“MasterChef Australia” Winning AACTA Again? Here’s Why Season 8 Is a Top Contender

Elena Duggan
Photo credit: Twitter @MasterChef

A glittering night with your favorite Australian film and television stars walking down the red carpet is just around the corner in Sydney, Australia for the 6th 2016 AACTA Awards.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) was launched by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) in August 2011. The objective was to recognize, encourage, promote, and celebrate film and television excellence in Australia. The AACTA Awards are Australia’s highest screen accolades and considered equivalent to the Oscars and the BAFTAs.

The 6th AACTA Awards Ceremony & Official After Party will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Star Event Center in Sydney and will be presented by Presto. The AACTA ScreenWeek will start from Sunday, December 4, 2016, and will include 10 “Meet the Nominee” events and two major Awards events.

As the star-studded event is gearing up for the awards ceremony, fans are equally excited to see their favorite nominees being awarded the AACTA. MasterChef Australia Season 8 is nominated in the Best Reality TV Series category and is a huge favorite among fans of this reality show. MasterChef Australia proudly tweeted, “We’re delighted to be nominated at this year’s @AACTA Awards for ‘Best Reality TV Series’!” Fans are already vying to find out who would win the category.

AACTA Nominees for Best Reality TV Series

The AACTA Awards recognizes talent in the categories of feature film, television, documentary, and short film. The the nominees for Best Reality Television Series are:

First Dates (Seven Network): Geraldine Orrock, Bikkie Proost, and Brad Gustafson
MasterChef Australia (Network Ten): Marty Benson, Tim Toni, and Rob Wallace
My Kitchen Rules (Seven Network): Matt Apps, Joe Herdman, and Rikkie Proost
The Recruit (Foxtel – Fox8): Luke Tunnecliffe and Lara Hopkins

MasterChef Australia Season 8 seems to be the top contender with fans who have religiously followed and have been a part of the season 8 journey. The battle for the master chef title was intense and the finale was an emotional round for fans who were glued to the series.

“MasterChef Australia” Season 8 Finale: A Recap

MasterChef Australia contestants and fans maybe recapping their journey through Season 8. It was a winning moment for contestant, Elena Duggan, who was announced as the 2016 winner of MasterChef Australia.

She shared her winning moment on Instagram later on and posted, “I’m so full of gratitude. I don’t know how I’m going to sleep tonight, my mind and all of my body is smiling. I’m over the moon to have made it all the way to the end and then through those three epic rounds. I’m blown away with the outpouring of love and support, and I’m so appreciative. #MasterChefAU.”

Many of Duggan’s fans must have also been over the moon. The 32-year-old walked away with the prize money of $250,000. The runner-up, Matt Sinclair, who lost to Duggan, was also one of the popular contestants of the season. Sinclair posted on Instagram, “Wow!! What a crazy night. So stoked for Elena and so proud of what we’ve done. Loved every minute of it and can’t wait for what lies ahead! @masterchefau @garymehiganaustralia @ChefGeorgeCalommbaris @mattscravat.”

It was just moments before the announcement that both the contestants were battling it out for the title. These moments on Instagram express their passion. For example, this post by Sinclair.

Another moment shared by Duggan.

A little golden egg… What fun, fierce fun. #MasterChefAU

A photo posted by Elena Duggan (@elena_jo_duggan) on

During the first round of the finale, Sinclair found himself in the lead as he received 26 out of 30 for a quail entrée. Duggan scored a 23 out of 30 for her first dish.

In the second round during the “no rules” cook-off, Sinclair took a lead again with a perfect 30 out of 30. Duggan also received a 30 out of 30 for her dish: twice-cooked lamb with a lamb jus.

The desserts round saw Duggan taking the leap with a 33 out of 40. Fans must have been on the edge of their seats to see Duggan and Sinclair stepping up and bringing out their best food preparations.

While the 6th AACTA Awards evening is nearing, MasterChef Australia Season 8 judges joined the Mannequin Challenge with this performance.

The MasterChef Australia Season 8 cast should be looking forward to the 6th 2016 AACTA Awards ceremony, and fans are sure to tuned in as well.



“Winners & Nominees,” AACTA web site; http://www.aacta.org/winners-nominees/6th-aacta-awards.aspx, last accessed November 25, 2016.

Cioppa, B., “And the winner is… Elena Duggan is crowned MasterChef Australia 2016 champion after tense three-round battle against Matt Sinclair,” Daily Mail web site, July 26, 2016; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3708289/Elena-Duggan-Matt-Sinclair-crowned-2016-MasterChef-Australia-winner.html.