MasterChef Canada is a Canadian competitive cooking reality show, part of the MasterChef franchise, open to amateur home cooks. It premiered on CTV on January 20, 2014, and has currently aired its sixth season. The show stars three judges: Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung. The show is produced by Endemol Shine International and Proper Television.
|Genre||Cookery / Reality competition / Food|
|Created by||Franc Roddam|
|Directed by||Dave Russell|
|Narrated by||Charlie Ryan|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||69 (ongoing) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Guy O'Sullivan, Cathie James, Elisabeth Murdoch|
|Running time||60 minutes with commercials.|
|Production company(s)||Endemol Shine International|
|First shown in||Canada|
|Original release||January 20, 2014 –|
MasterChef Canada airs Tuesday nights on CTV and the Cooking Channel in the United States. The current season airs starting in September of each year in the U.S. It airs also in Sweden, Italy and Spain.
On August 8, 2018, CTV renewed MasterChef Canada for another season, announcing that audition casting for the all new sixth season was greenlit. Filming began in October 2018 and concluded in January 2019. Season 6 premiered on CTV on April 8, 2019, and ended on June 10.
The series was renewed for a seventh season, which will be an all-stars edition.
Amateur chefs compete in a series of challenges to become the best amateur home cook in Canada through challenges issued by Judges Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung. The rest of the format is very similar to the U.S. version starring Gordon Ramsay.
Each season begins with around 20 applicants invited to the kitchen. To secure a place in the competition, they are tasked with creating their signature audition dish in a certain amount of time. Judging based on the food plating, flavors, technique, and sophistication, the judges will decide whether or not the applicants and their signature dishes are worthy of receiving a coveted white apron (a spot in the competition). In the first three seasons the traditional audition format (like the U.S. version) requires the applicants to earn an affirmative "yes" (thumbs up) from at least two out of the three judges to advance. Since season 4, changes to the audition format have been made. Applicants who fail to produce a passable dish are rejected and sent home. Some other rejected applicants are given a second chance to compete for the white apron.
- Skills Test: An immunity challenge where the home cooks observe and pay close attention to a judge demonstrating essential cooking skills (dicing onions and vegetables, filleting fish, separating eggs, French trimming a rack of lamb, peeling crayfish, breaking down a crab, breaking down a duck, breaking down a whole chicken, etc) before they must properly replicate their work. Those who succeed are safe from elimination up on the balcony (and in some cases, those who flawlessly nailed the skills test are made team captains in next week's field team challenge episode) while those who fail to properly replicate must face the Elimination Test, whereby they must make an elevated MasterChef worthy dish featuring that key ingredient.
- Mystery Box: An immunity challenge where the home cooks are all given a box with the exact same ingredients. They discover ingredients (fruits, vegetables, seafood, kitchen utensils, meat or fish) underneath and they must utilize only those to create a stunningly elevated, MasterChef worthy dish featuring said ingredient as the star of their dish within a fixed amount of time for a shot at immunity. Sometimes, a special guest may also appear to inspire the home cooks and will serve as a guest judge for this challenge before leaving. The judges will usually bring forward the top three (in a few cases, even more or less) dishes up to the judges' podium for tasting based on the beautiful plating, technique and sophistication alone to taste, and from those three (or more) select one winner (or at most two) who usually gains a number of advantages in the upcoming elimination test. They usually win immunity, automatically advancing forward in the competition and win a spot of safety up on the balcony, and have some sort of control over the elimination test, but in some cases, they do not win immunity and must also cook in the elimination challenge, as well as being given the chance to save a fellow competitor.
- Elimination Test: After the elimination challenge is explained, judges evaluate all dishes based on taste and visual appeal. Contestants who produce the best, winning dishes of the night are usually made team captains for next week's off-site field team challenge episode. The judges nominate the worst dishes for elimination, criticize them and single them out for elimination before eliminating at least one contestant.
