MasterChef Australia Season 8 Recap: Winner, Runner Up, the Grand Finale Face-off, Judges, and Top Recipes of This Season

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This week saw a lot of action on MasterChef Australia, the high-stakes reality show that kept viewers on edge right up to the grand finale.

Between a judges vs. contestants’ face-off and the crowning of the MasterChef winner, it’s been a series of dizzying days spent cooking, grilling, tasting, and anticipation.

Now that the smoke has cleared and the pots are put away, let’s take a look at some of the big stories from this past week.

MasterChef Australia Season 8 Winner and Runner Up

After an emotional and mouth-watering series of culinary battles, Elena Duggan has been crowned the MasterChef Australia 2016 Season 8 winner. The art teacher from New South Wales beat out coffee roaster Matt Sinclair following a grueling three-part battle that played out over the series’ final episode.

Under the critical eye of judges George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, and Matt Preston, the chefs got to work to see who would be worthy of the $250,000 cash prize and column in Australia’s leading food magazine, Delicious.

MasterChef Australia Season 8 Grand Finale Face Off

MasterChef Australia’s season 8 competition will be heading into a showdown between Matt Sinclair and Elena Duggan now that Elise Franciskovic and Harry Foster have been given the boot.

The Top 4 were all strong contenders but the field has been whittled down after a set of grueling challenges, strategic missteps, and unfortunate errors.

MasterChef Australia Season 8 Contestants’ Strengths and Weaknesses

The Masterchef Australia Season 8 Grand Finale is heading for an exciting climax as the two competitors’ battle it out. It will be Matt Sinclair versus Elena Duggan as both go head to head against each other. Both will compete for 100 points across three separate challenges.

The first round will be for 30 points where each of them will get one hour to create a dish around a single chosen hero ingredient. The second round will also be for 30 points where they will have to prepare a main course.

The third round will be for 40 points and will be the tough Heston Blumenthal dessert challenge. It will be a five and half hour cook-off between the two finalists.

This finale will decide who will be the eventual winner. That’s something that entire Australia is looking forward to.

Though it is premature to declare who will be the eventual winner, Matt Sinclair is the hot favorite. Right now Matt Sinclair is ahead in the viewer’s minds but one can’t take it for granted. Remember desserts are not Sinclair’s strength.

MasterChef Australia Season 8 Judges vs. Finalists

In an interesting turn of events, Thursday’s episode of MasterChef Australia season 8 pitted the MasterChef Australia season 8 judges against the final four contestants in what was a rather tense cook-off. And it was made even more agonizing when they actually lost out to the MasterChef Australia season 8 finalists. That sure makes for good television!

The upset was due to a bone left in a dish of poached quail breast with pickled turnip and mushroom puree discovered by semi-finalist (and show favorite for the win) Matt Sinclair. Sinclair attempted to eat the meat but couldn’t because he came across a sharp object as he chewed.

MasterChef Australia Season 8 Top Recipes By Contestants

Season 8 of MasterChef Australia is wrapping up and this week on Matt Sinclair’s and Elena Duggan’s Instagram accounts we got a sneak peek at some amazing dishes and recipes.

Sinclair revealed his blackberry sorbet, tempered chocolate, salted almond tuile, port jelly, and nougat dessert while Duggan showcased her crab, apple, and cauliflower dish.