MasterChef Israel

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Country of originIsrael
Original language(s)Hebrew
No. of series9 (7 regular seasons, Junior season and VIP season)
No. of episodes106
Producer(s)Gil Productions
Running time90–120 minutes
Original network
Original release14 October 2010 (2010-10-14) –
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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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

In the Dish Recreation Test contestants are asked to recreate a complex dish made by a guest chef, usually with a recipe at hand.

Taste Challenges[edit]

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)[edit]

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.


Contestant Place Finished
Ina Kravetsky Winner
Elkana Bitton 2nd
Smadar Vaknin 3rd
Aviva Fibko 4th
Itzik Harel 5th
Musa Abu Sris 6th
Ran Vasiliver 7th
Morria Ka'atavi 8th
Adi Mizrahi 9th
Gal Leibowitz 10th
Galit Bonfeld 11th
Aviv Ezer Fischler 12th

Season 2 (2011)[edit]

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.


Contestant Place Finished
Avi Levy Winner
Eliav Sasson 2nd
Emmanuel Rosenzweig 3rd
Shai Sarmani 4th
Gili Halfteck 5th
Iris Kaspi 6th
Yossi Azulay 7th
Sima Ifargen 8th
Elisa Hammer 9th
Ilan Weissbrod 10th
Zohar Arnon 11th
Jennifer Sunny 12th
Moshe Sassoon 13th
Rachel Kadosh Mashan 14th

Junior MasterChef (2012)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Daniel Tirosh Winner
Dana Sharon 2nd
Stav Choen 3rd
Radi Halvi 4th
Shaked Snerch 5th
Roy Vresano 6th
Rean Vice 7th
Amit Shabu 8th
Oded Ovadia 9th
Sivan Klika 10th
Nil Shatraunber 11th
Lihi Naim 12th
Yarden Hamo 13th
Dana Kozinitzki 14th
Itay Choen 15th
Avia Dozali 16th

Season 3 (2012–13)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Tom Franz Winner
Salma Fyumi 2nd
Jackie Azulay 3rd
Paulin Shoval 4th
Dalia Alchadf 5th
Mia Ben Tzvi 6th
Eti Levi 7th
Beni Ben Israel 8th
Shai Brandas 9th
Shelly Harman 10th
Vicky Jan 11th
Itay Elimelech 12th
Elinor Rachamim 13th
Snir Nekar 14th

Season 4 (2014)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Nof Ethamna Ismail Winner
Ido Kronenberg 2nd
Masrat Woldmichael 3rd
Shlomo Ezran 4th
Ricky Soysa 5th
Tzila Ofer 6th
Serenada Dilvski 7th
Shai Tobol 8th
Eitan Slomon 9th
Asher Levi 10th
Josh Steel 11th
Lior Slomon 12th
Moran Sasa 13th
Lary Suesman 14th

MasterChef VIP (2015)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Shai Avivi Winner
Pnina Tornai 2nd
Aya Kramreman 3rd
Betty Rockawy 4th
Shlomo Scharf 5th
Norman Issa 6th
Eden Harel 7th
Avi Nosbaum 8th
Noam Tur 9th
Shlomi Eldar 10th
Dorit Rabinyan 11th
Eti Levi 12th

Season 5 (2015)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Masimilano de Matteo Winner
Rachel Ben Elul 2nd
Lama Shchada 3rd
Michal Epstein 4th
Ron Soriano 5th
Iv Anan 6th
Eyal Geresh 7th
Racheli Kadosh 8th
Rut Ruzovski 9th
Misha Lederman 10th
Natali Finkelstein 11th
Ben Aviad 12th

Season 6 (2016)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Tom Aviv Winner
Yehonatan Biton 2nd
Sofi Porat 3rd
Shira Betzalel 4th
Liron Asulin 5th
Diana Rachmani 6th
Matan Chaliva 7th
Amit Haya Twito 8th
Eli Mitzri 9th
Yacky Algranti 10th
Gal Ofir 11th
Neria Cohen 12th

Season 7 (2017–18)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Yehuda Amar Winner
Amichai Shrapstein 2nd
Yehoyada Nizri 3rd
Edi Babaeib 4th
Victoria Goberman 5th
Bar Pines 6th
Muzna Bishara 7th
Sivan Amar 8th
Nadia Awid 9th
Bar Eilon 10th
Itzik Batashvili 11th
Liron Partosh 12th
Larisa Slapian Ashed 13th
Yochay Golan 14th

Season 8 (2019)[edit]


Contestant Place Finished
Vanessa Vidal Winner
Shahar Levi 2nd
Gal Kaspers 3rd
Lior Ohayon 4th
Farrah Raslan 5th
Yotam Aranovich 6th
Jana Khein 7th
Costa Osadchy 8th
Albert Ifraimov 9th
Nimrod Zioni 10th
Ruhama Hershdorfer 11th
Dana Elharar 12th
Adi Sivan 13th
Arnon Naim 14th
Tahel Kedem 15th
Sagi Keren 16th

VIP Special[edit]

Contestant Place Finished
Itay Levi Winner
Dana Grotsky Competitior
Eitan Cabel Competitior
Ely Ildis Competitior
Itzik Cohen Competitior
Nesli Barda Competitior
Ofira Asayag Competitior
Tahounia Rubel Competitior

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