- Team Challenge: The cooks arrive at an off-site location (beach, carnival, airbase, vineyard, wedding, racetrack, school) and are split into usually two (sometimes three) teams by either the team captains or the judges. While contestants who perfectly nailed the skills test or produced the top-notch, best dishes in the previous elimination test are usually made team captains by the judges and get to pick their teams after a coin toss, sometimes the judges dictate and form the teams and their captains. The teams (Red Team and Blue Team; sometimes a Green Team) must create a fine restaurant meal for a group of VIP diners (lifeguards, wedding guests, race car drivers, firefighters, military soldiers, lifeguards, construction workers, etc.). Diners taste both meals and vote for their favorite. This similar challenge often occurs in the Restaurant Takeover or Pop-Up Restaurant challenge (where the final 6 contestants divide into 2 groups of three and run a full dinner service in a professional Michelin-starred restaurant kitchen, serving appetizers and entrees after a tutorial and demonstration from a judge), taking the place of the staff of a particular restaurant. Although the client comment cards are taken into account, the judges ultimately decide the winning and losing team. The winning team advances forward in the competition, safe from elimination up on the balcony, while the losing team will participate in the Pressure Test.
- Pressure Test: Another form of the Elimination Test, in which the losing team members return to the kitchen the next morning after the field team challenge. After donning on their black aprons, they compete against each other for survival in a replication elimination challenge whereby they must perfectly replicate a very technical and difficult, professional, Michelin-starred dish, sweet or savory (sometimes replicate two or at most three different versions/plates) within a very limited amount of time that requires a great degree of cooking finesse. Sometimes before the test begins, the judges, the losing team captain, or even the winning team, can save at least one member of the losing team from this replication elimination test while in other cases, all members must participate and not one, but one or two contestants are sent home (double-elimination). Each dish is judged on taste, visual appeal and technique. Contestants who produced a flawless, well-executed replication are sent to safety up on the balcony, and the losing chefs are eliminated.
After the Restaurant Takeover challenge, the next mystery box challenge is a family-reunion themed episode where the 5 remaining contestants are visited by their family members. This particular mystery box tasks the contestants with making a stunningly elevated, home-style family-inspired dish while their family members look on from the balcony, followed by the elimination test.
In the Top 3 semifinals, the three remaining semifinalists face the very last mystery box/immunity challenge of the season for a shot at immunity. The semifinalist who wins this immunity challenge will automatically advance to the finals and secure a place in the grand finale, safe from elimination, while the remaining two semifinalists go head-to-head and compete against each other in the final replication Pressure Test of the season to earn to last spot in the grand finale. Other times, the semifinalist who wins this first challenge does not automatically advance to the finals/grand finale and must also participate in the last Elimination Test (which they have an advantage over in terms of getting to choose a key ingredient to work with for themselves while giving different key ingredients to the other two semifinalists).
Once the competition is reduced to the final two remaining competitors left standing, the two finalists will compete against each other in a three-hour, three-course dinner cook-off in a ring-like arena while their family members (joined by previously eliminated contestants), spectate and cheer them on. The finalists join the judges in the private dining room for the judging and tasting of their dishes at the end of each course. All three courses of the meal are judged and an overall winner is crowned after the two finalists switch places with the judges and stand on their podium. The winner of each season wins a $100,000 cash prize money, the MasterChef Canada trophy, and the title of MasterChef Canada. Some seasons have also added other prizes. In the first three seasons, the finalists had separate time for each item. Since the Season 4 finale, the finalists must continuously cook non-stop for three whole hours, making sure that each course is ready for serving at the end of each hour and then join the judges in the private dining room once time is up to hear the judges feedback.
Judges and hostsEdit
- Claudio Aprile, Uruguay-born (of Italian heritage), Canadian-raised chef and owner of Toronto restaurant Xango.
- Michael Bonacini, Welsh-born (of Italian and British heritage) chef and co-owner of the O&B family of Toronto restaurants Jump, Canoe, Luma and Bannock.
