TORONTO (June 3, 2019) – In tonight’s penultimate episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, Olympic Ice Dancer Tessa Virtue made a special guest appearance, and the Top 3 home cooks competed to earn their chefs’ jackets and a spot in the finale. In the end, MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung revealed that Josh Miller, a youth care home manager from Regina, Sask., would be the next home cook to depart MASTERCHEF CANADA.
In tonight’s episode, the Top 3 home cooks faced the final Mystery Box of the season, which revealed a smoking ice sculpture and the theme of “fire and ice.” The judges were joined by Olympic Ice Dancer Tessa Virtue, whose championship journey inspired the home cooks to incorporate the intensity and creativity she brings to the ice into the concept and presentation of their dishes. Special effects filled the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen as the home cooks plated using smoke, torches, and liquid nitrogen. Andre topped the podium with his conceptual steak by the fire with sake-marinated ribeye and ponzu-marinated eggplant, landing the challenge’s gold from Tessa and the judges.
The Elimination Challenge was next, and Andre received the advantage of assigning each home cook with a luxury Canadian cheese to highlight across three dishes. Andre felt the challenge was outside of his wheelhouse, so he strategically assigned cheeses to Jennifer and Josh that would challenge them the most. However, his plan did not go as planned – as Jennifer showcased Avonlea clothbound cheddar in a cohesive presentation of cheddar cheese gougères, crispy cheddar broccoli, and apple tarte tatin. Jennifer’s dishes were deemed the best by the judges, and they were awarded with their chef’s jacket and a spot in the finale. Showing more finesse and flavour compared to Josh, the judges then selected Andre to face off against Jennifer for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. Josh was ultimately sent home, remaining proud of achieving Top 3 status and representing his home province of Saskatchewan.
In the season finale of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “Final Showdown” (Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app), the final two home cooks face-off in a culinary battle for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA after weeks of grueling challenges. The finalists must show off the culmination of their skill and growth from throughout the competition in a three-hour, three-course cook. The esteemed chefs and judges make the ultimate decision of who takes home the $100,000 prize to launch their culinary dreams.
The remaining Top 2 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.
Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada 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.