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MasterChef Australia

Season 4 2012

  • 2012-05-06T09:00:00Z on Network Ten
  • 60 mins
  • 2 days, 22 hours, 0 mins
  • Australia
  • English
  • Reality

MasterChef Australia is an Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British version of MasterChef. Food critic Matt Preston, chef George Calombaris, and restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan serve as the show's hosts and judges.

70 episodes

4x01 The Journey Continues

  • Season Premiere

    2012-05-06T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The personality is on the plate and the food is the star of the show. Network Ten's smash hit series MasterChef returns tonight and promises to excite, thrill and entertain like never before!

4x02 Top 50 Mystery Box

  • 2012-05-07T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The top 50 amateur cooks will compete in the first Mystery Box challenge of the season; the judges select the top 12 who then have the opportunity to cook off in a nail-biting challenge.

4x03 Mornington Peninsula Farms

  • 2012-05-08T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The top 12 contestants from last night's Mystery Box are divided into pairs to forage for their own ingredients at various farms in Mornington Peninsula to cook a sweet or savoury dish.

4x04 Knife Skills

  • 2012-05-09T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

MasterChef mentor Matt Moran arrives at the Royal Exhibition Building to put the contestants through their knife skills paces. They must fillet, pin bone and cook a beautiful piece of salmon.

4x05 Sweet Pressure Test

  • 2012-05-10T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Thirty three contestants compete in a Sweet Pressure Test created by superstar chef Shannon Bennett. With six more aprons up for grabs, his Peach Melba dessert is a challenge to say the least!

4x06 Masterclass

  • 2012-05-11T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The top 18 contestants head to Daylesford for a MasterClass. Later, Matt Moran and George teach the contestants some classic French cooking techniques.

4x07 French Pressure Test

  • 2012-05-13T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

After a long week of hard fought challenges the remaining twelve contestants compete in a French Pressure test to claim the last remaining spots in the Top 24. But whose dish will earn them an apron?

4x08 Mystery Box

  • 2012-05-14T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Arriving at the MasterChef kitchen, the top 24 quickly learn it's 'Mystery Box' time! They raise the lid but it's not food that they find.

4x09 Beat the Chef!

  • 2012-05-15T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Immunity Challenge sees the winner of the Pressure Test try and 'Beat the Chef!' It's a battle royale as our contestant takes on superstar chef Dan Hong from the Lotus Restaurant.

4x10 Restaurant Team Challenge

  • 2012-05-16T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Ever dreamed of running your own restaurant? The contestants are divided into two teams: they must take over a restaurant service in opposing restaurants in Sydney's Kings Cross.

4x11 Pasta Elimination

  • 2012-05-17T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The losing team head to the MasterChef kitchen for the first elimination challenge of the season. It's all about pasta and the contestants are challenged to either 'make or break' that pasta.

4x12 Masterclass

  • 2012-05-18T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gary and George host a seafood-inspired MasterClass, while Phillipa Grogan from Phillipa's bakery in Melbourne teaches the contestants the art of breadmaking.

4x13 Mystery and Invention

  • 2012-05-20T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

This Mystery Box is a cracker - literally. Then later, the winner of this challenge gets to pick the key ingredient for the following Invention Test.

4x14 Pressure Test

  • 2012-05-21T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Superstar chef Peter Gilmore returns with an eight layer textured chocolate cake. Talk about Pressure Test! The bottom three from the Invention Test must replicate this cake.

4x15 Immunity Challenge

  • 2012-05-22T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The lucky winner from the Invention Test returns to the kitchen tonight to face off against former head chef of Tetsuya restaurant, Darren Roberston.

4x16 Yum Cha Team Challenge

  • 2012-05-23T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The top 22 contestants head to Sydney's Chinese Gardens to compete in a yum cha challenge. Divided into teams, they must plan a menu, shop and cook a tasty yum cha feast.

4x17 Elimination Challenge

  • 2012-05-24T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Yesterday's losing 11 contestants compete in tonight's elimination challenge. It's a taste test and cook off so this challenge is tough! After a hard fought fight one contestant is sent home.

4x18 Masterclass

  • 2012-05-25T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

It's a mega MasterClass tonight as Gary and Matt Moran teach the top 21 contestants about raw foods, herbs, and oils. Later Gary whips up a mushroom gnocchi and his 'Mum's Lamb Stew with Dumplings'.

4x19 Biscuit Mystery Box

  • 2012-05-27T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The remaining 21 contestants return to the MasterChef kitchen to compete in a biscuit inspired Mystery Box challenge. Later it's an Invention Test Mexican style. Cactus anyone?

4x20 Pressure Test

  • 2012-05-28T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The bottom three contestants from the last show arrive at the kitchen to face off in the Pressure Test. Later, three lucky contestants attend a very special private Master Class.

4x21 Raw Food Immunity Challenge

  • 2012-05-29T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Sake head chef Shaun Presland takes on the winner of Sunday's Invention Test in a Raw Food Immunity Challenge. With no cooking, no heat and no gas bench tops they need to be super creative.

