The BEST episodes of MasterChef Australia season 3

Every episode of MasterChef Australia season 3, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of MasterChef Australia season 3!

MasterChef Australia is an Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British version of MasterChef. Chef Andy Allen, restaurateur and chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, Poh Ling Yeow and food critic Sofia Levin serve as the show's hosts and judges.

Last Updated: 5/19/2024Network: Network 10Status: Continuing
Gen X vs Y Team Challenge
81 votes

#1 - Gen X vs Y Team Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired 6/8/2011

Tonight the contestants are divided into teams? Gen X versus Gen Y! The younger chefs have the enthusiasm but with age comes wisdom. Who will impress special guest judge, Nigella Lawson?

Baking Team Challenge
56 votes

#2 - Baking Team Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/11/2011

The Top 24 are woken in the middle of the night and told to head to Sonoma Bakery where, in teams, they will be baking bread for five of Sydney's most illustrious restaurants.

What You've Learned So Far Elimination
51 votes

#3 - What You've Learned So Far Elimination

Season 3 - Episode 71 - Aired 7/21/2011

Tonight three contestants are asked to cook a dish that showcases what they have learnt in the competition so far. It will be an emotional elimination, but someone must go home.

Burger and Fries Elimination
55 votes

#4 - Burger and Fries Elimination

Season 3 - Episode 38 - Aired 6/13/2011

What could make an elimination challenge even more intense? Having culinary legend, Heston Blumenthal, arrive at the MasterChef Kitchen to judge your burger and fries!

103 votes

#5 - Masterclass

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/20/2011

Tonight, Gary and George give the contestants a MasterClass on the art of cooking rabbit. Later, Gary whips up a modern take on the classic Shepherd's Pie.

Dual Event Team Challenge
87 votes

#6 - Dual Event Team Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 52 - Aired 6/29/2011

The blue team must serve up a three-course meal for 13 corporate VIP guests while the red team have to cater for 50 people at a 21st birthday cocktail party.

70 votes

#7 - Masterclass

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired 6/3/2011

In this MasterClass, George, Gary and Matt Moran take the contestants through a step-by-step guide to making the best summer pudding, a yummy curry and Matt's famous blue swimmer crab.

Immunity Challenge
81 votes

#8 - Immunity Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 57 - Aired 7/5/2011

Alessandra Pavoni is back, and tonight he's cooking for the pride of his restaurant. After his apprentice chef lost to Hayden in a previous Immunity Challenge, Alessandro is determined to win.

Family Visit
54 votes

#9 - Family Visit

Season 3 - Episode 74 - Aired 7/25/2011

After months away from their loved ones, the remaining five contestants receive an emotional visit from their families.

Grand Finale
115 votes

#10 - Grand Finale

Season 3 - Episode 85 - Aired 8/7/2011

Kate and Michael arrived at the MasterChef kitchen for the final time and were told the format of finale: it would be fought over three rounds, each scored, with a possible 100 points per finalist up for grabs. The first round was a Mystery Box Challenge over 45 minutes, with the finalists having to select and prepare something from each box before moving onto the next. The second round was an Invention Test, with the finalists having to produce something that represented how far they’d come in the competition. They had 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete their dishes. The final Pressure Test round welcomed one of the world’s best chefs, René Redzepi, to the kitchen, who lifted a cloche to reveal the supremely technical ‘Snowman’ dessert the finalists would need to make. Featuring meringue, yoghurt and carrot sorbet amongst its many elements, this was undoubtedly one of the trickiest dishes ever seen on MasterChef Australia.

Elimination Challenge
56 votes

#11 - Elimination Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 77 - Aired 7/28/2011

The top five battle it out to secure a place in the season final. In this Elimination Challenge, the contestants must fix the worst dish they produced during the competition.

Mystery Box, Invention Test
112 votes

#12 - Mystery Box, Invention Test

Season 3 - Episode 55 - Aired 7/3/2011

Tonight the contestants are faced with a sweet Mystery Box Challenge followed by a Middle Eastern inspired Invention Test. Guest chef Shane Delia will help the judges decide the best and worst dishes.

Rapid Fire challenge
53 votes

#13 - Rapid Fire challenge

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/19/2011

All eleven contestants of the losing team face elimination tonight. They must cook off in a Rapid Fire challenge over three rounds.

Cook Book Challenge
51 votes

#14 - Cook Book Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 79 - Aired 7/31/2011

Writing their own cook book would be a dream come true for each of our final four? but how hard can it be? Tonight guest judge Curtis Stone sets an epic challenge for our contestants.

Food Autobiography Challenge
53 votes

#15 - Food Autobiography Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 81 - Aired 8/2/2011

Looking back at their own personal experiences, the contestants are challenged to create a food autobiography of their lives so far.

Final Elimination Challenge
50 votes

#16 - Final Elimination Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 83 - Aired 8/4/2011

The bottom two contestants from yesterday's challenge battle it out for the last spot in the finale. What elaborate, mind-boggling creation will Adriano Zumbo present for them to replicate?

Chicken Terrine Pressure Test
52 votes

#17 - Chicken Terrine Pressure Test

Season 3 - Episode 80 - Aired 8/1/2011

Tonight's Pressure Test requires the final four to recreate Maggie Beer's chicken terrine. One lucky contestant will get a sneak preview at the recipe and a private MasterClass with Maggie herself.

Sydney's Finest Challenge
50 votes

#18 - Sydney's Finest Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 82 - Aired 8/3/2011

Tonight the contestants have the privilege of cooking at one of Sydney's three finest restaurants Marque, Est and Quay. The lucky winner from today's challenge will go straight into the grand finale.

Dalai Lama Challenge
84 votes

#19 - Dalai Lama Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 67 - Aired 7/17/2011

The Masterchef contestants must cook for the one and only Dalai Lama! His Holiness has only two requests' the food must be vegetarian and it must come from the heart.

Three Course Immunity
85 votes

#20 - Three Course Immunity

Season 3 - Episode 75 - Aired 7/26/2011

In the last Immunity Challenge of the season, Teage Ezard from Ginger Boy and Ezards in Melbourne challenges the lucky contestant to a three-course cook-off.

8-course Feast
77 votes

#21 - 8-course Feast

Season 3 - Episode 37 - Aired 6/12/2011

Tonight the remaining contestants invite 24 very special Qantas guests into the MasterChef restaurant for an 8-course feast based on Neil Perry's first class menu.

Team Immunity Challenge
82 votes

#22 - Team Immunity Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/24/2011

The winning trio from the Lucky Dip Invention Test face off against chef, Adam D'Sylva, from Melbourne restaurant, Coda, in the first team Immunity Challenge.

Reunion Masterclass
74 votes

#23 - Reunion Masterclass

Season 3 - Episode 84 - Aired 8/5/2011

For the final Masterclass of the year both finalists enjoyed private tutorials with top chefs: Kate with Shaun Pressland and Michael with Martin Benn. Back in the Masterchef kitchen contestants from the Top 24 returned to watch the action as Gary cooked off against George, with their dishes judged by Michael and Kate. Matt Moran then paid a visit and cooked his version of rocky road against Michael and Billy.

Food Court Team Challenge
83 votes

#24 - Food Court Team Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 46 - Aired 6/22/2011

The contestants head to the newly-developed Westfield shopping centre food court in Sydney city to compete in another epic team challenge.

Qantas First Class Challenge
56 votes

#25 - Qantas First Class Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 70 - Aired 7/20/2011

In the last team challenge of the season, the contestants head to the Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney airport where they must cook for real customers. Neil Perry returns as a guest judge.