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Season 3 episodes list

May. 1, 2011

Cockatoo Island

Season 3, Episode 1

Thousands applied, but only 50 lucky people made it to the first leg of MasterChef. An exciting start with a boat ride to Cockatoo Island and a massive Mystery Box Challenge awaiting them. Featuring the most popular supermarket ingredients, the Top 50 had to cook a dish to get them to the next round. The ten with the least impressive dishes would have to do an Adriano Zumbo challenge.

May. 2, 2011

Basic Skills Bootcamp

Season 3, Episode 2

Day two of the MasterChef journey, and it’s a tough one – a Basic Skills Bootcamp with new judge, Matt Moran. The remaining 45 contestants go through three rounds which test their chip cutting, mayonnaise making, chicken break down skills. Five from each round will end up in the Elimination Challenge – making the perfect batch of scones in 45 minutes.

May. 3, 2011

The First Six

Season 3, Episode 3

The remaining contestants cook off for the first 6 spots in the MasterChef Top 24. Contestants are given two hours to create a trio of desserts set by the guest chef, Maggie Beer.

May. 4, 2011

Go Fish

Season 3, Episode 4

The bottom 10 contestants from Maggie Beer's challenge are faced with a choice - either go fishing and cook what you catch, or risk creating a dish with the mystery ingredient.

May. 5, 2011

Ultimate Desert Island Dish

Season 3, Episode 5

With another six spots in the MasterChef top 24 up for grabs, the final 30 contestants cook with their five favourite ingredients to create what they believe is the ultimate desert island dish.

May. 6, 2011


Season 3, Episode 6

In the first master class of the series, a few special contestants take a trip to the Barossa Valley to visit Maggie Beer in her home and to learn the secrets of the perfect pastry and roast chicken.

May. 8, 2011

Taste Test

Season 3, Episode 7

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.

May. 9, 2011

No Judges in Sight

Season 3, Episode 8

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?

May. 10, 2011

Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 9

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?

May. 11, 2011

Baking Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 10

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.

May. 12, 2011

First Elimination

Season 3, Episode 11

As the winning team from last night's challenge head off to their reward lunch, the losers trudge back to the MasterChef kitchen to face this season's first elimination.

May. 13, 2011


Season 3, Episode 12

The lucky 23 contestants who survived the first elimination are treated to a scrumptious MasterClass. Tonight, George will teach them the secrets of his sweet bougatsa with poached figs.

May. 15, 2011

Mystery Box

Season 3, Episode 13

Tonight, the Mystery Box delivers more than one surprise - not only are the contestants faced with an array of unusual food, they must create a dish using ALL of the ingredients!

May. 16, 2011

Pressure Test

Season 3, Episode 14

The bottom three contestants from yesterday's Mystery Box challenge must face off in a Pressure Test. They have two hours to recreate their best version of the Cherry Bombe Alaska.

May. 17, 2011

Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 15

With an Immunity Pin up for grabs, guest chef, Colin Fassnidge, better bring his A-game because this season's MasterChef contestants aren't going down without a fight!

May. 18, 2011

Boys vs Girls Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 16

It's boys versus girls in today's epic Team Challenge! The two teams head to the Mean Fiddler Pub where they have to cook for 700 hungry revelers.

May. 19, 2011

Rapid Fire challenge

Season 3, Episode 17

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

May. 20, 2011


Season 3, Episode 18

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.

May. 22, 2011

Fused Challenge

Season 3, Episode 19

Cooking in threes, the contestants are faced with a challenge that fuses the finest elements of both the Mystery Box and Invention Test by creating an outstanding dish using unknown ingredients.

May. 23, 2011

Pressure Test

Season 3, Episode 20

Yesterday they were team mates, today the losing trio from Sunday's challenge compete head-to-head in a high-intensity Pressure Test. Two contestants will stay in the kitchen, one will be going home.

May. 24, 2011

Team Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 21

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.

