“MasterChef “Australia will introduce new twists and challenges in its next season.
On its official Facebook and Twitter account, the Aussie version of the cooking competition teased that on season eight, viewers will be given a chance to select the ingredients for the Mystery Box challenge.
“MasterChef” Australia noted that, “For the first time in MasterChef history, our viewers will select the ingredients for a Mystery Box that will be featured in the new series!”
— #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) October 25, 2015
The Mystery Box challenge is one of the most anticipated tests on the show. This is where the contestant will be presented with same box of ingredients and they have to create a dish using only the ingredients in the box.
The show added it will also feature a recipe suggested by the audience.
The Masterclass episodes will feature a recipe suggested by the audience! Reply & tell us what our judges should cook pic.twitter.com/RRl1S2UVon
— #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) October 11, 2015
Network Ten has yet to announce the premiere date for “MasterChef” Australia season 8. The previous season premiered on the Network Ten channel on May 5, 2015.
Billie McKay, 23-year-old restaurant manager of NSW, won the title of “MasterChef” Australia season 7 champion.
Aside from a trophy, a cash prize of $250,000, a new car, and a monthly column with Delicious magazine, McKay also landed a new job and now working for international celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal.
It can be recalled that Blumenthal was one of the judges during the finale of “MasterChef” Australia season seven. Chef Blumenthal was so impressed with Billie’s dishes and hired her on the spot for his famed UK restaurant, “The Fat Duck.”
“MasterChef” Australia judges are restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan, chef George Calombaris, and food critic Matt Preston.
“MasterChef”Australia has a different format to the original British MasterChef, When Will site noted. The show airs six nights a week – from Sunday to Friday – and each night features different episode format. Aside from those, the show also has more contestants – 50 semi-finalists and 24 finalists – compared to other MasterChef shows in other countries.