The extraordinary season of MasterChef Australia featured an extraordinary Immunity Challenge last night in episode 18 of season 9. Three MasterChef Australia guest chefs participated in the challenge.
The Immunity Challenge required Callan Smith, Diana Chang, and Sam Goodwin to compete with the three guest chefs, Reynold Poernomo, Angelique Peretto, and Lauren Eldridge. However, none of them scored more than the judges to qualify for the Immunity Pin.
Read on to know which prominent judges appeared on MasterChef from season one to eight.
A Look Back at Guest Judges from Season 1 to 8
Marco Pierre White was the guest judge for the Offsite Challenge in season 3. It required the contestants to cook a three-course lunch service at the Merivale Felix restaurant under the guidance of White.
White was a mentor and guest judge in first Double Elimination Challenge in season 4. He was also the guest judge for week 7 of season 6.
The Marco Week included the Mystery Box Challenge, Italian Cuisine Invention Test, White Heat Pressure Test, Immunity Challenge, Taxi Kitchen Team Challenge, and Knife Block Elimination Challenge. The challenges featured in episodes 29 to 33.
Marco Pierre White was the guest judge for episodes 11 to 15 and 51 to 55 of season 7. He also judged the contestants in episode 6 and 7 of season 8. The season included Marco’s Mystery Box Challenge, Invention Test, and Pressure Test.
White, however, has recently quit the show and will no longer be a part of season 9 due to a feud with Matt Preston. You can now see him on the rival show, Hell’s Kitchen.
Nigella Lawson appeared as the surprise guest judge for the Offsite Challenge in season 3. The contestants were divided into two teams. The challenge required only one contestant from the team to cook at a time.
Lawson was the guest judge for the Mystery Box Challenge, Invention Test, Pressure Test, and Immunity Challenge from episodes 16 to 18 of season 8.
Among many others, Beer appeared as one of the MasterChef Australia guest chefs for episode 38, Celebrity Chef Challenge in episode 81, and the Finals Week Elimination in season 2.
In season 3, Maggie Beer was the guest judge for Top 50 Part 3, where 40 contestants participated in securing a place in the top 24.
Beer was a guest judge for the Pressure Test where the contestants had to prepare her Chook Terrine with various accompaniments.
In episode 20 of season 4, the contestants had to recreate Beer’s Upside-Down Grape Cake with Ginger, Raisin and Lemon Wafers, as well as her Olive Oil and Verjuice Ice Cream.
Maggie Beer judged Barossa Boot Camp Day in Masterchef Australia season 5. The contestants were divided into two teams, and each member of the team had 12 minutes to cook. They then had to pass the information to the next member in one minute.
Beer judged the Mystery Box Challenge in season 7. For the challenge, the contestants had to forage the ingredients from the garden.
Beer was the guest judge in episode 26 of season 8 that included the Mystery Box Challenge and Invention Test. The contestants had to pick abalone, silken tofu, or lemongrass for the Invention Test.
The Australian celebrity chef and author, Curtis Stone, was present as a guest judge for the Seafood Team Challenge in season 1. He was a judge in episode 79 and the Sunday Challenge of season 3, where the contestants had to develop a recipe as if it was for their personal cookbook.
Stone also mentored the contestants in the Offsite Challenge in episode 12 of season 5. The contestants were divided into teams and had to prepare lunch for 450 students.
Curtis Stone had set the Team Invention Test in season 7, where the contestants had to cook with a choice of seasonal ingredients. He was also the guest judge for episodes 34 and 55 of season 8.
Blumenthal was another one of many MasterChef Australia guest chefs in season 2 for the Pressure Test round. He also judged the Pressure Test in season 3, where the contestants had to prepare a simple burger with chips and a milkshake.
In the Sunday Challenge of season 4, the contestants had to choose six core ingredients which they could pair with an unknown ingredient chosen by Blumenthal.
He also mentored and judged the House Pantry Challenge, the Australian Food Culture Invention Test, Pressure Test, and the Elimination Challenge in season 6.
Blumenthal judged the Mystery Box Challenge and the Invention Test in season 7. In the season 7 Grand Finale, the contestants had to recreate Blumenthal’s dessert, Botrytis Cinerea.
He also mentored the Pop-Up Challenge and judged the Elimination Challenge. For the last episode, Grand Finale, the contestants had to recreate his 92-step recipe, Verjus in Egg.
Oliver was a judge for the Invention Test Reward in season 2. The MasterChef Australia guest chef was also invited to judge the Immunity Challenge in season 4.
Bennett was the guest judge for the Finals Week Elimination in season 2. He also judged the Finals Week Elimination in season 4.
Shannon Bennett along with Curtis Stone mentored the contestants for the Offsite Challenge in season 5. For the challenge, the teams had to prepare lunch for school children.
Bennett appeared as the MasterChef Australia guest chef for the Immunity Challenge in season 7 and as a guest judge for the Pressure Test in season 6.
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