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|Country of origin||Israel|
|No. of series||9 (7 regular seasons, Junior season and VIP season)|
|No. of episodes||106|
|Running time||90–120 minutes|
|Original release||14 October 2010 –|
MasterChef Israel (Hebrew: מאסטר שף) is an Israeli reality cooking competition show that debuted on 14 October 2010 on Channel 2 (as of 2017, on Keshet 12). It is based on the British reality cooking competition show of the same name. The show was very well received and highly acclaimed, achieving excellent reviews and high ratings.
The premise of the show is a cooking competition between amateur cooks, competing for the title of "MasterChef" and a kitchen renovation. the first few episodes of every series are audition episodes where contestants cook to a panel of judges who decide based on a dish cooked in front of them whether or not to pass the contestant to the next level, where a large number of the contestants chosen in the auditions are eliminated through a series of tests, until 12–14 are chosen as the show's final cast, and the members of the series' "Nivheret" (Selected Team).
The members of the "Nivheret" compete in different challenges every episodes, such as the mystery Box Challenge, the Invention Test, Dish Recreation Challenges and Taste Challenges.
Mystery Box Challenge
In the Mystery Box Challenge contestants receive a number of ingredients of which they are to make a dish of their choice. The contestants are allowed to use any number of the ingredients they are given they wish, and are free to leave out any ingredients. Once the dishes are finished, the judges choose three of the dishes to taste.
The Invention Test
The Invention Test requires of the contestants to make a dish, usually with a certain requirement, such as that the dish should cost no more than a certain price, the dish should contain a certain ingredient or be an adaption of other dishes. The Invention Test is usually the challenge that leads to eliminations.
Dish Recreation Test
In the Dish Recreation Test contestants are asked to recreate a complex dish made by a guest chef, usually with a recipe at hand.
In Taste Challenges the contestants are given a dish to taste, and are asked to name ingredients in the dish, for every ingredient they name correctly they score a point, until their first mistake. The contestant with the lowest score is usually eliminated.
The first season judges were Haim Cohen, Eyal Shani, Michal Ansky, and Rafi Adar, all successful restaurateurs in Israel. During the first season, judge Rafi Adar was accused of sexual harassment by a production worker and was fired by the production company, the other three judges went on judging the season as a team of three judges.
After the first season was concluded, Eyal Shani became famous, due to his eccentric treatment of food as poetry in the show, though Haim Cohen was the most famous of the judges, Shani became the symbol of the show and became a cultural icon in Israel.
In the second season, Haim Cohen, Eyal Shani and Michal Ansky continued as judges with Yonatan Roshfeld, chef of the Herbert Samuel restaurant, brought in to replace Rafi Adar.
In the seventh season, Haim Cohen, Eyal Shani and Michal Ansky continued as judges with Israel Aharoni, a famous Israeli chef, brought in to replace Yonatan Roshfeld.
Season 1 (2010)
First aired on 14 October 2010, the first season of MasterChef received very high ratings and resulted in a large cook book that held all of the recipes shown on the first season.
|Musa Abu Sris||6th|
|Aviv Ezer Fischler||12th|
Season 2 (2011)
The show was picked up for a second season on November 2010, a month after the first season first aired. the show began airing on June 2011, with the new judge, Yonatan Roshfeld.
|Rachel Kadosh Mashan||14th|
Junior MasterChef (2012)
- Junior MasterChef Israel premiered on 20 April 2012 the judges will be the same as MasterChef Israel.
Season 3 (2012–13)
|Mia Ben Tzvi||6th|
|Beni Ben Israel||8th|
Season 4 (2014)
|Nof Ethamna Ismail||Winner|
MasterChef VIP (2015)
Season 5 (2015)
|Masimilano de Matteo||Winner|
|Rachel Ben Elul||2nd|
Season 6 (2016)
|Amit Haya Twito||8th|
Season 7 (2017–18)
|Larisa Slapian Ashed||13th|
Season 8 (2019)
- MasterChef's page on Keshet's website (Hebrew)