Celebrity MasterChef starts tonight. Who will be the best cook?

It’s been ages since Ten last aired Celebrity MasteeChef, but it’s finally back tonight.

Which celeb do you think will be a good cook? Should be some light relief for us all to watch.

A swimmer won it last time (Eamon Sullivan) so my early pick is Thorpie.



  1. I’m all in.
    I like most of these people so I’m glued.
    First thing that’s noticeable: Thorpie’s not a hugger.

  2. I’ll watch. I know most of the contestants (dislike one), so at least don’t have to spend the first few weeks learning who is who. My very early picks are Dilruk, Thorpie, and Tilly. Tilly being Gordon’s daughter doesn’t mean she has his skills, but, from the promos, she seems like a pleasant young woman.

    Thorpie isn’t a hugger. Are many people huggers these days? I haven’t hugged anyone except my neighbour’s young son in 18 months. 🙂

      • Thorpie finished his veal dish ten minutes early. That’s pretty shocking for this show.

        It’s Mac ‘n Cheese tonight…..with the obligatory Ma$terchef twist, of course.

  3. I enjoyed that very much.
    I don’t know how much was for tv but all the celebrities seemed to be able to cook. Mind you, it was cook-something-you-have-cooked-before night so I was not surprised that there were no major failures.
    What I enjoyed the most was watching everyone have a really good time, including the judges. Good times had by all.

  4. Having had time to reflect, I’ve decided that Collette and Thorpie were a bit tightly wound. Hopefully, things will ease up a bit from here now that Day 1 is behind them.
    It will be interesting to see who gets sent home first. Those that are seriously entertaining are not necessarily the better cooks.

    • I think Thorpie is usually a fairly tightly wound person. He’s said he is very competitive. I hope his cooking abilities fit with that.

      I had to laugh at the introduction scenes. As more pairs of contestants entered, everyone was milling about, trying to greet the new people. It was an enjoyable episode, certainly more relaxed than regular MC. I’m happy that Dilruk won the immunity pin.

  5. It’s funny listening to Rebecca Gibney being referred to as Rebecca. She’s always been one of those people where her name is the full thing.

  6. Another very enjoyable episode. This bodes well for the rest of this season.
    People are still having fun. Thorpie has loosened up but Collette, not so much.
    There were only three Mac and cheeses. The risotto by Collette won.
    I fancied Nick’s scallops. They looked delicious.
    They don’t spend enough time with Dami. She does Korean and I would really like to see more of what she does.
    All up, so much cheese I would imagine that the judges are in a food coma.

  7. I’m tucked up in from the tv with a hot chocolate.
    Waiting for the elimination. I’m not keen on judges phoning it in over zoom but that’s a minor issue.
    I’m expecting Chrissie to be sent home. She’s had a lot of air time and has earned her $30,000 (or whatever. I’ve heard nothing about fees).
    Maybe Rebecca Gibney. She’s also had a lot of airtime and I’m a bit suss on her cooking.

  8. Collette Dinnigan favours the just-out-of-bed hair.
    It might look sexy on a 20 year old chickie-babe but on an older woman, it just looks untidy and unkempt. She needs to either pull it back or cut it off. I’m inclined towards the cut it off camp.

  9. Chrissie cooking a cake was very funny, and so good natured about it all.
    I have officially forgiven her for her time in IMAC where she was an absolute cow.
    And just in case you are wondering, I have always been in love with Matt (Patrick), and he does not disappoint. ❤️

  10. And Chrissie goes home.
    It was a really fun episode.
    Thorpie’s a bit much for me. He seriously doesn’t like being told what to do. He’s a cranky bugger.

  11. How hilarious was Chrissy when she said she doesn’t like the bacon mixed in with the eggs & then admits she forgot. Really sorry to see her go but didn’t want Thorpey to go either. And Gordon telling his daughter to move her arse.

  12. I like, to varying degrees, all of these people, except possibly Collette. I have yet to warm to her. However, I’m guessing there’s time. Based on air time alone, I think she has a way to go.
    I’m sorry to see any of them go.
    I’m hoping there are more laughs to be had.

    • I can’t say I was sorry to see Chrissie leave, although I didn’t find her as obnoxious as I usually do. She had been entertaining, but a little of Chrissie goes a long way.