May. 25, 2011

Offsite Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 22

The task seems simple enough - make enough gelato and sausages for 500 Nippers on Cronulla Beach. But this is MasterChef Australia and nothing is ever as easy as it seems!

May. 26, 2011

Skills Race Elimination

Season 3, Episode 23

The losing team from last night's Sausage Sizzle challenge face off as individuals in a Skills Race Elimination. Contestants must complete four pastry elements and create a beautiful finished dessert.

May. 27, 2011


Season 3, Episode 24

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.

May. 29, 2011

Miner Challenge

Season 3, Episode 25

The contestants head west where they are faced with one of the most daunting challenges in MasterChef history - cooking for 450 hungry gold miners in the heart of Western Australia.

May. 30, 2011

Double Immunity Invention Test

Season 3, Episode 26

The winning team from Sunday night's challenge head to the Margaret River for a critical Invention Test. The prize on offer? A double immunity.

May. 31, 2011

Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 27

With an Immunity Pin up for grabs, guest chef Tony Howell, better watch his back because this week's challenger is ready to cook up a storm. Who will recreate the best seafood stew?

Jun. 1, 2011

Pantry Invention Test

Season 3, Episode 28

The contestants return to the MasterChef kitchen to compete in an Invention Test with a twist - they must create a dish using only canned and frozen food.

Jun. 2, 2011

Fix That Dish Elimination

Season 3, Episode 29

It's time to Fix That Dish. The bottom two contestants must bring a watery, unbalanced Massaman curry back to life to avoid elimination.

Jun. 3, 2011


Season 3, Episode 30

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.

Jun. 5, 2011

Super Invention Test

Season 3, Episode 31

Hola amigos! Tonight the contestants face a Super Invention Test with a Spanish theme. But what's the twist? After they carefully chose their ingredients, the judges drop a bombshell.

Jun. 6, 2011

Asian-inspired Pressure Test

Season 3, Episode 32

The bottom three contestants from last night's Invention Test face off in an Asian-inspired Pressure Test where they are challenged to recreate a dessert by Dan Hong, Head Chef of Ms. G's in Sydney.

Jun. 7, 2011

Immunity Battle

Season 3, Episode 33

Superstar Noredic chef, Thorsten Schmidt, arrives at the MasterChef Kitchen to battle it out with tonight's lucky contestant. Is the Immunity Pin within their grasp? Or will they be schooled by a pro?

Jun. 8, 2011

Gen X vs Y Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 34

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?

Jun. 9, 2011

Weakest Link Elimination

Season 3, Episode 35

As the winning team from last night are treated to a reward lunch at Tetsuya's, the losing team must don the dreaded black aprons and send their weakest links into the Elimination Challenge.

Jun. 10, 2011


Season 3, Episode 36

In a very special MasterClass, two lucky contestants are sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a private cooking lesson with legendary seafood king, Rick Stein.

Jun. 12, 2011

8-course Feast

Season 3, Episode 37

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.

Jun. 13, 2011

Burger and Fries Elimination

Season 3, Episode 38

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!

Jun. 14, 2011

Dessert Immunity

Season 3, Episode 39

Sweet superstar, Darren Purchese, is Melbourne's answer to Adriano Zumbo, and tonight he is challenging our MasterChef contestant to replicate his own highly technical dessert.

Jun. 15, 2011

Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 40

Tonight the two teams need to cook a 6-course meal for 50 guests, while creating as little waste as possible. They will need to be creative as well as resourceful to win this challenge.

Jun. 16, 2011

Cook By Numbers Elimination

Season 3, Episode 41

The losing team from the challenge battle it out to save their place in the competition. The contestants only have 15 minutes to complete the dish and they can only use three ingredients.

Jun. 17, 2011


Season 3, Episode 42

The final 14 contestants attend MasterClass to learn the fine art of spotted dick with custard. Later, three lucky contestants have a private MasterClass with James Privett.

Jun. 19, 2011

Korean-inspired Invention Test

Season 3, Episode 43

The remaining contestants compete in a Korean-inspired invention test to be judged by celebrity chef and Korean food aficionado David Chang.

