Masterchef Australia – Introducing The Top 24
The top 24 contestant episodes kick off tonight on TEN at 7.00pm and I would like to make some wild guesses about who will take out this series title, but thought I would wait until after the first mystery box challenge tonight….
The top 24 have 14 women and 10 men, 12 contestants are under 30 years of age, and 12 are 30 years and older. Occupational trends appear split between manual labourers, students, and a few health workers. As usual there is a wide range of cultural diversity from European, Asian backgrounds, and even this year there is a Canadian.
Who are your favourites at the moment? And who do you think will be this year’s villain?
The top 24 are:
Alice Zavlasky – a 26 year old secondary school teacher she has already been identified as the hipster of series four.
Amina Elshafei – the 27 year old nurse has a South Korean and Egyptian background so should do some fantastic dishes, also she looks like she will keep calm under pressure. For religious reason she won’t eat pork, however she should go far in the series.
Andrew Strickland – a 48 year old married hairdresser whose kids encouraged him to apply for Masterchef. He admits he can’t follow recipes.
Andy Allen – the 23 year old electrician is the good looking boy of the series. He is currently at a cross roads and is looking at the reality TV show to give him some direction. As you do when you are having a mini-life crisis.
Audra Morrice – the 41 year old account manager and mum of two has an Singaporean and Indian heritage. She hopes to have a concept store which holds “Audra’s Gourmet Delights” and offers cooking courses. She looks like she could be cool under pressure, and her chocolate tart was one of the stand out dishes of the top 50. Audra is one to watch.
Beau Cook – a 27 year old construction worker wants to change his life. He admits his technical knowledge and desserts are his weak points. Don’t expect him to make top ten.
Ben Milbourne – a 30 year old teacher. He has a cookbook which features dishes from restaurants in Tasmania.
Dalvinder Dhami – a 35 year old public servant her strength is Indian cuisine, however she has limited knowledge on how to cook beef because she does not eat it due to religious reasons.
Debra Sederlan – 50 year old senior account manager who likes to cook organic food, her dream is to open a holistic retreat.
Emma O’Shaunessy – 19 year old former student her food idols are Adriano Zumbo, Donna Hay, and Maggie Beer. She wants to open her own dessert bar, but she shows she has a competitive streak as she has a black belt in karate.
Filippo Silvestro – a 38 year old financial planner who is a family man. Apparently he rings his mum each day, I hope he also rings his wife as well… He hopes to apply his wellhoned financial skills to a career in food by advising people in the industry or by being a career food writer and blogger.
Jules Pike – a 28 year old Customer Service Officer dream is to open her own food and wine bar.
Julia Taylor – a 25 year old legal secretary already has a cupcake business she operates at markets on the weekends however she would like to have shops which sells her wares.
Kath Von Witt – 38 year old art gallery director. Foodies are going to love her as apparently she is adventurous and recently cooked a pigs uterus.
Kevin Perry – is the 34 year old casino marketer. He moved to Australia where he met his partner Erik. He collects cookbooks. He could be one of the favourites at this stage and he definitely has the talent and personality, but he states he likes to follow a recipe this could be his liability as the competition goes forward.
Kylie Millar – a 24 year old Masters student and would like to open her own dessert bar. With only 15 weeks to completing her physio degree she realised she did not want to work in the health industry.
Lydia Guerrini – a 38 year old PhD student in psychology she has two kids and would like to set up a food promotional company;
Mario Mohorko – a 40 year old automative detailer however he also has his own theatre company which he has received 18 nominations at an amateur theatre awards. He writes, acts and directs for them. Also he would like to open a cafe or restaurant which showcases Eastern European cooking.
Matt Howell – an 18 year old uni student who currently works in a fast food restaurant, he knows his inexperience is going to be a liability.
Mindy Woods – a 30 year old physiotherapist who has quit her job for the show. Her strengths are asian cuisine and she hopes to open an “Asian inspired, share restaurant with dumplings, beer, sashimi and sake”. And bad luck guys she is into girls.
Sam Davis – 34 year old private banker, he hopes to work in the food industry. His girlfriend probably is one of the few to not mind him being locked away in the Masterchef house as she is training for the London Olympics. She is a part of the water polo team.
Tran Kim “TK” Nguyen – a 22 year old has deferred her law degree. She states she has only really gotten into cooking and would like to open an asian fusion tapas bar. Her Vietnamese heritage will be her strength.
Tregan Borg – a 25 year old social worker and hopes to educate disadvantaged children about food. She also plays roller derby so is pretty robust, and will be getting married later this year. She states her lack of measuring could be her downfall.
Wade Drummond – a 28 year old commercial labourer wants to open his own cafe. His strengths are matching flavours and Asian cooking. Preparation, timing and presentation are weaknesses.
It will be interesting to see how these contestants go over the coming weeks who will be embraced by Australia and who will struggle under the intense pressure of the Masterchef kitchen.