MasterChef New Zealand

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MasterChef New Zealand
MasterChef NZ.jpg
Created by Franc Roddam
Opening theme
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 97
Running time 30–90 minutes
Original network
Picture format
Audio format Stereo
Original release 3 February 2010 (2010-February-03) – 28 September 2015 (2015-september-28)
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. Throughout its history, the show has featured judges Ross Burden, Ray McVinnie,[1] Simon Gault,[2] Josh Emett,[3] Al Brown and Mark Wallbank.

The series is similar to the format of MasterChef Australia, whereby contestants compete in weekly elimination challenges, both individually and in teams. The major difference is the number of episodes per week: the New Zealand series only had two episodes, in contrast to Australia's six.

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. Series four was won by Aaron Brunet, and series five by sister duo Karena and Kasey Bird.

In October 2014, TVNZ announced it had axed the show, after 5 seasons.[5] Later that month, TV3 announced that it would take up the format in 2015.[6] In October 2015, TV3 announced that MasterChef New Zealand would not be returning in 2016.


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.

Series summary[edit]

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Chef judges
1 3 February 2010 28 April 2010 Brett McGregor Kelly Young
  • Simon Gault
  • Ross Burden
  • Ray McVinnie
2 20 February 2011 15 May 2011 Nadia Lim Jax Hamilton
  • Simon Gault
  • Ray McVinnie
  • Josh Emett
3 21 February 2012 12 June 2012 Chelsea Winter Ana Schwarz
4 10 February 2013 2 June 2013 Aaron Brunet Paula Saengthian-ngam
5 2 February 2014 4 May 2014 Karena & Kasey Bird Bec Stanley & Jaimie Stodler
6 26 July 2015 28 September 2015 Tim Read Leo Fernandez
  • Josh Emett
  • Al Brown
  • Mark Wallbank

Series 1[edit]

Series 2[edit]

The second series was filmed in September 2010 and started airing on 20 February 2011.[7] 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.[8]

Series 3[edit]

The third series was filmed from November 2011 and started airing on 21 February 2012. This series increased the number of contestants from 12 to 16, and the number of episodes from 12-13 to 16-17. The winner was Chelsea Winter, who beat Ana Schwarz 77 points to 72.

Series 4[edit]

The fourth series premiered on 21 February 2013, with chefs Simon Gault, Ray McVinnie, Josh Emett again acting as the series judges.

Series 5[edit]

The fifth series premiered on 2 February 2014, with chefs Simon Gault, Ray McVinnie, Josh Emett again acting as the series judges. Unlike previous series, competitors competed in duos.

Series 6[edit]

The sixth series premiered on 26 July 2015 on TV3, with Al Brown and Mark Wallbank joining returning judge Josh Emett on the judging panel.[9] Included in the prizes was a cookbook deal, a Skoda car, a knife-set, and also working as a chef and menu-planner under season 2 winner Nadia Lim's healthy eating company, My Food Bag. On episode 16, it was also announced that Dubai tourism also offered an return business-class tickets for Dubai Food Festival plus a week of accommodation in February, 2016.


  1. ^ "AUT's MasterChef Judge". AUT News. Auckland University of Technology. 28 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Undercover on MasterChef NZ". Fairfax New Zealand. 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Meet Josh Emett". TVNZ. 2011. 
  4. ^ "NZ Crowns first Masterchef". 28 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Wakefield, Phil (8 October 2014). "MasterChef NZ's Goose is Cooked". Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "TV3 Announces 'Bigger Than Ever' Show Line-Up For 2015". 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "MasterChef New Zealand". TVNZ. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "MasterChef New Zealand winner crowned". TVNZ. 15 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "MasterChef New Zealand judges announced". 3 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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