Inside it’s a pressure cooker, but outside waves crash and the sun sparkles on the picturesque Burleigh Heads beach.
It’s time for a MasterChef elimination challenge and the setting is the popular Gold Coast restaurant of Rick Shores.
This week on the hit Network Ten cooking competition, Queensland is served up on a platter as the remaining 15 contestants stop by Brisbane, Laidley, Maleny, Noosa and Burleigh Heads.
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‘Brisvegas’ is the first stop, where contestants need to create a delicious dish using one or more of Queensland’s finest ingredients in a mystery box challenge.
Sunday night’s episode will also include a “food truck challenge” invention test where contestants must create two dishes inspired by a choice of seven different cuisines for hundreds of hungry locals.
Those who fail to impress will then go from the frying pan into the fire at one of Brisbane’s most-celebrated restaurants, Montrachet. To save themselves from elimination on Monday night, contestant will need to recreate one of the head chef’s signature dishes, but without a recipe.
From there the show heads north into the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny for an immunity challenge, before a barbecue feast team challenge at Noosa Beach.
Then it’s time for the Gold Coast to shine with an elimination challenge at Rick Shores, where the first round is a MasterChef skills test.
In the second round contestants will need to prep and cook a delicious seafood platter that must include at least one raw, one fried, one steamed item, as well as two dressings or sauces.
Spicers Hidden Vale, near Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, is the final Queensland destination where the contestants are treated to a MasterClass by the judges alongside Homage restaurant’s Ash Martin.