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MasterChef Australia
MasterChef Australia Logo & Wordmark.svg
Created by Franc Roddam
Presented by Sarah Wilson (2009)
Gary Mehigan
George Calombaris
Matt Preston
Matt Moran (2011)
Judges Gary Mehigan
George Calombaris
Matt Preston
Matt Moran (Recurring, 2010-2012)
Marco Pierre White (Recurring, 2014-present)
Heston Blumenthal (Recurring, 2014 & 2016)
Nigella Lawson (Recurring, 2016)
Narrated by Nicholas McKay (2009–12)
Graeme Stone (2013)
Lofty Fulton (2014-)
Opening theme "Hot n Cold", by Katy Perry
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons Masterchef:
No. of episodes Masterchef:
Location(s) 13 Doody Street, Alexandria, New South Wales (2009–2012)
Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington, Victoria (2013–)
Running time 30–120 minutes per episode
Production company(s) FremantleMedia Australia (2009–2011)
Shine Australia (2012–)
Original network Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (2016- )
Audio format Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 27 April 2009 – present
External links

MasterChef Australia is a Logie Award-winning Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. It is produced by Shine Australia and screens on Network Ten. Restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan, chef George Calombaris and food critic Matt Preston serve as the show's main judges.[1] Journalist Sarah Wilson hosted the first series, however her role was dropped at the end of the series.[2]

The first episode aired on 27 April 2009, and the series one finale was broadcast on 19 July 2009.[3][4] The first winner of MasterChef Australia was Julie Goodwin, a 38-year-old I.T. office manager.[4] The second series of MasterChef Australia premiered on 19 April 2010.[5] The second series aired through the week at 7.30 pm, half an hour later than the original timeslot of the first series. The winner of the 2010 series of MasterChef was Adam Liaw, who won by a seven-point margin over his opponent Callum Hann.[6] The third series of MasterChef Australia went to air in 2011. The series was won by Kate Bracks, who defeated Michael Weldon in the series final.[7] The fourth series premiered on 6 May 2012, and was won by Andy Allen, who defeated Julia Taylor.[8] In 2013, the fifth series winner was Emma Dean.[9] The sixth series aired on 5 May 2014, and was won by Brent Owens, who defeated Laura Cassai.[10] The seventh series premiered on 5 May 2015, and was won by Billie McKay who defeated Georgia Barnes.[11] The eighth series premiered on 1 May 2016, and was won by Elena Duggan who defeated Matt Sinclair in the series finale.

The series has also spawned four spin-off series: Celebrity MasterChef Australia, which featured celebrity contestants,[12] Junior MasterChef Australia, which featured younger contestants,[13] MasterChef Australia All-Stars, which featured returning contestants from the first three series,[14] and MasterChef Australia: The Professionals, which features professional chefs as contestants.[15] These spin-off shows will not be on air in 2014, after the producers of the show announced that they wanted to solely focus on the original version.[16]

From 2009 to 2012 the series was primarily shot in a studio located in Alexandria, New South Wales. From 2013, production for the show shifted to the Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington, Victoria.[17]


MasterChef Australia has a different format to that of the original British MasterChef and MasterChef Goes Large formats. Initial rounds consist of a large number of hopeful contestants from across Australia individually "auditioning" by presenting a food dish before the three judges in order to gain one of 50 semi-final places. Entrants must be over 18 years old whose main source of income cannot come from preparing and cooking fresh food in a professional environment.[18]

The semi-finalists then compete in several challenges which test their food knowledge and preparation skills. In Season 1, the top 50 competed until 20 were left, with the final 20 progressing to the main stage of the show. From Season 2, 24 contestants progress. The contestants will then be whittled down through a number of individual and team-based cooking challenges and weekly elimination rounds until a winning MasterChef is crowned. The winner plays for a prize that includes chef training from leading professional chefs, the chance to have their own cookbook published, and A$250,000 in cash.


MasterChef Australia airs five nights a week from Sunday to Thursday. Each night features a different episode format, however some episodes modify the format slightly. The typical episode formats are as follows:

Sunday is the Challenge night. From series 3, it can range from a variety of challenges, including a Mystery Box, where each contestant is given the same box of ingredients and are to create a dish using only those ingredients. These dishes are then tasted, and a winner chosen. There can also be an Invention Test, where contestants have to invent a dish relevant to a theme using a core ingredient. There can also be Off-Site Challenges and Team Challenges, which often involve cooking for large numbers of people. The top three contestants who made the best dishes are selected by the judges, from which a winner is chosen to compete in the Immunity Challenge. After this the bottom three are revealed, who will face off in an elimination challenge the next night. In the first two series, it would always consist of a Mystery Box, where the winner was able to choose the core ingredient for the Invention Test.