4x22 Leftover Team Challenge

  • 2012-05-30T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The contestants split into two teams to cook for a restaurant full of discerning diners, all with leftover ingredients collected from top Sydney restaurants.

4x23 Poultry Elimination

  • 2012-05-31T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

We say goodbye to another contestant after a hard fought poultry elimination challenge. They must name that bird then cook that bird. Quail, duck, chicken and turkey are served up.

4x24 MasterClass

  • 2012-06-01T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gary kicks off the MasterClass with mouth-watering barbecue chicken and is later joined by special guest chef Jason Jones who teaches the contestants how to serve up the perfect Mexican feast.

4x25 Flavour Matching Mysterybox

  • 2012-06-03T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

19 contestants arrive at the MasterChef Kitchen for a flavour matching 'Mystery Box' challenge. With everyone eager to impress the judges, one contestant pushes himself too far and burns his hand.

4x26 Market Stall Competition

  • 2012-06-04T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The contestants arrive in Tasmania for a market stall competition, where they are divided into four teams. The teams must run their own take away market stall and create their own unique dish.

4x27 Fishing Boat Salmon Challenge

  • 2012-06-05T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

With the chance to compete in tonight's immunity challenge, the winning teams from last night's market stall must first compete against each other in a fishing boat salmon challenge.

4x28 Tea for 100 Team Challenge

  • 2012-06-06T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The contestants are divided into two teams, and are challenged to create, make and bake an afternoon tea for 100 guests. It must include four dishes - a scone, a pastry, and two of their choice.

4x29 Knockout Round Elimination

  • 2012-06-07T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The nine contestants cook for their MasterChef lives through a series of three knockout round challenges. A typical Pub lunch is on the menu - steak, onion rings and more.

4x30 MasterClass

  • 2012-06-08T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gary goes into chef mode when he puts himself up against the clock in a 30 minute real time challenge. Later Gary is joined by Lorraine Pascale of Ella's Cupcake in Covent Garden.

4x31 Mystery and Invention

  • 2012-06-10T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

After a fun filled week in Tasmania, tonight the contestants head back to the MasterChef kitchen for a classic Mystery Box and Invention Test challenge.

4x32 Pressure Test

  • 2012-06-11T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Greek salad is not as simple as it seems, particularly when it's been created by George! The three contestants in tonight's elimination challenge have three and a half hours to cook.

4x33 Immunity Challenge

  • 2012-06-12T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

MasterChef welcomes iconic chef and culinary legend Jamie Oliver to the kitchen.

4x34 24 Hour Cooking Challenge

  • 2012-06-13T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Tonight the contestants head to the Shangri La Hotel for a mammoth 24 hour cooking challenge that will push them to their limits. Divided into two teams, they must work shifts to cover all meals.

4x35 Rapid Fire Pressure Test

  • 2012-06-14T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The losing team from last night's 24 hour cooking challenge return to the MasterChef kitchen for a 'rapid fire' pressure test.

4x36 Masterclass

  • 2012-06-15T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gary and George's MasterClass serves up lamb ribs, apple strudel and quail.

4x37 Superstar Mystery Box

  • 2012-06-17T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

MasterChef winning alumni Julie Goodwin, Adam Liaw and Kate Bracks return to the MasterChef kitchen for a superstar mystery box challenge. Who will win on the night?

4x38 Pressure Test

  • 2012-06-18T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The pressure test challenges three contestants to cook a perfect quiche Lorraine. All three contestants are determined to stay in the competition so they are quick to get down to business!

4x39 Immunity Challenge

  • 2012-06-19T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Mystery Box winner is eager to win an immunity pin. To win they must beat former Billy Kwong Chef, Hamish Ingham from Bar H. With a choice of tea or coffee as the core ingredient.

4x40 Wedding Challenge

  • 2012-06-20T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Matt Preston reveals to the contestants that they will be catering for a Sri Lankan wedding! The Bride and Groom have invited 450 guests to their traditional Hindu wedding, which is purely vegetarian.

4x41 Elimination Challenge

  • 2012-06-21T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The losing team from the wedding challenge faces off in a cake based elimination challenge, where they are served up 32 cakes, and must taste then name each cake.

4x42 Masterclass

  • 2012-06-22T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gary and Matt Moran head up a MasterClass of French onion soup, roast chicken and yummy pork belly with noodles. Later we learn the art of baking classic cakes with chef Philippe Mouchel.

4x43 Mystery Box Challenge

  • 2012-06-24T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

In a special Mystery Box Challenge the contestants quickly learn that they must warm the cockles of the judges' hearts with a tasty soup.

4x44 Elimination Challenge

  • 2012-06-25T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The bottom three contestants from the Invention Test must now cook for their lives in the Elimination Challenge, with Christine Manfield's classic smoked trout.

4x45 Immunity Challenge

  • 2012-06-26T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Rum and raisin is a classic combination, but will it be a perfect match for our contestant in the Immunity Challenge? Chef Daniel Wilson also joins the kitchen.

4x46 Team Challenge

  • 2012-06-27T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

It's time to get back to basics with a homely team cooking challenge. Separated into three teams, they are invited into a suburban home, where they must cook for two neighbours.

