TORONTO (May 20, 2019) – Following the home cooks face-off in a trying Restaurant Takeover team challenge at judge Michael Bonacini’s Leña Restaurante – an Oliver & Bonacini restaurant – MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung revealed that Rozin Abbas, a digital marketer from Toronto, would depart the competition for a second time.
On tonight’s episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, the home cooks broke into two teams for a Restaurant Takeover at Leña Restaurante in Toronto. The judges selected Josh (Red Team) and Cryssi (Blue Team) as team captains who led the charge in preparing two courses for some of the restaurant’s most important clientele. Throughout the service, both teams struggled to meet Chef Michael’s standards, and kept the patrons waiting for their food. Eventually, Chef Michael sent in his Chef de Cuisine, Julie, to assist the Blue Team and Chef Michael himself jumped in to save the Red Team.
Returning to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen, the home cooks learned that for the first time in the competition’s history, neither team performed well enough to be declared the winner. Each team captain, however, could save one member of their team, so Andre and Jennifer were spared from the Pressure Test.
As a result, Josh, Cryssi, Rozin, and Chanelle were left to replicate three breakfasts – one for each judge – including a full English breakfast for Chef Michael, South American bizcochos pastries for Chef Claudio, and chicken and shrimp congee for Chef Alvin. Cryssi delivered the best breakfast of the bunch, with Chef Claudio highly impressed by her bizcochos, and leaving Chef Alvin shocked that it was her first time making congee.
Rozin, however, encountered difficulty with his blood sausage exploding, and incorrectly balancing his congee spices. Though Chanelle also struggled, her congee saved her, and the judges decided that Rozin would once again leave the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen.
MASTERCHEF CANADA returns next Monday, May 27 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app. In the all-new episode, “Wheel of Fruit,” the home cooks enter the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen and are presented with a giant Mystery Box offering up a taste of home. Putting their unique flare on a culinary classic provides one home cook with an advantage over the others. Then, the Elimination Challenge causes the cooks to take a chance on tropical flavours when they spin a wheel to determine the fate of their dish.
In “Gifts from the Earth,” airing Monday, May 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app, the Top 4 home cooks travel to the Canadian Canoe Museum for a team challenge inspired by Canada’s roots. Indigenous guest chefs join the judges in tasting the teams’ menus, specially prepared to honour The Three Sisters of indigenous agriculture. The winning teammates move ahead to the competition’s semi-final, while the losing team fights it out in the most challenging Pressure Test to date.
The remaining Top 5 home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:
- Andre Bhagwandat, Hospital Housekeeper from Scarborough, Ont.
- Chanelle Saks, Entrepreneur from Calgary, Alta.
- Cryssi Larocque, Former Airline Agent from Thunder Bay, Ont.
- Jennifer Crawford, Senior Policy Analyst from Kingston, N.S.
- Josh Miller, Youth Care Home Manager from Regina, Sask.
Viewers are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada to check out the Top 5 home cooks' signature brunch recipes from tonight’s episode. These unique dishes include a simple how-to video and a written recipe, so that viewers can easily recreate each meal at home.
Fans are also invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.
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MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.