From the thousands of amateur cooks that applied to take part in the third series of MasterChef Australia, only 24 have been granted the opportunity to take part, all willing to put their lives on hold for the opportunity of a lifetime.
The group includes a fighter pilot, a 20 year old nursing student, a professional life guard from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a full time mum of three and a 61 year old teacher, who is the oldest contestant ever to make it into the Top 24.
The contestant breakdown includes The contestant breakdown includes:
Eight contestants from NSW (last year ten contestants) including Jay Huxley who made it to the Top 50 in the first season of MasterChef Australia but failed to impress the judges with his onion chopping skills and full time mum of three, Kate Bracks, from Orange.
Four contestants from Victoria (last year six contestants) including Dani Venn, a 24 year old publicist from Melbourne who fell in love with food when spending her gap year teaching English in Vietnam and Italian Chelsea Fammartino, a 34 year old retail assistant who says one of her first childhood memories is helping her dad roll out dough for pizza bases.
Seven contestants from Queensland (last year three contestants) including professional musician Craig Young, a cellist in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Two contestants from South Australia (last year four contestants) including 37 year old youth worker, Andrew Henderson, who dreams of one day opening a cooking school for disadvantaged youths.
Three contestants from Western Australia (last year none) including fighter pilot Paul Lombardi.
Tonight they enter the renowned MasterChef Kitchen and get set for a spicy trip. The team challenges this season include a 24 hour endurance test to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for 450 miners in a remote Outback gold mine, a BBQ on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and, of course, cooking for some of the most acclaimed – and fearsome – chefs in the world.