MasterChef Hits The Top End For The Most Picturesque Elimination Yet

Say hello to picture-perfect scenery and goodbye to beloved Brendan (for the second time).

MasterChef’s Royal Week saw the contestants travel to the Northern Territory’s ruggedly beautiful Top End for an elimination challenge in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the country, Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, NT.

Nitmiluk Gorge is the Aboriginal name for Katherine Gorge where the challenge took place.

The challenge? Take inspiration from your surroundings and put it on a plate!

Each contestant was given a Canon camera to use ahead of the cook to capture an image from the environment and use that photo to inspire a dish. The contestants were encouraged to be curious and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the gorge to take the best photo possible. A challenge so fun it almost made some of the contestants forget they were cooking in their blacks!

Behind the scenes, Khanh set the pace even though he wasn’t actually in this challenge… (haha).

Khanh soaking up the sun and his surroundings on the way to the challenge.

On camera, buddies Brendan and Jess didn’t waste any time embarking on their photo expedition, getting up-close and personal on the rocky banks of the river.

Brendan and Jess putting their Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless cameras to work!

Jess opted for a profound pic of the Gorge’s rugged terrain, drawing inspiration from the layers in the rocks to produce a perfectly layered piece of pork belly. She likened the greenery sprouting in-between the rocks to her growth in the competition (#cute).

The layers in Jess’ pork belly represent the layers in the rocks she chose to photograph.

Brendan (miss you already), headed straight to the source of his beloved seafood, the river.

He explained how the river reminded him of fishing in Broome and that he wanted to bring those memories to life through his dish. Unfortunately for our boy Brendan though, his local catch of Barramundi was under-cooked and he was sent home once again.

Brendan’s Barra is straight from the river itself!

Kristen was the real stand out in this challenge. She was a natural with the camera and let her creative flair shine through, taking an amazing shot of the oil residue from the native Eucalypt trees seeping down into the river, a photo so good it took her all the way to dish of the day!

Her inspo? The shiny and colourful natural oil trickling down the river. The result was a mouth-watering set-buttermilk and nut crumble swimming in rosella flower consume and peppermint gum oil.

Kristen’s inspirational dish looks just like her photo!

The sweltering conditions were so fierce that MasterChef judge Matt Preston was forced to part ways with his trademark cravat (gasp). Despite the heat, all the contestants produced stunning photographs and learned a lot from their experiences behind the lens.

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