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Why does He­ston Blu­men­thal keep com­ing back for MasterChef Aus­tralia? The famed Bri­tish celebrity chef has ap­peared in the past eight sea­sons of the Chan­nel 10 cook­ing show.

It can’t just be be­cause Blu­men­thal wants to play another take-no-pris­on­ers ta­ble ten­nis tour­na­ment against judge Ge­orge Calom­baris, though that is one draw­card.

Re­ceiv­ing the World’s 50 Best Restau­rants Life Achieve­ment Award in Mel­bourne in March was another high­light.

In­stead, Blu­men­thal says he rel­ishes be­ing at the coal­face when the con­tes­tants have to dig deep to push through the show’s tough chal­lenges.

“Yes, it is bru­tal but they re­ally care for the well­be­ing of those con­tes­tants,” Blu­men­thal says. “The ones that get out (elim­i­nated) even af­ter the first round, have still had a life les­son that money can’t buy.”

This year, Blu­men­thal is on a road trip with Calom­baris, Matt Pre­ston and Gary Me­hi­gan, tak­ing in Swan Hill, Mil­dura, the Maribyrnong River and Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula.

Each chal­lenge, start­ing Sun­day, for the com­peti­tors re­volves around one of the four el­e­ments: earth, air, fire and wa­ter.

WATCH MASTERCHEF AUS­TRALIA, TEN, SUN­DAY TO THURS­DAY, 7.30PM

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