4x47 Elimination Challenge

  • 2012-06-28T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Arriving at the MasterChef kitchen for the immunity challenge, the eight contestants from the losing team quickly learn that they must compete in three quick fire cook-offs.

4x48 Masterclass

  • 2012-06-29T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

George, Matt Moran and Gary showcase the best food Kangaroo Island has to offer. Expect tips on cooking with lamb, marron and chicken. Then we end the night with a taste of honey.

4x49 Invention Test

  • 2012-07-01T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

After a trip to Kangaroo Island the contestants get back into the kitchen & discover there is no Mystery Box. Instead they find themselves in an Invention Test with guest chef Heston Blumenthal.

4x50 Pressure Test

  • 2012-07-02T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Three contestants from the Invention Test must face a Pressure Test like no other. The contestants have two hours to make a cake specially created by renowned Pastry Chef Vincent Gadan.

4x51 Immunity Challenge

  • 2012-07-03T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The winner of this week's Heston Mega Invention Test, gets the added reward of competing in an immunity challenge. Up against the winning contestant is a 1-hat chef Tomislav Martinovic.

4x52 Pop Up Restaurant Challenge

  • 2012-07-04T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The remaining amateur chefs get to live out what most professional chefs only dream of doing in their careers. The contestants need to create two pop up restaurants from scratch.

4x53 Double Elimination Challenge

  • 2012-07-05T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The losing team face elimination. But this is not just any elimination - five contestants must get ready for a double elimination. Only three will survive and become part of the Top 10.

4x54 Masterclass

  • 2012-07-06T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gary and Matt kick off this special MasterClass by officially welcoming and congratulating this season's Top 10. Topping off the week with an amazing Italian feast.

4x55 Roman Dish Challenge

  • 2012-07-08T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Buongiorno, from Italy! Tonight our top 10 contestants join the judges in Rome for a week of challenges! But this is no Roman holiday, tonight they must cook a Roman dish that has a story to tell.

4x56 Super-Sized Challenge

  • 2012-07-09T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Celebrate pizza and pasta with a super-sized challenge. The four best cooks from the previous challenge compete against each other for the chance to cook off for an Immunity Pin.

4x57 Immunity Challenge

  • 2012-07-10T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Heads to beautiful Tuscany, Florence, for a nail-biting Immunity Challenge where judges Matt Preston and George Calombaris are joined by guest judge chef Antonio Carluccio.

4x58 Risotto Challenge

  • 2012-07-11T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The ten contestants head to Parma where they cook off in a risotto challenge. Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi challenges the contestants to cook the 'Death Dish' - his very own saffron and gold leaf risotto.

4x59 Elimination Challenge

  • 2012-07-12T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The elimination challenge takes the five losing contestants to Tuscany to cook a feast for local villagers in the ancient and quaint town of Monticchelo.

4x60 Masterclass

  • 2012-07-13T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Superstar chef Neil Perry joins Gary and George for an Italian-inspired MasterClass.

4x61 Mystery Fridge Challenge

  • 2012-07-15T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Tonight in the MasterChef Mystery Box challenge each contestant has been given the task of creating a dish from the ingredients in the fridge, which include one tasty left-over.

4x62 Pressure Test

  • 2012-07-16T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The bottom 3 dishes from yesterday's Invention Test face a Pressure Test where someone will go home! The contestants attempt to make guest chef Grant King's highly technical dish.

4x63 Elimination Challenge

  • 2012-07-17T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The remaining eight contestants face the second elimination of the week, a situation only made sweeter with the news that celeb chef Kylie Kwong has entered the building.

4x64 Mini Challenge

  • 2012-07-18T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

A mini challenge designed to determine who will cook in the team challenge ahead, sees the contestants cook a French inspired dessert.

4x65 Family Team Challenge

  • 2012-07-19T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

Tonight's challenge is an emotional one as one family member for each contestant is brought in. The four contestants will have to cook the meal their loved ones have missed the most.

4x66 Masterclass

  • 2012-07-20T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

In the MasterClass, Anthony Puharich from Victor Churchill shares his expert opinion with our contestants on selecting the right cut of beef for the right meal.

4x67 Lunch Service

  • 2012-07-22T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The judges announce to the top six contestants that they must run lunch service for 60 guests at Guillaume at Bennelong under the watchful eye of head chef Guillaume Brahini.

4x68 The Perfect Steak Sauce

  • 2012-07-23T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The five top contestants are greeted by Legendary British chef and MasterChef UK judge, John Torode, and a live cow. Torode announces that they must cook the perfect sauce to accompany the perfect steak.

4x69 Recreate Signature Dish

  • 2012-07-24T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

The final four MasterChef contestants each have 90 minutes to cook one of Australia's best chef's signature dishes, and only 15 minutes with their chef so they need to make the most of it.

4x70 Grand Final

  • 2012-07-25T09:00:00Z — 60 mins

It all comes down to this. The MasterChef finale. The final three are hoping they have saved their best for last, as they step into the MasterChef kitchen for the last time.