- Alvin Leung, British-born, Canadian-raised chef of Hong Kong heritage and owner of Michelin-starred restaurants Bo Innovation in Hong Kong and Bo London in London, UK.
MasterChef U.S. judge Joe Bastianich guest starred in the Season 1 semi-finals (Episode: "Not-Your-Average-Joe") which aired on April 21, 2014. Additionally, MasterChef U.S. judge Graham Elliot guest starred in an episode of Season 2 (Episode: "Good Things in Small Packages").
|Season||Episodes||Time slot||Originally aired
(Canadian and U.S. dates)
|Viewers (millions)||18-49 (age)||18-34 (age)||25-54 (age)||Show rank|
|Season premiere||Season finale||TV season|
|1||15||Mondays at 8 p.m.||January 20, 2014||April 28, 2014||2013-14||1.8||averaged 788,000||-||averaged 819,000||Canada’s 2nd Most-Watched Canadian Series||16||Eric Chong||Marida Mohammed|
|2||Sundays at 7 p.m.||February 1, 2015||May 24, 2015||2014-15||1.4||-||-||-||-||David Jorge||Line
|3||February 14, 2016||June 19, 2016||2015-16||1.5||-||-||631,000 15th most watched||Canada’s 3rd Most-Watched Competition Series 15th over all||14||Mary Berg||Jeremy
|4||12||March 2, 2017||June 1, 2017||2016-17||1.4||12th most watched||10th most watched||11th most watched||-||12||Trevor Connie||Thea VanHerwaarden|
|Thursdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.|
|5||Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.||April 3, 2018||June 19, 2018||2017-18||-||-||-||-||-||Beccy Stables||Andy Hay|
|6||Mondays at 8 p.m.||April 8, 2019||June 10, 2019||2018-19||-||-||-||-||-||Jennifer Crawford||Andre Bhagwandat|
|Title||Original air date||Canadian viewers (millions)|
|"MasterChef Canada: A Holiday Special"||December 15, 2014||1407|
|Four home cooks (Dora Cote, Marida Mohammed, Pino DiCerbo, and Tammara Behl) from Season 1 return to the kitchen, joined by spouses, parents, and siblings as they complete a series of festive food challenges for the chance to win $10,000 for the charity of their choice. In the end, Pino DiCerbo is announced the winner.|
|"MasterChef Canada: All-Star Family Edition"||December 5, 2016||910|
|The three MasterChef Canada champions and the winner of Holiday Special are joined by their families to compete in four increasingly difficult culinary challenges: the Better-Half Skills Race, the Mother and Child Mystery Box, the Bossy Sibling Coaching Challenge, and the Family Feast Team Cook. Over the course of the two-hour special, select family members will compete alongside Eric Chong, David Jorge, Mary Berg, and Pino DiCerbo, as they work to impress the judges with their creativity and skill. The family who cooks their way to victory will win the first MasterChef Canada: All-Star Family Edition and $10,000 for their chosen charity. In the end, Pino DiCerbo is announced the winner for the second time of the specials series.|
This section needs to be updated.April 2018)(
Below is a full list of MasterChef Canada episodes.