Monday episodes feature the Pressure Test. The bottom three from the previous night's challenge are given a recipe for a particular dish they are to emulate in an allocated time. Once completed they are taken in to the judges to be tasted, before all three contestants are seated in front of the judges for critiquing. The judges then eliminate the contestant out of the three that performed least adequately in the test.

Tuesday episodes feature the Immunity Challenge, where the winner of the Sunday challenge competes against a guest, which can vary from a chef, apprentice, or to a home cook in a cook off. The contestant is given the choice of two pantries of ingredients they can use, usually contrasting such as "Black" and "White". The contestant gets a head start to complete the dish before their opponent starts cooking and after the allotted time for both is finished, the dishes are presented to the judges for tasting and scoring out of ten. The judges are not aware which dish was made by which person, however. If the contestant's dish's score is equal to or higher than that of the guest, they are crowned the winner of the challenge. In the first series they are given a free pass to the finals week of the competition and can go home. From series 2 onwards, they receive a pin that allows them to save themselves from one future elimination.

Wednesday features a Team Challenge. The contestants are split into teams and are given a task, and a set amount of time to complete the challenge. Tasks have included presenting a three course meal to a celebrity guest, running a restaurant for an evening or catering an event such as a birthday party or wedding. Once completed and judged the teams are given the results, which can be determined by which team the judges think did the best, or receiving the most votes or making the most money by the people the teams had to cook for, with members of the losing team facing an elimination the next night. The winning team safe from elimination receives a reward (for example lunch at a top restaurant).

Thursday is another Elimination. The two worst performing contestants from the losing team in the team challenge compete against each other in a head to head challenge to determine who will be eliminated. The loser of the challenge is then eliminated. On some occasions, all members of the losing team will be selected to compete as individuals in the elimination challenge. In the first series, a different elimination process was used. The contestants from the losing team were to vote for a contestant that they each feel did not perform to their best and may have cost them the challenge. After voting the team is called in together to announce the results of the vote, with the contestant with the most votes being eliminated from the competition. If the previous challenge was an individual challenge, the bottom two contestants competed in a head to head taste test where one contestant at a time named one ingredient of a particular dish or sauce, and the first person to name an incorrect ingredient is eliminated.

Friday is the MasterClass. Here, judges George, Gary and Matt run a masterclass for the remaining contestants, which usually call back to some of the challenges from the previous week. For example, they may revisit the Mystery Box challenge and demonstrate some other dishes that could have been made or redo one of the contestants' dishes to give tips on how it could have been improved. Since series 6, MasterClass now airs rarely on Thursday following the elimination show.

Hosts and judges[edit]

Main Series[edit]

Timeline of hosts, judges and other personnel
Starring Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Gary Mehigan Judge Host & Judge
George Calombaris Judge Host & Judge
Matt Preston Judge Host & Judge
Shannon Bennett Guest Mentor
Sarah Wilson Host
Matt Moran Judge
Kylie Kwong Guest Mentor
Marco Pierre White Guest Mentor

Spin-off Series[edit]

Timeline of hosts, judges and other personnel
Starring Seasons
C J1 J2 A-S TP
Gary Mehigan Host & Judge
George Calombaris Host & Judge
Matt Preston Judge Host & Judge Host & Judge
Anna Gare Judge
Matt Moran Judge
Marco Pierre White Host & Judge


Main Series[edit]

Series Contestant Occupation Date Won
One Julie Goodwin Office manager 19 July 2009
Two Adam Liaw Lawyer 25 July 2010
Three Kate Bracks Homemaker 7 August 2011
Four Andy Allen Apprentice electrician 25 July 2012
Five Emma Dean Town planner 1 September 2013
Six Brent Owens Bobcat driver 28 July 2014
Seven Billie McKay Restaurant manager 27 July 2015
Eight Elena Duggan School teacher 26 July 2016

Spin-Off Series[edit]

Season Contestant Occupation Date Won
C Eamon Sullivan Olympic Swimmer 25 November 2009
J1 Isabella Bliss School Student 15 November 2010
J2 Greta Yaxley 23 November 2011
A-S Callum Hann Uni Student 12 August 2012
TP Rhys Badcock Cruise Liner Chef 17 March 2013

Series synopsis[edit]

Series 1: 2009[edit]

The first series of MasterChef Australia was broadcast between 27 April 2009 and 19 July 2009. Applications for contestants closed on 8 January 2009, with subsequent auditions held in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Over 7000 people auditioned for the show.

