From thousands of applicants across Canada, the Top 50 home cooks begin their quest to become the first-ever Canadian MasterChef. Competing for $100,000 and the MASTERCHEF CANADA trophy, each home cook must present their signature dish to esteemed judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung. With friends and family cheering them on, only those with the most impressive dishes will be given a coveted MasterChef apron and the opportunity to move forward in the competition.
Auditions for the Top 50 home cooks reach a dramatic conclusion as the final aprons are handed out. The home cooks enter their first challenge, a Stress Test, where they must prepare a stunning chicken dish with only one pan and one burner. After a dramatic round of tasting, the judges choose the home cooks who will get a place in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen.
The home cooks enter the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen and face their first Mystery Box Challenge. Peanut Butter: a classic and highly versatile ingredient sends them in both sweet and savoury directions. The winner of the Mystery Box gets a huge advantage in the Elimination Challenge, choosing between the judges' favourite ingredients from Canada's land, sea, and air. A shocking elimination reminds the home cooks that they are only as good as their last dish.
The home cooks arrive at the Air Canada Centre to discover that their very first team challenge involves making a power-packed training lunch for the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players, and Leafs alumni! Tensions run high as both teams scramble to avoid the dreaded Pressure Test. Back in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen a challenging pasta dish will send at least one of them home.
The home cooks face their second Mystery Box Challenge, and this time, victory requires creativity and elbow-grease. Working with a hand crank meat grinder and an extraordinary selection of fresh protein: bison, lamb, turkey, kangaroo they must make the perfect gourmet burger. Then in the Elimination Challenge the home cooks are given the choice to cook with one of three uniquely Canadian ingredients -- each paired with the most Canadian of beverages: beer!
At Toronto's historic Distillery District the home cooks compete in a team challenge catering an exclusive art gallery event, where the food must look as incredible as it tastes. After the judges make a nail-bitingly difficult decision, the losing team has to bake for their lives.
The 11 finalists face an emotional Mystery Box challenge that takes them back to their roots - and the winner gets a compelling strategic advantage in the Elimination Challenge. The theme is nose-to-tail Alberta Beef, and some parts of the cow are definitely more challenging than others. Will the home cooks who get assigned tongue and brain be fatally undermined?
The Top 10 home cooks face their biggest team challenge yet at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. Using pop-up army field kitchens, they have to make a delicious steak dinner for 151 troops. Battling unfamiliar equipment, inclement weather, and each other, teams fight to avoid the dreaded pressure test. But back at the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen, the losing team must once again go to war, facing a classic, technique-driven fish dish that will send at least one of them home.
The home cooks raise their Mystery Boxes to reveal a jaw-dropping array of rare and challenging ingredients: a selection of the judges' favourite food culled from their own restaurant kitchens. The home cooks get creative with Durian, Sea Urchin, Squab, and Kimchi. Then in the Elimination Challenge, they must prepare elevated versions of common Canadian bake sale fare.
The final eight home cooks arrive at Toronto's City Hall for a team challenge that will test their culinary skills and entrepreneurship. The red and blue teams must run their own food truck during the busy lunch rush in Nathan Phillips Square, creating and selling one delicious crowd-pleasing dish to the masses. After the public votes with their wallets, the shockingly close results are revealed and the losing team faces the most difficult Pressure Test yet in the MasterChef Canada Kitchen: an intimidating classic dessert that will leave one of them out in the cold.
The final seven home cooks face a Mystery Box challenge that pits them against a teeming tank of Nova Scotia lobsters. The competitor who gets the most creative with their crustaceans wins not one, but two huge advantages in a unique Elimination Challenge. Skill is paramount, but so is communication in a tense tag-team with surprising results.
The final six home cooks are confronted with a classic MASTERCHEF team challenge: the Restaurant Takeover. The pressure is raised considerably when the red and blue teams learn that the professional kitchen they'll be taking over belongs to one of the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges! In the Pressure Test the losing team must master a beloved and deceptively difficult Canadian classic dessert.
The final five home cooks are tasked with preparing a special family reunion dinner to be served in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Banquet Room. Then in the dramatic Pressure Test the home cooks have to work on the most difficult challenge they've ever faced, requiring perfect instinct and timing.
It's the most challenging Mystery Box of the season when the four finalists face the tough love of American MASTERCHEF judge Joe Bastianich. Home cooks must create a dish using Joe's favourite ingredients -- and that dish must impress him enough to gain control of the Elimination Challenge. A critical advantage as this challenge will determine which two home cooks will go through to the MASTERCHEF CANADA finale.
The final two home cooks go head-to-head in a three-course culinary battle. With their families and former opponents there to cheer them on, they battle it out for $100,000, and the right to call themselves Canada's first ever MasterChef.
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