From hundreds of applications from across the country, just 50 people made it through the audition stage of MasterChef Ireland. Out of those 50, the Final 16 MasterChef contestants were chosen by Judges Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath to compete in the coveted title of MasterChef Ireland and a prize of €25,000.
Sixteen became twelve after the ‘You On A Plate’ challenge with a twist, which saw Caitriona, Dee, Dani and Cathy losing their aprons. Joe and Nick hung up their aprons in Episode 4, after failing to impress in the kitchen with their Emirates menus, leaving just ten hopefuls vying for the MasterChef Ireland title. Simon cooked for the last time in Programme 5.
In this programme, the nine remaining amateur cooks have their skills tested in the MasterChef kitchen, with two cooking challenges that showcases their creativity – but also shows the contestants competitive edge. In Part 1 our Judges reveal their favourite childhood dishes and the contestants must use it for inspiration to create their own dish. The contestant who excels becomes the gatekeeper in Part 2 – the Pork Challenge where he or she selects cuts of pork for all the remaining competitors to cook.
Tested to the max in each task, the contestants will have to prove they are up to the challenge if they want to make it to the next round.
The pressure is on, as another elimination looms.