In the Season Two premiere, the final selected home cooks audition for the opportunity to become Canada's next MasterChef. With $100,000 and a life-changing title on the line, each home cook presents their signature dish for tasting by renowned judges Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung. Only those with the most impressive plates earn a coveted white MasterChef Canada apron and move forward in the competition.
After the final aprons are handed out, the remaining home cooks face their first challenge: creating a stunning dish using an array of Canadian-inspired red and white ingredients. After a dramatic round of tastings, only the most talented home cooks move forward.
The home cooks face their first Mystery Box Challenge in the MasterChef Canada kitchen. A classic and highly versatile ingredient sends them in both sweet and savory directions. The winner of the challenge chooses which of the judges' favorite Asian food cravings the other home cooks tackle, and a shocking elimination reminds everyone that they are only as good as their last dish.
The home cooks' first team challenge requires them to cook a hearty but healthy performance-day lunch for the world-class acrobats, performers and crew of Cirque du Soleil's show Kurios: A Cabinet of Curiosities. Once back in the MasterChef Canada kitchen, the losing team faces the dreaded Pressure Test, in which they are challenged to master a historic Quebecois dish.
The home cooks face their second Mystery Box Challenge and this time, victory rests on an iconic Italian favorite. The home cook who most impresses the judges chooses the ingredient everyone else cooks with in an Elimination Challenge inspired by the journey of MasterChef Canada Season One winner, Eric Chong.
The home cooks' second team challenge takes place on the University of Guelph campus, home to the school's groundbreaking food research department. After being divided into three teams, the home cooks test their culinary and entrepreneurial skills by creating poutine dishes to sell to hungry students. Back in the MasterChef Canada kitchen, the members of the losing team face a difficult stuffed pasta dish.
The home cooks face a sweet, but emotional, Mystery Box Challenge requiring them to bake and decorate birthday cakes that express something about themselves. Then, a dramatic twist gives two home cooks a strategic advantage in the Elimination Challenge, where they assign their competitors challenging "odd couple" ingredients.
The home cooks face their biggest team challenge yet: creating stunning French-inspired appetizers and main dishes for the newlyweds and 70 guests on a Harbour Cruise wedding. Back in the MasterChef Canada kitchen, the losing team faces a Pressure Test that stars another French specialty, a technique-driven dessert that separates at least one home cook from their culinary dream.
MasterChef judge Graham Elliot presents the home cooks with small Mystery Box, filled with tiny proteins, vegetables and greens. The home cook who wins the challenge receives an advantage in the Elimination Challenge, choosing which live underwater creature their fellow competitors have to cook with.
Three eliminated home cooks return for a chance to cook their way back into the MasterChef Canada kitchen. The home cooks then face a demanding Elimination Challenge, replicating the first dish that one of the judges mastered as a professional chef.
The home cooks face a Mystery Box Challenge starring a rack of lamb, but they aren't cooking alone: Judge Claudio Aprile cooks alongside them with the same ingredients, showcasing the skills of a true MasterChef. Then, the winning home cook receives a strategic advantage in a classic tag team elimination challenge, pairing up their competitors to replicate an elaborate afternoon tea tray.
The top six home cooks confront their most difficult team challenge: the Restaurant Takeover. The pressure is raised considerably when the teams learn that the professional kitchen they're taking over is one of the finest in the country, and belongs to judge Michael Bonacini. The losing team faces a Pressure Test featuring a familiar comfort food -- a well-known dish that is deceptively difficult to master.
The home cooks enter the kitchen and discover two Mystery Box surprises: One box is filled with ingredients, and the other contains a message from their families back home. Emotions run even higher for the remaining home cooks when it's revealed that their families are in the MasterChef Canada kitchen, ready to cheer them on. The winning home cook gets to assign a piece of culinary equipment to each of their competitors in a strategic, high-stakes elimination challenge.
The final four home cooks arrive at a beautiful Niagara vineyard for their next challenge, where they learn they'll be cooking with the bounty of the area. The winner of the challenge automatically moves forward to the finale, and one home cook is asked to leave the competition for good. The remaining two finalists cook off in a Pressure Test where they must replicate three magnificent chocolate desserts.
After surviving a season of extraordinary challenges, the final two home cooks go head-to-head in a three-course culinary battle. With their families and former competitors cheering them on, they battle it out for $100,000, the MasterChef Canada trophy, and the life-changing title.
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