Australia’s masters of the kitchen will be back on your television sets as “MasterChef” Australia 2016 premiere this weekend.
Network Ten has announced “MasterChef” Australia season eighth will kick off on Sunday (May 1) at 7:30 pm and will then air from Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30 pm.
The network also released a series of trailers on the official “MasterChef” Australia Twitter account. The footages have teased viewers with an array of luscious dishes and impressive set locations. One of the trailers showed that at least one episode will take place in San Francisco, California.
Judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris, and Gary Mehigan will return in Aussie’s biggest kitchen to help home cooks turn their dream to be professional chef come true, Mail Online reported. Vue de Monde’s chef Shannon Bennett will also return to serve as mentor for the contestants in difficult challenges.
The cooking show will also feature celebrity guests Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal, and Marco Pierre White.
Network Ten vowed to “bring more amazing food, remarkable stories, inspirational contestants and incredible results” this season.
The trailer for the new series also features several dramatic moments, including White declaring a mystery dish. “This without question is the greatest dessert I’ve ever eaten in MasterChef,” he said.
“People’s expectations are extremely high. Who would have thought we could get better food, better contestants, better people?” judge George Calombaris can be heard saying.
Meanwhile, former soap actress Theresa Visintin is set to compete on the cooking show.
Visintin, who known in her maiden name, Theresa Wong appeared in several Aussie shows in the early ‘90s including “Home and Away,” “G.P.” and “Paradise Beach,” news.com.au noted.
The 44-year-old actress said she have watched all seasons of “MasterChef” Australia and always told her three kids that one day she would be on the show.
Visintin hopes to make it to the finals of “MasterChef” Australia. “I want to show my kids that it’s never too late. There’s not a wrong way or a wrong time,” she said.