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THE 66-episode MasterChef Malaysia, in Ba­hasa Malaysia, pre­mieres next Satur­day on Oct 22 on Astro Ria (Ch 104). The se­ries is be­ing recorded at a spe­cially-built stu­dio kitchen at Bukit Ri­mau, Shah Alam in Se­lan­gor. A con­sul­tant from Shine In­ter­na­tional, dis­trib­u­tors of MasterChef, has been over­see­ing the record­ing of the pro­gramme here.

The for­mat of the show is sim­i­lar to MasterChef Aus­tralia where con­tes­tants have to un­dergo a se­ries of dif­fer­ent chal­lenges ev­ery week. In the seg­ment Mys­tery Box & In­ven­tion Test, con­tes­tants are given the same box of ingredients and must cre­ate a dish us­ing only those ingredients. In Pres­sure Test, the bot­tom three from the pre­vi­ous night’s chal­lenge are given a recipe for a par­tic­u­lar dish they are to em­u­late within an al­lo­cated time.

In Celebrity Chef Chal­lenge, the win­ner of Mys­tery Box & In­ven­tion Test must pre­pare a lo­cal celebrity chef’s sig­na­ture dish. In Off­site Chal­lenge, con­tes­tants are di­vided into two groups and as­signed to dif­fer­ent tasks rang­ing from pre­par­ing for a ban­quet to a wed­ding din­ner. In Elim­i­na­tion, the weak­est con­tes­tant from the los­ing team of Off­site Chal­lenge will be elim­i­nated. In Mas­ter­class, judges run a culi­nary class for the re­main­ing con­tes­tants, which usu­ally re­lates to some of the pre­vi­ous weeks chal­lenges. The judges show how some other dishes could have been made, or work again on one of the con­tes­tants’ dishes and in­cor­po­rate tips on how to im­prove it.

Astro Vice Pres­i­dent Khairul An­war Salleh said: “This joint ef­fort is a great col­lab­o­ra­tion in pro­mot­ing this pro­gramme to Malaysian view­ers who come from dif­fer­ent back­grounds. Af­ter watch­ing for­eign culi­nary tal­ents from the United States, Bri­tain and Aus­tralia, it is time to fea­ture Malaysians and their culi­nary prow­ess.”

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