TORONTO (April 8, 2019) – MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 6 is coming in hot as 12 home cooks received white aprons during a special two-hour season premiere tonight on CTV, before a double elimination sent Steven Lapointe (Acton Vale, Qué.) and Cliff McArthur (Scarborough, Ont.) packing from the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen and competition.
In a new twist this season, MASTERCHEF CANADA’s esteemed judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile each personally selected six of the country’s best home cooks, inviting them to make up the Top 18 finalists for this year’s competition. Each judge’s six selected home cooks then battled it out against each other in the kitchen for the chance to earn a white apron and advance in the competition. New episodes of MASTERCHEF CANADA continue Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and are then available to stream anytime on CTV.ca and the CTV app.
Following the initial Apron Cook challenge by Alvin, Michael, and Claudio’s invitees, 12 home cooks advanced, while Jamie Mayer (Toronto, Ont.), Kimberly Fitzpatrick (Ottawa, Ont.), Laurie Dingwell (Lac Saguay, Qué.), Lena Huynh (Burnaby, B.C.), Marie Le Bel (Westmount, Qué.), and Mark Hamilton (Mission, B.C.) left the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen. The Top 12 then faced their first Mystery Box Challenge, with 60 minutes to prepare a signature dish using root vegetables. Jenny Miller created the winning dish “Root Vegetables Five Ways with Balsamic Glaze and Purée,” and automatically moved forward in the competition. As part of her win, Jenny selected two home cooks to save from elimination - Jennifer Crawford and Cryssi Larocque. With her second advantage, Jenny chose the order in which the remaining home cooks selected their protein for the Elimination Challenge.
With 60 minutes to prepare their protein, the judges upped the pressure by announcing that not just one, but two people would be sent home at the end of the challenge. After setbacks for a number of home cooks, Tony La Ferrara’s “Crab and Ricotta-stuffed Cannelloni” was selected as the winner, with Chanelle Saks creating the second-best dish with her “Baby Octopus with Crispy Chickpeas and Potatoes.” With four dishes remaining, the judges ultimately determined that Steven and Cliff’s creations were not up to the calibre of the rest of the group, and both home cooks were eliminated.
The remaining Top 10 home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:
- Alyssa Leblanc, Former Public Servant from Tusket, N.S.
- Andre Bhagwandat, Hospital Housekeeper from Scarborough, Ont.
- Chanelle Saks, Entrepreneur from Calgary, Alta.
- Colin Buckingham, Car Salesman from St. John’s, N.L.
- Cryssi Larocque, Former Airline Agent from Thunder Bay, Ont.
- Jennifer Crawford, Senior Policy Analyst from Kingston, N.S.
- Jenny Miller, Stay-at-home Mom from Havre Boucher, N.S.
- Josh Miller, Youth Care Home Manager, from Regina, S.K.
- Rozin Abbas, Digital Marketer from Toronto, Ont.
- Tony La Ferrara, Soccer Coach and Retired Teacher from Whitby, Ont.
In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “Top Hats and Tails” (Monday, April 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca and the CTV app), the remaining home cooks face their first off-site Team Challenge where they prepare a two-course meal for a Caribbean-inspired wedding. Teams are given three hours to make and plate their dishes for 121 guests, who then vote on which menu they prefer. The winning team is safe from elimination, and the losing team must complete a Pressure Test that will eliminate at least one home cook from the kitchen.
This season’s home cooks will compete in a series of Mystery Box Challenges, Team Challenges, Pressure Tests, and Elimination Challenges, with at least one home cook eliminated each week until only two are left to battle it out in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 6 finale. To learn more about the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 6 Top 12, visit TheLede.ca.
Fans are 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.
Miele returns for its sixth season as the official appliance sponsor of MASTERCHEF CANADA, with German-made Miele appliances outfitting the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen. Joining the series this season are McCormick Gourmet™ and Paderno, who will both receive in-show integrations as well as custom digital content. MASTERCHEF CANADA is also proud to partner with Princess Margaret Hospital on their Colour to Conquer fundraising campaign.
The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.
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.