The Top 50 portion of the series was filmed at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney. From the Top 20 onwards, filming was moved to a studio on Doody Street in Alexandria, Sydney.[19][20] The series one finale was filmed on 2 July 2009, two and a half weeks before its actual television broadcast.[21]

The winner was I.T. office manager Julie Goodwin, who defeated Poh Ling Yeow.

Series 2: 2010[edit]

The second series of MasterChef Australia premiered on 19 April 2010, with the initial call for contestants held in mid-2009.

Other changes to Season 2 include not showing the initial auditions, with the series beginning instead with the Top 50 which were filmed at a Redfern Train Works building in Sydney, and having a Top 24 instead of a Top 20.[22] Also, unlike Season 1, the last 45 minutes of the finale were broadcast live.

The winner was 31-year-old lawyer Adam Liaw who defeated Callum Hann.

Series 3: 2011[edit]

On 4 July 2010, Network Ten confirmed the return of MasterChef with new judge Matt Moran joining the original judges for series 3.[23]

The series premiere aired on 1 May 2011. It was watched by 1.511 million viewers.[24]

The winner was 36-year-old mother, Kate Bracks, who defeated Michael Weldon in the grand final.[7]

Series 4: 2012[edit]

MasterChef Australia premiered Sunday 6 May on Network Ten. Regular judges, chefs George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan and food critic Matt Preston, returned for Season 4.

Andy Allen defeated Julia Taylor.[8] Audra Morrice came in third place.

Series 5: 2013[edit]

Network Ten confirmed in August 2012 that they have commissioned a fifth series for 2013. The program was filmed at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale, Victoria. Emma Dean won, with Lynton Tapp as the runner-up and Samira El Khafir finishing in third place.

Series 6: 2014[edit]

Network Ten confirmed in August 2013 that they had recommissioned the show for another series, which aired in 2014. The program was once again filmed in Ascot Vale, Victoria at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. In addition to the return of all three judges, Kylie Kwong was a regular guest mentor who appeared during the immunity challenges.[25] Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White joined the show for a full week of challenges.[26]

Brent Owens was the winner, with Laura Cassai taking second place.

Series 7: 2015[edit]

The seventh season premiered on 5 May 2015. It was won by Ballina restaurant manager Billie McKay. Georgia Barnes took second place.

This season marked the return in stronger ratings for MasterChef Australia, with a series average of nearly 1.2 million metropolitan viewers. The finale (winner announced) was the highest rating non-sport TV event of 2015, with 2.2 million viewers (in metropolitan consolidated numbers).

This series also attracted praise and critical acclaim from TV critics and writers, as well as many media personalities and much of the viewers.

Series 8: 2016[edit]

The eighth season premiered on 1 May 2016.[27] It was won by Elena Duggan on 26 July 2016.

Spin-off editions[edit]

Celebrity MasterChef Australia: 2009[edit]

Celebrity MasterChef Australia, a spin-off featuring celebrities as contestants began production in early September 2009, and aired for ten weeks starting from 30 September 2009.[12] The celebrity version, which features a heats and semi-finals format similar to MasterChef Goes Large, is based around weekly episodes.[12][28]

Presenter Sarah Wilson did not return to present the show. Ten states that she was dropped because "the appropriate role for Sarah was not achievable without dramatically changing the format".,[2] but Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston returned as judges, Calombaris and Mehigan took Wilson's presenting role.[29] It was won by Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan, who took home $50,000 for charity Swim Survive Stay Alive.

