MasterChef Australia will head to Japan for the first time, exploring the nation’s bustling capital and regional areas as part of Japan Week, sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office in partnership with Qantas.
The MasterChef Australia contestants will face a new series of culinary challenges as they start in Tokyo, travel to the iconic Mount Fuji, and discover regional Japan alongside judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preson and George Calombaris. Against the backdrop of vibrant cities and stunning natural landscapes, and with the guidance of prominent international and Japanese chefs, contestants will be inspired to push the boundaries of their creativity.
Japanese cuisine has exploded in popularity around the world, and for good reason. Food preparation in Japan is an art form. In traditional Japanese cuisine, only the freshest seasonal ingredients are used, and dishes are crafted using expert techniques. It’s no surprise that washoku, Japan’s traditional dietary culture, is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
“There is no better country to host MasterChef Australia than Japan,” said JNTO Sydney Office Executive Director Kana Wakabayashi. “Japan’s reputation as a paradise for food-lovers is globally recognised, with more Michelin stars awarded to restaurants in Tokyo alone than any other city in the world.”
“Food is a highlight of travel for so many people, and we hope the show will inspire more people to visit Japan and experience our excellent food for themselves,” she said.
MasterChef Australia Judge George Calombaris said: “This is my first ever visit to Japan. Gary, Matt and I can’t wait to see what amazing dishes our very talented MasterChef Australia contestants plate up. There’s no doubt Japan Week will continue to challenge and inspire them as they continue on their food dream.”
The special Japan Week of episodes will air as part of the highly anticipated ninth season of Australia’s premiere cooking competition, MasterChef Australia, coming soon to TEN and WIN Network.