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Inside the incredible MasterChef pantry: Contestants have access to hundreds of items to create their hero dishes - as fans reveal how you can recreate the show's staple food boxes

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-04-27

While MasterChef Australia showcases the contestants incredible cooking skills, the secret to their success also lies in the show's envy-inducing pantry.

From plenty of fresh produce, including vegetables and fruit to freshly-baked bread and cupboard staples, there is no shortage when it comes to cooking inspiration.

Over the years, contestants have been given access to fresh herbs, carrots, cabbage, onions, capsicum, leek, bananas and tomatoes, thanks to the show's partnership with supermarket giants.

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Inside the incredible MasterChef pantry: While MasterChef Australia showcases the contestants incredible cooking skills, the secret to their success also lies in the show's envy-inducing pantry

They also have a variety of kitchen staples on hand to help create their dishes, including flour, sugar, milk and bread and several different oils.

One fan recently revealed on Reddit the items contained in the staple pantry boxes given to contestants.

The boxes include flour, baking powder, oil, chicken stock, garlic, honey, vinegar, butter, salt and pepper.

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Impressive: Over the years, contestants have been given access to fresh herbs, carrots, cabbage, onions, capsicum, leek, bananas and tomatoes, thanks to the show's partnership with supermarket giants

What's in a contestant's pantry box?

According to a Reddit user, the items are:

Flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, salt, pepper, oil, chicken stock, milk, eggs, garlic, fresh herbs, sugar, honey, vinegar

Meanwhile, according to 10Play, 'nothing in the MasterChef kitchen goes to waste.'

Second Bite CEO Jim Mullan told 10Daily that the organisation collects leftover food from the show and hands it out to people in need in Melbourne.

'Everything you see in the pantry that's applied through the program, everything that we can possibly salvage, we collect and divert it to people in need, generally in the Melbourne area,' Jim said.

He added: 'We go to everyone you might anticipate like the Salvation Army and Vinnies right through to small soup kitchens and mission services.'

According to the publication, former MasterChef judge Matt Preston was a director at Second Bite, and introduced the scheme to avoid food waste.

The show is now fronted by new judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo.

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A good cause: Meanwhile, according to 10Play, 'nothing in the MasterChef kitchen goes to waste.' Second Bite CEO Jim Mullan told 10Daily that the organisation collects leftover food from the show and hands it out to people in need in Melbourne
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New lineup: The show is now fronted by new judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo

This week former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight has said the network's top brass should be worried amid plunging ratings for its flagship cooking show MasterChef Australia.

Mr McKnight, who is the editor of television industry bible TV Blackbox, said the show had been 'out-niced' by the Nine Network's family-friendly Lego Masters.

'I really have sympathy for those in control at 10, because the show is up against stiff competition in Lego Masters and Big Brother,' he said.

Mr McKnight's commentary comes after the culinary program pulled in a paltry 527,000 metro viewers on Sunday, according to Mediaweek.

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Cause for concern? This week, former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight has said the network's top brass should be worried amid plunging ratings for its flagship cooking show MasterChef Australia

This was no doubt a sour serving for the reality show which broke the 'magic million' mark in its first week last year - including nearly 1.1 million for its second episode.

The series had managed to reach more than a million viewers four nights in a row during its debut week in 2020.

But this year MasterChef is already being beaten by Nine's Lego Masters, which appears to have stolen its momentum - and viewers.

MasterChef season 13 launched to just 670,000 metro viewers on April 19.

This was a considerable drop from the 1.23 million who watched the premiere of MasterChef: Back to Win on April 13, 2020.

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Lacklustre ratings: Mr McKnight's commentary comes after the culinary program pulled in a paltry 527,000 metro viewers on Sunday, according to Mediaweek

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