In February 2010, executive producer Mark Fennessy stated that he doubted the spin-off will return for a second series.[30]

Junior MasterChef Australia[edit]

Series 1: 2010[edit]

Production of a junior version of the show was initially suggested in October 2009.[13] The first series of the show, featuring 8- to 12-year-old contestants, was filmed after the second series of MasterChef Australia. Junior MasterChef Australia is produced by Shine Australia.[31]

The series final was won by 12-year-old Isabella Bliss from Queensland.[32]

Series 2: 2011[edit]

Ten confirmed a second series of the spin-off in their 2011 line-up. The winner was Greta Yaxley.

MasterChef Australia All-Stars: 2012[edit]

Ten began broadcast of a special all-stars version of the show on 26 July 2012 that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics. It featured a number of returning contestants from the first three series, including series 1 and 3 winners Julie Goodwin and Kate Bracks, who revisited past challenges in order to raise money for charity.[14]

It was won by series 2 runner-up Callum Hann, who ultimately raised $20,000 for Cancer Council Australia.

MasterChef Australia: The Professionals: 2013[edit]

A spin-off based the original BBC MasterChef: The Professionals series began airing on 20 January 2013.[15] It featured 18 professional chefs competing against each other as opposed to amateur cooks. Matt Preston and chef Marco Pierre White hosted the spin-off.[33]



The one-hour series premiere of MasterChef Australia attracted an average of 1.42 million viewers, making it the most watched show in its timeslot.[34] Ratings steadily grew throughout the first series, with the show dominating Australian ratings as it entered finals week, averaging around or above 2 million viewers an episode, and on daily rankings placing ahead of other high rating shows such as the Seven Network's Packed to the Rafters and Nine's Rugby League State of Origin broadcast.[35][36] Its success is despite initial belief from critics that the series would be a dud based on the performance of previous prime time cooking shows, as well as general cynicism against a new reality show format.[37][38]

The first series finale of MasterChef Australia attracted an average of 3,745,000 viewers, and peaked at 4.11 million viewers. This figure was for the last half hour of the show, titled MasterChef Australia: The Winner Announced, while the first 90 minutes of the finale averaged 3,313,000 viewers. The figure also eclipsed the show's previous high, set on the last elimination episode, of 2.36 million viewers and also surpassed the previous high for a non-sporting event (Australian Idol's 2004 finale, which averaged in 3.35 million) since OzTAM ratings started in 2001. It is currently the 4th highest rating television program in Australia since 2001, behind the 2005 Australian Open final between Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin, and the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final. Ten's share for the night was 41.3%, almost 20% ahead of its nearest rival.[39] The first series finale was the most watched television program of 2009.[40]

The highly anticipated second series premiere of the show attracted 1.69 million viewers, peaking at 2.11 million nationwide.[41] In general, the second series rated higher on average compared to the first series, with weekday episodes seeing a 35% increase in viewers by the midpoint of the series.[42] The last half hour of the second series final attracted 3,962,000 viewers and 3,542,000 during the rest of the final out rating the series 1 final to become the 3rd highest rating show of all time.

Based on the amount of viewers and the nightly ratings, Season 5 of Masterchef was considered the worst season, with the finale being ranked only the 5th most viewed television show that night, compared to every other season of Masterchef ranking #1. It is also the only season of the show to have under 1 million viewers of the finale, and it has received the lowest nightly rankings with several episodes below the top 20 in terms of most viewed shows. In total there were only half the amount of viewers from Season 4. As a result of the show's poor audience response Network Ten cancelled all spin-off versions of Masterchef Australia (including: Junior Masterchef and Masterchef: The Professionals as well as live events such as Masterchef Live and Masterchef Dining) in order to focus on "a new, fresh version in 2014 that will appeal to the loyal MasterChef fans as well as new viewers" according to Ten's chief programming officer, Beverley McGarvey.[43][44]

Main Season Ratings[edit]

Season Premiere date Finale date Episodes Premiere
Rank Finale ratings
(Grand final)
Rank Finale ratings
(Winner announced)
1 27 April 2009 19 July 2009 72 1.428 #7 3.313 #2 3.745 #1
2 19 April 2010 25 July 2010 84 1.695 #1 3.542 #2 3.962 #1
3 1 May 2011 7 August 2011 86 1.569 #1 2.334 #2 2.740 #1
4 6 May 2012 25 July 2012 70 1.368 #4 1.888 #2 2.191 #1
5 2 June 2013 1 September 2013 65 1.100 #8 0.921 #8 1.057 #5
6 5 May 2014 28 July 2014 60 0.874 #10 1.654 #2 1.703 #1
7 5 May 2015 27 July 2015 62 1.231 #1 1.840 #2 2.133 #1
8 1 May 2016 26 July 2016 63 1.012 #4 1.711 #2 1.875 #1

