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.