      Thorpie seems to think he’d rock up and bowl over everyone with his cooking talent, and he’s not handling it well that that isn’t the case. He may loosen up more as the show goes on. I don’t blame him for looking cranky after Collette called his name 50 times in a row; I’d have thrown something at her.

      Respect for Dilruk for asking Chrissie if he could look at her plate, and immediately leaving her alone when she politely asked him not to. I am enjoying this series.

  13. Ha ha ha, crickets! I thought the beast would be something weird like sea urchin or durian, roasted bugs never occured to me. Matt was quick to come up with a use for them.

  14. Yes, I was surprised and pleased at crickets.
    Not too far out there but just out there enough to be entertaining.
    I was a little annoyed that more of the celebrities didn’t put their hand up to give it a go. For goodness sake, have they forgotten their brief? It’s about the viewing audience and we want to see panic. 🤣

  15. I’m so happy that Curtis Stone is there tonight to remind us that Coles is a sponsor. Pffft.

    Mel, describing a relay, said there had been some heroes *pause*, and some disasters. Every single person watching had the thought of the same dish pass through their mind right then.

    I’m starting to dislike Collette. Why sabotage Thorpie when they didn’t even know what he was cooking? He can be a bit of a pain, but she is being a bossy bitch.

    • I, too, find Collette annoying but I understand why they colluded (I love an alliteration).
      Thorpie is such a control freak and he would have spent the next 90 minutes hanging over the balcony dictating every step, including every turn of the pepper grinder and every tiny knife stroke. Plus, of course, he would have taken credit based on his fabulous team building skills – 🤣 – because none of us are confused about the difference between swimming a race with three other people and managing a project to the end.
      They had to come up with an alternative plan.
      Collette irritates me no end but there’s no doubt that she understood the brief.
      I’m trying to get used to her (no gritting of teeth here) because I suspect that she’s going to be one of the last three standing.

  16. So they change the rules for the celebrity version. Usually once they are finished their leg they have to go into a room & watch the disaster happen on a screen watching helplessly. I didn’t think they were allowed to still call out instructions after the 60 seconds was up. I felt sorry for that guy stuck between what Colleen had wanted & what Thorpie had started.

    • I’d forgotten that 🤦‍♀️. Of course.
      I think it would have been easier for the contestants, but much more entertaining for us, if they had to watch from afar.

  17. Service challenge for 20 people tonight, teams of two, half doing sweet and half savoury. Teams must incorporate whiskey into their dishes.

    I would have no idea how to use whiskey in anything because I don’t like whiskey. Luckily Dilruk is okay with Colette taking the lead in their team – doubt he had much choice. Too bad she wasn’t teamed with Thorpie, it would have been entertaining as hell watching those two clash while trying to work together.

    • I’m the same I hate whiskey too. I would not have a clue how to cook with it. There was someone in the regular series a few years back that cooked with whiskey in practically everything. I think she won. She wanted to open a whiskey bar restaurant. I wonder if she did.

    • Drinking Whiskey to me is like drinking methylated spirits.
      It was a bit of fun watching Thorpie trying to make perfect chips.

  18. Last night was an “identify this food, while blindfolded” challenge. I enjoy those, but it was short-lived with only six contestants competing.

    The judges picked the foods to taste, not so randomly. Matt went to round two because he couldn’t identify truffle. Tilly went out guessing lemon instead of lime, and Dilruk went out on cabbage I think.

    Those three had to cook in round two. Matt had the most flawed dish and was eliminated.

      • It’s ok, Bobi. He was gracious in defeat :).

        I think he was a bit, um, bemused at being given a piece of truffle to taste. I didn’t think it was fair, given the difficulty, or lack of, of what the other contestants were given. I couldn’t pick the taste of truffle if my life depended on it, never had any.

        I was sad that Matt left, but glad that Dilruk stayed because he is good entertainment.

      • You have to wonder if there is a bias in a taste test.
        I’ve had truffle and, in my expert opinion, it’s highly overrated. I also couldn’t pick it out at a line up with my eyes open. Yet, broccoli would be obvious on so many levels. They couldn’t even make it into a proper cube.
        But then again, I’m bitter (😑) at the result.