Spinoff Series Ratings[edit]

Series Premiere date Finale date Episodes Premiere
Rank Finale ratings
(Grand final)
Rank Finale ratings
(Winner announced)
Rank Series Average
Celebrity 30 September 2009 25 November 2009 10 1.363 #2 1.297 #1 N/A 1.187
Junior 1 12 September 2010 15 November 2010 17 2.202 #1 1.532 #2 1.853 #1 1.313
Junior 2 25 September 2011 23 November 2011 20 1.129 #5 0.934 #10 0.911 #12 0.844
All-Stars 25 July 2012 19 August 2012 19 1.256 #1 0.802 #11 1.050 #7 0.807
The Professionals 20 January 2013 17 March 2013 25 1.165 #3 0.980 #11 1.022 #9 0.886
Overall average 91 1.423 #2 1.109 #7 1.209 #7 1.007

Critical and popular reception[edit]

Despite success in the ratings, the series initially received mixed reviews from some viewers, with fans of the original British version describing the Australian show to be incomparable to that version in terms of quality, structure, judgement and skill of the contestant.[45] Other commentators have also criticised the show for using a competition format similar to other reality shows such as Australian Idol, The Biggest Loser and Project Runway Australia that focuses more on the elimination of contestants than the food and cooking itself.[46][47] Ten's programming chief David Mott admitted that using the new format was "a huge risk",[37] while FremantleMedia's Paul Franklin has asserted that "for a commercial audience we needed to pump it up and make it bigger, a little over the top, with more drama and storytelling and a sense of theatre".[21] Since Series 5 (2012) however, when the show began filming in Melbourne, rather than Sydney, the producers changed the original format during the qualifying round for the top 24 to one similar to MasterChef USA; the remainder of the show however stuck more or less to the original Australian format though.

Despite these harsh views, it is still popular amongst many others who have praised the balance of entertainment, skill and overall presentation which is more fun-loving in its (Australian) attitude in comparison with the original British format. The show has been described as "an antidote for cynicism" and a reflection of multicultural Australia,[38] while the show's success has been attributed to audiences "uncomfortable with the win-at-all-cost mould of reality shows of old" and a shift in values in the face of the recent financial crisis.[48] As is noted in Australian MasterChef's premier episode of Season 4, since Australian MasterChef premiered in 2009 (the first MasterChef series outside of the UK (est. 1990), it has been such a success that France, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, New Zealand, India, Peru, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Norway, the USA and many other countries have all followed Australia's lead and formed their own series of the show in their respective countries; this in itself reveals the popularity of the Australian show from an international audience's perspective compared to that of the British version.

Cooking schools have reported an increase in enrolments due to the success of the series,[49] while kitchenware retailers and upmarket restaurants have also seen increased trade. Supermarkets and specialty food retailers have reported increased demand from the public for more unusual ingredients, such as quail, custard apple and squab, after such were featured on the program.[50] The success of the show led Ten to explore possible spin-offs such as the celebrity and junior versions, as well as one featuring professional chefs as contestants.[12] The success of the show has also led competing networks to commission their own competitive cooking programs, such as Seven's My Kitchen Rules and Nine's The Great Aussie Cook-Off after the first series of the Australian version,[51] with reports that both networks were planning more copycat shows to air in late 2010 and early 2011.

MasterChef Australia won the award for Most Popular Reality Program at the 2010 Logie Awards. In addition, Matt Preston won the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent for his work on the program.[52]


Allegations of vote rigging[edit]

Significant numbers of viewers have raised allegations that the voting on the series one finale of MasterChef was fraudulent after Julie Goodwin won the crown. After the airing of the finale talkback radio became inundated with calls, both for and against the verdict, and the finale also became a top trending topic on social networking site Twitter, where many users said they felt "deflated" and "ripped off" by the final episode of the hit show.[53][54] Similar allegations were raised when contestants were eliminated throughout the series.[55]

Judge Matt Preston has denied that eliminations were rigged or the result of a popularity contest,[55] and asserted that Julie had won the title because she was the better cook on the night.[53] Goodwin herself has also asserted that her victory was not the result of rigging, insisting that the professional integrity of the three judges would be damaged if it were.[56]

Welfare of former contestants[edit]

During their time playing MasterChef, the contestants are paid a retainer of $500 a week. This is slightly below the national Australian minimum wage of $589.30 and less than half the average wage of $1,291.34. However, contestants have their accommodation provided for the duration of their time in the competition, meaning they live rent-free. These facts were revealed in 2011 along with the knowledge that most contestants quit their jobs before entering the competition and faced seeking re-employment once eliminated from the show.[57]

International syndications[edit]

The network in bold also broadcasts their own version of MasterChef.

