TORONTO (May 27, 2019) – Following back-to-back episodes that included a special Mystery Box Challenge and the toughest Pressure Test to date, MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung revealed that Chanelle Saks, an entrepreneur from Calgary, Alta., and Cryssi Larocque, a former airline agent from Thunder Bay, Ont., would be the next home cooks to depart MASTERCHEF CANADA.
With three home cooks remaining in the competition, the penultimate MASTERCHEF CANADA episode returns to its regular Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT timeslot on June 3 on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app. The MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 6 finale airs at a special time Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app.
In tonight’s first episode, “Wheel of Fruit,” the Top 5 home cooks were presented with a giant Mystery Box which opened to reveal their family members. This time it was up to the loved ones to do the cooking, preparing the home cooks’ signature take on fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, while the home cooks led and coached from the sidelines. Andre and his Aunty Joan took charge with a Jamaican-style fried chicken and scotch bonnet gravy that impressed the judges the most, earning Andre an advantage.
After bidding farewell to their loved ones, the home cooks spun a wheel to determine their fate in the Elimination Challenge. Left up to chance, the wheel determined whether their dish would be sweet or savoury and what tropical fruit they would highlight. For his advantage, Andre was given the option of fruit he’d like to cook with, and his Caribbean roots paid off as he selected passionfruit to use in a savoury dish. His winning dish of scallop fritters with pan-seared scallops and passionfruit vinaigrette was considered restaurant quality by Chef Alvin, and called one of the best dishes seen all season by Chef Claudio. By contrast, both Chanelle and Josh struggled to reach the level of sophistication expected by the judges. In the end, Chanelle’s crêpes made three ways did not showcase her assigned soursop fruit enough and she was ultimately sent home.
Then, in the second episode of the night, “Gifts from the Earth”, MASTERCHEF CANADA’s final four home cooks travelled to the Canadian Canoe Museum for a team challenge inspired by the nation’s roots. Working in teams of two, the home cooks were tasked with creating a three-course meal that each highlighted The Three Sisters of Indigenous agriculture. As the winner of the last Pressure Test, Andre got to select his teammate, choosing Jennifer to join him on Team Red, leaving Cryssi and Josh on Team Blue. A table of guest Indigenous Chefs specializing in First Nations cuisine joined the judges in tasting, the judges declared Jennifer and Andre the winning team, allowing them to immediately move on to the Top 3.
Cryssi and Josh were then left to go head-to-head in the most challenging Pressure Test of the season – replicating a perfectly tempered chocolate sphere which melts away to reveal a pistachio cake. Cryssi struggled to create her sphere, failing on her first attempt when the chocolate cooled too quickly, and then improvised by coating a balloon in the chocolate to make a spherical shape. Despite his fears of baking, Josh’s sphere turned out to be perfect, although Chef Alvin noted that his cake was slightly dry. Cryssi’s sphere was rough, but Chef Claudio believed her cake was “perfection.” However, as it was a replication challenge, Cryssi’s unsuccessful chocolate sphere meant the end of her time in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen, and she was sent home.
In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “Fire and Ice” (Monday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app), MASTERCHEF CANADA’s Top 3 home cooks compete to earn their chefs’ jackets and a spot in the finale showdown. Special guest, Olympic Ice Dancer Tessa Virtue, joins the judges for a Mystery Box Challenge full of special effects that will provide the winner with an edge in the final Elimination Challenge of the season. Then, two home cooks will move on to the finale, while one will head home.
The remaining Top 3 home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:
- Andre Bhagwandat, Hospital Housekeeper from Scarborough, Ont.
- Jennifer Crawford, Senior Policy Analyst from Kingston, N.S.
- Josh Miller, Youth Care Home Manager from Regina, Sask.
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.
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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.