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MasterChef New Zealand


On the next MasterChef NZ

Coming up Wednesday February 10th at 7.30pm on TV ONE

The top 24 amateur cooks face three grueling challenges - a taste test, fish filleting and a Mystery Box cooking challenge - to find who will go through to the top 12.

Did you miss the premiere episode of MasterChef New Zealand? Watch it here for free!

The search for New Zealand's first ever MasterChef begins. 

Thousands of amateur cooks apply from right around the country, aged from 18 to 70, from students and young mums to golf pros and lawyers - all dreaming of making it big in the culinary world.

At stake is the MasterChef New Zealand title and over $100,000 worth of prizes, including a Toyota Prius i-tech hybrid car, state-of-the-art Izona appliances from Fisher and Paykel, a stunning range of kitchenware courtesy of Stevens and an exclusive cookbook deal with Random House.

At regional auditions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the MasterChef hopefuls face a formidable judging panel - three of New Zealand's top chefs, Simon Gault, Ross Burden and Ray McVinnie.

Each cook has one hour to prepare and present their signature dish, in the hope of impressing the judges with their cooking skills, knowledge and passion. 

Over 1000 applicants are competing to win a coveted MasterChef apron, their exclusive ticket to the next round.

But with only 24 aprons up for grabs, the competition is fierce and the heat is on.  Who will crack under the pressure, and who will rise to the challenge and make it through to Top 24?

About the show

New Zealand's amateur chefs are about to feel the heat of the professional kitchen.

They all want to have their own restaurant.

They all dream of being the next Marcel Biro or even the next Jamie Oliver.

But can they stand the inferno of MasterChef New Zealand?

The show will give budding chefs the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop their cooking skills, be mentored by the best, and ultimately make a change in their lives.

Initial rounds will see a large number of hopeful contestants from across New Zealand audition before the judges, to gain a place as a semi-finalist.

Contestants must be at least 18 years or over at the time of their audition, and their main source of income cannot come from preparing and cooking fresh food in a professional environment.

Semi-finalists will be required to compete in several challenges that test their food knowledge and preparation skills, to become a finalist.

Those lucky enough to make it to the finalist stage will be whittled down through a number of cooking challenges and eliminations, until a winning MasterChef is crowned for the first time.

Contestants are cooking for: A Toyota Prius i-tech: Valued at $64,000, Fisher And Paykel kitchen, a Stevens $5000 shopping spree and a book deal.