Country Network Dubbed or subtitled? Current broadcaster?
Afghanistan STAR World Subtitled in Dari No
Arab League Fox Series Dubbed
STAR World
Bangladesh STAR World India Subtitled in English
Belgium één Subtitled in Dutch
Vitaya Yes
Bhutan STAR World India Subtitled in English No
Brazil Travel & Living Channel Dubbed
Burma STAR World Subtitled
Canada Casa Dubbed in French Yes
Croatia Nova TV Subtitled No
Denmark TV3 Puls
Finland Jim
Greece Mega Channel
Hong Kong Lifetime Subtitled in Chinese
India STAR World India Subtitled in English Yes
Indonesia B-Channel Subtitled No
Ireland Good Food
Israel Channel 2 Subtitled in Hebrew
Italy Gambero Rosso Dubbed
cielo (TV channel) Dubbed Yes
Sky Uno Dubbed Yes
Macau Lifetime Subtitled in Cantonese No
Malaysia Subtitled in Malay & Chinese Yes
Nepal STAR World India Subtitled in English No
New Zealand TVNZ 1 Yes
Prime No
Norway TV3 Subtitled Yes
Pakistan STAR World
Subtitled in English
Subtitled in Arabic
Poland TLC Polish lector Yes
Portugal SIC Mulher Subtitled Yes
Singapore Lifetime Subtitled in Chinese Upcoming?
MediaCorp Channel 5
South Africa M-Net Yes
Sri Lanka Maxx Rtv Subtitled in English
Sweden TLC Subtitled
Taiwan STAR World No
The Netherlands Net 5 Yes
United Kingdom Good Food
Vietnam STAR World Upcoming
VTV6 (Junior version) Dubbed in Vietnamese Yes

Print publications[edit]

Official MasterChef Cookbook Volume 1[edit]

The Official MasterChef Cookbook Volume 1 was published by Random House Australia in December 2009. It contains recipes from the series 1 Top 20 contestants and top Australian and international chefs: Martin Boetz, Donovan Cooke, Pete Evans, Manu Feildel, Guy Grossi, Alex Herbert, Matt Moran and Andrew Honeysett, Ben O'Donoghue, Adrian Richardson, Frank Shek, Emmanuel Stroobant and Adriano Zumbo. There are also behind-the-scenes stories and culinary tips and tricks.


Our Family Table[edit]

As the first winner of MasterChef, Julie Goodwin won the chance to have her own cookbook published Her first cookbook is called Our Family Table and is published by Random House Australia, April 2010.[59]

Official MasterChef Cookbook Volume 2[edit]

The Official MasterChef Cookbook Volume 2 was published by Random House Australia in December 2010. It contains recipes from the series 2 Top 24 contestants and top chefs.

Official Junior MasterChef Cookbook Volume 1[edit]

The Official Junior MasterChef Cookbook Volume 1 was published by Random House Australia in 2010. It features recipes suitable for children and spreads it across various themes. Some MasterClass recipes are also included.

Two Asian Kitchens[edit]

As the second winner of MasterChef Adam Liaw won the chance to have his own cookbook published. The book is called Two Asian Kitchens (ISBN 9781864711356) and is published by Random House Australia, April 2011. Split into two main sections – the Old Kitchen and the New Kitchen – Liaw explores recipes that he has grown up with, along with new creations.[60]

MasterChef Magazine[edit]

MasterChef Magazine, a monthly spin-off publication adopting the series' brand, went on sale in May 2010. Following a high-profile launch, the magazine exceeded its initial sales target within a short period of time, selling 90,000 copies in three days.[61] The magazine is published by News Magazines, a subsidiary of News Limited.[62] After losing a third of its readers in one year, the magazine was closed in October 2012[63]

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