MasterChef New Zealand

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For the current series, see MasterChef New Zealand (series 5).
MasterChef New Zealand
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Genre Reality television
Cooking show
Format MasterChef
Judges Ray McVinnie
Simon Gault
Josh Emett (Series 2-present)
Ross Burden (Series 1)
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 60
Running time 30-90 minutes per episode
Original channel TV ONE
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 3 February 2010 – present
External links
Production website

MasterChef New Zealand is a New Zealand competitive reality television cooking show based on the original British version of Masterchef. The first episode aired on 3 February 2010 at 7:30pm on TV ONE. The show currently features judges Ray McVinnie,[1] Josh Emett[2] and Simon Gault.[3]

The series is similar to the format of MasterChef Australia whereby contestants compete in weekly elimination challenges, including team challenges. The major difference is the New Zealand series only has two episodes per week (excluding Masterclass) compared to Australia's five per week.

The first series was won by Brett McGregor, over runner-up Kelly Young, in the grand finale which was screened on 28 April 2010.[4] Nadia Lim won the second series, beating runner-up Jax Hamilton in the finale. The third series was won by Chelsea Winter, who beat runner-up Ana Schwarz in the finale.


At the beginning of the series, a large number of hopeful contestants from across New Zealand individually audition by presenting a dish of their choosing to the judges in order to gain one of the 24 places. Entrants must be aged 18 or over, and must be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident, or holder of a New Zealand residence class visa. They cannot hold a formal catering qualification gained in the last ten years, cannot have worked in a professional or semi-professional kitchen (if the work was only part-time or for education, then only in the past 15 years), and cannot have been convicted of a serious crime (subject to the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004).[5]

Series summary[edit]

To date, four series have been broadcast, as summarised below.

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Chef judges
One 3 February 2010 28 April 2010 Brett McGregor Kelly Young Simon Gault
Ross Burden
Ray McVinnie
Two 20 February 2011 15 May 2011 Nadia Lim Jax Hamilton Simon Gault
Ray McVinnie
Josh Emett
Three 21 February 2012 12 June 2012 Chelsea Winter Ana Schwarz
Four 10 February 2013 2 June 2013 Aaron Brunet Paula Saengthian-ngam
Five 2 February 2014 4 May 2014 Karena & Kasey Bird Bec Stanley & Jaimie Stodler

Series 1[edit]

Series 2[edit]

The second series of MasterChef New Zealand was filmed in September 2010 and started airing on 20 February 2011.[6] Series 2 saw the induction of Josh Emett to the judging panel, replacing series one judge Ross Burden. Jax Hamilton and Nadia Lim competed in the grand finale, which was screened on 15 May 2011. Nadia became New Zealand's second MasterChef, by beating Jax 88 points to 75.[7]

Series 3[edit]

MasterChef New Zealand was renewed for a third series. Filming started November 2011. The series is due to start 21 February 2012. This series the number of Contestants have changed from 12 in the first two series to 16. Also increasing the number of episode from 12-13 to 16-17. The winner was Chelsea Winter who beat runner-up Ana Schwarz 77 points to 72.

Series 4[edit]

The fourth series of MasterChef New Zealand returned on 21 February 2013, with chefs Simon Gault, Ray McVinnie, Josh Emett again acting as the series judges.

Series 5[edit]

The fifth series of MasterChef New Zealand returned on 2 February 2014, with chefs Simon Gault, Ray McVinnie, Josh Emett again acting as the series judges.


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