  19. So they decided to announce the eliminated cook in the ads in the days leading up to tonight. How absolutely, excruciatingly annoying. Spoiled the whole episode.
    I am assuming that ratings are down.

    • You mean all the “Thorpie’s in trouble” ads? I assumed that was bs because the one who gets the loser edit usually squeaks through and stays – at least in regular MC.

      I wonder whose dumb idea it was that giving away the ending would boost ratings.

  20. I felt a little bit sorry for Thorpie last night after he was eliminated. He tried so hard to be graceful and polite with his exit speech, but the look on his face didn’t really match his words.

    He’s not used to losing :).

  21. I saw Rebecca Gibney in my local supermarket a couple of years back. Looks like she’s a serious cook. Normally, of course, I wouldn’t stare at a celebrity ,wasn’t sure it was her.

    Yeah, Thorpie’s not used to losing….’til the tabloids got hold of him.

  22. I like the cook along with the chef challenges usually. Some chefs seem a little sadistic with the speed they expect the contestants to keep up with, and the instructions given. Jock is one of those, unlike Gordon Ramsey and Marco Pierre White.

    I could be accurate grabbing 250gm of chicken mince, but 200gm of egg white? And what is a dribble of water? He could have said a tablespoon or two. I know it’s edited to make it look more exciting, but the process should look achievable as well.

    Rebecca cut up carrots for her broth, put them in a bowl, then took the bowl 500mm away to the pressure cooker. She is fun to watch, and she is probably the next to be eliminated.

    Has Collette lived in Italy? She’s been to Italy, right? Maybe lived in Italy for a while? Collette = Italy. Italy.

  23. Nick seems to be a seriously good cook. Like in another stratosphere. Who thinks of things like that ?
    I don’t mean to be rude because she seems like a nice woman, but Rebecca Gibney is giving the impression that she is riding on his coattails.
    I was sorry to see Archie go home. I thought he was a good cook and he was good entertainment.
    Mind you, aren’t they all? Where did these people learn these skills? Absolutely not at the same school I went to.

  24. It surprised me that, aside from macadamias, none of last night’s cooks had heard of any of the ingredients to be featured. Granted I’ve never seen any of those ingredients in my local supermarket, but I know of wattle seed, finger limes, and lemon myrtle from regular Master Chef and other cooking shows.

    I was sad to see Archie eliminated. He seems to have worked hard to expand his cooking skills. I’ll be sorry to see any of them go now, except Collette.

    I think Tilly was a little flustered by the presence of the good-looking young chef. I forget sometimes how young she is.

  25. No surprises there are who was eliminated. Rebecca was going to be out because she didn’t immediately do as Jock said and submerge the potatoes in butter. Dilruk was out because of a prawn poop chute. If I were he, i think I would have asked Jock to show me the poop chute. Dilruk did a lot of cleaning and washing of his prawns, and it’s not that difficult to remove that icky bit.

    Now I hope that Nick or Tilly win.

  26. I’m pissed off. Both Rebecca & Dilruk went home. I was hoping one of them would win it. How is Collette still bloody there? Grrr

  27. I think the best three cooks are in the finale.
    Sadly, none of them are entertainment value so the judges will have to step up.
    My bet is on Nick. Cooking wise, he hasn’t put a foot wrong.
    Given that Tilly has been under an “apprenticeship” since she could breathe, I am surprised that she hasn’t hit the mark more often. Maybe it’s the difference between English cooking and Australian cooking. We do like our food fresher and more … idk …fusion?. Her food is very Sunday comfort. I would like to eat it but not every day of the week.
    It goes without saying that Collette, and Collette’s cooking, doesn’t do it for me. Chicken, egg. 🤷‍♂️

    • You were right, Bobi, Nick won. I would have been pleased if either he or Tilly won. Although if Collette had won, it would have been interesting to see if she could actually smile. But she made a couple of mistakes and had the lowest score, so her ability to smile will remain a mystery.

      That dessert did not appeal to me. It looked more like a Lego build than something I would want to eat.

    • There was a very entertaining interview with Nick on The Project.
      He had the instructions for that edible Lego. It was absolute mega pages. It would have taken me an hour and a half just to read it.
      It was just silly. Silly as a dessert and silly as a final test of cooking skills.

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