Hear that? That’s the sound of your stomach rumbling in anticipation of the brand new series of MasterChef Australia.
The reality cooking competition is returning on Monday, April 19 at 7.30pm, bringing with it a new selection of culinary masters with inspiring stories and even more inspired recipes.
In a new promo released by Network 10, judge Melissa Leong says, “The amount of heart and soul and drive is exceptional this year.” Adds fellow judge Andy Allen, “They all have a unique story.”
Watch the trailer here, then continue reading below.
Of course, MasterChef is so popular because audiences fall in love with the contestants, not just their cooking, so here are the home chefs you can look forward to meeting when the new season hits our screens.
Kishwar says she comes from a “big family of cooks” and loves to use their recipes in her own kitchen.
“The Bengali cuisine that I carry with me has been passed down from generation to generation. I’ve always taken a little creative licence with it,” she says.
Brent may have grown up eating meat and three veg but his love of food extends far beyond pub grub.
This self taught chef also boasts a great sense of humour, quipping “My cooking style, it’s a bit like my face: Not refined at all.”
Minoli is a chef with a very unique difference — she lost her sense of taste when she was 31 years old.
As she explains in the trailer, “It slowly started to come back and it’s given me a whole new insight into the flavour and an understanding of the food that I never had before.”
Therese explains that she is “part Taiwanese, part Burmese, part Chinese” and is extremely proud of her cultural heritage.
Much like MasterChef all-star Emelia Jackson, Therese is a desert aficionado who loves to cook French pastry.
Also a fan of the sweeter things, Elise could be the next Reynold Poernomo as she shares his love of intricately presented desserts.
“I’m a feeder. I want to make people happy,” says Elise. “I want to make things beautiful. My love language is food.”
Same Elise, same.
Conor rocks a mullet and relies on his gut instinct when in the kitchen, and it would mean the world to him to take home the MasterChef Australia crown.
Conor is heavily influenced by Greek and South East Asian flavours and brands his cooking style “Con-Fusion”.
MasterChef Australia launches on Tuesday, 20 April at 7.30 pm on Network 10.