Speaking to RTÉ Ten Dylan McGrath revealed what it will take for one of the remaining 12 contestants to make it all the way to the final, in the hope of being awarded the coveted title.
The award winning chef said: “It’s literally down to how well they take in information. Your ability to take in what you need from each task and to develop in the short period of time that we have really does determine who is going to win.”
He added: “It depends on the individual person, the intelligence, wit or ability to soak it up. How much of a natural cook they are underneath it all. Some people take in stuff quicker than others and there is no time to waste really – you have just got to be on it from day one and be resilient.”
In tonight’s episode the twelve amateur cooks travel to Kilkenny Castle where The Kilkenny Triathlon is taking place and are charged with preparing lunch for 200 hungry athletes.
Cooking in mobile kitchens on the grounds of Kilkenny Castle, the 12 are split up into two teams and must battle against each other to create a menu and lunch that will impress its hungry, weary diners.
One lucky contestant who is deemed the Best Overall Performer on the day by Nick and Dylan will get the chance to cook alongside Chef of the Year 2012 Garrett Byrne.
Meanwhile the losing team must return to the MasterChef Kitchen where they must design and cook a 3-course menu that would be suitable for the First Class passengers of Emirates Airline.
At the end of the day, two contestants will lose their aprons, in the first double elimination of the series.