Jun. 20, 2011

George's Mum

Season 3, Episode 44

George's mum arrives in the Masterchef Kitchen to put the contestants through their paces. Mary Calombaris is a true Greek master. Her koupes, tzatziki and shamishi will be hard to replicate.

Jun. 21, 2011

Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 45

Guest chef, Vincent Gadan, is thrown a curve ball in the Immunity Challenge. A sweet treat whiz, will Vincent cope cooking a roast pork? Or will our MasterChef contestant win that illusive pin?

Jun. 22, 2011

Food Court Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 46

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

Jun. 23, 2011

Sweet and Savoury Elimination

Season 3, Episode 47

The entire losing team from the challenge is up for elimination. The pressure is on as they create a series of sweet and savoury dishes in a limited time-frame. Who will be going home?

Jun. 24, 2011


Season 3, Episode 48

Mary is back. George's mother returns to the kitchen to serve up a special moussaka masterclass. Christine Mansfield also makes an appearance to demonstrate how to create her satay spice paste.

Jun. 26, 2011

Matt Moran's Farm Challenge

Season 3, Episode 49

The remaining 12 contestants have made it past the half way point, and what better way to celebrate than at Matt Moran's family farm in rural NSW.

Jun. 27, 2011

Retro Elimination

Season 3, Episode 50

The axe falls on another contestant but not before they must serve up a '60s classic in the form of duck a l'orange.

Jun. 28, 2011

Immunity Battle

Season 3, Episode 51

The winner of the Matt Moran farm challenge has their chance to win an immunity pin but they must face Merle, a home-style country baker who has won more than 1,000 awards for her baking.

Jun. 29, 2011

Dual Event Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 52

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.

Jun. 30, 2011

Blind Taste Test Elimination

Season 3, Episode 53

In the elimination challenge, the contestants are dressed in blindfolds for a taste test and then must cook only with the ingredients they guessed correctly.

Jul. 1, 2011


Season 3, Episode 54

Jul. 3, 2011

Mystery Box, Invention Test

Season 3, Episode 55

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.

Jul. 4, 2011

Pressure Test

Season 3, Episode 56

Have you ever cooked a Salt Crusted Guinea Fowl? No? Neither have our three contestants battling it out in tonight's Pressure Test Elimination Challenge. Who will impress? And who will be going home?

Jul. 5, 2011

Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 57

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.

Jul. 6, 2011

English and French Team Challenge

Season 3, Episode 58

Tonight the battle lines are drawn across the English Channel as the two teams whip up an English and French culinary feast.

Jul. 7, 2011

The Basics Elimination

Season 3, Episode 59

Every good chef must master the basics, and tonight's Elimination Challenge will surprise our contestants. Rice paper rolls and apple pie should be a piece of cake, right? Think again!

Jul. 8, 2011


Season 3, Episode 60

Series 1 and 2 favourites, Alvin, Andre and Jimmy join Gary and George in the kitchen for another stellar MasterClass.

Jul. 10, 2011

New York City Challenge

Season 3, Episode 61

This week the contestants head to the Big Apple, the City That Never Sleeps, the culinary heartland that is New York! Don't miss a second as the top eight cook up a storm in the world's most famous city!

Jul. 11, 2011

United Nations Challenge

Season 3, Episode 62

The contestants have just three hours to prepare intricate dishes for 300 hundred guests at the United Nations. The dish with the least amount of votes sends its maker into an elimination.

Jul. 12, 2011

Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 63

Whoever cooks in the week’s Immunity Pin Challenge will do so against the spectacular backdrop of Central Park. Stepping up to the hot plate to try and spoil their fun will be guest chef Cesare Casella, while chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich guest judges the results.

Jul. 13, 2011

Super Challenge

Season 3, Episode 64

A Super Challenge is on the cards, as the contestants arrive in Time Square to see the giant screens featuring familiar faces. For this Challenge they’ll need to use their powers of persuasion by talking their way into a NY restaurant, convincing a head chef to donate them a recipe, and then cooking the dishes in question at the Four Seasons Restaurant. David Chang returns to guest judge.

