChef grand finale.
MasterChef Australia Series 8 Winner 2016
The MasterChef Australia 2016 season 8 was premiered on 1st May 2016 and ends on 26th July 2016. The show was won by Elena Duggan, she defeated Matt Sinclair in the grand finale and won the title.
MasterChef Australia Series 9 Winner 2017
The MasterChef Australia (series 9) was premiered on 1st May 2017. The judges of the show were George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston. The grand finale was aired on 24th July 2017. The show was won by Diana Chan, she defeated Ben Ungermann in finale round.
Besides these 9 season winners, the Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2009 was won by Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan, while Junior MasterChef Australia 2010 title was bagged by Isabella Bliss and Junior MasterChef Australia 2011 was lifted by Greta Yaxley. MasterChef Australia All Stars 2012 was a special edition of MasterChef, which was organized for charity and saw the return of contestants of the last three series of MasterChef Australia. The show was won by Callum Hunn, the runner up of MasterChef Australia Season 2. MasterChef Australia: The Professionals was aired in 2013 and had professional chefs participating and fighting with each other for the prestigious title.
Till now, MasterChef Australia has aired more than 400 episodes and been at the top of the television ratings, with huge fan following all over the country and the world. The show had once commanded as many as four million viewers, who had watched its grand finale. It has been acclaimed with the Most Popular Reality Program Award at the Logie Awards 2010. Additionally, judge Matt Preston has been honored with Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent for this show. Now, the seventh season of the show is being awaited to entertain the audience very soon.