A DECADE OF DELIGHTS
THE countdown is on to the final days of another epic season of this cooking juggernaut, with just 13 contestants left standing by this stage. Beloved guest chef Maggie Beer set the teams a monumental challenge last night – creating 25 picnic baskets to feed 100 guests at the foot of the infamous Hanging Rock, in Victoria’s stunning Macedon Ranges (bravo, Tourism Victoria, more great promotion for the state). The losing team of six from that challenge face elimination over two rounds. Each contestant will have an hour to create a dish that heroes herbs from the always lush MasterChef HQ garden. The makers of the three least impressive dishes will then have to cook again for their survival: this time, featuring a spice in their next creation. I’ve loved this season for the standard of cooking and complexity of their cooking. A decade of this endlessly appealing series has gifted Australia with such incredible food knowledge, it’s now showing in the talents of those aspiring to take their cooking to another level. The other great discovery of this season has been Matt Sinclair, who has proved himself to be great TV talent but an empathetic and engaging mentor for contestants. They only have to look at his success with the Sunshine Coast’s hottest nosh spot Sum Yung Guys to know what’s possible if you use this show as the perfect platform.