Jul. 14, 2011

Sylvia’s Restaurant Elimination Challenge

Season 3, Episode 65

Those facing an Elimination Challenge will cook at the famous Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem, with Matt Preston and Matt Moran deciding who’s safe, and who’s gone.

Jul. 15, 2011

NYC Masterclass

Season 3, Episode 66

To end their once-in-a-lifetime week the contestants get to wind down by enjoying Matt Moran cooking some full-flavoured fare in a NY restaurant.

Jul. 17, 2011

Dalai Lama Challenge

Season 3, Episode 67

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.

Jul. 18, 2011

Autumn Dessert Pressure Test

Season 3, Episode 68

Pastry chef, Katrina Kanetani, sets tonight's Pressure Test. The bottom three contestants from last night's challenge must cook a fantastic Autumn Dessert platter in order to avoid elimination.

Jul. 19, 2011

Immunity Challenge

Season 3, Episode 69

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.

Jul. 20, 2011

Qantas First Class Challenge

Season 3, Episode 70

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.

Jul. 21, 2011

What You've Learned So Far Elimination

Season 3, Episode 71

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.

Jul. 22, 2011


Season 3, Episode 72

Gary and George host another delicious MasterClass tonight. With plenty of fine food to tempt your tastebuds, they will have you inspired to hit the kitchen and whip up a fancy treat in no time!

Jul. 24, 2011

Mystery Box

Season 3, Episode 73

The contestants get to choose what ingredients will go into their fellow chef's Mystery Boxes. Will they be cruel or kind?

Jul. 25, 2011

Family Visit

Season 3, Episode 74

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

Jul. 26, 2011

Three Course Immunity

Season 3, Episode 75

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.

Jul. 27, 2011

Uninvited Guest Challenge

Season 3, Episode 76

George arrives unannounced at the Masterchef house and asks the contestants to whip up a meal for him and his three mates Colin Fassnidge, Ashly Hicks and Donovan Cooke.

Jul. 28, 2011

Elimination Challenge

Season 3, Episode 77

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.

Jul. 29, 2011

Christmas in July Masterclass

Season 3, Episode 78

It's Christmas in July in the Masterchef kitchen as Gary cooks beef short rib and dykon radish, while George serves up some mouth-watering scampi.

Jul. 31, 2011

Cook Book Challenge

Season 3, Episode 79

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.

Aug. 1, 2011

Chicken Terrine Pressure Test

Season 3, Episode 80

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.

Aug. 2, 2011

Food Autobiography Challenge

Season 3, Episode 81

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

Aug. 3, 2011

Sydney's Finest Challenge

Season 3, Episode 82

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.

Aug. 4, 2011

Final Elimination Challenge

Season 3, Episode 83

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?

Aug. 5, 2011

Reunion Masterclass

Season 3, Episode 84

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.

Aug. 7, 2011

Grand Finale - Part One

Season 3, Episode 85

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. Michael chose to make a steak and oyster pie, while Kate made pan-fried Balmain bugs and crab and rémoulade salad. Michael raced through the boxes, but Kate struggled with getting her crabmeat ready, eating into valuable time. Michael scored an 8 from George and 9 from Gary, and Kate a 7 and an 8, giving Michael the early advantage.

Aug. 7, 2011

Masterchef Australia 2011 Winner Revealed

Season 3, Episode 86

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. Michael made a butter-poached lobster with fennel, Kate a roasted breast of quail. Both finalists progressed well, although Michael’s decision to leave the tails on his leeks and add extra champagne to his sauce were ill advised. The scoring saw Kate racing back, with 9s across the board, but Michael could only manage two 8s and a 7. 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, yet both Michael and Kate proved their worthiness by plating up incredible dishes. Once again scoring 9s, Kate took the Pressure Test win, and with it became MasterChef 2011 champion.