You must meet the age requirement. You must be a U.S. citizen. The third season of MasterChef Australia is just a few days away, so I thought it would be a good time to review some of the skills that the contestants learn throughout the competition.
The competitive cooking style in MasterChef is very different from that of cooking in a commercial kitchen or cooking for the family at home, and it can take some time to get used to. Yesterday, the News Limited newspapers published an article I wrote in which I shared a couple of tips for advancing the MasterChef game. There wasn't an online version of the article, so I thought I'd share it with you here. At home, we'd like to try different things and we all have our strengths and weaknesses, but in the MasterChef kitchen you have to think further to find your own style of food.
Even if you can cook everything from Asian abalone to Zimbabwean zucchini, you have to figure out exactly what heats cockles up. Even though you need to find your own style, it should also be an advantage to do some homework on as many different international cuisines and cooking styles as possible. Presenting the challenge, reviewing the rules and regulations, and even taking the contestants to the kitchen can take quite a long time. You might think that everyone comes in, bypasses the challenge and the rules and starts, but the reality is, well, a little more mundane than that.
You have to wait a long time, check that everyone really understands what is expected of them and give the contestants a little time to remember things that they might have forgotten amidst the stress of the situation.