MasterChef is back on TV tonight, and you may have caught a glimpse of this year’s crop of contestants on the controversial boys vs. girls promo that’s ran on Network Ten. This series will be the first one featuring amateur cooks in the new Melbourne kitchen (MasterChef: The Professionals was filmed there, too), and unlike previous years the show will launch straight into the top 22 — no auditions, no unsuccessful applicants, no top 50. It’s straight to business.
Over the years the show has copped its fair share of criticism, from the theatrics of the judges to the point of the immunity challenges to unrealistic dishes. Judge Gary Mehigan also filled us in on more of the show’s changes this year. But one thing the show has always been praised for is its cultural diversity, and this year’s lot is the most diverse yet. There are also a fair few stay-at-home parents and people who grew up on farms. Click through to get familiar with the top 22.
MasterChef returns Sunday June 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Network Ten.