The WORST episodes of MasterChef Australia

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

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: 6/14/2024Network: Network 10Status: Continuing
The First Cut
69 votes

#1 - The First Cut

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/7/2009

The losing team from the sushi train challenge must decide who is their weakest member, and who will be leaving the competition.

Taste Test Elimination Challenge
53 votes

#2 - Taste Test Elimination Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 40 - Aired 6/3/2010

Marion, Jake and Joanne face an elimination taste test. They must identify 23 ingredients to stay in the competition. Will this be Marion's one and only chance to use her immunity? The red team goes to Red Lantern for lunch and a impromptu master class. They learn to make a quail entree. The 3 up for elimination have to taste a Thai green curry, naming ingredients that are contained within.

Immunity Challenge
83 votes

#3 - Immunity Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 69 - Aired 7/19/2011

Can a current contestant out-cook a former Masterchef champion? Find out as Eamon Sullivan returns to stand between the winner of the Dalai Lama challenge and that elusive Immunity Pin.

All at Sea
75 votes

#4 - All at Sea

Season 1 - Episode 57 - Aired 7/1/2009

The remaining four contestants are shocked by the return of three former competitors, and cater for the crew of HMAS Kanimbla.

An Emotional Elimination
83 votes

#5 - An Emotional Elimination

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/21/2009

The winning team enjoy their victory and an Asian cooking course, the losing team must decide who will be leaving the competition. The blue team’s decision leaves more than one contestant upset.

Masterclass 7
73 votes

#6 - Masterclass 7

Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired 6/4/2010

George cooked up ravioli with potato and leek as well as a quail dolmatha with tahini and yoghurt dressing. Meanwhile guest chef Matt Moran had quesadillias on the menu and a berry and frangipane tart.

A Blow for Brent
59 votes

#7 - A Blow for Brent

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/14/2009

Team Elimination - The Blue Team, headed by Brent, faced elimination

Taste Test
79 votes

#8 - Taste Test

Season 1 - Episode 64 - Aired 7/9/2009

Taste Test Elimination - Andre and Chris, had to guess ingredients in a pot of Sri Lankan curry

10 More Spots with Matt Moran
56 votes

#9 - 10 More Spots with Matt Moran

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/22/2010

With 10 spots in the Top 24 on the line, the remaining contestants competed in a mise en place challenge. The challenge had 4 stages, with the worst performers in each stage removed by Gary and George. The first stage involved separating egg yolks and whites. The second asked the contestants to julienne carrots. In the third, the first 10 contestants to shuck 12 oysters satisfactorily moved onto the final stage, wherein Marion, Adele, Courtney and Daniel successfully cut 6 fillets of salmon weighing between 170g and 190g first, gaining their places in the Top 24. Following the mise en place challenge, the remaining contestants had to follow a recipe from Matt Moran, with poor performers gradually eliminated in stages. 10 contestants had their dishes tasted, with Jonathan, Peter, Aaron, Adam, Kate B. and Philip impressing the judges the most, winning their spots in the Top 24.

Taste Test
81 votes

#10 - Taste Test

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/8/2011

There are two dozen contestants remaining and only 12 spots left in the top 24. The next challenge is a formidable taste test - identity the ingredients in Aria's signature dish, peking duck consomme.

Thyme Out
84 votes

#11 - Thyme Out

Season 1 - Episode 58 - Aired 7/2/2009

The bottom two contestants face off in a taste test, and attempt to identify the ingredients in a Moussaka.

Chef Challenge - Maggie Beer
82 votes

#12 - Chef Challenge - Maggie Beer

Season 2 - Episode 38 - Aired 6/1/2010

Aaron cooked off against Maggie Beer, making her pheasant pie.

Qantas Business Team Challenge
84 votes

#13 - Qantas Business Team Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 51 - Aired 6/16/2010

Teams were tasked with creating a 3 course menu suitable for Qantas business class passengers. They were required to prepare the food at the MasterChef Kitchen and reheat it in the galley of a Qantas Airbus A380. The judging panel in addition to Gary and Matt included chef Neil Perry and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

Guess that Fish Elimination Challenge
53 votes

#14 - Guess that Fish Elimination Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 76 - Aired 7/15/2010

Aaron, Alvin and Jimmy faced a Basic Skills Test in a two-round Elimination Challenge. The first round saw contestants identifying different types of fish, with the two lowest scoring contestants moving into the second round. Jimmy named the most fish correctly, leaving Aaron and Alvin to face off in the second round; to cook the perfect fish and chips.

Immunity Challenge
87 votes

#15 - Immunity Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/10/2011

The winner of the first challenge will cook for immunity against apprentice chef, Alex Keen, who works under Allesandro Pavoni. Will a 10 minute headstart be enough to beat the best?

Masterclass 5
72 votes

#16 - Masterclass 5

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired 5/21/2010

Gary cooked braised BBQ’d ribs with homemade sauce and George offered up a Waldorf salad. Guest chef Peter Kuravita from Sydney restaurant Flying Fish, showed the contestants two completely different bug dishes– one with an accompanying shaved fennel and edamame salad and a main dish featuring a spicy ginger and chilli sauce.

70 votes

#17 - Masterclass

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/27/2011

In this MasterClass, Gary makes a hearty veal osso bucco with cannellini beans and George teaches the contestants how to cook snapper en papillote. Special guests include Donna Hay and Romeo Baudouin.

No Judges in Sight
87 votes

#18 - No Judges in Sight

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/9/2011

As our Top 24 enter the MasterChef kitchen for the first time, they are surprised to see no judges. Only a few notice the clock has started ticking down. Has the first challenge already begun?

Julia's Divine Dumplings
63 votes

#19 - Julia's Divine Dumplings

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/17/2009

Invention Test 2 - Chinese theme. The contestants face a mystery box challenge that sees them asked to cook with oranges, chocolate, sugar, coconut, and eggs.

Sweet and Sour
85 votes

#20 - Sweet and Sour

Season 1 - Episode 52 - Aired 6/25/2009

Pressure Test Elimination - Justine and Julie landed in the bottom 2 and had to make a sweet and sour duck stir fry

The Top 20 Revealed
73 votes

#21 - The Top 20 Revealed

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/3/2009

In the first mystery box challenge, contestants must use their creativity skills to cook a meal from minimal ingredients.

Macaroon Madness
79 votes

#22 - Macaroon Madness

Season 1 - Episode 61 - Aired 7/6/2009

The bottom four contestants face one of the competition's trickiest pressure tests, and attempt to make a vanilla panacotta with macarons.

Poh's Advantage
77 votes

#23 - Poh's Advantage

Season 1 - Episode 68 - Aired 7/14/2009

Elimination Challenge 2 - As Poh had won the pie challenge she designated Malaysian as the theme and picked coconut cream and ling fish for the core ingredients. The contestants had 90 minutes to make two courses.

Mystery Box & Invention Test
83 votes

#24 - Mystery Box & Invention Test

Season 2 - Episode 48 - Aired 6/13/2010

"Australian Food Icon" theme. The winner of Masterchef Australia 2009, Julie Goodwin, returned as a guest judge for the Mystery Box Challenge, the ingredients of which were also chosen by her. Marion won the challenge and she chose Chiko Rolls as the food icon contestants had to "re-invent". Jonathan's dish was the most impressive while Callum, Matthew and Sharnee were chosen as the Bottom 3 contestants.

And Then There Were Seven
85 votes

#25 - And Then There Were Seven

Season 1 - Episode 40 - Aired 6/11/2009

The losing team from the Martini Club challenge are made to catch their votes and eliminate one person from the competition.