|Season||Episode||Episode title||Air Date|
|1||1||White Is the New Black||Jan 20, 2014|
|2||Chicken Little||Jan 27, 2014|
|3||First Kick at the Box||Feb 2, 2014|
|4||The Puck Drops Here||Feb 10, 2014|
|5||Where's the Beef?||Feb 17, 2014|
|6||Edible Art||Feb 24, 2014|
|7||Brains before Beauty||Mar 3, 2014|
|8||Major Steaks||Mar 10, 2014|
|9||Great Canadian Bake Off||Mar 17, 2014|
|10||Meals on Wheels||Mar 24, 2014|
|11||Claws Out||Mar 31, 2014|
|12||Line of Fire||Apr 7, 2014|
|13||Family Style||Apr 14, 2014|
|14||Not-Your-Average-Joe||Apr 21, 2014|
|15||And Then There Were Two||Apr 28, 2014|
|2||1||Fit to Be Tied||Feb 1, 2015|
|2||Patriotic Pantry||Feb 8, 2015|
|3||Constant Cravings||Feb 15, 2015|
|4||Juggling Act||Mar 1, 2015|
|5||Slice of Life||Mar 8, 2015|
|6||One Potato, Two Potato||Mar 22, 2015|
|7||No Piece of Cake||Mar 29, 2015|
|8||Wedding on the Waves||Apr 5, 2015|
|9||Good Things in Small Packages||Apr 12, 2015|
|10||Walking on Eggshells||Apr 19, 2015|
|11||Tea for Two||Apr 26, 2015|
|12||Fine Dining Under Fire||May 3, 2015|
|13||From Home, with Love||May 10, 2015|
|14||The Trip Bountiful||May 17, 2015|
|15||Ring of Fire||May 24, 2015|
|3||1||Yes, No, Maybe So||Feb 14, 2016|
|2||A Cut Above||Feb 21, 2016|
|3||At Home and Abroad||Mar 6, 2016|
|4||Trial by Fire||Mar 13, 2016|
|5||Off the Hook||Mar 20, 2016|
|6||Feast Your Eyes||Mar 27, 2016|
|7||From the Heart||Apr 10, 2016|
|8||Oktoberfest Feast||Apr 17, 2016|
|9||Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes||Apr 24, 2016|
|10||Out of This World||May 1, 2016|
|11||Demon at the Pass||May 8, 2016|
|12||Cooking with Cocktails||May 29, 2016|
|13||Meals and Wheels||Jun 5, 2016|
|14||Only the Best||Jun 12, 2016|
|15||Finale||Jun 19, 2016|
|4||1||Special Delivery||Mar 2, 2017|
|2||Home on the Range||Mar 9, 2017|
|3||True Patriot Love||Mar 16, 2017|
|4||The Blind Leading the Blind||Mar 23, 2017|
|5||Burgers for Bikers||Mar 30, 2017|
|6||Jamie in the House||Apr 6, 2017|
|7||Egg Showdown!||Apr 13, 2017|
|8||Auberge Anniversary||Apr 27, 2017|
|9||Take Five||May 4, 2017|
|10||Harvest Family Dinner||May 11, 2017|
|11||Sweet Francaise||May 25, 2017|
|12||Finale||Jun 1, 2017|
|5||1||Opportunity Knocks||Apr 3, 2018|
|2||How Do You Take Your Mystery Box?||Apr 10, 2018|
|3||Building An Appetite||Apr 17, 2018|
|4||Fast and Epicure-ious||Apr 24, 2018|
|5||Baker's Dozen||May 1, 2018|
|6||Vive La Pressure Test||May 8, 2018|
|7||The Magnificent Seven||May 15, 2018|
|8||Cooking with Corner Gas||May 22, 2018|
|9||On the Line of Fire||May 29, 2018|
|10||Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?||Jun 5, 2018|
|11||Pop- Up Star||Jun 12, 2018|
|12||Three Courses, One Crown||Jun 19, 2018|
|6||1||Masterchef Canada Invitational||Apr 8, 2019|
|2||Home Cooks, Your Roots Are Showing||Apr 8, 2019|
|3||Top Hats And Tails||Apr 15, 2019|
|4||Tastes Like Teen Spirit||Apr 22, 2019|
|5||School Lunch!||Apr 29, 2019|
|6||Risk And Reward||May 6, 2019|
|7||Knife Fight!||May 13, 2019|
|8||Into The Fire||May 20, 2019|
|9||Wheel Of Fruit||May 27, 2019|
|10||Gifts From The Earth||May 27, 2019|
|11||Fire And Ice||Jun 3, 2019|
|12||Final Showdown||Jun 10, 2019|
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